The Fast 800 by Michael Mosley

The Fast 800: Australian and New Zealand editionThe Fast 800: Australian and New Zealand edition by Michael Mosley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent and informative.

Dr Michael Mosley is a motivated and professional health practitioner. In this book he draws on scientific research to support dietary suggestions for those with diabetes mellitus. Therefore, the underlying trope is to improve health for those who have tried many other means of solving this and other health problems. His own experience with Type 2 diabetes (and pre-diabetes) set him on the path to discover ways to improve the prognosis. On the way, he uncovers some interesting (and innovative) science regarding dementia, PCOS, hypertension, and other diseases so prevalent in the industrial world and modern society.

Mosley’s writing is informal but every claim he makes is backed up by real science.

The recipe section is comprehensive with some illustrations to show the reader what “800 calories” looks like on the plate.

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The Fast 800 by Michael Mosley

Review: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary CanalGulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is a dull day when we don’t learn something new. Gulp presents us with a new something at the turn of every page.

My Goodreads friend, Ann Logan, recommended Mary Roach’s books to me and now I am searching for them. Roach is an entertaining and educational writer. Her lightness of touch belies the scientific research behind the stories. I do admit to thinking (occasionally) “Too much information!”. However, as the cover blurb says, “… her trademark laugh-out-loud style …” kept me reading on.

I was particularly interested in the different fads that have happened over the centuries. Some of these are covered in graphic detail. This brings to mind some of the trends that are happening right now. For example, the notion of ‘cleansing’ by using juices (that deny the body essential vitamins) and so on and so forth.

I have read and reviewed Giulia Enders book, Gut subtitled ‘the inside story of our body’s most under-rated organ’. Enders also writes in an easy-to-read and informative manner. Both authors are happy to share personal experiences in an informal way and this makes things more easily understood and much less distasteful.

I hope that these books allow readers to be more accepting of this integral part of our biology. After all, the gut needs to be recognised for the important part it plays in our health and wellbeing.

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Review: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal