REVIEW: Think & Eat Yourself Smart by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Think and Eat Yourself Smart: A Neuroscientific Approach to a Sharper Mind and Healthier Life” by Dr. Caroline Leaf

Dr. Caroline Leaf specializes in studying the mind (neuroscience & neuropsychology). This book talks about how important mindset is to our health and, specifically, our eating.

A lot of this book talks about how most of what we eat, these days, is food-like products, and not actually “food” in the natural sense.

There are chapters about emotions, gluten, sugar, and brain scans. There are also 21 recipes included at the back of the book, to give you a “kick start” in returning to a more natural way of eating.

My favorite takeaway from the book was that, while the common wisdom states that it takes 21 days to form a habit, this is only part of the habit-formation process. It actually takes 63 days to form a habit: the first 21 days is where you start carving new (neural) pathways in your brain, and the following 42 days are needed to cement the new habit.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It requires a medium amount of brain-power, but is well worth the read.

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This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Why I Changed My Mind About Getting a FitBit

So, I’ve been saving up money for three months, and was really excited to finally be able to buy a FitBit step-tracker, this coming Friday! But, last night, an article came up in my Facebook news feed about why the FitBit, and other trackers, are “bad”.

Why I Changed My Mind About Getting a FitBit | A Daily Rhythm

 

The article’s reasoning was that we have become a society/culture that “worships” health and fitness — we are always focused on trying to meet some cultural standard, or a “health” goal. We are never content to just eat wholesome food, and make sure that we move in a way that feels fun to us.

The article ended by saying that we should ask ourselves WHY we really want to track things health-related (like the number of steps we’ve taken — or the number of calories eaten), and also what we intend to do with that information, once we have it.

For me, I genuinely do want to make myself move more. I sit far too much, and I know that that’s not good for me. The reason I wanted to get the FitBit is because I figured it would challenge me to want to move more.

And yet… I know myself and my own patterns. I know that, more than likely, what would happen is that I would buy the gadget, use it, and be excited about it, and love the challenge — for about 2-3 weeks. Then — just like with everything else — the “fun” and novelty would wear off, and it would be just another “obligation”. And, this Rebel (me) does NOT do well with any form of obligation! As such, the $130 spent on this “toy” would eventually go to waste.

As the article stated, I would be much better off following my own intuition, doing what feels right for me, eating less and moving more, and doing so naturally — not because some device is dictating that I “need” to do this or that. Gradually, I’d end up working my way toward an overall healthier lifestyle… no devices required.

So, yeah — I don’t think I’m going to buy a FitBit after all. Instead, I’ll use the money I’m saving to …hmm… buy some new books, perhaps? 😉