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It snowed and it snowed… all day long.  But now I think my Winter Wonderland is melting and turning into ice.  :(  Very sad.


If this dinner looks a lot like yesterday’s dinner, that’s because it’s pretty much the same thing.  Toasty hummus + veg:


The Husband wanted to try Aduki beans, so I had a side of brown rice, aduki beans, and edamame.  He says Aduki beans are good for bacterial and yeast overgrowths in your system (that’s the Chinese medicine man coming out).  They were OK – not my favorite bean.  As well as roasted carrots and broc.


Because it’s the National Championship, the Hus and I were actually going to throw a big party – but everyone was scared away by the ice (well, that’s what we’re telling ourselves… Heh).  So it’s just us + the dogs + beer:


And I ate a few of those Orange Zest White Chocolate Chips… you know what, they were pretty good.  I still think I need to play with the flour a little… Maybe I’ll attempt another batch soon!


Help Me Pick My Next Book


Help me choose what to read yet… there are so many things that I’m dying to read; I can’t decide.  All descriptions courtesy of Amazon.


THE CHINA STUDY:  Referred to as the "Grand Prix of epidemiology" by The New York Times, this study examines more than 350 variables of health and nutrition with surveys from 6,500 adults in more than 2,500 counties across China and Taiwan, and conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. While revealing that proper nutrition can have a dramatic effect on reducing and reversing these ailments as well as curbing obesity, this text calls into question the practices of many of the current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet, that are widely popular in the West. The politics of nutrition and the impact of special interest groups in the creation and dissemination of public information are also discussed.

The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health

BORN TO RUN:  Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world’s greatest distance runners and learn their secrets, and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.  Isolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a beautiful young surfer, and a barefoot wonder.  With a sharp wit and wild exuberance, McDougall takes us from the high-tech science labs at Harvard to the sun-baked valleys and freezing peaks across North America, where ever-growing numbers of ultrarunners are pushing their bodies to the limit, and, finally, to the climactic race in the Copper Canyons. Born to Run is that rare book that will not only engage your mind but inspire your body when you realize that the secret to happiness is right at your feet, and that you, indeed all of us, were born to run.

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

168 HOURS:  Vanderkam (Grindhopping) offers a new system of time management: if readers want to make more time to spend with their children, get fit, or write that novel, they must slash nonessential time wasters and minimize tasks that are not core competencies, a business term for what a company does best and must prioritize. She offers solid and even excellent career advice, about both how to make the most of time at a current job and how to manage time to get ahead. And there is something curiously fascinating about her bizarrely brutal approach to time management (There’s little point… in spending much time on activities in which you can’t excel). But given that the author seems to be targeting a very rarefied echelon of upper-middle-class working moms (like herself), the book might have very limited appeal. More alienating, though, is her insistence on pummeling the life out of life. Vanderkam’s vision may yield plenty of time to pursue worthy activities, but it’s a life leached of color or spontaneity.

 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think

In exchange for your reviews and suggestions, here are four great books that I’ve read semi-recently and recommend:



What should I read?



  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston January 10, 2011, 8:22 pm

    Read the China Study it will change your life.

    • Corrie January 10, 2011, 8:23 pm

      O wait just kidding you got the first comment 🙂

  • Corrie January 10, 2011, 8:23 pm

    This is my first time commenting and I get the first comment! YES READ BORN TO RUN!! It’s incredible and will make you want to run forever 🙂 Hope your book-writing is going well!

  • babycakes January 10, 2011, 8:23 pm

    DEFINITELY The China Study 🙂

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns January 10, 2011, 8:23 pm

    Born to Run! I started it and it’s really good. My husband read it first and he loved it…and he’s not even a runner…

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 10, 2011, 8:23 pm

    Sad that people were scared away from your party! My feeling is that all of this slushy snow is going to refreeze during the night and be horrible tomorrow morning!

    My vote is for Born to Run. I’ve heard it’s incredible. But the China Study comes in for a close second…

  • Lindsay@cookveganlover January 10, 2011, 8:24 pm

    The China Study it really is eye opening

  • Megan January 10, 2011, 8:25 pm

    Read Born to Run…Everyone who loves to run should read it!

  • Evan Thomas January 10, 2011, 8:25 pm

    I would try to suggest something but the last book I read in 2010(and probably the only one) was about the philosophy behind the world of Doctor Who and I don’t think that’s up everyone’s alley #closetnerd

    • Tricia January 10, 2011, 8:29 pm

      Ooh! Me, me! Guess that makes me a #closetnerd too!

