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Airdrie, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2012

  • 2 reviews
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  • 80 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David A. Kessler
    • Narrated By Blair Hardman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The End of Overeatinguncovers the shocking facts about how we lost control over our eating habits - and how we can get it back. Dr. Kessler presents groundbreaking research, along with what is sure to be a controversial view inside the industry that continues to feed a nation of overeaters - from popular brand manufacturers to advertisers, chain restaurants, and fast-food franchises.

    Deidre says: "The best 'NON-DIET" diet book out there..."
    "Only good as a first read"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This may be informative if this is your first read into the topics of nutrition, obesity, and dietary habits. That being said I can save you hours of listening/reading right here: sugar, fat, and salt make you fat; food scientists work to manipulate those three to make food addictive; some "healthy" foods aren't healthy (like spinach dip); those that can't deal with the cravings have a psychological disorder.

    What could David A. Kessler have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could've had Gary Taubes, Michael Pollan, William Davis, Mark Sisson, and/or Loren Cordain ghost write for him (in other words, check out those authors instead)

    What does Blair Hardman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good narration if you're into that sort of thing.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I've read much on the topics of diet and nutrition and this was lacking, though I admire the author's ability to fill so many pages with fluff and not real information (e.g. there's no need to go into page after page of detail on the fact that Chili's restaurant menu is not actually healthy - anyone that doesn't know nachos are bad for you won't be reading this book anyway)

    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish the last hour of the book because it was a pretty big waste of time up to that point so maybe there's an answer or method to help at the end. That may increase my star rating by 1/2 or so but I'll likely never know.

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  • Paleofantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Marlene Zuk
    • Narrated By Laura Darrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    We evolved to eat berries rather than bagels, to live in mud huts rather than condos, to sprint barefoot rather than play football - or did we? Are our bodies and brains truly at odds with modern life? Although it may seem as though we have barely had time to shed our hunter-gatherer legacy, biologist Marlene Zuk reveals that the story is not so simple. Popular theories about how our ancestors lived - and why we should emulate them - are often based on speculation, not scientific evidence. Armed with a razor-sharp wit and brilliant, eye-opening research, Zuk takes us to the cutting edge of biology to show that evolution can work much faster than was previously realized.

    Kali says: "Dropping some evolution knowledge!"
    "Whose paleofantasy?"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Marlene Zuk again?


    What does Laura Darrell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The best part about the book was the narration. Laura Darrell did a fine job but my mind will have trouble separating her from Marlene Zuk's work. That is my loss.

    Any additional comments?

    Do to space and time limitations I will keep this to a brief review erather than a complete (audio) book report. Unfortunately, that means I will only be able to touch on a few points.

    1) Zuk does not define the paleofantasy (which is a word I will, thankfully, never have to deal with again after I finish this) which she attempts to refute. Instead she picks and chooses a broad range of topics to show why it is a fantasy.

    2) I, like many listeners and readers I am sure, made the erroneous assumption that Zuk was going to provide a counterargument to the growing trend of paleo/primal lifestyle. Instead, she is using the momentum of the movement to sell this book which is more about evolution than diet and exercise. What this book most definitely isn't is a reason not to follow the suggestions of Mark Sisson, Loren Cordain, Robb Wolf, or their peers.

    3) The author can't always decide which argument she agrees with. For instance, she starts talking (writing) about why barefooting is bad but then goes on to say all the reasons why it could be good. She would be more respectable if she could stand by her views.

    4) She picks on two specific examples of why the paleo/primal diets as suggested by several prominant authors could be wrong - the use/digestion of grain and milk products. SPOILER ALERT: In a nutshell, she argues that humans have been consuming grain products for much longer than paleo/primal advocates argue and our species is evolving to digest milk products. She misses several major arguing points of the paleo/primal movement including: modern processing & products, GMO, the effects of consumption, and if said consumption is a good thing even if it's possible.

    5) Zuk argues that we are still evolving and hints that whatever "paleolithic" model is used as the basis for a "paleofantasy" is incorrect because there is no "best" model of genetic humanity. She fails to take into account current sexual selection, ethical/moral development, religion, and advancements in medical technology (though the latter is briefly mentioned) and the contributions all make in our evolution. She fails to demonstrate why our latest model of homo sapiens is superior to whatever example of paleolithic human she is talking about at the moment. Yet she does not accept that an earlier "version" of humans could be healthier.

    7) She uses comments found in internet forums as evidence or arguing points. This is just too ridiculous a point to even continue with.

    Believe me, there's much more that I had issue with (she argues against modelling a workout on a mammoth hunt, for example, and instead presents the following: "we just need to get up off the couch"; seriously, that's her counterpoint to all exercises paleo).

    If this were any form of academic paper it would not pass beyond the junior high level. Marlene Zuk's arguments are either weak, incomplete, lacking definition, irrelevant, ad absurdum, equivocating, or change from one paragraph to the next. This book could serve as providing some ideas to explore but does not provide any answers. I picked it out because I wanted to learn why I shouldn't follow paleo diet and exercise ideas. This book solidified my reasons on why I should. To that end, this book is harmful in that it suggests that humans not follow the "paleo lifestyle" but does not offer any alternatives. It is an argument, albeit a poor one, against exercise and eating non-processed food. Instead, of helping people find a way to improve their health and diet, Marlene Zuk suggests nothing and instead says we are evolving to deal with our modern lives.

    I personally don't feel I'm evolving fast enough to lay in bed and play video games all day while still being healthy and living to 100. Don't tell Marlene that I'm going to eat a salad and run some sprints - she might say I'm being stupid.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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