Nutritional Health

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Eat Food, Not a Lot, Mostly Plants

“Organic Oreos are not a health food. When Coca-Cola begins selling organic Coke, as it surely will, the company will have struck a blow for the environment perhaps, but not for our health. Most consumers automatically assume that the word "organic" is synonymous with health, but it makes no difference to your insulin metabolism if the high-fructose corn syrup in your soda is organic.”

       Eat Food: eat real food. Food that will spoil if left out. Not a lot: if we eat a little slower we will feel full and won't eat as much. Mostly Plants: humans have been eating more plants than meat or dairy as part of our normal diet for centuries. 

       Michael Pollan looks into the "Western Diet". When and where it came from. How it got out of control, and how we can make small changes to get back to what our bodies are used to, from a time before white bread and high fructose corn syrup.

       

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Are Nutrition and Cancer Connected?

“dairy intake is “one of the most consistent dietary predictors for prostate cancer in the published literature,” and those who consume the most dairy have double to quadruple the risk.”

       This is one of my favorite survival books. It shows how our brains work in an emergency and why we need to act fast. 

       "Journalist and senior fellow at the Emerson Collective combines the inspiring stories of disaster survivors with research into how the brain works when confronted with unusual events. She explains that unless we have had the experience and/or the training to help us act quickly during moments of great peril, our instinctive response may be the worst possible reaction."

Here is a short video of the author featured by FEMA in their PrepTalks.

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The One-Stop-Shop Survival Book

“Courage is the facing of a challenge with a healthy fear, not being fearless.”

       This book teaches the nuts and bolts of survival for the days and weeks after you survive the disaster. Les does an amazing job explaining real survival skills anyone can grasp on a fundamental level. Most of the skills are "how to survive in the woods" skills, but the basics are true in the woods and in your home. 

       This is a great book to have, even if you don't have time to read it from cover to cover. It is a great resource to look up a technique or skill.