Diet Books and Essential Fatty Acids
Imagine it’s 15 years ago and you’re hanging out with me on the last few days of my illustrious high school career…
A high school career littered with athletic mediocrity, although a huge hunger for learning the ins and outs of workouts and a true love and passion for training; and maybe a few mishaps and run ins with areas we’ll leave unmentioned (although most…most…were fun 😉 ).
You’ll also discover that my college career was going to be full of computers. I started what was called a “3+2” program where I would spend 3 years at one school, then move to another school for 2 years and end up with a degree in Engineering and a degree in Computer Science.
What could go wrong, right?
College didn’t go quite as planned, thankfully, otherwise I’d be spending most of my time sitting on my butt in front of a computer, ferociously pecking away at the keyboard.
Yeah, that whole double major thing didn’t work out, mostly because I had no idea how to study, but that debacle turned me toward my true love which is fitness and diet, specifically helping you…with a good amount of time spent in front of the computer, ferociously pecking away at the keyboard!
Back to the beginning of the story. If you would have told my 18-year old self that I would yearn for days spent working with awesome people, reading everything I could get my hands on, and writing, I would’ve slapped you silly.
Yet here we are!
The reason I mention that is because today’s Q&A starts off with a question about books.
Q: “I’m curious if you can give me an honest answer about diet books. I know you have your own programs, but are there any other books you recommend? I don’t mean to offend with the first sentence but I just didn’t want a standard answer of ‘buy my stuff.’ Thanks in advance, John”
A: No offense taken John, but you should buy my stuff (sarcasm…just a little).On a serious note, there are 2 wonderful diet books I recommend you pick up. The first is an easy and entertaining read called The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf.
It’s a great book about the perils of grain consumption. It doesn’t matter if you poo-poo the notion of “going Paleo,” love the thought or are just curious to learn more about how your body processes, or doesn’t process, grains – you should give it a read with an open mind.
The second one I’m just finishing up called Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes.
This one is a big heavy if you’re not used to reading books that quote scientific research or give quick snapshots on different civilizations, but you should at least give it a shot because it presents the dangers of grains, and insulin control, in a whole new light.
I’m sure you’ve heard how controlling insulin is vitally important not only in fat loss, but also in terms of general health – diabetes, insulin resistance, heart disease, and other inflammatory diseases, etc; but this book dives a bit deeper but does it by tip-toeing on the boring science stuff.
Give those two a read and digest what they have to say!
Click the links below to learn more about the books or to purchase…
The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf.
Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It by Gary Taubes
Q: “I’ve heard you recommend taking EFA before, but I’m curious what kinds are best. Do I have to eat supplements or can I get them from my diet? – Janice
A: Thank for the question Janice!
You’re right, I do talk about taking EFA’s quite a bit (Essential Fatty Acids), and have written extensively about it in Fit Parent Force Monthly, and recommend everyone take them (unless you have a medical reason not to).
Most people don’t get enough fat in their diet. Scratch that, most people don’t get enough of the right kind of fat in their diet, and this isn’t a bashing session on saturated fat because a little saturated fat is just fine (coconut milk and oil are great sources!).
Fat plays a vital role in everything from hormone regulation to insulating your body to fat burning/storage and the health of your hair, skin and nails and if you don’t get enough your body will suffer.
It will be tougher to lose fat (not simply weight…but fat), you’ll be tired all the time, your hormones will get all wonky (scientific term) and your skin will be dry and flaky, your hair will be dry and unhealthy and you’ll flat out feel miserable.
You can get EFA’s in your diet from wild-caught, cold water fish, nuts like walnuts, almonds, pistachios and pecans, ground flax seed and oil, coconut milk and oil and the butters from the nuts I mentioned.
The reason I recommend supplementing is to fill in the holes. Not all foods are created equally and the “E” in EFA stands for “essential,” which means your body can’t produce them on their own, which is why you have to get them in your diet.
So the short and long of it is that I recommend supplementing with EFA’s for the same reason I recommend a high quality multi-vitamin and that is to fill the nutritional holes an active and stressed person like you needs.
It’s just too hard to get all the nutrients you need to live and perform at a high level if you are an active and stressed person who has a busy life, so why chance it?
If you’d like to get your hands on a high quality EFA and maybe even multi-vitamins, check out my buddies at Prograde Nutrition –> FitDadNutrition.com/EFA
Thanks Janice and John!
Hope those answers helped!
If you have any questions you’d like answered, or just want to say, “Hey!” then shoot me an email.