Happy Books Make For Happy Eats!

I have always noticed that when I read a happy fun type of book, I always feel better. I mean, I do enjoy a good who-done-it mystery (heart Agatha Christie so much!!) and even once in a while I will indulge in a real tearjerker
novel. But its' those whimsical light-hearted books I will pick up at the library or bookstore.

Now I read recently that women who read inspiring upbeat stories are 50% less likely to eat junk food. While I personally can't say whether or not I have eaten smarter when I have been reading a 'happy' sort of book, I can honestly say I always feel more positive about things, plus more determined to stick to my goals in life.

For example, I just finished reading Small Change by Sheila Roberts this past week. It is one of those all women based character stories, each with a real life challenge they need to resolve. These problems the women face are not earth-shattering or earth-shattering devastating either. But more like real life stuff - you know like needing more money to make ends meet, trying to get pregnant, trying to make more money...you know.

As they all find ways to improve their lives - as independent women relying on themselves - I could not wait to to turn the pages. I could feel myself being inspired, motivated and yes, even more determined to be self-reliant (and to teach my daughter to be so as well!)

Anyway, I digress. The whole point of my post really is that one way to help ourselves eat better and avoid the junk food, is by choosing to read uplifting books instead of the dramatic all heart-wrenching type novels.

And, by the way, watching 'happy' TV also cuts down the urge for snacking junk food per the study. (and while this is probably true, I will not be giving up on "Revenge' anytime soon!)


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