Knowledge is Power – Must Read Books

They say Knowledge is Power, and the knowledge in the books below will arm you with loads information you need to know for yourself and your family’s health.  Now I have more knowledge I can use this to ensure that the next 40 years of my life is focused on health, weight loss and wellness for myself and my family!!! Grab an e-book on Amazon, Kindle, IBooks or get yourself an old school paper copy online at Book Depository, FishPond or your favourite book retailer. It will be worth every cent!  Enjoy!!

The Clever Guts Diet by DR Michael Mosley

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The Clever Guts Diet by Dr Michael Mosley has given me a real education as to what happens when I eat and digest food and the impact glut flora has on my weight and general health. He provides practical advice and information on the clinical studies performed in this area.  

I knew that gut flora plays an important role, but Michael identifies which bacteria help support our health and well being, and which bacteria are working against us. Michael also details the foods that encourage healthy gut flora and those foods that have a negative impact such as alcohol, sugar etc. The good news is that Michael also provides a plan to re-calibrate your gut flora to increase the levels of good bacteria and decrease the levels of bad to get the most out of the foods you eat. Definately worth the read, highly recommended!!!

 

A Fat Lot of Good by Dr Peter Brukner

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This is a fantastic new release here in Australia called A Fat Lot of Good. It’s a must read for everyone on Ketosis. Dr Peter Brukner is an Australian medical professional who has worked in sports medicine with Australian and International sports teams for the past 35 years. When he was facing his own personal health issues he realised that the information taught to doctors and medical professionals is incorrect and as a result we are seeing sky rocketing levels of modern diet related disease globally.

What I love about this book is that Peter goes step by step through all the issues, looking at where we have gone wrong, identifying the major problems and how to rectify these. He talks about different types of ingredients commonly consumed and details why they should or should not be a part of your diet. I highly recommend this book to everyone. It’s not only appropriate for Australian readers, but applies globally.  

 

The Obesity Code by Jason Fung

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This book is brilliant.  It doesn’t matter where you live in the world, The Obesity Code by Jason Fung is a fantastic book full of information everyone should read. If you have always struggled with your weight, if you are concerned about your insulin levels, insulin resistance, developing type 2 diabetes or if you have a heartbeat, I highly recommend this book!!!! Jason Fung does an incredible job explaining the cause and effect of Insulin on the human body. He goes back through years of medical case studies and research and summarises these studies to prove that we have all been following bad advice (for example the push to eat low fat products instead of high fat) and, now that we know the truth how to choose a different path to good health instead of obesity and illness. Jason shows that obesity is caused by hormones and how a constantly high level of insulin in the body can lead to insulin resistance and obesity. He talks about why you should avoid snacking, the benefits of fasting and what foods to eat and when to eat them to keep your insulin levels low.  Everything I read in this book made sense. After being on many high carb, low fat diets over the past 20 years, I now finally understand why none of them worked and why I’ve managed to lose 17kg on a LCHF diet and why I put it back on when I go out of Ketosis. Fantastic read, Highly Recommended!!!

 

Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

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When we begin any journey in our lives, most of us use a map or a set of directions to tell us how to get to our destination. To be able to choose where we are going we need to look at where we are now and for those of you beginning a journey like myself for either improved health or weight loss, I cannot emphasis how important it is to take the time to do just this.  If you have had enough with your current situation and you are looking for permanent change in your life, you must look at what is happening in your current life, what you would like to see in your future and identify where the changes need to be made to achieve these goals. To do this we must sit down and critically look at ourselves and our habits. If your health is the area you would like to change, then you need to review the current health issues you have and take into account all the factors that affect your health in the big picture. 

To do this you need to start to ask yourself some important questions. To help me to ask the right questions, one of the first things I did to do this was to get a hold of a range of self-help books. The one that I found to resinate the most with me, that I still read through when I need inspiration and to get back on track is Awake the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins.

If I could buy everyone who reads this blog a copy of this book I would.  It’s one of the few self-help books that I have read over the years that really struck a chord with me. By working through the book, it allowed me to see how my choices on a daily basis were ultimately allowing me to be the best or worst version of myself. I could see how up until the point of reading this book, the majority of my choices I was making were resulting in me being the worst possible version of myself. By taking responsibility and accountability for all the bad choices I had made up to that point, I could then make an instant life changing decision to be the best version of me, and by making that defining choice, I chose to instantly change my old habits and behaviours to new ones. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to support to make permanent change in their lives, health or otherwise.

  

First we Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson

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This is a book I think we should all read. First, we make the Beast Beautiful is a fantastic book written by fellow Australian Sarah Wilson about her experiences with Anxiety. We all suffer from Anxiety in differing degrees, but for some of us who suffer from higher levels of Anxiety, life can take be extremely challenging. Sarah writes from the heart about her personal experiences with Anxiety and her autoimmune disease Hashimotos. Sarah’s openness about her experiences is so raw and her insight into aspects of life we often think don’t think or talk about is so refreshing. I absolutely recommend this book to everyone to read whether you suffer from Anxiety or not. As a fellow anxiety sufferer, for me reading this book was like letting out a deep breath I’d been holding in for too long. Highly recommended!!! 

 

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