Monday 23 May 2016

Book Review: Think and Eat Yourself Smart

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From The Back:

You have the power to impact your health and wellness!
Scientists are beginning to understand that our thinking has a deep and complicated relationship with our eating. Our thoughts before, during, and after eating profoundly impact our food choices, our digestive health, our brain health, and more. Yet most of us give very little thought to our food beyond taste and basic nutritional content.

In this revolutionary book, Dr. Caroline Leaf packs an incredible amount of information that will change your eating and thinking habits for the better. Rather than getting caught up in fads such as raw foods, vegan, gluten-free, or paleo, Leaf reveals that every individual has unique nutritional needs and there's no one perfect solution. Rather, she shows how to change the way you think about food and put yourself on the path toward health.

If you're tired of traditional diet plans that don't work, if you struggle with emotional eating, or if you're simply not satisfied with your level of health, you'll find that this book is the key to discovering how you can begin developing a healthier body, brain, and spirit--for life!

My Reflections:

Dr. Caroline Leaf has certainly poured herself into the research this book must have taken to write. Her background as a neuroscientist shines though in the context of her newest health and wellness book. 

If you have ever pondered the facts behind the modern food chain you will certainly learn your fair share by reading "Think and Eat Yourself Smart." The amount of information and the way it was presented make for this to be a slow and laboured read for me. 

The basic premise behind the book is to avoid processed and refined foods. Search out your  local 
organic and whole foods. 

Leaf's book is sectioned into three main parts:

-Admit it
-Quit it and 
-Beat it

The amount of information Leaf packs into these three chapters is astounding and some may find this fascinating and exciting all at once. I however am the slow processing type who needs to read process, and read some more. Some of the more technical concepts were a little beyond me and I found my interest waning when the jargon became too technical.

 This is not your quick fix type book which I thought was good in a way, life after all is not about quick fixes right?
It becomes impossible to have read Leafs book and not to come away with a more expanded and educated view of food and how it affects our mind and bodies. I certainly appreciated learning something new and will apply some of the principals to my nutritional choices.

As I stated some of the more technical language included in the book may be daunting for some. I tend to want to know the facts behind the rational, but even my analytical mind was a little bogged down at times with amount of information. For those who want more the last 75 pages includes notes on where the information was obtained.

My favorite part of every nutritional/ healthy eating guide is usually always the recipe section. It is where the rubber hits the road for me. My favorite recipe was definitely her take on the egg cupcakes, because as you may know chicken farmers always have eggs in the house!

All in all a very comprehensive and thorough read, you will most certainly come away with all your questions answered, and then some!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.


  1. Dr. Caroline Leaf

    Dr. Caroline Leaf

    Dr. Caroline Leaf is the author of Switch On Your Brain and holds a PhD in communication pathology from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Since 1981, she has researched the science of thought as it relates to thinking, learning, renewing the...
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