The book started off the really strong, but I found that halfway it lost some steam. Still plenty of good trivia and taboo topics about the human body that are worthy of further pursuit. This was my first book of the author and I look forward to reading the others! I mean, the concept is great, it just depends on the stories that have happened in the past and how they unfolded, that determine if the book is interesting. This book shines at the moment the book touches on topics people are not likely to discuss in their day-to-day life due to shame and fear.
An insightful book about the various ways fructose wreak havoc on the human body. You could almost see it as an anti-nutrient, if supplied in a high concentration. Like all substances, the dose makes the poison. After hearing about the concepts in the podcast of Peter Attia, I wanted to learn more about the research that Prof. Richard Johnson and his colleagues had done to support his claims. Surprising to me were the relationship with yeast and umami foods to uric acid and its further effects on blood pressure. I will definitely reread parts of this book in the future.
Even though most people wouldn’t classify this as an audiobook, I think it does. I mean, it doesn’t matter, I just wanted to write a quick review about this great and gripping story, not all that unsimilar to the stranger in the woods by Michael Finkel. The main character was fascinating and resonated with me strongly. The little facts about clockmaking and the reference to other literature were nice details that added to the experience. The audio recordings just made it super vivid and I wish more non-fiction books were done this way, although I understand it is very difficult to pull off. One of a kind!
This was an impulse buy on Amazon Kindle. The thing that triggered me was the banality that you find in online post about running tips. They are never that exhaustive or new to me, but in this book there sure were some. Another thing that swayed me into buying this book was the section about the dogs you might encounter during your runs. However, even though they were quite useful, I found myself being attack and ambushed by two black rottweilers during one of my nightly runs. After a ten-minute fight, I was glad to have survived it with but a few scratches and single bite in my left leg. The book helped me with the right attitude to recover and get back into running soon after. Overall, it made me look forward to travel and explore!
Very inspiring journey with plenty of setbacks along the way. Made it a lot easier to deal with my own injury and to put things in perspective! The duel perspective story telling was also unique, however I really didn’t like the voice of the female author. Not that she can do anything about it, but I remember it being difficult to get used to in the beginning. However, by the end of the book I was not bothered by it so much, so I think she grew on me, just like she grew on one of the other characters out of the book. The book ‘Eat & Run’ was better, but overall an enjoyable read and time well spent.
Enough ideas are contained in this book to further explore the relationship of the human body and its direct environment. Variety is the spice of life and exposing to varying inputs improves the ability of homoeostasis altogether. It makes the case for some radical changes in one’s approach to the cold. Biggest lesson for me was just to trust the capabilities of your own body to deal with whatever you throw at it, we are more resilient than we think.
Not a big fan of Wim Hof, but at least he indicates the direction in which further improvements can be made.
This has been my favourite book that I have read in the year 2020, and although the year has just begun, I think it will remain one of, if not the favourite at the end of the year. An insightful book looking into the solitude life and what it can bring. What brings a man to make a decision like this and how did he get away with it for so long. These are the people that if you met them in real life, you would want to ask them so many questions and try to understand what goes on in their mind and if you were able to do the same in such a situation. Definitely recommend this book to anyone.
The author clearly went through a difficult time and I felt that I barely could relate, since I don’t have that much anxiety. I do think personally, that some of the symptoms could have been prevented through a better lifestyle, but I also understand that once you find yourself in a situation like that, that there are no real quick fixes and you need a lot of time and patience that get back up and running. What I did love, was the strong conviction and refound motivation to have a purpose in his life, making him no longer afraid of the future, but to be excited for it!
Uplifting book from an uplifting author, despite the tough personal period that he had to go through.
The book gave me a new perspective on running, the ability to do it for others and to find joy in such a simple activity.
I had never heard of the podcast, of which the author is a host and I will for sure check it out, since I did quite enjoy the type of humor, it was subtle but brutal at the same time. Because of this book, I signed up for the local running blind organisation, that connects (near)blind people with volunteers that would like to help said people to go and run again and let the others be their eyes. It makes me feel good, knowing something like this exists and makes me less anxious to become blind.
After finishing the book on the synergies of mediation and running (Running with the Mind of Meditation: Lessons for Training Body and Mind), I decided to follow up with the synergies of meditation and eating. The strengths of this book are the ways in which to be focussing on expressing the gratitude of your everyday meal. At times, my mind can be absorbed by thoughts on food and I have a hard time thinking of anything else. This doesn’t only happen when I am hungry, because then it would make sense, but it is like there are parasites in my brain that can only think of food. This book has helped in getting a better attitude and relationship with my food, but I find the content to be a bit short and dry. Perhaps because everything is brought down to the essentials, but I would have appreciated some more examples or applications. Overall, one that might be helpful to relisten, if I ever find I lose touch with my eating habits.