19. June 2017

Heiki reads: Rethinking Positive Thinking: Inside the New Science of Motivation by Gabriele Oettingen

Live your dreams and reach your goals! Positive thinking is something we should do for that, we constantly hear. But really? Is it this easy? Almost. And positive thinking is in fact not the answer. Not alone.

When I got pregnant and was stuck in the first trimester of nauseousness I realized two things: my plans concerning my dreams (blog, book, working as a freelancer) needed to be adjusted and I needed a tool to overcome this crazy time of feeling totally energy depleted. Looking for tools I grabbed this book from my shelf which I already owned for longer, but now it was time. And it really was what I needed. This book and another one I will introduce to you another day. They both helped me A LOT to overcome this difficult time and actually work more effective and consistantly on my goals than I ever had, even though I am still pregant of ourse and have more topics on my mind and to do list than ever.

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5. June 2017

Heiki reads: HypnoBirthing by Marie Mongan

One of the highest recommandations I got concerning pregnancy books and so I read it too. Even though this – again – is a book I would not have chosen by cover and title for myself. Luckily I learned to listen to recommandations first. And I recommend it too. But not for everybody. 😉

What is it all about?

About birth and labor obviously. A natural, easy, painfree birth, so claims the cover. With audio CD: Do I have to listen to it…? Well okay I take the easy, painfree birth to go, please. So let’s start reading.

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17. May 2017

#teampink and #teamblue

Boy, girl, unisex? – When we talk about gender specific clothing or nursery it seems as if we discuss something as sensitive as politics or religion.

I had very good talks about gender topics over the last weeks: about identity, biological gender, sex and personality. Because of course the question of “Is it a boy or a girl?” stayed and since  it is clear that we are expecting a girl, two other questions followed: “How do you think about pink?” and “Will she have to wear her hair long too?”

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2. May 2017

Heiki reads: Hautnah by Dr. Yael Adler

Healthy skin, healthy hair, right? So I had great expectations reading this book

Unfortunately for you it is another book which is only available in German. So I cut short on my translation again, especially as this book is none I want to recommend but a book I would say… you can ignore.

Alternative information concerning skin health

If you are really interested in skinhealth check out the YouTube channel from Holistic Habits. The Oil Cleansing Method she shows helped me a lot and she offers also much more advice for skin and overall health which can help you even if you or neither vegan nor vegetarian.
The Gut: The inside story of our body’s most underrated organ explains very well the interaction between a healthy intestine and colon and a healthy overall body (including especially the skin).
Very practical advice and nice recipes can be found in The Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder.
And if you are really interested in hormones and how they affect also our looks It starts with food by the Hartwigs is a good start.

Also I have already written an arcticle about skin and nutrition almost exactly one year ago whuich sums up what I consider to be the most important.

So no book recommendation today, but often it is also helpful to know what not to buy. 🙂 Money saved.

19. April 2017

Heiki reads: Fettlogik überwinden by Dr. Nadja Hermann

Sorry guys, this book is only available in German, but I give you a short, short summary what it is about and what it has taught me.

Basically it is a book about diet and especially weightloss, but also for me it was a real eyeopener as it stresses on dietary myths which have nothing to do with scientifically proven studies but with women’s magazins’ pseudo wisdom. Broken down to the very essentials Nadja makes clear that there is only one golden rule for dieting, no matter if you want to loose weight, gain weight or maintain it: if you eat more calories, than you burn, you gain weight, if you eat less, you shed weight. Calculation. So simple and also so difficult. She talks about these legends about diet most of us have in our heads and which all can’t be hold up when you really look for the studies, for example: There is nothing like a slow metabolism. Or there is no hunger mode after a strict diet. Of course you undergo certain psychological phenomenons, when you eat one way or the other, but it always, always and always comes back to that calorie intake. 100% of the people on earth can loose weight.
For me as a slim to skinny person who struggles with weight gain it was an eyeopener, to read that most of my trials were determined to fail just because I never tracked what I ate, I only estimated it. Estimation is not recommended for most people as skinny people tend to overestimate what they ate (I definitiely did so some years ago, by now I estimate fairly well) and overweight people underestimate their calorie intake. Same goes for the macronutrients fat, carbohydrates and protein.

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