As pilots we are always on a lookout for any health issues, since we never want to lose our Medical. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease are few of the medical conditions that afflict millions of people every year. Of course Cirrus pilots are not exempt from these statistics.
I was born in rural Siberia with very little fresh fruits and vegetables in the winter. Our main meals were bread, potatoes, meat, sauerkraut and boxes and boxes of fresh caviar. By the time I was 32 and well versed in McDonalds, Carls Jr. and In’n Out, I routinely when out for dinner and had 20oz steak, 3-4lb lobster, 2 large baked potatoes, and of course a big scoop of ice-cream for desert. Who can refuse a dinner like that at Red Lobster, La Vien Rose or Ruth’s Crisp.
One day, my wife noticed my love handles, stomach, heavy breathing and a desire to sleep after a good lunch. After she brought it to my attention, I went to my mom (she is a doctor) and said “What do I do now?”, I want to change. For the next 18 years I focused on a good healthy diet. I know for sure it made a difference, since my wife never complained again.
A few weeks ago I flew Dr. Alan Goldhammer from San Francisco to Chino and during this flight he introduced me to a book called “The pleasure trap”. Little skeptical, I bought the book and just finished reading it. This is the most revealing book I read on why we do what we do in our day to day eating habits.
Fully annotated with references and logically laid out nature’s plan to keep us addicted to processed food. For all of us, cognitive pilots the book offers fascinating information that passes the most rigid critical thinking test.
If you are tired of hearing what you want to hear and ready to read what you need to know, then this book is for you. It is brutally honest, scientifically supported and easily understood.
When you get a chance, check it out and see how it can change your live and keep you flying with intact medical till you are 90.
Book reveiw here.
Try this if you do not want to buy the book.
25 Sep 2008 22:21