Wheat Belly Book Recommendation & Hidden Gems #4 | Dr. William Davis


Written by Jason Nesbitt Topics: Books, Self Improvement Wheat Belly Book

Wheat Belly Book

 

Warning: Following the Guidance of The Wheat Belly Book May Make You Feel Amazing

Thanks for joining me again for the Wheat Belly book recommendation. This is one of my favourite topics in life: diet and nutrition. If you know me, you’ll know how obsessed I get with the different fuels that feed our body and my belief of how much of an impact they have on our body.

To summarise the Wheat Belly book and entice you to keep on reading I will provide you with the following sentence:

If you want to feel more awake, lose weight and understand the fuel of your body more then you have to read this book!

So, if that floats your boat and you’re drooling at the idea of losing weight (irony), then enjoy the summary and hidden gems below of:

Wheat Belly book by Dr William Davis – Click Here to Get Your Copy

Summary & Recommendation

This book will get you excited about how amazing you could feel so definitely comes highly recommended from my humble self.

You’ll be amazed by not only the weight loss impact, but the medical issues that have been resolved by removing this white demon. I enjoy the humour of dislike towards wheat induced people. A fun style of writing that makes it very easy to read.

Reading it made me begin to wonder if most of our foods are empty calories with minimal benefit….Is that something you have ever pondered before? I’ll leave you to read the book and decide for yourself.

I’ll summarise the general findings of it: modern wheat is very genetically modified to create a lot more of it. It results in spikes insulin that make us tired, more hungry, gain weight and have an array of health issues. It’s cheap and fills us up.

This is such a hot topic that I don’t think it needs anymore of a recommendation. After reading it, you’ll be looking out for the wheat belly everywhere and feeling content at having a better understanding of what causes it. Onwards to the gems hidden in the book.

Hidden Gems

  • Wheat stayed the same for thousands of years and changed into something unrecognisable in the mid 20th century and yet still has the same name: Wheat. The book nicely explains the differences before and after to give great insight and explanation

 

  • GI level of food is the most important thing to look at (and I’d always avoided it!): glucose is unavoidably accompanied by insulin, the hormone that allows entry of glucose into the cells of the body, converting the glucose to fat. The higher the blood glucose after consumption of food, the greater the insulin level and the more fat is deposited

 

  • Click here right now to view a great GI index of common foods. In conclusion, wheat is the same, sometimes worse, than having a spoonful of sugar

 

  • Wheat has morphine like effect. You may have experienced it before. Having that big baguette at lunch knocks you out like a punch from Mike Tyson. It is also an appetite stimulant! That means that eating wheat will make you more hungry. I know I definitely crave more food after eating a lot of wheat. Me thinks this is a bad thing!

 

  • Removing wheat is pretty much guaranteed to improve moods, reduce mood swings, improve concentration and allow for deeper sleep within a few days or weeks

 

  • Gluten binds to the brain’s morphine receptor. That’s right, just like heroin. Induces a reward, kind of euphoric feeling. If this is blocked or avoided, people often experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms

 

  • There is the usual story of large companies (pharmaceutical and food) having a sway over clinical trials to avoid the truth and promote/not create bad press for their products

 

  • My business mind was running whilst reading this book, as per usual. It made me want to create the idea of: What wheat / whatwheat.com – an app and website that explains what you can eat and the effects of it. What do you think?

 

  • Mountains of scientific evidence explaining the negative impact of wheat. This book articulates it, puts it all in one place and gives everybody a very good reason to put down that boots meal deal sandwich. Some of the studies were done decades ago which is why it is so surprising that it isn’t more common knowledge.

 

  • It got me super pumped about the low carb dream. The evidence is impossible to ignore.

 

  • Is gluten free worth it?: NO. Gluten free could be used temporarily to avoid the brain side affects of gluten wheat such as the euphoric high and addictive/withdrawel qualities. However, it still has the same, if not higher, glucose/insulin response so will still end up storing more fat.

 

  • Is rice ok? Yes, gluten wise. Long grain and brown rice are fine as they don’t increase glucose and insulin much but other types of rice can increase glucose as much as bread

 

  • Unless you’re very interested in the topic, I recommend reading just the first 25% of the book and skipping the sciency bits. It’s quite easy to flip to the next chapter when biology kicks in.

 

  • Warning: It is an anti carb book disguised as an anti wheat book. The author explains that one should remove wheat and replace it with healthy natural foods such as meat, veg and nuts – not other carbs!

 

  • Carbs are the biggest reason for appetite. Removing them will result in an individual being able to go for days without really feeling hungry. Imagine not having your life ran by the fact that you need to top up on sugar (carbs) every 2 hours. Life changing freedom!

 

So What Should You Be Eating?

As I was nearing the end of the book, I got the urge to write out a nicely refined list of what can be eaten to have the following benefits:

– a consistent level of energy and appetite by reduction of glucose/insulin spikes

– reduction of ageing due to lack of small LDL particles being created 

– avoiding all allergic reactions to gluten

It turns out that the author had the exact same idea as when I got on to the next page, I found a very similar looking list. Useful stuff! Check out the list below:

– As much meat as you want (not cured such as bacon, sausages or salami). Cook at lower temperatures for as little time as possible

– as many eggs as you want

– as much fish as you want

– as much cheese as you want. Full fat.

