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I’ve become a reading machine — Mark got me a Kindle Fire HD for Christmas, and I’ve been mowing through books like it’s my job. I always loved reading, but, — this may sound terrible — holding books has become tedious to me since my hands are so small, and the books I want to read are usually pretty big. I was spending more time fumbling with the book to get a comfortable grip than I was reading. But the Kindle Fire is the perfect size, and I love it (so far). I even made a cute case for it (complete with glasses-wearing hipster deer):
Lately I’ve immersed myself in a series of books, documentaries, and articles related to health, nutrition, and fitness. I’ve obviously got a vested interest in these topics, but I’m not an expert. And up until now the opinions I’ve formed on these subjects were based on my own personal experiences and ideas, and not scientific research or expert sources.
However, I’m making a concerted effort to change my approach to forming my opinions on health, nutrition, and fitness (and other aspects of my life). In fact, I’ve become so interested in nutrition that I’m debating on whether I want to continue my masters degree in graphic design, or switch to a nutrition-related scientific field. The latter would require me to take some basic undergraduate science classes before pursuing a graduate degree, and the former could be done AND I could supplement the degree with my interest in nutrition by taking 2-3 classes in nutritional biochemistry or nutritional science in addition since my graphic design degree requires several non-degree credits.
And, as I mentioned last week, I will be having regular guest posts from a registered dietitian, and a nutritional biochemistry student (or, as I like to call her, an “expert-in-training”). If I do take a nutrition class, I’ll share info with you. And as I read more books and watch more documentaries, I’ll review some of them for you.
Anyway. Long explanation. And to go with that long explanation for my sudden interest in research, I have a long list of materials that I’ve read and watched in the past month that have helped me begin to form more educated opinions on the matters of health, nutrition, and fitness. I’ve got a bunch more in queue (mostly to read).
All of these movies have a similar theme: our Western diet of processed food is making us sick, and if we start eating mostly plants, we will feel better. Some of these films focus on where our food comes from (Fresh and Vegucated in particular), and what we can do to make sure we’re getting the most nutritious (and humanely treated) food sources. I enjoyed Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, Vegucated, and Fresh the most — to me, these were the most entertaining, and informative.
- Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch *** This has changed my life. I’m going to start a read-along with this book VERY soon.
- I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson
- Sweet Poison by David Gillespie
- Food Rules by Michael Pollan
- The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
- In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
- Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels (and an endocrinologist — because, Jillian is NOT an expert on nutrition either)
- Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes
Given the voice and opinions of most of the items listed, I should mention that my full-time job is for an agricultural college within a land-grant institution, which translates into my day job being very focused on industrial agriculture and agribusiness, but our college has interests (and majors, students, and research) in the environment, bioeconomy, and health fields. I’m getting a well-rounded view of the topics that I’m interested in, though my reading and viewing materials may suggest otherwise.
I also picked up a lot of free K-12 science books on subjects that my school was lacking, or that I failed to take in high school, such as biology, nutrition, and basic chemistry. I’m hoping that my newfound interest in very (very) basic nutritional biochemistry will help me gain some of the knowledge that I missed in grade school, and that I can finally be friends with a science. That, and I hope some of this knowledge will help me not feel so stupid when my friends, who are mostly engineers, are geeking math and science.
Again, I’m far from an expert, but I’m hoping to start to back up my opinions that I share with you with examples from experts.
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Hi there. I'm Calee (pronounced CAL-e). If that's too hard, just call me Cal. Also known as chimes or the chimes. I'm 28ish, a designer, a runner, a self-proclaimed fitness queen, a craftster, a foodie, a music snob — some might call me a hipster. Here's the unabridged version.
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