i recently read a book called eat to live by dr. joel fuhrman. it has changed the way i view nutrition and our very american big business lifesyle of consumption. fuhrman encourages veganism, a road which always seemed much too steep for even me, a vegetarian for ten years.

six months after eliot was born i started to eat fish, i was tired and felt i really needed protein. (in hind sight i just needed sleep). not long after, the blood type diet ensnared me with it's confident answers to reverse low energy and increased health and weight loss. i've truly tried to not be so gullible again. but then i started a high protein diet last spring, i lost weight steadily but my lower back hurt. my kidneys were having a hard time filtering all that protein.

fuhrman's arguements are clear, well researched and where there are holes he admits more research needs to be done. how honest and refreshing. he writes about the "protein myth" we've been fed and reassemles our usda assembled food pyramid. you don't have to be vegan or vegetarian to follow his plan. please read this book if you are at all interested in health and nutrition. oprah's latest venture with bob greene will leave you stuck where you are right now. fuhrman's book will hopefully take you out of a dangerous food spell that is the current american diet.

two days ago my friend lent me the book, diet for a new america by john robbins. a stranger next to us asked my friend, "is that your book?" she ofcourse replied, yes. to which the woman said with such passion, "i read that book years ago, i couldn't put it down and i cried as i read every page. i've been a vegetarian ever since." wow, i looked at my friend. i was sort of speechless. i'm a third of the way into the book now and i had no idea what i was getting myself into. it should be required reading.

one of m favorite quotes so far is by robbins himself, "…all the wisdom traditions of the world teach us that a sure way to make yourself miserable is not to express yor love."

i'm sure there will be more.

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