A client of mine recommended this book to me. It was one of two books I was told to read as I discussed my paradigm shift towards a healthier eating and drinking lifestyle. The first book was Fat Chance by Robert Lustig, and this was the second.
As usual the book seemed to turn up at the right time in my life. Robert Lustig had opened my eyes to the dangers of hidden sugars in everything that we eat and drink, and I was very aware of the need to change my habits in this area. I was also reading more about the harmful effects of caffeine, and when you examine your drinking habits, with a view of eliminating sugar and caffeine, then you really are only left with a few choices and water takes the number one spot.
It wasn’t a book that I enjoyed. I like my books to flow, like a story, and this felt more like revision material for a history exam based on water. To be fair to James Salzman this is probably how he intended it to be read, and so I only have myself to blame for not investigating the book reviews more thoroughly before buying it.
It starts by stating that, ‘Unsafe drinking water is the single largest killer in the world.’ This was a familiar statement and one that I have read a multitude of times this year. Pick up a book on alcohol and it will describe how that poison is the number one killer, cigarettes are the same; and even Lustig said that sugar kills more people on this planet than anything else. Now it seems its water?
The book takes you through a history lesson on how we have evolved from Caveman to being able to simply turn on a tap and watch as pure, drinkable water flows freely (well not so free actually). But I still haven’t worked out if I can turn on the tap in the hotel room I am sat in (I am in Barcelona) and drink the water safely? Salzman also points out that by the year 2030 the UN estimates that more than half of the world’s population will live in water scarce areas. Now that’s an affirmation to use when you are searching for daily gratitude.
Since finishing Fat Chance by Robert Lustig I have drunk nothing but water and herbal teas and that has been the case for nearly one month. Reading this book has not strengthened my resolve, and this was my expectation when I bought it. I am not sure what to do with the knowledge that it has given me? After all every human being on this planet must drink water. There is no getting away with it; and I didn’t read anything more than I already knew about why I should drink it.
So if you are looking for a book to study for a piece of work you are doing on the history of water then this is a great tool. However, if you are considering making a paradigm shift and only drinking water – which I wholly encourage – then Fat Chance by Robert Lustig does a better job.
If you have a diet that is rich in sugar and caffeine laden drinking products, and want to change that habit, then why not contact me at Needyhelper@gmail.com to enquire about my six week habit change programme?
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