“I don’t like stuff that sucks”

by Kim on December 19, 2014

Guys: I have a new book crush.

(And yes, I will explain that title, haha.)

Several months ago, I put in a request at the library for a book I’d heard about somewhere on the interweb. There was a long waiting list, so I figured I’d see it in a year, and totally forgot about it.

When I got the email the other day that the book was in, I looked up the title to remind myself what it was about. One word stuck out: diet. Hrmmm? Why did I request another stupid diet book? Everything I read about dieting sounds the same at this point, and I’m pretty over all of it.

Plus, there was a tomato on the cover, with rings around it like an atom. Hmmm. Sounds kinda science-y…aka boring.

I almost didn’t even pick it up.

Obviously, you know where this is going. I got the book, I’m a few chapters in, and already I’m SO wrong. This book is genius. It might be the most genius book I’ve read since Push.

It’s called Foodist. If you haven’t read it yet, you should. And, hey, it’s the perfect time of year to dive into a new book. Grab a hot drink, sit by a fire…and read about food and science?

Yes. Trust me.

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The most important thing to know about Foodist is that it’s not about dieting—it’s about not dieting (and what to do instead). It’s about how dieting sucks, doesn’t work, and actually ultimately makes you gain more weight. A lot of us “know” that, but it’s really eye-opening to read the science of why (and in easily digestible, legitimately fun-to-read language).

But what I really love about this book (so far) is its exploration of the psychology of eating. For example, it talks about how the biggest flaw of dieting is that it relies on willpower. I’ve heard that before, but I’ve never read an actual scientific explanation of it. It’s not as simple as “diets don’t work because people generally don’t have enough self control.” (Which makes the dieter think: “well, I’ll just have enough self control! GO TEAM ME!”)

One reason, according to the book, is that willpower is dependent on blood sugar. Willpower comes from the brain, right? And the brain’s primary form of fuel is sugar. So when your blood sugar is low (when you’re hungry), your willpower is truly, biologically downregulated. Your brain wants sugar, and since it, um, controls everything you do, it knows exactly how to get it.

The book also talks about how we only have a single stock of willpower for everything we do. So, if you use up a lot of self control on something completely unrelated to eating (like, not losing your shit-ake mushrooms with your button-pushing toddler—HELLO), you will be less likely to have any willpower leftover to keep you out of the Christmas fudge (or whatever…Christmas fudge is my personal kryptonite).

Long story short: read this book. Not only is it totally on point, content-wise, but the writing is insane. Like, it’s a scientific book about food and I’m gobbling it up like a beach read.

Here’s the author’s blog, if you want to read more about her first. (More genius: putting the word “summer” in her blog title. That’s my happiness trigger word.)

Oh yeah: and the best moment of the book (so far) came on the very first page, with this quote (in reference to dieting):

I don’t like stuff that sucks.” – Beavis and Butthead

Touché.

Do you have a favorite health/lifestyle book?

I also loved The Happiness Project, in a completely different way.

 

Have a great weekend!

xo

Kim

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Truth time + adult Christmas is kind of lame

by Kim on December 17, 2014

Guys! I don’t think I’ve slacked off this much in the blogging department since…ever! I’ve been waiting for inspiration to strike, rather than “forcing” it, and so far, the result has been: a whole lotta nada.

I should feel guilty and stressed about it, but for some reason, I feel pretty darn happy. Liberated, even. I know this blogging thing is just a hobby, but it’s still hard work. And with two kiddos and a growing list of other side hobbies, I’m kinda maxed out on work right now.

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Task #1: keep big brother from smothering little brother with his constant, aggressive affection.

Don’t worry: I’m not leading up to an “I’m peacing out of blogging” announcement. That would feel like chopping off an arm. But there might be some changes incoming. I know I’ve mentioned wanting to spend time on more “permanent” projects, like exercise programs and e-books, and that’s a big part of it.

The other part is that I’m learning more about myself as a blogger. I’m coming to terms with what I like to write, and what I write because I think I should.

Daily life updates are a tricky area for me. I want to share that stuff, so you can see who I am, but I also get easily burnt out on all the picture-taking and the “here’s what I did yesterday” stories. Those work great for some people, and they’re definitely fun to read, but I have to be true to myself. What I really love to do is dig into deep life issues and topics—and, you know, talk about stuff I saw on Pinterest.

Another tricky area is sponsored posts. This is kind of an emotionally charged topic in the blogging world, so I don’t want to dive into it too much, but I will say that writing sponsored posts doesn’t always make me excited about blogging. And I want to be excited about blogging.

Anyway. I’m going to take a full break from blogging over the holidays and do some thinking about how things will look around here going forward. Stay tuned. :)

Meanwhile, I’d like to echo everyone else on the planet right now by saying: how—HOW—is Christmas in 8 days??

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When I was 10, the month of December was about 47 times longer. And more exciting. And much, much kinder on the wallet.

Adult Christmas is so lame in comparison.

I mean, I try to save money. I had this bright idea to make Mason some DIY drums out of paint cans for Christmas (using this tutorial—cute right??), and it even looked pretty easy. But here’s the problem: I went to the craft store and somehow spent $25 on a measly piece of leather, some fabric, leather laces, and a hole punch. AND THEN (don’t ask me why I didn’t do this part first), I did a little search on Amazon and found an adorable bongo drum for $22—which, of course, would be higher quality, made for me, and on my doorstep in two days.

So yesterday, I returned the craft supplies and bought the Amazon drum. DIY fail!

And yet, even after all that, I STILL can’t stop swooning over DIY ideas. Like, I’m dying to try these DIY painted mugs. And these glitter magnets (even though I’m terrified of glitter). And how cute is this camera strap out of a scarf??

I seriously don’t know what to do with myself.

Anyway, back to Christmas. We’re changing things up a little this year by staying home on Christmas Eve/Day, so we can celebrate as a little family of four before visiting the extended fam. I’m really excited to just relax and enjoy the holiday without the stresses of traveling and dealing with overtired kids. Plus, it’ll save us the hassle of having to transport gifts to grandparents’ houses just to bring them back home. :)

Since it’s our first Christmas “on our own,” in a sense, I feel inspired to start some new holiday traditions. I’m thinking of really simple things, like watching a Christmas movie on Christmas Eve, or pancakes on Christmas morning…

 

Any {easy} holiday tradition ideas for me?

Have you done any DIYing lately?

 

Hope you’re having a great week!

xo

Kim

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