Reviewed – Proteinaholic: How Our Obsession with Meat is Killing Us and what We Can Do About It

I knew about Dr. Garth Davis from the TLC reality show Big Medicine. Dr. Davis runs a weight loss clinic in Houston, Texas and consistently advised his patients to eat enough protein. As a Texas boy, Dr. Davis was a big meat eater. He was also unaware that animal protein caused illness. When Dr. Davis was in his mid-30s and saw his own health deteriorate, he began to investigate the role diet played in health.

The premise of this book is that we are eating too much protein, which is the ultimate cause of much disease. The book is exceedingly well-researched (you can tell it was written by a physician) and looks at the science behind many of the “milk does a body good” type studies. Now Dr. Davis is triathlete who follows a plant-based diet. He also fully admits that his “eat more protein” advice was misguided.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is suffering from health problems and is willing to consider a diet-based solution.

Happy World Mosquito Day!

World Mosquito Day is celebrated on August 20. It commemorates the day in 1897 when British physician Sir Ronald Ross discovered the link between mosquitos and the transmission of malaria. This holiday was originated in the 1930s by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Every year they hold events to inform people about the dangers of mosquito-carried illnesses, which now include the dangerous Zika virus. At least two million people die each year from malaria and other mosquito caused diseases. (Source)

How to write about World Mosquito Day:

  • Have you (or someone you know) ever experienced serious consequences from a mosquito bite? Describe what happened.
  • What precautions do you take (or not take) to avoid mosquito bites?
  • Have you recently changed travel plans due to the Zika virus? Describe how you adapted your travels.

How do you make unpleasant work easier?

Some of you know that I started my career as an accountant and (briefly) a college accounting professor. It was a career that I chose because it was practical and – no surprise here – was totally unfulfilling for someone who wanted to be a writer. However the skills I learned have served me well as an entrepreneur, particularly in the area of doing my own accounting and taxes.

But there’s a problem. I really hate accounting, bookkeeping and taxes. So I throw my records into a Rubbermaid bin and deal with them in January. Then I complain for a couple weeks, get my records in order, and vow that the next year will be better.

This year I’m doing something different. A friend of mine, ironically also a former accountant, have joined forces for “Get It Done Accounting Days.” Even though we live in different states, we commit to working for three hours a week at the same time. Misery loves company and we are both making progress. I would highly recommend implementing this buddy approach if there’s something you’ve been avoiding (personally or professionally).

Today, write about how you “get stuff done” when you don’t want to do it. What works and what doesn’t? Have you tried the buddy approach?

Reviewed – End Overwhelm Now: A Proven Process for Taking Control of Your Life

I came across this book as I was researching my own book about entrepreneurial overwhelm and burnout. This is a truly excellent book with lots of great strategies and ideas for ending overwhelm. The author’s premise is that overwhelm is created by our response to stress – and that we can make a different decision than going to the place of “I can’t do this.”

One of the gems was her 4-step process for organizing thoughts in a way that is empowering and encouraging problem solving. These questions are:

  1. What is the specific outcome you want to accomplish?
  2. Why do I want to complete this project?
  3. How will I achieve this outcome?
  4. When should this project be completed?

Answering these questions requires being specific about accomplishments, being willing to find help, reducing projects to small steps, and putting aside non-urgent projects. The author also writes a lot about changing your self-talk from “I’m so overwhelmed that I could die” to “I am empowered and have done difficult tasks in the past.” This is a wonderful empowering read that I’m sure will be of use to anyone experiencing overwhelm.