4 Books That Have Nothing To Do With Low Carb

I do a lot of reading that has nothing to do with low carb, but still has an impact on my diet, my outlook, and my dogged persistence. I dislike doing book reviews because I feel I do an awful job at them, but I’ll make an exception here because each of these books have had a profound impact on me – and you can go to Amazon from each link and read some REAL reviews, written by people who actually know how to write a good review.

If you like this blog, and like to read, you might want to check these out:

My Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolt Taylor, PHD

You have to google this amazing woman – she was a neurobiologist who, at 37, has a massive stroke – and documents the feelings she had as portions of her left brain, the analytical side, began to shut down, and revealed to her this other brain, this quiet, and how amazingly awesome it was.

This is NOT a depressing book by any means, and probably gave me the most insight into how our minds actually work. It is full of wit and compassion, and while you’ll learn perhaps more about a stroke than you might have thought you wanted, this book is more about the meaning of life, as her stroke got her to see life differently – not because of the health issues, but because it shut down the portions of her brain that constantly chatter and she got to form a relationship with the other half of her brain. She fully recovered. Here’s a TED lecture by her that you should check out. An amazing story.

The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt

This was recommended by Dr. Michael R. Eades, M.D – the Protein Power guy. I have wanted to write the author and tell him what a lousy name for a book this is. This is a really great book. The book is a review of ten ideas of mankind about the meaning of life, many found across multiple cultures, and his amazing, insightful, well-researched, gentle exploration of each. He quotes the great thinkers from many cultures, and gives his own conclusions, which I sometimes agree with – sometimes not. My copy is dog-eared and underlined. It is a work to recommend to anyone who posses an urge to understand our lives, this world, and how we fit in it.

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankel

This books should be on each person’s reading list. This very short book is about the indomitable spirit of man in the midst of the worst adversity. Frankel knew this because he spent a few years in a Nazi death camp before writing it. While he spends some time in the first part discussing the death camps, it is not a memoir of the camps – it is way more.

Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me – Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Carol Tavris

This last book I gave my copy to a friend – I had walked into her office and seemingly out of nowhere she related her being beaten by her stepfather as a child while the other children were not, and how it was unresolved to her all these years later. Reading this book allowed me to forgive much in others (and myself) because it details self-deception, and why we do it. It is a good read, and a compassionate book about an important aspect of the human condition.



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