      • Evan Thomas January 10, 2011, 8:32 pm

        If you’re interested, I really suggest this: http://tinyurl.com/4p72xn3. It follows the series from 1960 up through the most recent season with Matt Smith and debates what is “good” and “evil”, theories of time travel, and what constitutes “being” the same person in a world of regeneration.

        • Tricia January 10, 2011, 9:09 pm

          Awesome! Thanks for the link!

  • Wendy January 10, 2011, 8:25 pm

    My vote is for Born to Run! However, that is the only one of the three I’ve read. 🙂

  • maria @ Chasing the Now January 10, 2011, 8:26 pm

    I vote China Study. I’ve never read it, but it sounds interesting and like something you could blog about later. 🙂

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 10, 2011, 8:27 pm

    China Study, because of Forks Over Knives 🙂 I’m going to see it next week!

  • Julianne January 10, 2011, 8:27 pm

    Born to Run! Its on my list to read soon too.

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. January 10, 2011, 8:27 pm

    China Study!!!

  • Amanda January 10, 2011, 8:28 pm

    How on earth do you have time to read?? 🙂 I have heard really great things about The China Study. I hope to pick it up after I read a book I got for Christmas…Paula Deen’s bio. (Probably the EXACT opposite of anything The China Study has to say…..)

  • Tricia January 10, 2011, 8:28 pm

    Well, in my humble, but reading addict’s opinion, I would choose The China Study first!

    Born to Run sounds good and I’ve met the author, but there are tons of great running books and i’m sure you’ve read some of them.

    I know I could use 168 Hours! My time management, other than at work, needs a lot of improvement, but you must have some great time management skills already! I know you probably think you can improve and I know we all could, but go with The China Study! There’s so much interesting work out there on diet and nutrition and most of it contradicts the other!

    Humbly yours,


  • Jenna @Eating Green, Staying Lean January 10, 2011, 8:30 pm

    I was doing some random running reading on the internet during my lunch break today and saw this quote:

    “Run because you love it. If you don’t, learn to love it. Running will bring things into your life that you could never imagine.” – Scott Jurek, Star of “Born To Run”

    It’s SO funny it’s in your list of books to pick up and read, I was planning on ordering it in the near future after seeing this quote. Maybe it will inspire you as much as it inspired me. So, obviously, I vote Born to Run 🙂

  • SR January 10, 2011, 8:30 pm

    born to run!! it is absolutely fascinating!

  • DeeFSU January 10, 2011, 8:31 pm

    Born to Run! It is a great book.

  • julie (etsy stalkers) January 10, 2011, 8:32 pm

    The China Study changed me – you will love it.

  • STEPH January 10, 2011, 8:33 pm

    born to run !! i loved that book

  • Leanne January 10, 2011, 8:34 pm

    Born to run is an AMAZING book and really motivates you to run your little tush off.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) January 10, 2011, 8:34 pm

    I really want to read born to run so I’d say that one.

  • Kim January 10, 2011, 8:34 pm

    Born to Run is a great read! Definitely inspiring, not like it seems like you need much running inspiration.

    I have to say I was looking forward to ‘The China Study’ knowing it heavily favored a vegan diet, but I really felt like it was very one sided, and almost seemed like the information was manipulated. It left out a very important point, that being that China as a whole is not vegan. I may agree with its point, but I didn’t agree with the way the information was disseminated.

  • BostonRunner January 10, 2011, 8:36 pm

    I’m so surprised you haven’t read Born to Run yet! I think I would say that one, because that’s the only one of those I’ve read and you might find it most interesting now since you are just starting to experiment with barefoot running.

    • Caitlin January 10, 2011, 8:41 pm

      I read Ultra Marathon Man! It was awesome. But I fear the books are too similar?

      • BostonRunner January 10, 2011, 8:46 pm

        Hmm.. I haven’t read the Ultra Marathon Man, but I quickly read the summary on Amazon and I think you might still enjoy Born to Run. What I really loved about the book was learning about the lifestyle of the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico.

      • Sarah AJ January 11, 2011, 8:10 am

        I’ve read them both and don’t think they’re very similar, other than that they’re both about ultrarunning. I found Born to Run incredibly inspiring, so I vote for that. 🙂

  • Caroline January 10, 2011, 8:36 pm

    I have not read any of those but I almost bought Born to Run the other day…so I say that one!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 10, 2011, 8:36 pm

    I grew up eating adzuki beans, mostly in [sweet] soup form! You have to try it sweet!!! SO GOOD. Can’t imagine it any other way.

