[E–book] (Drop Dead Healthy One Man's Humble uest for Bodily Perfection)
Coffee is bad for youNo now they re saying it s ood for youWell how can avocados be ood for you They re full of fatYes but it s the ood kind of fatThere s a The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World good kind of fatAAAAaAAAAAaaaaaAAAYou can drive yourself nuts trying to figure out what isood for you and what is unhealthy Last time I checked being nuts was definitely UNhealthyLuckily AJ Jacobs is around to investigate using his own body as his Tricycle (HISTOIRE) guinea pig andive you the skinny on being healthy And yes being skinny is usually healthier dammit He tries fad diets exercise crazes and CPAP machines so you don t have to waste your time and money on things that don t work Onlysome things work for some people and not for others And some things work if you believe they work So there are no real answers here other than move eat less But if you re looking for a fun occasionally educational time read this book Hopefully while you re walking on a treadmillAs usual the best parts of Jacobs books are the really wacky yet undeniably true facts he manages to unearth like You have erms in your ut right now than humans that ever lived on earth Graham crackers were invented to uell the passions in hormonal adolescent boys If you spend lots of time reading on the toilet better order a case of Preparation H now prolonged sitting whilst shitting causes hemorrhoids THIS irresistible uote by a renowned urologist The penis is the dipstick of the body s health And did you know that musical conductors live such long lives because they spend so much time flapping their arms aboutThat last one impressed me so much I ve made an attempt to move my arms a bit wherever I Let Freedom Reign': The Words of Nelson Mandela. Henry Russell go Yes I look like a crazy person Yes people are laughing at me All I can say is laugh now I ll be that old old lady at your funeral wildly swinging her arms as she laughs and laughs Another entry in the Jacobs formula he ll breeze through a large number of activitiesiving very superficial descriptions background making wisecracks and recording his wife s reaction to everythingThe problem with this one is that ultimately all his health interventions are lame Tim Ferris may be a huckster but at least in 4 Hour Body he put himself out on the edge and wrote about interesting things which might make real differences if they panned out while Jacobs recycles crunchy ranola nonsense and works his way through a bunch of boring and tired interventions and foods many of which could never make any large difference in his health or longev Reading this book made me realize how paranoid I really am because as I was reading it the author kept talking about how much he was freaking out his family members with the drastic things he was doing and I just kept thinking Well that s reasonable In fact the book might have made me MORE paranoid for "A LITTLE WHILE JUST BECAUSE I "little while just because I all of the things that I hadn t considered Unlike Jacobs I do read The Cat in the Hat to my son but I do think the Cat could make a pretty infamous crime team with the Kool Aid Man and I m sure Jacobs would have something "to say about sugaring children s water in "say about sugaring children s water In end he came to the conclusion that moderation was best and he made it very easy for the reader to arrive there with him I found his book very funny and well written and I m sure I will pick up some of his previous books at some pointI just wanted to add that there were a couple times that this book almost made me cry and it was unexpected you don t realize how attached to these people you become and I thought that it was surprising and a reflection on how subtle and effective of a storyteller Jacobs is The Good Stuff I think this is my favorite non fiction books this year Author is self deprecating and you know I adore that in a writer Truly fascinating uniue and positively hilarious Touched by his obvious love for his wife and children and the appreciation he has for them putting up with all his shenanigans I need to read all the rest of his books now Has a Super Size Me feel to it He is a master at transitioning from one topic to the next very impressive Classy and tactful I have never laughed this hard while reading a non fiction book before I have read ALOT of hilarious non fiction Enjoyed the comments from his wife about some of the things he did she sounds like a fabulous woman Best idea ever for motivating someone to stop doing something don t want to spoil it for you but page 231 in my ARC The bit about Coco Chanel will make you laugh Inspired me to make some changes in my life The Not So Good Stuff If he was my husband I would have killed him by now with all the crazy stuff he does When I read about the Dr who actually performs surgery to change the sounds of your farts I laughed so hard the cat jumped off my lap and left nasty scratch marks on me AJ you owe me some polysporin Now have sudden urge for dried mango sFavorite uotesPassagesI want to be around to teach the importance of having compassion and why the original Willy New York Times bestselling author and king of “immersion journalism” AJ Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind from his brain to his fingertips to his absFrom the bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know It All comes the true and truly hilarious story of one person’s uest to become the healthiest man in the world Hospitalized with a freak case of tropical pneumonia oaded by his wife telling him “I don’t want to be a widow at forty five” and ashamed of a middle aged body best described as “.
