I’m a reader. In fact, I credit reading for saving my life, my health, my well-being. This semester (May 2014) I was thrilled to teach college students who came in hating to read and left wanting to read more. A few gave me books as gifts and those books will always remind of their transformations. I love seeing that transition in people. It all just comes to one single thing: be curious. Here are few books I’m reading now.
Many people get confused how much raw food they should be eating. I remember hearing that raw food is good for you because cooking destroys some natural enzymes, yet I found that some foods are healthier when cooked, like tomatoes. Apparently a blend of cooked and raw is ideal. The sad part seems to be not many people eat enough raw foods and so they miss out on some awesome nutrition and taste. So I like that the title includes the word practically since all raw, all the time might be overkill.
I remember going to a small health food restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale. It was vegan and I was concerned it might not taste good, but to my surprise, I found it tasted better than anything I had ever had, ever. Of course I tracked down cook books to try to make it at home.
If there is a book out there on celiac, gluten intolerance or eating gluten-free, I’ve probably read it. I have a collection of articles on Pinterest and ones randomly bookmarked in my browser. There are stacks of Natural Health magazine, Living Without magazine and countless others with articles tagged with sticky notes. And I’ve learned quite a bit. I’m interested in this book because it covers the brain. Many people think celiac just affects the digestive and immune systems, but for me I find that in addition to digestive and immune symptoms, I have neurological problems. I have found a wonderful neurologist to help me through this, but I like to stay informed on latest research. Dr. Hadjivassiliou is a neurologist in England who is doing research that I have been reading relentlessly. For those who do not have celiac or gluten intolerance, I think this book is relevant too. I’m making my way through it as I read 3 others, so it’s a slow process, but I’m very curious what Dr. Perlmutter has to say about grains and carbs.
One of my favorite authors, Jhumpa Lahiri, writes intricately detailed prose about characters who are separated not by physical distance, but by a barrier of language and culture. Being an immigrant, I love reading her novels and short stories. They just make sense to me. I also love the way food is depicted. Her short stories remind me that food often serves as a mechanism for bonding and communication. It is inextricably linked to culture, politics, self-expression and identity. This is what I miss by being a celiac, a sense of “food dialogue” and the sense of community sharing food creates with those who don’t have the illness.