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 – 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 – No Excuses: The Power of Self Discipline by Brian Tracy

Business guru Brian Tracy believes that self-discipline is the key to personal and business success. No Excuses describes the role self-discipline plays in improving 21 areas of life – including work, money, time management, relationships and physical fitness. Brian Tracy is an great advocate of hard work, discipline and willpower.

The author has an easy-to-read, positive style that I find incredibly motivating. He focuses on solving problems and looking at what you can do to make things better. His recommendations include having written goals that you review and act upon daily, as well as making a commitment to personal and career growth.

I’m reviewing this book at the beginning of July as we enter the second half of the year. If you need a shot of motivation or empowerment, you’ll find No Excuses to be a great read.

Reviewed – The Empath’s Survival Guide: Life Strategies for Sensitive People

You are likely an empath if you grew up being told you were too sensitive and needed to toughen up. (Spoiler alert: this is me!)

The author describes the difference between ordinary empathy and being an empath in this way: “Ordinary empathy means our heart goes out to another person when they are going through a difficult period … or during times of joy. As an empath, however, we actually sense other people’s emotions, energy and physical symptoms in our bodies… Empaths feel things first, then think, which is the opposite of how most people function in our over intellectualized society.” (pg 5)

The purpose of the book is to describe the experience of being an empath, and then to teach empaths self-care strategies. Chapters include how to manage at work (including how to choose an empath-friendly job), in relationships (the ideal types of partners), and how to raise sensitive children.

Not all of the book will be applicable to everyone. However it gave some great strategies for coping with sensitivities. I believe it will also help people recognize that being an empath is a gift and not something they need to change.