I spent most of my holiday travel time reading The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Starling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health by Dr. T Colin Campbell with Thomas M Campbell. It is really dense but really worth checking out. As a flexible (read: lax) vegetarian, it was a wonderfully needed challenge to my eating habits. I hate to be that pushing person who demands something veggie friendly so I have started to slip a bit.
But Dr Campbell crafts a highly engaging narrative, combining hundreds of studies in a clear and convincing manner. His argument is that the rates of obesity, health disease, cancer, and other diseases of affluence are directly correlated to the diet of affluence. You know, all those hamburgers, the need to bacon at every meal, the obsession with cheese on top of every single dish. Indeed, he can prove scientifically (you know, through those peer reviewed journals everyone is so quick to dismiss), that reverting back to a whole foods, plant based diet can stop and reverse the effects of diseases like heart disease, obesity, etc.
Dr Campbell is incredibly more articulate than I-but I highly recommend this book! It will certainly challenge how I process information from the government on nutrition, what I chose to eat and how I think about the food my body actually needs.
Have you read any challenging books lately? I’d love to know-I’m at the bottom of my big stack!