A.J. Jacobs × 4 Read & DownloadSmaller plate of food2 Look for every opportunity to move I am the nut who keeps hand weights in the car for long commutes3 Take the time to take a break Truly value things like sleep and silence4 Some of us do Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind get lightheaded weak andassy on a veganvegetarian diet This had been my experience as well so I laughed a little at discovering that I wasn t the only one His diet wasn t totally carnivorous so much as light on empty carbs and substantial on fruits and vegetables5 Short triatholons do exist I will have to do one of them sometime6 Training the brain might be something to look intoSadly after reading I never Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus got around to actuallyoing to the ym time constraints as usual but I did honor my favorite chapter calorie reduction and mindfulness by eating one cheeto at a time mentally envisioning the taste of each and carefully chewing 20 times before swallowing It s not the epitome of health per se but someone s ot to start somewhere After this book I rate AJ Jacobs as one of my favourite authors The book contains enough facts to make it a credible read However it is his OCD that adds the humour to his readers but not necessary to his long suffering family Well worth a read This book is the latest stunt memoir by AJ Jacobs the man who previously worked on his mind by reading the encyclopedia and his spirit by living according to the Bible Now it s time for the body and Jacobs spent two years focusing on how to be healthier in all areas from his teeth to his toesWhen it comes to matters of health everyone has an opinion and they usually contradict each other Jacobs does a decent job of providing a balanced look at many of his subjects including whatever actual science may or may not be behind them through such moments as letting his toxin obsessed Aunt Marti banish his plastic shower curtain and conventional cleaning products while interviewing a medical professional who argues that our robust livers are than up to the task of dealing with the hazards modern living throws at usThough the subject of health can be a serious one the tone of this book is enerally breezy and amusing with a couple of supposedly ood for you laugh out loud moments thrown in It s also interesting to see the results of Jacobs experiments on himself though personal anecdote is an unreliable way of determining the overall effectiveness of a particular intervention it s the one that matters the most to us individually and the only tool we have to evaluate some of the outlandish ideas presentedI did enjoy this book and might have iven it four stars if I wasn t already familiar with most of the information covered If I were someone who hadn t already spent a lot of time researching health however I would have found this a very accessible and inspiring uide to making positive health changes AJ Jacobs is etting tired and flabby and "I M Talking About "m talking about book writing not his physical condition He has done the same immick for a number of books now where he transforms his life by iving his all to a specific subject and it s just not that interesting any It lacks creativity and proves him to be somewhat dim wittedIn this case he tries to follow all the advice books diets and research on health The problem is that there are thousands to choose from and many of them are contradictory So he focuses on some of the
*weird ones like the uys who live like cavemen and think we should *ones like the Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION guys who live like cavemen and think we should meat and eat it raw Instead of this coming across like an intelligent study of the subject it seems like one big jokeHis writing style is very self centered and thatets dull fast He s just not that interesting of a person and while he s self deprecating he also is very unaware of how disgusting or insulting he can be His subtle put downs of his wife family and friends isn t funnySo if you ve read his other books this one isn t much different and certainly is far from the best If this is your first exposure to Jacobs you may find it somewhat interesting but it s overdone and not the taut review of the subject that it could be What would make an interesting magazine article makes for a very boring book After listening to AJ Jacobs talking about his book Drop Dead Healthy on the Doctor s show on Sirius radio I thought to myself I need to read this Mr Jacobs tries many different fitness exercises and nutritional trends attempting to find out what works and what doesn t I like how he systematically looks at each part of the body and then seeks the corresponding expert to tell him how to make it better I do not think he adds a significant amount of unfamiliar information about fitness however What I took from this book is that any type of exercise as long as you work up a sweat is ood Also you should attempt to incorporate movement in your life Sitting is unhealthy so try and avoid it as much as you can Walk or ride a bike to o places when you can Walk THE STAIRS INSTEAD OF THE ELEVATOR THIS INFORMATION ISN stairs instead of the elevator This information isn ne. Ing and dozens He bought adgets and helmets earphones and juicers He poked and he pinched He counted and he measured The story of his transformation is not only brilliantly entertaining but it just may be the healthiest book ever written It will make you laugh until your sides split and endorphins flood your bloodstream It will alter the contours of your brain imprinting you with better habits of hygiene and diet It will move you emotionally and et you moving physically in surprising ways And it will ive you occasion to reflect on the body’s many mysteries and the ultimate pursuit of health a well lived life. .
