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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Weekly Challenge: The Calorie Myth

How was the weekly detox shmeetox challenge? :) I'd love to hear about the things you did & your thoughts on how it went!

We decided to detox from the nasty pollution in the valley and every day stress, so we headed to the mountains and went skiing this weekend. I love the feeling of "cleansing" my life from the inside and the outside. It was a double-win too because we got to enjoy time with family as well! It was definitely needed and enjoyed!

So... the challenge this week is actually in preparation for the challenge in two weeks. Are you ready??

There is a new book that came out just this year that is incredible! It's called The Calorie Myth by Jonathan Bailor. The challenge this week is to start reading this book. You don't have to finish it all this week (I certainly wouldn't discourage it if you did read it all!) but read at least a few pages each day. The chapters are pretty short and easy to read but it's his amazing and relatable analogies that have just blown our minds as my husband and I have been reading it together!

The Kindle version isn't too expensive if you can't get it from the library. I am certainly not getting anything for suggesting this book but it has lots of great information to help us get out of the "health rut" we are currently in as a country. I don't want to talk about it too much yet but the book is all about getting past the modern myths that the only way to lose weight & body fat is to eat less and exercise more. This simply just isn't true, doesn't work for long-term health, actually does more harm than good (this is explained in the book), and 100 calories of brownies is certainly NOT the same as 100 calories of broccoli to our bodies :) We have more "food" than ever but we're starving nutritionally. Jonathan Bailor made a great point, that we had far less of the population that was overweight or obese before we ever even know what a calorie was. Interesting, eh?

I found a quote in the book from David S. Ludwig that said "obesity is such that this generation of children could be the first basically in the history of the United States to live less healthful and shorter lives than their parents." This quote initially made me really sad but I want to send a message of hope that we absolutely can change this! Our health and well-being and those of our kids are being affected by what we choose to eat every day. There are fantastic, delicious, & healthful options; let's make them a part of our lives every single day!

Jonathan Bailor has really made the science easy to understand and shares his "Smarter Science of Slim" and that it doesn't have to be difficult (what to eat, how to exercise). We just need better information about the foods that will sustain healthy bodies long-term and not "clog" our hormones. I really hope you'll read this book with me this week. Are you in?