Congrats to the book giveaway winners! I’l be sending Alyssa, Robin, and Cassie a book to read. :)
Now that I’ve given away the books I don’t have time to read, I’m on to some new reading for myself.
I was reading Unlimited by Jillian Michaels but I gave up. I couldn’t get into it or enjoy the book. I really like Jillian Michaels on her podcast and think she’s an awesome trainer, but I did not connect with her as an author in this book. All the new-agey self-helpy stuff was a struggle to read. So I quit. I don’t abandon many books and maybe I’ll go back and finish, but for now it’s a no.
I’ve moved on to a new book: Potatoes Not Prozac: Solutions for Sugar Sensitivity
My reading list has a few books about sugar and giving up sugar. I chose this one as my first read since I’ve been considering medication to help deal with PMDD and exhausting anxiety (ps – a new birth control has helped with this somewhat already! yay!).
So far it’s been a rather interesting read. The author has a theory of sugar sensitivity that she backs up with lots of anecdotes from her experience working with alcohol addicts. I read about half the book in one night and am just now getting to the part of the book where it gives you a plan for eating and living.
The first half of the book was great because I recognized myself in EVERYTHING she was saying. Based on her tests I would be sugar sensitive. Is that scientific fact? Meh. Is it something I want to examine in my own life and maybe try to fix? You betcha.
Basically even when I’m eating healthy and losing weight, I still crave sugar and eat something sweet every day. I eat things with too much sugar in them too often. It wouldn’t a problem except I think it’s causing a lot of the other problems I constantly struggle with including low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, frustration, restlessness, and more. Reading the book’s list of symptoms that sugar sensitive people deal with when they are imbalanced was like reading a list of my worst personality traits.
So, I’m going to read this book and then read another and then work on my diet to move toward eliminating more if not all sugar. I did it once, for like a week, and I felt great. I was on to something then, even if I didn’t keep it up and went right back to eating sugar. I struggle with cutting sugar out of my diet even though I believe it would truly help me.
I’m going to work through the second half of this book as my latest experiment, complete with food tracking and learning and correcting. I’ll review the book fully later but so far I’m really liking it!