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Starting week four (day 21) of Health Month
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When I began:

Weight: 162.2 lbs
Body Fat: 13%
Blood Pressure: 119/69
Heart Rate: 72 bpm

Week 2:

Weight: 160.5
Body Fat: 12.5%
Blood Pressure: 120/70
Heart Rate: 80

Week 3:

Weight: 158.2 lbs
Body Fat: 12%
Blood Pressure: 111/66
Heart Rate: 90 bpm (I was stressed about something)

Week 4, today:

Weight: 155.6 lbs
Body Fat: 11.5%
Blood Pressure: 106/61
Heart Rate: 65

Still going!  This week was much better for me in a lot of ways.  I'm feeling healthier and happier than I have in a while.  Still a long way to go before I have any true health or permanent happiness, but progress is always encouraging and exciting.

I'm reading Eat to Live this month, and I have to say that it's a pretty awesomely written book.  fambai recommended it, but I was a little skeptical upon receiving it due to its subtitle about losing a lot of weight fast, but that is actually pretty misleading luckily.  The book spends 4 chapters talking about nutrition (all the stuff we already know, plus a whole lot more), a chapter on some bunk diets like Atkins and The Zone, a chapter on disease, and I assume it'll eventually talk in more depth about the exact details of his "diet".  It's basically raw vegetables (especially greens, but also fruits and nuts), but then smaller amounts of cooked vegetables, starchy vegetables, fruit, and some meat.  I want welfaremom to read it so you can tell me what you think of it.  And all other health pros.

Next month I'm gonna read The Omnivore's Dilemma next month as well as a funny diet book I bought called The Four Day Win.  I figure overdosing on health-related books can be my form of extremism in the next couple months.  What other good food/diet/exercise books are there out there that you think highly of?

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I hear Pollan's In Defense of Food is a good thing to read right after Omnivore's Dilemma.

There is a good review here: http://foodrockz.com/2008/01/08/in-defense-of-food-an-eaters-manifesto.aspx

I am also interested in The Whole Truth by Andrea Beaman.

The Man Who Ate Everything, by Jeffrey Steingarten. More of a gourmand's guide to cuisine, but he is a fantastic writer and debunks many nutritional myths. Very entertaining.

Yeah, I'd be into reading that!

Other educational diet books:

Nourishing Traditions by Fallon & Enig

The Guide to the 40/30/30 Phenomenon by Anne Louise Gittleman

Life Without Bread by Allen and Lutz (I think those are the names)

UltraMetabolism by Mark Hyman

I liked "Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World", by Greg Critser. It's more food industry / expose-ish than diety, but interesting nonetheless. He talks a lot about the evils of high-fructose corn syrup!

I recommend "A Confederacy of Dunces" and "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

Seriously, man. wtf. We're all gonna die. Enjoy it while it lasts. ;)

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