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Fall reading list

By HappySkinnyGirl


I have lots of eye candies on my reading list.

Right now I’m reading Cameron Diaz book about the body and lifestyle. I’m waiting for James A. Levine Move a Little, Lose a Lot to drop into my mailbox. Research shows that daily N.E.A.T. (nonexercise activity thermogenesis) activity burns more calories than a half hour on the treadmill.

Next goodie is Alexander Green’s The Secret of Shelter Island, which is about the money and the pursuit of the good life.

I’m also curious about a Swedish author Anders Ström newly published investment book that is a guide to financial independence. I’m looking forward to read about Simon Blecher (fundmanager of the year 2013) and a Swedish pilot mom who started investing fulltime. I can never get enough of inspirations.

What are you reading this fall?

Whole30 – it starts with food

By HappySkinnyGirl

She did Whole30 and lost 15kg (34lbs). It’s very impressive! I was curious and read the book It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30. My first thought was, “oh no not another diet book like Low carb high fat or Paleo diet” because I don’t believe in diets. Sure, many people have lost weight with the help of such diets, but it can hardly be good in the long run. And how long can you be without rice, pasta and potatoes? My body needs carbohydrates for it to work. I need rice! 🙂


Whole30 is about how food plays an important role to our health; obesity and inflammation that lead to other serious illnesses. But also conditions like asthma, allergies, eczema, and other skin disorders. Whole30 explains why it is so difficult to give up certain foods. They are made ​​to be addictive and good. The problems with these foods is that they are super stimulating and lack of nutrition and satiety.

Food from nature is designed to be nutritious. In nature, these signals were designed to lead us to valuable nutrition and survival.

The food we choose should promote a healthy hormonal response in the body. Whole30 food consists of protein as organic meats, poultry, seafood and eggs. Lots of vegetables for carbohydrates and nutritions. Good organic fats such as coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, ghee and animal fats. Whole30 is about commitment to eating nutritious food for 30 days. After 30 days you can re-introduce, cautiously, certain types of foods and see how it affects your body.

It’s very hard to live without rice and pasta, but I’ll give it a try. Potatoes are ok to eat, but if you are fat, insulin resistant or not so active, it is preferable to be without. On their site there is a lot of information which foods to eat or avoid, but I think you should read the book first to understand why certain foods are good or not for your body.