  • hippierunner January 10, 2011, 8:37 pm

    I am reading Born to Run right now! I think it’s pretty good; such an interesting story and as with all books centered around a running tale, it is inspiring!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 10, 2011, 8:40 pm

    The China Study is my fave nutrition book. Born to Run is an awesome running book- definitely makes you think about barefoot running & fueling naturally. Sarah did a great review of 168 hours (theshubox.com). You should just read them all :P)

  • D January 10, 2011, 8:40 pm

    I’ve read both, and would recommend reading both!

    They are totally different, and you could probably read them both at the same time (well not the SAME TIME but you know…:)). Born to Run is a great book for runners; it’s entertaining and informative and kinda crazy. If you’re looking a book to inspire your running, this is definitely the one! BUT, The China Study was LIFE CHANGING for me. It really opened my eyes to the connection between diet and health, more so than EVER before (and I was a super healthy vegetarian when I read it). The data and info was just incredible and it is honestly the single most influential book I’ve ever read, and I’ve since passed it along to parents, boyfriend and friends.

    I think you should read Born to Run as a fun personal book, but the China Study is totally something to read in bits and pieces (and not necessarily in order, like you could pick out sections at a time I think) and discuss with other people. You should do a blog challenge/discussion/thing (hehe) and discuss a section/topic every week with readers!

  • betty@runbetty January 10, 2011, 8:40 pm

    Oooh – definately Born to Run. Especially since you just got your Vibrams!

  • Chrissy (The New Me) January 10, 2011, 8:41 pm

    You should definitely read Born to Run, especially if you are getting into barefoot running! It’s a fast read – a page turner! – so you probably be onto the next book before you know it.

    168 Hours sounds good though. I’ll put it on my to-read list!

  • Rachel S January 10, 2011, 8:43 pm

    I think all these books sound good, but I’m really intrigued by 168 Hours, so my vote is for that one!

  • Melissa January 10, 2011, 8:44 pm

    Of the 3 I’ve only read Born to Run and I thought it was a very interesting book!

    Who are you guys routing for tonight?

    • Caitlin January 10, 2011, 9:01 pm

      Ducks. You?

      • Melissa January 10, 2011, 10:38 pm

        Well, I grew up in Auburn, my entire family (except me) went there and Matt i also an alum so I think that pretty much sums it up 🙂 I am a huge fan on my own though!

  • Dynamics January 10, 2011, 8:44 pm

    Good Luck Caitlin on choosing.

  • Ellen @ Undercover Runner Eats January 10, 2011, 8:44 pm

    I vote for The China Study. I have that beside my bed right now just waiting for me to start it.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) January 10, 2011, 8:44 pm

    OOH heck, I’d go with Born to Run, though I haven’t read any of those you listed… On an unrelated note, I’m trying to get more into the darker, heartier beers my boyfriend loves- any recommendations on some good ones to start with/try?

    -Joelle (the pancake girl)

    • Caitlin January 10, 2011, 9:02 pm

      Any oatmeal stout. It’s so thick and dreamy. Good dark starter

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 10, 2011, 8:44 pm

    I haven’t read any of these, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on the China Study.

  • Nadine January 10, 2011, 8:49 pm

    All of them look great, and I think there is a movie coming out soon based on the China Study (check out Mama Pea’s weekend) —> but based on what you’ve been struggling with lately (Time) I’d go for 168 hours, and if its too dry to read all at once, definitely go for Born To Run.

  • Chetney (Czesia's Adventures) January 10, 2011, 8:49 pm

    I would pick Born to Run!

  • Kim @ Everstrong January 10, 2011, 8:51 pm

    Born to Run is a great read! You will be totally drawn into the book within pages, it makes you really sit back and think about the human species and how far we have come, yet, how important our “roots” are for every day living. You will zip through it, so you could make it your ‘warmup’ book, or “easy” run…

  • Sana January 10, 2011, 8:51 pm

    Hahahah have a fun party with the husband!

  • Charlie January 10, 2011, 8:56 pm

    My vote is born to run!
    2nd – China Study :).

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 10, 2011, 8:57 pm

    The China Study!! You won’t regret it.

  • Kaitlin January 10, 2011, 8:58 pm

    I was JUST at the library and saw Born to Run on the shelves, looks like a good one! I also want to read UltraMarathon Man! Have you read any of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books? They’re so good and addictive– great vacation reads.

  • Courtney January 10, 2011, 9:00 pm

    Born to Run is on my list. My neighbor read it and it changed her running life!

  • Jami January 10, 2011, 9:01 pm

    Born to Run Born to Run Born to Run….such a good book!

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith January 10, 2011, 9:03 pm

    Born to Run! I’ve read part of it and it’s amazing. Ridiculous what one’s body is capable of.