– as many vegetables as you want

– as many raw nuts as you want

– some fruit (preferably berries). E.g. 10 blueberries or 3 wedges of apple or orange. Not dried fruit.

– some quinoa or oats. E.g. 1/2 a cup

– some brown rice. E.g. 1/2 a cup

– some potatoes. E.g. 1/2 a sweet potato

– some legumes. E.g. 1/2 a cup

– some cottage cheese, yoghurt, milk and butter. E.g. 1 serving a day. Unflavoured and unsweetened

– some soy. E.g. 1 serving a day

– use the following oils generously: extra virgin olive, coconut avocado and cocoa butter

Recommendation In A Recommendation – My Favourite

If you are interested in this topic then I highly recommend you check out Grain Brain by David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg. It is very similar and stresses the same points as the Wheat Belly book. You grab your copy by Clicking Here.

Grain Brain concentrates more on the effects of wheat/gluten on the brain and is an excellent read. It explains the non visual effects of gluten such Alzheimer’s etc. in a very understandable, albeit, medical way.

The Wheat Belly Book is Totally Worth It

The Wheat Belly book is worth it just for the list of easy to make recipes at the back! Great low carb ideas and a surprising amount of sweet treats. I can’t wait to try them.

Thanks for joining us again. I hope these books are having a positive impact on your life. I know they certainly are on mine! Until next time…

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Book Recommendation & Hidden Gems #3 | ‘The Alchemist’ Summary – Paulo Coelho Books


Written by Jason Nesbitt Topics: Books, Deep Thinking, Self Improvement Paulo Coelho Books - The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho Books – The Alchemist

 

Recommendations, Revelations and Hidden Gems

Hello fellow readers and welcome to the third book recommendation. That’s right, we’ve hit the hat trick. This summary is for the best of Paulo Coelho Books.

 

First of all, it’s worth mentioning that this book was an absolute delight to read. It is the second fiction book I’ve read in about 3 years and leads me to believe that I should probably read more as it was very enjoyable.

 

Jump aboard the whistle stop tour adventure summary, complete with hidden gems, of:

 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Click Here to Get Your Copy

 

Summary & Recommendation – My First Read Of Paulo Coelho Books 

The Alchemist is an adventure story. It is a very smooth read and as you may be able to guess from reading this far, is very highly recommended. The short paragraphs used are an excellent style of writing that makes it very easy to follow and allows the reader to never bore of a specific scene.

 

The book gives very realistic internal monologue describing the protagonist’s entire thought process on this incredibly captivating journey.

 

There are wonderful common themes with uplifting philosophies such as:

  • Following your dream
  • Enthusiasm being a universal language
  • Loving what one does
  • And many more

 

It was incredible to read such inspirational fiction, especially considering I usually stick to the business, marketing and self help genres!

 

Hidden Gems

Now on to the life impacting parts. As always, listed below:

 

  • To continue doing what you already know isn’t success. We have to take on new adventures and constantly challenge ourselves. This may sound like obvious advice but is so poignantly described in this book

 

  • I was struck by the boy leaving new friends he made without saying goodbye and realised how large this was considering mobile phones definitely didn’t exist at that time! It made me yearn for the simplicity of a goodbye being a goodbye until the two individuals met again

 

  • There is a lot of acceptance of death due to it happening in the pursuit of following ones destiny. Very inspiring

 

  • I remember writing in my journal in previous years to ‘pay attention to the signs of the world’, and this book is a big testament to that. Not in a magical way at all, but in more of an awareness of the way that the world is all connected and there are usually obvious signs telling one what direction they should head in. For example, if you keep noticing talk about an activity that you’re interested in doing (skiing, stand up comedy, playing an instrument), then take the world up on it’s offer and dive into it. This may also just be linked to a yes man philosophy and making sure one is open to new activities and opportunities. Either way, seems like grand advice to me

 

  • A wonderful sentence is repeated throughout the book that I had to include here: ‘when a person really desires something, all of the universe conspires to help that person realise their dream

 

  • I enjoyed the relaxed nature of the main character doing nothing but sitting and thinking for much of his time. This made me reflect once again on our modern obsession with constant stimulation and the fact that time can be passed very enjoyably by just sitting…and thinking. Get that old brain heated up. It’s like meditation in disguise

 

  • There is a beautiful, real life example of something that we are all familiar with. The main character repeatedly goes through periods of being distracted from his goals. BUT, in his case the focus always returns at unexpected times. I think we should all reflect upon our goals and make an attempt to establish when we are being distracted and whether a change in direction is necessary

 

At around 100 pages this is a quick, immersive and enjoyable read that I would recommend to everyone. Turn off that TV for one evening and get through this beaut in a few hours – You won’t regret it.

 

Thanks for reading and as always, please comment below if you’ve read The Alchemist, any other Paulo Coelho Books or would like to discuss any of the points made. I hope you enjoyed The Alchemist summary.

