Thursday, May 10, 2007

Upcoming Book Review

I am a huge fan of the book Freakonomics. At Freakonomics blog, about a year ago, I read a review of a strange diet called the Shangri-La Diet. Last week Penguin offered to send a copy of it's paperback released version to the first 50 bloggers that emailed them (via Seth's blog) and I got one and am going to review it shortly.

I'm only 55 pages into The Shangri-La Diet and it is one of the best and most fascinating diet books ever...and it is right up there for me in excitement as when I first read Freakonomics:A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side of Everything. If you haven't read Freakonomics then go GET IT NOW! It is one of the kinds of reads in life that is exhilarating. Like Wonderful Life by Gould or Ishmael by Quinn: everything is turned inside out. I have been unwittingly practicing one step of this diet for years but didn't exactly notice.

A couple weeks ago when I linked a YouTube interview with the author my friend The Healing Room asked if I was going to do the diet...I didn't really think about it.. ANYBODY who has ever tried to lose weight, feels worried about their body weight right now reading this...EVEN BEFORE I write my official book review...go get this book. I took one step of the diet an hour ago and can already feel a difference. It's as if this idea was right in front of me all my life, but why didn't I articulate it...I was almost virtually doing the diet.

5 pounds overweight? Body Self-esteem issues? 25 pounds over weight? Whatever, go get this book right now. (and then read Freakonomics).


Gardenia said...

I can't wait to get it!!!!!!!!! Keep us posted - I ate a famous mufaletta the other night, and instantly felt dizzy and icky - something in it - this book will probably enlighten me, hmmm?

Candy Minx said...

look Gardenia, I gotta tell ya...I love you. I have been a bit of a space cadet and not around...but I am thinking of you.

This book is very very cool. I don't know yet how it will play out with nutrition, I think just fine...the point eat well...BUT it is brilliant in narrowing in on athe tartget source of food no matter what, we really must eat...

more later...

Wandering Coyote said...

Looking forward to reading your review. I should put Freakonomics on my book list. I bought a copy for my ex a while back (when we were still civil) and he said it was great.

thehealingroom said...

Hi Candy,
I went to his blog after your first posting.
Thats great you got a free book!
Just reading the comments and the forum on the diet makes me believe I don't even need the read the book
I am not a big reader, I am more of a listener and a do-er.
So, if you don't mind sharing.....what was the step you took that you felt a difference?

love J.

Candy Minx said...

Wandering Coyote, I'll let you know when I post the review okay? I'll be interested in hearing your take on things. I look forward to when you read Freakonomics too. Does your library have it by any chance? What is the library like in your area?

The Healing Room, hi I'm glad you checked out his forum...some interesting stuff. I will e-mail you okay about the changes I felt right'll get a kick out of them! Reminded me of some of our explorations with food when we were kids.

Anonymous said...

I have to get Freakanomics.

Really? This diet book is different from all the others? Self-esteem regarding my body? I got'em big TIME!

Actually, I effing miserable about it. Hoping to go to the bookstore today, I will check it out if I see it.

Candy Minx said...

Nancy, hi! Um, I woke up this morning and I was turning in bed and hey...something is missing?


I've had a twisted neck for about three months. I was doing things to slow heal it...some neck exercises and some yoga. Although my neck wasn't feeling as was still tender and stiff.


I've had a weird posture for about three months too, likely related to me compensating for the pain in my neck. I am standing straight this morning in mairror, comfortably with my tummy in and you know the proper position of the pelvis. Like a bloody soldier. And my feet don't hurt when I walked to the kitchen for tea.

When I was 16 I was told I had rhumatoid arthritis, so bad I would be using a cane at least by thirty. I was like no way and started doing yoga.

I have been taking flax seed oil more or less regularily for 8 years in the morning with breakfast. it is an anti-inflamatory, plus builds the immune system and well other good stuff.

In this Diet book flax seed oil plays a substantial role. I followed the directions in the book, which consisted of me changing the way I take the oil...NOT WITH FOOD...and more times a day.

Now, I've been working out for three weeks. I lost a few pounds before I began working out...and then when I started swimming I seemed to gain it back...and NOTHING HAPPENED.

It's entirely possible that it took three weeks for the exercise to hit my neck and back (but my feet?, whats that about?) and they are cleared up...

but I've been taking about 3 oz of flax seed oil instead of my usual one ounce...for three days...and this morning bam?

Maybe it's just a coincidence but I wonder if my neck was basically an inflamatory issue with a pulled muscle? Upping the amount of flax seed oild kicked in extra benenfits in anti-inflamatory?

I think so.

Plus...yesterday morning was the first time in 3 weeks when I looked in the mirror and sawa difference in my weight. I won't be on a scale until tomorrow at the gym, but I am very curious.

I haven't felt obsessed about food ...thought about food, other than it tastes delicious, all weekend.

And I've slept like a baby (which also might have helped heal my neck)

I have a feeling although I was taking flax seed oil these past few years, I just wasn't taking enough of it!!!

this book is one strange creature...almost ready to finish the review....

Anonymous said...

WOW! And if the only thing that has changed is the oil, then that has to be it. Stranger things have happened. Do you just do the flaxseed oil and not any other oil? I was kinda confused about which oil to take when....

I did buy the book and it seems to couterintuitive. But, I may give it a try.

I am so glad you are feeling better.

Stephen said...

I really enjoyed Freakeconomics too -- and it led me to SLD.

Neat connective point.

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