  • Kait January 10, 2011, 9:05 pm

    Hi! I’m an avid-reader but I’ve never commented before. Just had to say, I just finished Born to Run yesterday and it is FANTASTIC. Definitely changed my view of running and it was all I could do not to duck outside at 11 PM after turning the last page and run around the block a few times. Such a wonderfully written, well-researched book!

  • Jenn January 10, 2011, 9:05 pm

    Oooh!! The American Wife! It is sooo good! I read it last year and just finished listening to it last month. You won’t regreat it!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 10, 2011, 9:07 pm

    I read Born to Run last summer and *loved* it — and I’m not even a runner! The story is so compelling and propels you through from beginning to end. It’s like reading a fast-paced adventure novel except that it’s all true.

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe January 10, 2011, 9:07 pm

    I loved The China Study. It is very scientific and yet very readable. The conclusions of the findings are presented in an easy to understand presentation. I have heard recently though, that if you were to look into the studies that The China Study is based on, that they are not as conclusive as the book makes them out to be. I would recommend reading it, but not accepting it as an absolute truth. It can tend to serve as a wealth of confirmation bias for those that already follow low to no-animal diets already. All I’m saying is, don’t accept it as pure fact until you’ve studied the references for yourself.

  • Stephanie January 10, 2011, 9:08 pm

    I’ve got both Born to Run and the China Study on my *to read* list! I think you’re good to go with either!

    I just finished the second of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo series and now I just can’t wait to get the third. Starting there and then probably on to The China Study!

  • Tara January 10, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Yep, Born to Run! It’s really well written and not just about running. I loved it. I haven’t read any of the others you mentioned but I put the China Study on my list at the library. Right now, I’m reading 3 books…The Forgotten Garden (found it on sale at used bookstore, started it and couldn’t put it down), Love Walked In(my book club book), and Super Sad True Love Story(was on the wait list for it at the library and I got it way sooner than I expected). All good in different ways.

  • Mary Allison January 10, 2011, 9:09 pm


    Maybe we should do a blog book club:)?? I will read anything!!

  • Kristin @ The Ex-pat Diaries January 10, 2011, 9:10 pm

    Read The China Study! Especially if you’re planning on seeing Forks Over Knives, as it’s based on the book. It’s a really life-changing book and even changed my meat-loving hubby to a pescatarian, who’s now thinking of going vegan. I know you already eat a plant-based diet, but The China Study is just such excellent reinforcement for why. I’d be so interested to read your review on it as well. 🙂

    Born to Run is on my Amazon wishlist and I think it will be my next read. From the reviews above, it sounds like another good pick!

  • Amy January 10, 2011, 9:12 pm

    i was actually going to start born to run…i heard its awesome! the china study sounds pretty interesting too though…

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 10, 2011, 9:14 pm

    I loved American Wife. Such a good book. Um, my vote goes for Born To Run! Sounds like a really good book 😀

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 10, 2011, 9:15 pm

    My vote is for the 168 Hours book, but it looks like I’m wildly outnumbered. I’m planning to read Eating Animals soon and look forward to it.

  • Cathy K January 10, 2011, 9:15 pm

    born to run…while wearing your new vibrams – haha! it’s very good…honestly, i found a couple parts drag, but overall, entertaining story telling. i think i actually liked the (small) sections on running biomechanics/injury the best!
    it’s quite a different read from ultra marathon man.

  • Tricia Kuchler January 10, 2011, 9:19 pm

    Born To Run!

  • Debra January 10, 2011, 9:21 pm

    I love Born to Run. I haven’t read the others, but I’m sure you will love BTR!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances January 10, 2011, 9:24 pm

    I vote for 168 Hours because I just bought it and am about to start reading it! 🙂 I’m interested in what the author has to say about making the most of the time we have and, while I certainly won’t take all of her words to heart, I think I can learn some valuable tips that might help me be more careful with my time. But I will always, always, always make time to be lazy because dangit, that’s important, too!

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair January 10, 2011, 9:24 pm

    Born to Run is a good book! I vote that one or The China Study – it’s on my list for books to read too!

  • Sonja January 10, 2011, 9:27 pm

    I loved Born to Run, and with your new Vibrams, you’ll get a kick out of reading about people who “truly” run barefoot! Too funny that you also asked about the China Study… that’s actually next to read on my list.

  • Laura January 10, 2011, 9:27 pm

    My husband read “Born to Run” and really loved it. He brings up points from the book in conversation from time to time! In lieu of 168 hours, consider “The Four Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris.

  • Shelby January 10, 2011, 9:28 pm

    Born to Run!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 10, 2011, 9:29 pm

    Read either The China Study or Born To Run and tell me how they are! I want to read them!!! 😀

  • Courtney January 10, 2011, 9:32 pm

    Caitlin, I’m pretty positive that you’ll LOVE Born to Run, especially with your new Vibrams. I’m a reluctant new runner and it inspired me like you wouldn’t believe – I think you should start with that one, most definitely!

