I May Take Up Running

Photo by Sean Venn

I’m not a runner. I never have been. Just the thought of running makes me want to fall in a wheezing, asthmatic heap. Recently, though, I’ve been thinking about taking up running.

Running has always been a very romantic idea to me. A solitary sport, one can spend time with one’s own thoughts – perfect for someone who has a constant philosophical debate going on in their head.
Biologically speaking, humans are meant to run. We are built to run from danger and to find food, neither of which we generally need to do in our techno-society. It’s a wonderfully healthy way to keep in shape. The runners I know are some of the healthiest people I know.
On another level, though, there seems to be some psychological benefit to running. Runners are in tune with their bodies. In being so, they tend to have healthy self-body images, of which I am sorely lacking.
So here I am – afraid of wheezing to my death on the side of the road and yet understanding that this is probably something I need to do – for both my physical and psychological well being. Small steps to a better me.

The Candida Cure

Candida Cure: Yeast, Fungus & Your Health by Ann Boroch: Book Cover

Millions of Americans suffer from a host of afflictions, never realizing that what they eat could be the cause. After struggling with cutting numerous allergens from my diet in order to heal many of the problems afflicting me, a naturopath suggested going on a yeast cleanse. Suddenly, after just a week, I could feel a change. When looking for a book to read more, I came across Ann Boroch’s The Candida Cure: Yeast, Fungus & Your Health: The 90-Day Program to Beat Candida & Restore Vibrant Health. The information in this book was eye-opening, and it is one I will definitely recommend to others.

Skinny B*tch

Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous!

Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin have written a marketer’s dream with their book, Skinny Bitch. Write in as many curse words as you can and be offensive as possible, officially splitting your market in half – those who will love it and want to read it and those who will hate it and want to read it to see what you have to say so they can counter it. If you can get past the crassness of the authors, there is actually quite a bit of good information in the book, although I’d say there is a fair amount of misinformation, too.

American diets are horrible, and the authors have no qualms about pointing that out. Whether the information is enough to cause a person to take a deeper look at their diet or whether their in-your-face attitude is, changing our diets for the better – for health and not appearance – is never a bad thing.

It seems, however, that the authors then took hold of their marketer and went wild. While I found some of the recipes in the book appealing, there were plenty that called for processed crap – organic vegan processed crap, but crap nonetheless. It’s a bit of irony after their spiel against processed foods. However, we all know that the majority of America isn’t out to get healthy but to look skinny. So in that aspect, I’d say the authors hit their mark. Prey on the insecurities of a population and market as many products to them as possible. It just so happens that this time, they actually threw information into the mix. Take out the crassness and marketing, the idea that we should prematurely wean children, and the love of all things soy, and you’d have a good book that probably wouldn’t sell.