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What I’ve been reading, March 2011

on April 1, 2011
  • The Art of Learning, Josh Waitzkin. Read this book! Seriously, is much awesomeness. He uses his experiences with chess and tai chi, but it all completely relates to BJJ. I got through it once, and am 2/3 of the way straight through again, but have been re-reading chapters and sections, too.
  • The Eye of the World and The Great Hunt, Robert Jordan. I’ve finally taken the plunge: Books 1 & 2 of The Wheel of Time. I appreciate that Jordan doesn’t spend a whole lot of time on scenery (very noticeable when he’s followed directly by Silverberg), but instead focuses on moving the story forward.
  • Valentine Pontifex, Robert Silverberg. The sequel to Lord Valentine’s Castle.
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, Gary Taubes. I’ve been meaning to read Good Calories, Bad Calories for the longest time; my library, of course, was fresh out. So picked this one up instead.
    Taubes reviews the studies on diet, exercise, and obesity — well, mostly, the lack thereof. Most of what we popularly “know” doesn’t actually have any supporting studies, such as exercise promoting weight loss. (It actually doesn’t. Why? Because exercise stimulates appetite.) Or we have things backwards: e.g., Taubes says that we’re not fat because we overeat, but rather, we overeat because we’re fat. (Basically, that once our bodies are in a fat-storing mode, then insulin swipes the largest share of anything incoming and shuttles it straight off to storage, leaving our muscles and organs to squabble over the little left over, which isn’t enough to sustain them; therefore, we really are still hungry and so we eat more.)
    There’s a long build-up to it with hints along the way, but the key is insulin regulation. And insulin is governed primarily by the amount of glucose that we eat.
    I’ve been a low-carb agree-er (and mostly eater) for years and understand most of the reasoning, but this book filled in any missing pieces, such as why different people react differently to various amounts of carbs in their diets. Once again committed to finding that optimal ratio for my own self.
  • Catacombs, Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. I want to like it, but I just can’t. The writing and pacing is terrible. Sadness.

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