  • Elizabeth @ The Sweet Life January 10, 2011, 9:32 pm

    I vote for the China Study–I, too, have yet to read it!

  • jenny in new york January 10, 2011, 9:37 pm

    born to run! The china study is interesting, but i found it quite boring. I knew a lot of the info already so i didn’t feel like it held my attention. I want to read born to run too!

  • Jen January 10, 2011, 9:38 pm

    I haven’t read any of those books, but I’ll toss out an unsolicited recommendation 🙂
    What is the What by Dave Eggers is a fantastic read. It’s big, but his style is so engaging and the story is so captivating (it’s a biography of one of the Lost Boys of Sudan) that you’ll blow through it in no time.

  • Bria January 10, 2011, 9:39 pm

    I received Born to Run as a gift, and got bored with it after the first chapter. The China Study, on the other hand, that sounds more my cup of tea. I would have to give it my vote, based solely on MY personal preferences!! haha I’m sure they are both great 🙂

  • Baking 'n' Books January 10, 2011, 9:39 pm

    I haven’t read any of the books – but I wanted to say thanks for the suggestion of the 168 Hours one! I’ve never heard of it and it definitely sounds up my ally ;). Surprise, surprise…

    Do you ever do any “light” reading? You seem to read informative, knowledgable books…hmm, must start on that and exercise my brain 😉

  • Rose January 10, 2011, 9:39 pm

    I vote Born to Run! Great book.

  • Tara January 10, 2011, 9:43 pm

    I think you should read the china study first (then the time one second), mainly so you can do lots of reviews and posts on it while you are reading through it 🙂 I want to read it but it’s in my huge, ever growing stack of books not yet read.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 10, 2011, 9:43 pm

    Born to Run!

    I’ve actually never read it, but it’s on my list of books to read. I have heard so many awesome things about it. 😀

  • kathleen January 10, 2011, 9:43 pm

    I didn’t like the China study. This person’s rebuttal to it is well written http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/07/07/the-china-study-fact-or-fallac/

    I don’t know. Maybe I am the only non-carnivore that didn’t find the China study eye opening or useful in any way.

    Read Born To Run if you need running inspiration. You know, if you are stuck in a training rut, it’s really useful.

    Don’t know about the third book…

  • Brittaney @ thegirlthatcantcook January 10, 2011, 9:52 pm

    I JUST started reading born to run. Having a little trouble getting into it so far however, I’m not really a reader, and I’m only in the first 20 pages.

  • Rebecca January 10, 2011, 9:53 pm

    I have read Born to Run and really enjoyed it. It was a pretty quick read, I think I finished it in a couple of days and I’m not a particularly fast readyer.
    But the sociologist in me is really drawn to the China Study, I’ve never read it but it sounds really interesting! Adding it to my to-read list…

  • Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 10, 2011, 9:59 pm

    i think the china study sounds so interesting! but all three of your choices sound good. i can’t wait to see your thoughts on whichever book you choose.

  • Kristen January 10, 2011, 9:59 pm

    I LOVED Born to Run! It is a great read for a runner and got me really interested in barefoot running. I never thought I’d even consider barefoot running until after I read that book. I also really want to read the China Study after reading Mama Pea’s recommendation. I would love to hear your insight on it also.

  • AnneJuliet January 10, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Born to Run…it’s super fun while you’re learning to do it yourself. And super interesting. I highly recommend it. I read it to get the full story while I bashed barefooters and half way through, I knew I’d soon be one:)

  • Ashley January 10, 2011, 10:11 pm

    They all sound good, but Born to Run sounds super interesting!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life January 10, 2011, 10:14 pm

    The China Study since the movie is coming out in March. I always like to read the book before seeing any movie 🙂

  • Tracy January 10, 2011, 10:15 pm

    The China Study is really good but very scientific – but I think you’d like it a lot!

  • Danielle January 10, 2011, 10:18 pm

    I’ve read both Born to Run and The China Study — I say read Born to Run first! The China Study shouldn’t be missed because it was very good, but there’s just something about Born to Run that literally made me not be able to put the book down!

    I am a non-runner…in fact, for years I had zero interest in running and actually hated it! It’s only after reading this book that I want to try to run for pleasure and actually enjoy it…this book made me even more in awe of the human body and human spirit.

    As for The China Study — it’s another great read that will really make you think about what you put into your body!