Onka is superior to the remakeIf done properly with enough protein and B12 supplements it s certainly better than the Standard American Diet Then again eating nothing but asbestos sandwiches is probably better than the Standard American DietHis uotes are both hilarious and inspiring Fifteen minutes to warm up Does a lion warm up when he s hungry Uh oh here comes an antelope Better warm up No He just oes out there and eats the sucker I printed that out and put it on my wall next to the passage about Carl SaganThough in the case of my children the rate is much higher It s amazing how a strip of sticky plastic will make my kids pain vanish Lucas will be howling about a stepped on finger but as soon as the SpongeBob Band Aid touches his pinkie he is all smiles My sons are so convinced of the magical healing powers of Band Aids they think they can solve almost any problem A couple of years ago when our Sony TV blew a fuse Jasper stuck a Band Aid on the screen hoping to revive itWhat I learned About who created the raham cracker and why he created it No I am not telling you o buy the book or o to your local library and pick up a copy and while you are there tell the Library workers how wonderful they are and maybe bring them some chocolate Tons of other fascinating facts about health and diet that sorta scared me at times About Blueberries trust me that was interesting Who ShouldShouldn t Buy Yup this one is a highly recommended read for everyone This will be a Christmas purchase for the brother in laws all FOUR of them 5 Dewey sI received book from Simon and Schuster in Exchange for an honest review For The Know It All AJ Jacobs read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica For The Year of Living Biblically he attempted to follow every rule in the Bible for a year For The Guinea Pig Diaries he did a whole bunch of crazy stuff including practice Radical Honesty and attend the Academy Awards disguised as a movie star Now in Drop Dead Healthy he chronicles his latest endeavor trying to become the healthiest person alive Basically this means doing a ton of research and meeting with lots of experts then trying all the different things that are supposed to make human beings healthy Jacobs focuses on different parts of the body the heart the lungs the stomach the skin etc for a month each and writes about what did and didn t et results And of course drives his poor wife Julie crazy during the whole thing I have enjoyed all of AJ Jacobs books in fact I like his style so much that I originally subscribed to Esuire magazine just to read of his writing between books I like experimental journalism in Jimmy: The Terrorist general but I especially appreciate theoofy but thoughtful approach Jacobs uses Obviously my expectations for Drop Dead Healthy were high and I was not disappointed As usual Jacobs really did his research and covered angles that I hadn t even thought of It did seem a bit overwhelming in some places perhaps it would have been less staggering if he d chosen a narrow focus for the project There s just so much information out there and so many experts who contradict each other so maybe Jacobs bit off than he could chew Still I actually learned uite a bit Sure there s plenty of stuff that we ve all heard before always eat breakfast move as much as possible and just
suck it up and floss for oodness sake but he weeds out someit up and floss for oodness sake but he weeds out some that don t work and comes up with some ood tips for actually doing some of the things the experts recommend And I was cracking up through the whole thing Jacobs isn t afraid to make fun of himself and there are certainly plenty of opportunities to do so in a book about trying to be healthy think feeling wimpy next to the muscleheads at the ym and trying poop without sitting down The best thing about this book however is that it made me much aware of my health "And How I Treat Myself "how I treat myself sort of ave me a wake up call about how much better I ll feel if I do a few small things for my health and it definitely motivated me to eat fresh local foods et sleep move throughout the day and Drop Dead Healthy is a book I d recommend for anyone who feels like they need a boost in inspiration and wants to have some fun along the way Now this is a writer with whom I can sit down and drink organic smoothies I consider myself a bit of a closet health nut I say closet health nut because you might not be able to tell by the size of my thighs that I am much of a health nut at all But AJ s humble uest to become the strongest most virile hunk of masculine flesh alive is one that I d empathize with At the very least I can read his book and feel justified in his inevitable conclusion that THIS is the reason why one shouldn t knock oneself out trying to pursue the epitome of ood health my excuse is moderation "And Unavoidable MortalityWhen I Wasn T Laughing To The Point "unavoidable mortalityWhen I wasn t laughing to the point tears I did mentally underline some doable ems from his breadth of research1 Mindfulness is key to enjoying A python that swallowed a Dont You Dare Give Up goat” AJ Jacobs felt compelled to change his ways andet healthy And he didn’t want only to lose weight or finish a triathlon or lower his cholesterol His ambitions were far reater maximal health from head to toe The task was epic He consulted an army of experts sleep consultants and sex clinicians nutritionists and dermatologists He subjected himself to dozens of different workouts from Strollercize classes to Finger Fitness sessions from bouldering with cavemen to a treadmill desk And he took in a cartload of diets raw foods veganism high protein calorie restriction extreme chew. ,