Healthy Reads

As anyone who knows me knows, I’m a reader. If I’m interested in something, I’ll devour just about every book on the subject. When a book makes me bounce up and down and yell, “Yes!” (kind of embarassing when I’m reading on the bus), I want to tell people about it. So I’m telling you. Some of the books I will review on this site are not brand-spanking-new releases (mostly since there are more books to read than there is time to read them), but they are all worthy of attention, IMO.

For my first review, I chose a book that suprised me, but didn’t surprise me, if you know what I mean. The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite by former Food and Drug Administration commissioner David Kessler did a pretty fantastic job at further opening my eyes to the many perils of processed food and reminding me that I’m on a good path, nutritionally.

Wonder why you find it hard to resist foods that involve some combination of sweet, salty and fatty (like fast food, junk food and pretty much anything on the menu of restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory and Applebee’s)? Because those kinds of foods deliver a one-two punch to our biochemistry, leaving us wanting more (even if we feel gross after eating them). And food manufacturers KNOW that. They design these foods to be irresistible.

I had already been generally avoiding these sorts of places when I read the book, but Kessler’s words really solidified my resolve. Also, I understood a little more why, even if avoid cookies or donuts at work (which I do about 90 percent of the time), I still think about them way too much. In that, sadly, I am not alone.

If knowledge is the first step toward stopping the madness, then this book is a very solid first step.