  • Ann @ Day by Day January 10, 2011, 10:20 pm

    I’m really interested in the China Study and Born to Run now after reading all these positive reviews! I may end up ordering them tonight in fact… I recently read Eating Animals and really took a lot from it. I can’t wait to see Forks over Knives.

  • Michelle @ six-oh-one January 10, 2011, 10:25 pm

    I listened to the China Study on audio book a few years ago. I love that it was a compelling argument for a plant-based lifestyle that was backed by research, rather than the standard tug-on-your heartstrings reasons (which are important as well!). I’d love to hear what you think of it!

  • Jill Will Run January 10, 2011, 10:35 pm

    Born to Run… it’s a great book!

  • Ashley January 10, 2011, 10:37 pm

    Read Born To Run. It looks so good I want to read it now! I usually read fiction, but that book looks excellent.

  • Lee January 10, 2011, 10:37 pm

    I think the China Study sounds very interesting.

  • Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks January 10, 2011, 10:37 pm

    I just skimmed The China Study and I would recommend giving it a read. Really interesting!

  • caronae January 10, 2011, 10:40 pm

    I have not read the China Study, but at the moment, I feel so iffy about the science behind it and the conclusions people are drawing from it (“being a vegetarian or a vegan will save your life!”) that I’m very skeptical…350 variables in a study would make it pretty hard to determine anything conclusive, according to my mom (she’s a doctor).

    Born To Run, however, is a book I have read and would recommend without hesitation! It is fast-paced and exciting, and you really learn a lot about this subculture of distance runners in a remote area of Mexico. There is simultaneously an element of mystery, though, which is nice.

    Random note: I was reading the Pioneer Woman yesterday and noticed that both HTP and OB are on her blogroll! Her blogroll is super short, so I thought that was pretty cool. Congrats! 🙂

    • Caitlin January 11, 2011, 9:10 am

      Thanks 🙂 I’m so proud when I see that.

  • kristin point January 10, 2011, 10:46 pm

    I always switch, one heavy read, usually about psychology, education, health, autism or history and then one light read for fun. I work with autistic kids so if I didn’t switch I’d be reading all heavy memoirs about autism or some other psych disorder haha nerd alert. Its a good system though, keeps things interesting.

    Born to run sounds really good I have to pick it up!

    Gets my vote 🙂

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well January 10, 2011, 10:49 pm

    Born to run!! It’s on hold for me at the library and I’d love to know what you think of it!

  • Rachel @ Healthy Teacher January 10, 2011, 10:52 pm

    Read The Hunger Games. It’s a 3-book series. I’m a book snob, and I absolutely LOVED it.

  • Emily January 10, 2011, 11:03 pm

    I vote for The China Study. I think you would really enjoy it and that it would spark some really interesting and thought-provoking blog posts!

  • amy January 10, 2011, 11:16 pm

    BORN TO RUN!!! It is one of my favourites!! You will LOVE it!!

  • Avery January 10, 2011, 11:27 pm

    I’d go with The China Study. I haven’t read it but I’ve heard great things about it. Even “Mama Pea” recommended it. So that makes it a must, right?

  • Anne January 10, 2011, 11:28 pm

    I really enjoyed Born to Run. It was both entertaining and motivating – a nice balance of sitting on the couch and getting your butt off the couch! I also learned a few things about running technique and nutrition that I hadn’t come across before.

  • Orla January 10, 2011, 11:29 pm

    Born to Run is SUPERAWESOMEAMAZEBALLS. But be warned, it will make you want to run an ultra.

    • Caitlin January 11, 2011, 9:10 am

      I want to read it just because you called it superawesomeamazeballs.

  • Katie T January 10, 2011, 11:41 pm

    LOVED Born to Run. Totally inspirational. It’ll get you out the door and running for sure!!

  • Nina January 10, 2011, 11:43 pm

    I loved Born to Run!! I actually listened to it on my ipod while I was running which was so cool. I think audible.com lets you do a free trial so try it out! Listening to books on tape during my longer runs is my favorite.

  • Kiley January 10, 2011, 11:51 pm

    BORN TO RUN!! I read it not to long ago and I think I am going to read it again. It really does make you want to run ultras…barefoot even!!

  • Amber K January 10, 2011, 11:59 pm

    I’m super curious about The China Study myself, so I’m leaning towards that.

    I really wanted to like Aduki beans because of all of their benefits, but I thought they were awful. Black beans will always be my favorite!

  • Stephanie January 11, 2011, 12:19 am

    Don’t read the China Study it has been debunked by so many reputable sources that I am surprised it is even still in print. I vote for Born to Run, only because I can’t afford it right now and want to live vicariously through you.

  • Beatrix @ Beaglebea January 11, 2011, 12:23 am

    I’d have to vote for the China Study…I may pick that book up myself based on the many comments people have left on this blog. Happy choosing.