 

P.S. Bonus revelation: Wouldn’t you agree that our generation has an amazing creativity and innovative advantage considering we can put any song in the world on straight into our ears at any volume and quality we desire? Something to be extremely grateful of me thinks!

 

P.S. The above revelation happened whilst listening to One Direction. Bring on the abuse.

 

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Esther Perel Book Recommendation & Hidden Gems #2 | Mating In Captivity


Written by Jason Nesbitt Topics: Books, Deep Thinking, Self Improvement Esther Perel Mating In Captivity Review

Mating In Captivity by Esther Perel

Recommendations, Revelations and Hidden Gems

Hello one and all.

 

Thanks for joining me for the second rendition of my book recommendations. This is for the great Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel.

 

We will be taking a slight transition by adding the hidden gems found in the books as well. This approach has been influenced by the ever so inspirational Tim Ferriss and Derek Sivers. I highly recommend you check both of them out as they keep me pumped all day long. That’s right, it’s a recommendation within a recommendation. Just like Inception for recommendations.

 

Anyway, digressions over. Enjoy reading my recommendations and hidden gems of:

 

Mating in Captivity by Esther PerelClick Here to Get Your Copy

 

A slight confession before we continue: I had the idea to include the hidden gems of books when I was about 75% through this one SO, a lot of the gems are done on retrospect and I can guarantee that the list will be a lot larger, better and comprehendible for future books :). You trust me right!? Good.

 

Summary & Recommendation

An excellent read for anyone that wants to actively sustain an intimate relationship long term. The points are blindingly obvious, but very often ignored and the book is very well written – no joke, the language was nearly on par with something as complex as Nassim Taleb’s Black Swan!

 

Hidden Gems

If you know anything about me, it’s that you’ll know I’m a list man who wants to get straight to the 80/20 useful aspects of any article SO, in that spirit, please find the hidden gems below.

 

  • It’s healthy in a relationship to acknowledge ‘the third’ & play with it. The third is the attractive waitress, slim hostess or anyone that makes your heart beat slightly faster than usual. Feel confident that You are chosen by your partner over all these other possibilities. This concept adds spice to our relationships as it’s a realisation that we don’t own our partners

 

  • Sex has different appeals to different individuals. Some experience the effect of losing their minds,  others enjoy an improvement to their ego and others lust after excitement & adventure. It’s good to find your drive to manage your own expectations

 

  • I found that reading this book strongly reaffirmed my belief in the importance of keeping a self, having our own habits and individuality. I thoroughly believe that a relationship can only work if both participants have their own life outside of their relationship. This book didn’t directly say it…but definitely hinted many times at that fact

 

  • Spontaneity cannot survive in the long term. A couple must act to make sex happen instead of just expecting it to happen magically. Early ‘in the moment’/’spontaneous’ sex for couples was a result of hours/days of preparation and thought. Spontaneous sex doesn’t exist. We won’t be loved and wanted just because we’ve put the time in – we need to seduce and act

 

And that’s the gems list. Take ’em, leave ’em and definitely spread ’em (yes yes, a funny play on words for a book about eroticism).

 

Esther Perel TED Talk

If you are interested in any of the topics discussed in this post then you should definitely check out Esther Perel’s TED Talks. She has a couple of TED talks and they can be found by clicking.

 

OR, if you just want to watch the TED talks, you can find them below:

 

 

Thanks For Stopping By

That’s all for this one. A short and enjoyable read that provides the reader with an opportunity to assess the motives within their relationship.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and please comment below if you’ve read Mating in Captivity or are interested in any of the points made.

 

Thanking you kindly for reading.

 

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Book Recommendation #1 | $100 Startup – Chris Guillebeau


Written by Jason Nesbitt Topics: Books, Business, Deep Thinking, Self Improvement the_100_startup

My First Recommendation

I love to read. I love to recommend. I sometimes fear that my recommendations often don’t inspire the amount of action that I intended, so, I have decided to recommend to the Internet as I hear that there might be a couple of people out there using it…

Enjoy the first Nesbitt Web book recommendation below:

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

Having recently finished the excellent Nassim Taleb’s ‘Antrifragility’, I can honestly say that this was a pleasantly short read. The $100 startup provides easy to follow steps in a logical order for anyone that wants a coherent how to guide of taking action and creating your own startup. Included are a generous amount of anecdotes and examples from people all around the world. These examples are very entertaining and short enough to hold your attention but I did struggle to relate to a lot of them and gained much more insight from the guide aspects of the book, as opposed to the examples.

I must admit that the title is slightly misleading, as that majority of the startups mentioned in the book start of with higher costs. On a far more positive note, the book joined the ranks of many others that cause me a very beneficial frustration:

‘I can’t go more than 5 pages without picking up my laptop to make some notes or do some work!’

I would definitely recommend reading the $100 Startup if you want a quick fix of inspiration to get working on your world changing idea.

Don’t forget to check out the accompanying website for The $100 Startup for useful resources:

http://100startup.com/

Keep your eyes on the prize (assuming the prize is in a book)

 

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