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Read This: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

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Read This: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding

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Beach reads are often a challenge for me. You have to find a book that's going to be so good you can't put it down, light enough you don't feel like its work or get sent into a tailspin of depression, and relevant and meaningful enough that it's worth the time. Well, I found one meeting all three requirements and finished it in a day and a half. 

This memoir (my go-to genre) is a fast, engaging read from an author who is totally funny and totally relatable if you fall into the "No way I'm getting married in my 20s and I'm not just saying that because I haven't found anyone yet" category and/or the "Having a family in your 20s sounds like the biggest nightmare I could possibly dream up right now" category and/or the "I just want to travel all over and have a freakin' blast" category. And I happen to fall a little bit into all three. 

Sitcom writer Kristen Newman spends each chapter telling a tale of one of her many multiple-week-long international trips, often solo and rarely without romps around beaches or mountain towns with sexy looking foreigners. She says she's filling her time while her friends are busy making babies, but once she gets to the back half of the book you realize she's doing a lot more than that. 

Inspiring me to not ignore my desire to someday travel solo, to see as many places as possible, to jump on a plane and go even if you're scared, to trust the process: in not planning everything, not controlling everything, not seeking anything too specific, this girl does what many of us haven't and probably (sadly) won't.

I'll go ahead and join the others who are calling this the Eat Pray Love of our generation, but be warned there's a lot less yoga and a whole lot more hooking up going on. That, along with her Hollywood-writer-sized travel budget and unlimited time off, is really the only part that felt unrelatable and possibly exaggerated to me, but her honesty and forthright means of sharing is incredibly touching and truthful. I haven't read another author who makes me feel totally normal for not wanting a registry, a white dress or a drawer full of pacifiers anytime soon, while also acknowledging that wanting that eventually isn't bad either. 

I always end up judging a book by how it makes me feel at the end and this one did all the right things: Made me actually think about the pain points and revelations, made me happy with the resolutions, and made me sad that it ended.  I don't like letting go of characters (I never have, it's why I like tv better than movies) and by the end of page 290 I didn't want Kristin to go, I wanted to be her friend. 

Check out a recent interview with Kristen at Pink Pangea or follow her on Twitter. 

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Read This: The Immune System Recovery Plan

This book has become my bible in just two short months. I finally moved it from my Amazon wishlist to my shopping cart out of the desire to see what Dr. Susan Blum had to say about the immune system that I hadn't already read. 

Well, let me tell you. You says a lot. The book is divided into four parts: adopting a detox diet, fixing stress & adrenal fatigue, healing a leaking gut and cleansing heavy metals from the system. She claims that many of her patients were cured or mostly cured from their auto-immune diseases after following her plan. I was skeptical at first, but I had nothing but some money to lose. She writes a totally relevant and understandable way, including recipes as she goes, while making you understand the root cause of your problems with just enough scientific detail.

The detox diet requires you remove corn, gluten, soy and diary for three weeks, then add each back in separately and keep the foods that irritate you out for good. I skipped this step since I had already been gluten free for a year, tested the effects of dairy on my system (zits and chest congestion... fun), and knew I didn't have issues with corn or soy (except again, zits come with the soy territory too due to the elevated estrogen in it). She also requires the removal of white grain (rice, quinoa, etc) and white sugar. I cut back drastically there but completely is really impossible. I also removed diary from my diet again. For a lot of people, this chapter alone could be overwhelming but power through... it's worth it! 

Next came healing my leaky gut. It just so happened that leading up to reading this book, I had been suffering from major bloating and lower stomach heaviness on and off for about three months. Some days, I literally looked four months pregnant and felt like I had a box of stones in my belly weighing my down (FUPA in yoga pants, my god!). My back even hurt. One day I thought I had ovarian cancer I was so swollen and achy down there. My gynecologist insisted I was fine, of course, and suggested I see a gastroenterologist, but I'm glad I waited. Everything Dr. Blum described as symptoms of leaky gut, I had. Her book has little tests you take that help you determine if you have severe issues and then she gives you remedies for each level of severity. For me, I need to heal my intestines with supplements and glutamine. I followed her steps (I'll go into detail about that in a another post soon) and sure enough, within days of starting her supplement plan and being more vigorous with my diet, I had no swelling or pain. In two months, I have kept it up and had no issues, not even once!

I've moved on to the adrenal fatigue portion of the book now and will get into the heavy metal removal later. It's a lot of information to digest in one sitting. I find myself reading parts of the book over and over again picking up new insight as I get further into the plan. She says it can take up to a year to really heal, but I'm definitely feeling less swelling in my joints and much, much better in my stomach. 

Dr. Blum knows what she's talking about. She was a traditional doctor who was diagnosed with hashimoto's thyroiditis. She healed herself with this plan and now she heals others. If you have fatigue, digestive or auto-immune issues at all, I suggest you get this book and hear what she has to say. I'm only half way through the journey, but it's been worth every second.

 

 

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a photo i took last night from the book i’m reading:   tiny beauitful things by cheryl strayed cannot, not love this quote. 

a photo i took last night from the book i’m reading: tiny beauitful things by cheryl strayed
cannot, not love this quote. 


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What To Expect When You're Expecting

this book is awesome. i’m just over half way through and i honestly can’t put it down. written by an expert patient, not a doctor, it’s so easy to understand and read. the book is equal parts educational (in a way anyone could understand) and supportive (how to change your life to accommodate the disease). having read the first half, i can easily say it sums up everything that’d pieced together in bits on the internet as well as taught me enough that i could expect medically what is going on with my body and my joints. it feels great to have this resource. i’d recommend it to anyone.

get it here: the first year: rheumatoid arthritis

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