When we decided at the end of last year to host a book club at my store, The Daily Apple, I had no idea it would be so eye-opening and so much fun! When we chose the book, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter I had not read the book and I had no idea how much I would love this book.
I always enjoy reading a good book about health but this one tops the list for importance of subject matter and proper research. Dr. Perlmutter clearly shows us how what we are eating is affecting not only our brains but our daily health. For those of you who want research and in-depth information on how the body works, this book is for you.
Early on in the book club, we were discussing changing how we eat. And one of my favorite comments from the group was when a woman said, “Well I figure whatever I have been doing is not working so why would I not try this approach.” This is such a powerful statement. So many times we go throughout our health journeys not feeling well. We try everything we can to improve our health and nothing works. We exercise more, we take pills to help us feel better, we try everything we possibly can but often fail to take a look at the food we are eating! We make hundreds of excuses why we cannot change what we eat.
Every week I was inspired and encouraged from the people in the group! It is so fun to learn alongside of people who are positive, difference makers. The people who attended the book club were determined to make changes and slowly work on improving health. These women were genuine, real, honest and positive! It was so refreshing to see a group of positive people come together and then notice how healthier eating improves the way we feel.
Dr. Perlmutter teaches us to look at what we have been taught about healthy eating and then ask ourselves if it has really been working. He dispels the myth that fat is bad. He makes a strong argument that our bodies (and especially our brains) need fat.
This book gives eye-opening, heart-wrenching stories of how healthy food can improve serious health conditions. Chapter 6 was one of my favorite because he talks about other health conditions that grain free diets can help with…things like Tourette’s, autism, anxiety, depression and more. I got really emotional when I turned the pages of this chapter. And my hope is this book will help open our eyes to how the foods we eat affect how our bodies behave.
I encourage you to pick up a copy of the book and give it a read. And even if you don’t want all of the research and scientific explanations, you can skim through that part and still get the point of the book. I am excited to announce we are having another book club at Schafer’s Health & Gifts in Worthington, MN, on Tuesday, March 4. If you are in the area, I encourage you to attend. I am sure we will have a great group of people who want to take small steps to improve their health. And hey, even if you do not live around Worthington, you can participate in the book club through our Facebook event- where we will share ideas, recipes and more.