I just finished reading the book “Drop Dead Healthy” by A.J. Jacobs, and might I say that it was quite entertaining! It is all about the author devoting over two years of his life to become the healthiest man in the world. He loses weight, increases his fitness levels and tries out new innovative ways to be healthy.
Amongst which are:
1. Wearing a helmet whilst walking around to avoid skull injuries
2. Running errands by literally running them.
3. Having a office on his treadmill (which sounds like a great idea to me).
4. Having a competition with himself to see how many super-foods he can squeeze into a meal.
And other funny ideas that an incredibly
paranoid healthy person would do!
There were other more practical ideas he discusses: he encourages a plant based diet more than one that omits carbs, and he insists on banning the “white stuff” – including white bread, white pasta and white tortillas. He also gives pointers on how to turn your world into a gym which includes embracing stairs and avoiding lifts.
A couple of the tips he writes about, including avoiding potatoes because the “baked potato increases blood sugar levels and insulin levels nearly as fast and as high as pure table sugar”, left me a bit disappointed. I do enjoy a baked potato!
In the end A.J. Jacobs says that this is one of the best pieces of advice that he had received: “Don’t be so obsessed with healthy food that you end up sitting alone in the corner eating organic kale and silently judging your friends,” a paraphrase from Dr. Steven Bratman, M.D., co-author of Health Food Junkies. So true!
Overall the book leaves you feeling like you have so much more knowledge on the simplest everyday things – did you know cinnamon increases insulin receptivity? Or that you should floss before you brush?It is also very witty and Jacobs includes his whole family in his journey which makes it more enjoyable. Definitely read it! 🙂
Have you read any good books lately?