Monday, January 9, 2012

Book Review: The 7 Day Energy Surge

I'm reviewing this book because I am heading into a retreat training for maurices and this is a book that they ask their retreat participants to read. I like to be at least sort of up on the retreat topic (ha ha). So when I was given a copy of the book I decided I would look it over. I imagined I would just leaf through and pick out the good bits. Well, apparently I am not a "leaf-er."

I opened the book up at the beginning and read the entire thing. It was pretty easy reading with lots of good tips for living a healthy lifestyle. Once in a while I felt like I was in an infomercial because of the ALL CAPS TO MAKE A POINT style of writing but I am mostly past that. (As an editor, I do find all caps somewhat jarring.)

I found myself agreeing with the author on a number of points (yoga is good, repetitive exercise is bad for the joints, sugar is bad, fruits and veggies are good, sleep is good). I also found myself questioning his direction on a number of points particularly surrounding the issue of eating meat (how much "protein" to eat in a day, where does a vegetarian get their protein - he mostly advises eating meat and/or eggs, what are the ethical implications of eating so much meat - meat, fish and seafood every day for most meals).

That said, I am particularly healthy and should be surging with energy according to the quiz at the beginning of the book. Sometimes my answers weren't even options. I.e. The "best" answer for the question on Drinking Habits goes like this, "My drinking habits are [5 - really good] because I only have one cup of coffee first thing in the morning and drink more tea (he means caffeinated tea) and at least 75-80 oz. of water a day. I've also cut my alcohol consumption to 4 glasses of wine a week."

Really? I don't even drink coffee every day and I never drink tea with caffeine and I sure don't drink up to 4 glasses of wine a week. I realize his quiz questions are just to get an idea of your lifestyle and how that might affect your energy, but I was pretty surprised when on a number of questions his "best" option was not in line with what I would consider healthy. Makes me wonder if I am a total oddball.

Still, I always enjoy reading about health and I would recommend this easy-reading book.


sirisoleil said...

Yes, you are an oddball, but in the best possible way! :) Actually, the health choices you, and the people closest to you make, are not even on the radar of the majority of the population. It just seems like it is more common than it is because you are surrounded by like-minded folks. This is my interpretation of that phenomenon, one that I too have encountered.

Marianne said...

If you are an oddball I would bowl with YOU (cap joke)

Sara said...

Sirisoleil - I think you must be right. We just hang around with some seriously healthy folks.

Marianne - I'm not good at getting jokes. Help me out here. Thanks. :)

ketzal69 said...

I found you :) So far everything I read in your blog is part to my story almost verbatim. I'm very flexible, love yoga but just realized standing poses may not be benefiting me-need to focus on my pelvic floor.
So my practice changes again. Looking forward to the journey. So far I like what I found! Thank you for your commitment and sharing your love for yoga.

Sara said...

Hello Ketzal - So glad you found the blog and that it is helpful to you. I have quite a few more posts planned for working the inner core. Thanks for writing.