  • Hilary January 11, 2011, 12:26 am

    i may pick up the china study as well. however, with a quick amazon (review) search, i found the below criticisms of the book and will likely read those as well. many skeptics, so perhaps would be an interesting blog debate. it has my vote!


    • Caitlin January 11, 2011, 9:07 am

      Thanks for linking to that, Hilary!

  • Lisa January 11, 2011, 12:27 am

    It’s funny – I just finished reading Born to Run last night on my Kindle. I have to be honest – I didn’t love it. The main story was not as enthralling for me as for others and I expected a lot more practical information on the aspects of barefoot/natural running. There were a couple of points that I found good that I’m taking away but it’s nothing a blog post couldn’t have given me.

    However, since I’ve recently started working with a Chinese practioner (had my first cupping experience yesterday!), I think that China Study might be interesting.

  • Lynne January 11, 2011, 12:48 am

    Born to Run – it’s a great book! Perfect with the VFFs!

  • Katheryn January 11, 2011, 1:14 am

    I vote for Born To Run. I just finished it last night and LOVED it. Hubby isn’t a runner at all and he read it and thought it was great too.

  • Amanda (Eating Up) January 11, 2011, 1:33 am

    Born to Run! I got it for my dad’s birthday. He normally takes two years to finish a book, not exaggerating. He finished this book in two weeks!

  • When Smokers Jog January 11, 2011, 2:06 am

    Born to Run, definitely.

  • Esen January 11, 2011, 2:54 am

    You should definitely read “Born to Run”. I know you are into/discovering barefoot running and it talks a lot about why it’s so good for your feet, and how it strengthens them and how it helped people who formerly thought they couldn’t run. Also, I read Ultra Marathon Man as well, and the two are not at all alike, so definitely read Born to Run! You will love it. It’s also a love more fun than The China Study (which I have read parts of, but it’s a bit slow).

    Side note, I read Born to Run while I’m running! On audiobooks! It keeps me entertained since I hate long runs- have you ever listened to an audiobook while running?

    Keep up the good work!

    • Caitlin January 11, 2011, 9:05 am

      I tried to listen to Eat Pray Love on audiobook while running and I ran like a 13 min mile. LOL

  • Summer January 11, 2011, 5:31 am

    Well the game was great so they missed what would have been a good game with good friends. 🙂 The China Study looks really good. Happy reading!

  • sirenjess January 11, 2011, 6:42 am

    Born to run!!!!! It was really good.

  • Tracy January 11, 2011, 7:24 am

    The China Study definitely changed my life. Have you read The Food Revolution by John Robbins? That’s a good one, too!!

    • Caitlin January 11, 2011, 9:03 am

      I have not read it – I’ll look into it. Thanks!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 11, 2011, 7:30 am

    I’m glad that Eating Animals and American Wife both get your seal of approval, since they’re on my reading list!!

    I’d say the China Study. It’s fascinating!

    • Gracie (complicated day) January 11, 2011, 7:37 am

      Oh gosh. I just got American Wife from the library and I don’t love it. The main character is so boring I can hardly keep reading!

  • Jen January 11, 2011, 7:33 am

    Read Born to Run! It was so good – I couldn’t put it down. I know that you’ll really like it and I thought about you when I was reading it. Totally worth reading now that you have your new Vibrams.

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life January 11, 2011, 8:00 am

    I say either Born to Run or The China Study. Both are life changing.

  • abbi January 11, 2011, 8:14 am

    Born to Run…only because I haven’t read the others yet!

  • Jennie @ Designed to be Fit January 11, 2011, 8:24 am

    Born to Run was a great book, I recommend that one!

  • Meredith January 11, 2011, 8:35 am

    I would love to read The Chine Study. I haven’t read any of the books but that one sounds so interesting.

    I’m reading “Mindsets” right now and it is amazing. I highly recommend it.

  • Emmanuelle January 11, 2011, 8:40 am

    Difficult to choose, but I would go for Born to Run 🙂

  • Nikki January 11, 2011, 8:46 am

    BORN TO RUN! This book changed my whole outlook on running. I was going through a rough phase with injuries and I read this book. Turned my running life around (it “saved” me as a runner). Its a quick read, maybe because its so interesting!

  • Carina January 11, 2011, 8:51 am

    I’ve read China Study (wonderful) and Born to Run (reviewed half of Born to Run on my blog yesterday (reviewing the vegetarian aspect later this week)). I found there wasn’t enough documented research to back up the conclusions in Born to Run, so I’d pick China Study, but actually, just read both!

