All of the snow we got last month translated to a lot of indoor time spent reading. Here’s an update on what I’ve read lately.
I’ve come to the conclusion that if I really want to feel and look my best I can’t always indulge in certain foods (hello sweets, bread, and pasta!). ). For me, a plant-based, semi-vegetarian diet is what works best. If you have a similar view, The Beauty Detox Solution is a great book to get you started. I vaguely knew what foods I should eat more of (a variety of veggies with lots of dark leafy greens, some fruits, protein, healthy fats and oils, etc.) and what foods to cut back on (sweets, highly processed foods). But The Beauty Detox Solution really explains why you should eat certain foods, eliminate others, and combine foods in certain ways for optimal health. It also discusses how your diet can impact how your body looks and functions. I was skeptical of the book at first because of the title, but the whole beauty aspect of the book makes sense because what you eat directly corresponds to how you look and feel. I don’t think I’ll strictly adhere to all of the prescribed advice in the book, but I will definitely stick to the food combining and stepping away from eating sugar and processed foods. I highly recommend reading this book if you are looking for guidance in cleaning up your diet this year.
I added this book to my to-read list as soon as I heard about it. I have been reading personal finance articles on Learnvest for a while and love the budgeting tool the site offers. Financially Fearless has the typical advice for personal finance that you would expect to see, but I like the straight-forward way it was presented with personal stories woven in from the author Alexa Von Tobel and others. Information covered in the book such as setting up a budget, saving for retirement, saving for emergencies, and paying down debt are major building blocks to help you prepare for the future. Taking control of your personal finances can seem daunting especially for Millennials. But reading a book like Financially Fearless could really help you to get started.
I love reading memoirs that revolve around topics like travel, food, and introspection. So it should not be a surprise that I enjoyed All Good Things. This book is a follow up to the author’s previous memoir, Almost French. Sarah is an Australian writer who delved into the joys and adjustments of expatriate living as she established a life in Paris with her French husband. All Good Things picks up where the last book left off with Sarah and her husband in Paris buying an apartment. Sarah’s husband Frederic (who is a lawyer for a large firm), is soon offered an assignment that would last a few years in Tahiti (which is a French territory). The books mostly centers around the couple’s experiences living as expatriates in the tropical atmosphere and their longing for children as they struggle to conceive. I enjoyed the vibrant descriptions of Tahiti from the author. Despite having multiple snow days in February, it took me a while to get into the first half of this book, but I enjoyed the second half.
What have you read lately?