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I’ve never met Jack T. Daniels’ personally, but he is hands down one of the best coaches I’ve ever come across. His knowledge is grounded in science and his wisdom is grounded in concern for the well-being of those he is training. Fortunately for the majority of us, he has taken the time to condense all of his wisdom and knowledge into book form. It just so happens that I have still not finished this book, despite having started it months ago. The reason? I simply don’t want it to be done. I pick it up, take in a few pages, put it down. I want to be able to keep coming back to it. When I’m done, no doubt I will start it again (something I don’t typically do). What is it that so draws me to this book? Daniels’ very evident caring. Despite all the heavy science, the ideas and principles underlying it all come from a place of caring and concern for the athlete. And that means I both want to and can understand them. Despite all of my personal experience as a competitive runner and my education as a personal trainer, I don’t think I’ve ever understood the principles of training better than I have since delving into this book. I’m sure I’ll read other great books by some other masters, but really, as far as I’m concerned, no other book is needed. Do yourself a favor if you haven’t already and pick this one up! (Note: there is now 3rd edition available: Daniels’ Running Formula-3rd Edition)
posted on 11/9/2013
One thing that seems true in our world today is that, generally speaking, the human organism is not healthy, vibrant and well. We seem increasingly vulnerable to external disease threats and internal chaos and stress. From my perspective (homeopathic), our approach to prevention and treatment only worsens our individual and collective state. We seek to shield ourselves (vaccines) from the enemy without or suppress and palliate this enemy when it makes its way in. All of these interventions make us more sick and more susceptible to illness.
What does this have to do with Nora Gedgaudas’ book on nutrition? Well, the first rule of health is, “We are what we eat”. Gedgaudas’ takes a rigorous, intelligent and essential look at our collective nutrition habits and zeroes in on the main culprits – sugar (which includes basic carbs in the forms of grains and starchy vegetables). She also examines our reliance on conventional medicines (pharmaceutical drugs) and the unsupported and ill-advised vilification of healthy fats (which includes animal fats).
I don’t happen to agree that there is one diet for all people or even one diet for one person for one’s entire lifetime. However, it is my opinion that the information in this book (and there is a wealth of it!) is essential to understanding our human predicament, in terms of health, at this time. If you want to get well, read this book. Maybe you won’t want to implement her recommendations, but you will come away with much greater awareness and this awareness, ultimately, is the first essential step to a return to health.
posted on 9/19/2013
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