Are you stuck? Stuck in your weight? Stuck in your mind? Stuck in your diet? Just stuck. Stuck. Stuck.
It’s okay. Sometimes we get that way. We just do.
Getting stuck means we WERE once moving forward. Oh, to move forward again. In our stubborn stuck-ness, we resolve to undertake the exact same steps that worked before–but this time kicking ourselves brutally to really stick with it this time. As if that’s all we need to do to take care of it.
Hey. Let me throw out an idea I once heard:
“It’s not really organized if you have to keep organizing it.”
In other words, it may look nice and sound nice for a little bit after you clean it up, but if it easily falls back into disorder and dysfunction, the system needs changed somehow. It’s not going to work for you. You can blame your man, woman, kids, or even yourself for messing something up (I have plenty of times…)–but maybe it’s time to stop trying to find success, order, and peace with the same broken system. Find and create your own system, using what works for you.
I’ve had the delightful pleasure of corresponding with two authors recently who refuse to stay stuck. Even better, they refuse to shut up. Even, even better. They keep open minds. And even, even, even better. Yes, it gets better. They answer your questions with sincerity and motivate you to get un-stuck too.
Thank you, Tim Steele and Jessica Flanigan, for sharing your hard-earned knowledge with the world in your true, authentic ways. Today I want to share a smidge about the books The Potato Hack (Tim Steele) and The Loving Diet (Jessica Flanigan), two books that could potentially get you unstuck from your stuck.
Why it would be your read:
- You avoid the potato because you’ve heard it’s not healthy for whatever reason. (You should DEFINITELY read this book.)
- You just like well-written, informative literature. This book is full of easy-to-read scientific, practical, and historical information on the potato.
- You’re stuck in your weight (or even in your diabetes or gastrointestinal issues) and enjoy testing different ideas out. (Please always be safe! And talk with your doctor. You know, you know.)
- You’re curious about these all-potato diets that people are trying. (Are these people as crazy as you think? You’ll be surprised!)
- Tim Steele takes time to answer every question posed to him via e-mail or his website (Vegetable Pharm).
- It’s a straight-forward read with honesty and humor.
Who this book is not for: Fanatics who will stick to any diet despite getting worse. The Potato Hack is for those with good, common sense.
Personal note: I had already re-introduced the potato happily and successfully before reading this book, but reading even more science on it supported my idea that our diet should be as broad as we enjoy and tolerate, with an emphasis on real. The book is not restricted to a potato-only diet, although it does outline one for us. I tried a hard-core, potato-only hack for just over three days. Personally, I had no issues and didn’t mind it a bit, except my kids’ food smelled wonderful.
The Loving Diet: Going Beyond Paleo into the Heart of What Ails You
Why it would be your read:
- You’ve tried everything for your health, and something just isn’t budging. You’re at the end of your rope. Can’t anyone help you?
- Your health is intruding on your peace and ability to go about life. (Conversely, the book can help even those struggling with life turmoil, such as a divorce, job difficulty, or loss, which may or may not be related to disease in the moment directly–but still holding life back.)
- Autoimmune Paleo, GAPS, or some other diet is not working for you, even after FODMAP, SIBO, histamine, and so on, modifications.
- Jessica Flanigan (AIP Lifestyle) is a knowledgeable, compassionate nutritionist whose clients are tough cases, so she writes from experience, not just theory.
- You feel like mindset plays a role in your illness, but you’re not sure how or what to do about it.
- A nice, non-technical read. (You can read it even in deep brain fog, taking it as slowly as you need to.)
Who should not read it: A cynic who thinks he (or she) is too good for some touchy-feely type techniques.
Personal note: The diet and supplement portion of the book was not my draw to this writing, as I feel pretty comfortable with my own diet (and have tried “everything”). However, the mind-body component was huge for me, as I’ve found it instrumental in controlling headaches and food intolerances. If you are Christian, the book is not necessarily written from a Jesus-centered point of view, and I can’t say that I know the author’s take on religion after reading this–which for me is a plus, as I actually can get frustrated with differences in theology and dogma.
These are my own takes. My own opinions. I’m happy to answer any questions I can. I’ve appreciated the works of the authors and have communicated with them personally, although my post was spontaneously prompted from my gratitude for their contributions to health. They’ve put some GREAT ideas and knowledge together!