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How Not to Die: Book Review

Ben Halpern 🌱
Software developer by trade, founder of Forem. Former college athlete wanting to make fitness a lifelong pursuit.
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How Not to Die is definitely a convincing narrative in favor of the plant-based diet. My doctor recommended this, with the philosophy of getting pumped up about eating my veggies, as opposed to being about restricting other sources of food.

The book really gets into every convincing argument possible about eating veggies, and I buy most of it. Towards the end when it got into specific details, I got a better picture on why any cooking fat is not really a good source of fat (i.e. olive oil is all the fat, with so much of the nutrition sucked away before it gets to you).

This book tells you that you can basically eat all the fruit you want within reason (as opposed to being moderate due to sugar content)...

It's a good read overall.

Chris Paul is the poster boy for the 100% plant-based diet in performance athletics these days. This book is definitely a "be like Paul" narrative.

I am going hard on plants after reading this. There are elements of the arguments made in the book which both support, and occasionally contradict other things I've read β€” But in the end I think enthusiasm for eating more broccoli and getting more fiber in my diet is going to pay off one way or another.

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William Kennedy

Are you going 100% plant based or are you still going to have meat?

More veggies are never a bad thing.

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Ben Halpern 🌱 Author

I already followed a pescatarian diet, so no mammal meat, and I don’t plan on entirely renouncing animal protein, but the book definitely made me question how much egg/cheese/etc. I want in my diet.

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William Kennedy

Do you ever use a site called examine.com?

It's basically a site where they aggregate and sum all the studies on nutrition and supplements. You might like it if you're in that frame of mind about optimizing health

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Ben Halpern 🌱 Author

I’m familiar, but I am probably a little short of wanting true optimization. If anything I’m wanting to make stupid simple choices, but still read as much interesting content as I can in the end.

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Ben Halpern 🌱 Author

In the end, Chris Paul lost the NBA finals to a star who is most certainly not adopting a plant-based diet, so take that how you will. πŸ˜…

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Lee Wynne

Totally inspired to do my own book reviews! Thanks @ben will add this to pipeline πŸ‘