I have a lot of beautiful people staring at me from my desk this month. They’re all books designed to motivate and educate on fitness.
If I’m honest, I’m rather sick of self help books and it seems my reading list is brimming with mostly those. Any suggestions for good fiction thrillers? Or memoirs? Maybe a biography. What other genres are there?
by Simone De La Rue
I really like the author’s dance workout videos on Youtube, but this book was rather dull. Everyone has different advice. She suggests eating breakfast and small meals throughout the day. I prefer intermittent fasting and fewer and bigger meals. She’s got a rocking body though, so maybe she’s right.
by Cameron Diaz with Sandra Bark
This is a surprisingly scientific read. I can’t tell how much of this was written by the actress and how much was written by the coauthor.
This book also recommend eating breakfast and many smaller meals and specifically says not to workout on an empty stomach.
It’s so hard to know the right answer. I don’t think Cameron Diaz has been in anything in a while, but I remember her body being rocking too, so maybe I’m wrong.
If I eat garbage, I’m going to feel like garbage. If I eat good healthy food full of energy, I’m going to be full of energy.–Cameron or Sandra?
She has obvious common sense advice. Eat whole, healthy food that comes from the ground. Working out is the best invention. Drink water. More water. I’ve started chugging water as soon as I get up. Put a full bottle next to your toothbrush and it quickly becomes a habit.
by Julie Murphy
Novel about a girl entering a beauty pageant. I don’t know. I thought all the characters had minor problems with minor solutions. It all felt very low stakes. Fluffy.
by Jeannette Walls
Maybe I disliked Dumplin’ so much because I was reading it at the same time I was reading this book. Along the lines of Educated and Hillbilly Elegy, this is a memoir about a woman growing up with lazy, infuriating, and perhaps mentally ill parents. Just wow. You’ll be angry, but it’s a good read.
Appreciate your childhood and your family by seeing how dysfunctional other people’s lives can get.
You know, it’s really not that hard to put food on the table if that’s what you decide to do.
Three of the four kids managed to escape poverty while the parents remain homeless. Fascinating book.
by Matt Frazier and Stepfanie Romine
Sometimes I think vegan is the best diet. It’s the most ethical, in my opinion, and I think it can be rather healthy if you do it right.
Health can be expressed as the total amount of nutrition we get divided by the total number of calories we consume in order to get those nutrients.
In other words, eat food that is as natural as possible and you’ll get all the micronutrients and macronutrients you need without extra, empty calories. Apparently even olive oil can be extra, empty calories and the authors give oil free options (using vegetable broth).
I tried making:
- versions of avocado toast (delicious with nutritional yeast and smoked paprika on rye bread)
- versions of buddha bowls (basically, a grain, a green, and a bean in one bowl)
- that’s it
This is a pretty good cookbook and one I would consider buying if I was the type of person who bought things.
I also like that one of the authors spells her name “Stepfanie.” Why pick between ph and f?
by Jeffrey A. Hall
The author of this book talked to a bunch of eHarmony dating website subscribers and identified five flirting styles. The styles are:
- Physical Flirt – you show interest by touching the person you’re interested in. My love language is touch, so this is my predominant flirting style as well. If I’m interested in you, you know it.
- Playful Flirt – you show interest in everyone because flirting is fun. You talk with everybody and get confidence from people flirting with you.
- Sincere Flirt – you show interest only when you really like someone and never flirt with someone you don’t like.
- Polite Flirt – you show interest by just talking to your crush like a normal person and being interested in what they say and you think crude come-ons are crude. You’re crazy polite to the point that nobody has any idea that you’re interested in them.
- Traditional Flirt – you show interest by being the man and taking the woman out on dates. You take courtship seriously.
I schlepped through this book. It took a lot longer to read than it should have because I thought it was dull. I wouldn’t recommend. Love languages is better.