Welcome back to my Nonfiction Book Party!
We all want to eat healthier, feel better, and live longer, right? Today’s featured books suggest that:
A) our food system is corrupt and flawed and the choices we make about what we put on our plate matter to the planet and,
B) the practice of intermittent fasting can have physical, mental, and spiritual benefits for Christians wanting to improve their lives and health.
Title: Food Fix: How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet–One Bite at a Time
Author: Mark Hyman
Synopsis: An indispensable guide to food, our most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reform politics, and revive economies, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Mark Hyman, MD — “Read this book if you’re ready to change the world” (Tim Ryan, US Representative).
What we eat has tremendous implications not just for our waistlines, but also for the planet, society, and the global economy. What we do to our bodies, we do to the planet; and what we do to the planet, we do to our bodies.
In Food Fix, #1 bestselling author Mark Hyman explains how our food and agriculture policies are corrupted by money and lobbies that drive our biggest global crises: the spread of obesity and food-related chronic disease, climate change, poverty, violence, educational achievement gaps, and more.
Pairing the latest developments in nutritional and environmental science with an unflinching look at the dark realities of the global food system and the policies that make it possible, Food Fix is a hard-hitting manifesto that will change the way you think about — and eat — food forever and will provide solutions for citizens, businesses, and policymakers to create a healthier world, society, and planet.
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- Website: Dr. Mark Hyman
- News article: Mark Hyman, The ‘Dr. Oz’ Of Nutrition, Says Food Is Killing People Like The Holocaust
Title: Eat, Fast, Feast: Heal Your Body While Feeding Your Soul–A Christian Guide to Fasting
Author: Jay W. Richards
Synopsis: The New York Times bestselling author and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute blends science and religion in this thoughtful guide that teaches modern believers how to use the leading wellness trend today–intermittent fasting–as a means of spiritual awakening, adopting the traditions our Christians ancestors practiced for centuries into daily life.
Wellness minded people today are increasingly turning to intermittent fasting to bolster their health. But we aren’t the first people to abstain from eating for a purpose. This routine was a common part of our spiritual ancestors’ lives for 1,500 years.
Jay Richards argues that Christians should recover the fasting lifestyle, not only to improve our bodies but to bolster our spiritual health as well. In Eat, Fast, Feast, he combines forgotten spiritual wisdom on fasting and feasting with the burgeoning literature on ketogenic diets and fasting for improved physical and mental health. Based on his popular series “Fasting, Body and Soul” in The Stream, Eat, Fast, Feast explores what it means to substitute our hunger for God for our hunger for food, and what both modern science and the ancient monastics can teach us about this practice.
Richards argues that our modern diet–heavy in sugar and refined carbohydrates–locks us into a metabolic trap that makes fasting unfruitful and our feasts devoid of meaning. The good news, he reveals, is that we are beginning to resist the tyranny of processed foods, with millions of people pursuing low carb, ketogenic, paleo, and primal diets. This growing body of experts argues that eating natural fat and fasting is not only safe but far better than how we eat today.
Richards provides a 40-day plan which combines a long-term “nutritional ketosis” with spiritual disciplines. The plan can be used any time of the year or be adapted to a penitential season on the Christian calendar, such as Advent or Lent.
Synthesizing recent science with ancient wisdom, Eat, Fast, Feast brings together the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of intermittent fasting to help Christians improve their lives and their health, and bring them closer to God.
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