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.

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.

Reviewed – The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

This book was published in 2007 and is still a best-seller. I’ve always found the title unbelievable and had no desire to read the book. When my son got it out of the library recently (using my library card, of course), I decided that it was time to take a look.

The essence of The 4-Hour Workweek is that you streamline your business and outsource what you can, so that you are not stuck in the minutia of running a business. Ferris asks you to reflect on the question: “If you had a heart attack and had to work only two hours a day, what would you do?” He also believes that trying to fill the time between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM with meaningless tasks is a holdover from traditional employment and that the New Rich (as he calls them) should be much more efficient with their time.

I think the title is misleading. Clearly the author spends a lot more than four hours a week working – given that he’s an author, blogger and active learner. The book does give a lot of strategies for focusing on the important parts of your business and relying on an empowered team to make decisions. Ferris is clearly an interesting character and I think most business owners could learn a lot from this book.

Reviewed – Good Grief: Heal Your Soul, Honor Your Loved Ones, and Learn to Live Again

When people learn that I live on Long Island, they often ask if I know Theresa Caputo (aka the “Long Island Medium”). Although I don’t personally know her, I have friends who do and sometimes I’ll see Facebook posts showing her attending local events. Theresa has a popular TLC show called Long Island Medium and has become famous talking to the dead.

This book shares her view of Spirit and how they want people to grieve. She uses many examples from her readings of loved ones who have passed due to accidents, suicide, illness and unexplained causes. The resounding message is that their souls remain with us and they want their loved ones to forgive, give up self-blame, and be happy.

Another interesting part of the book is Theresa’s story and how she learned to accept her psychic ability. This was not something that was supported by her Catholic faith. She’s also been widely criticized for being a witch and a fake. She need to embrace who she was and her journey was not easy.

I think this book would be incredibly comforting to anyone who has lost a loved one, as well as individuals who are struggling to live their authentic truth.