  • Jessie January 11, 2011, 8:52 am

    I loved Born To Run. I haven’t read any of the others, but I highly recommend you read Born To Run at some point, if not next.

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) January 11, 2011, 9:01 am

    We have more snow on the way in New England… winter wonderland my BUTT! I’ve been enjoying leisure reading lately, I’m currently reading the 48 Laws of Power. I think 168 Hours sounds like a good fit for you.

  • sarah (the SHU box) January 11, 2011, 9:03 am

    i thought 168 hours was really interesting, so i’d love to hear your thoughts on it. 🙂

  • Charlotte January 11, 2011, 9:04 am

    oh the adzuki beans need to be eaten sweet…pureed, in soup, wrapped in a bun, etc…see if you can find a recipe online or some ready-made pastries in an asian bakery! takes some getting used to (i hated them as a child), but now they’re the greatest dessert ever!

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good January 11, 2011, 9:24 am

    I read Born to Run last fall and I HIGHLY recommend it! I also got to see Christopher McDougall speak, which was awesome. It’s a great book!

  • MaryBe@AccidentallyVegan January 11, 2011, 9:28 am

    I would read The China Study, but I think you would like to read Born to Run first

  • Hannah Hawley January 11, 2011, 9:29 am

    Born to Run! I am not a runner and I just added it to my Kindle list. It sounds amazing.
    The China Study is a close second though. I might consider that later on down the line.

  • Anne January 11, 2011, 9:30 am

    Read Born to Run!!!!!!! It’s an amazing story, not just about running but also about the power of the human spirit. 🙂

  • Jaclyn January 11, 2011, 9:34 am

    I’ve read both “The China Study” and “Born To Run” and they were both excellent, but totally different. “The China Study” is very methodical and can come across as a little dry, but the subject matter is fascinating. “Born To Run” was awesome and a total page-turner – I literally could not put it down. One thing to consider is that “Forks Over Knives” – the documentary about “The China Study” – is being released nationally I think in March. You may want to read the book before the documentary comes out! But “Born To Run” probably won’t take you long to read.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat January 11, 2011, 9:51 am

    I got “The China Study” for Christmas after it was highly recommended to me by friends. I hope to read it after I get caught up on a couple of other books first. But my vote is for that one!

  • Liz January 11, 2011, 10:00 am

    Born To Run! It was such a good story, plus really inspirational for runners.

  • jeanna January 11, 2011, 10:01 am

    Born to Run is Awesome! Seriously, you should read it so that you are more motivated to run barefoot and you’ll find a whole new passion for running in general! Go Taramahara!

  • Sarah @ sarahrunsinheels.blogspot.com January 11, 2011, 10:06 am

    My vote is 168 Hours. Though I haven’t read it, it sounds like it might have an interesting perspective on achieving the work/life balance you’ve been striving for recently.

  • Cindy Robinson January 11, 2011, 10:40 am

    Born to Run sounds great. I love to read about other cultures, and I love to feel motivated 🙂

  • Amy January 11, 2011, 10:53 am


    Changed my life. And everyone I know is reading it. It’s the best running book I’ve ever read.

    Honestly. I also credit B2R with helping me improve my running form, increase weekly mileage and get faster without injury.

    (Do I sound like a commercial?) 😉

  • Bree January 11, 2011, 10:54 am

    The China Study. No contest. I wish I could afford to go door to door and hand out that book to every literate person in the world.

  • Lauren January 11, 2011, 11:31 am

    I’m almost done Born to Run, and it’s SO interesting! It’s a combo of science & running stories. I really want to get Vibrams after hearing about problems running shoes can cause.

  • Ryan M. January 11, 2011, 12:20 pm

    Hands down…The China Study

  • Sarah's Cooking January 11, 2011, 12:21 pm

    Born To Run is a GREAT book. It has a really interesting perspective on running and talks a lot about barefoot running, which would help you in your quest to run in Vibrams! Born To Run is also the reason I started eating chia seeds!

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic January 11, 2011, 12:48 pm

    I say one of the first 2. #1 sounds more like an educational piece, while #2 sounds more like a pleasurable read. Maybe read them both simultaneously depending on the mood you’re in?

  • Pamela January 11, 2011, 12:59 pm

    China Study for sure!

  • Isha January 11, 2011, 3:04 pm

    Born to Run is AMAZING. It completely changed the way I look at running. It would be appropriate with your newly acquired Vibrams, too!

  • jess January 11, 2011, 4:35 pm

    the china study! it’s epic. i try to force people at work and my family to read it.

  • Amanda January 11, 2011, 4:39 pm

    As a runner you should definitely read Born to Run. I loved it!
    I’m gonna have to check out The China Study though cause a lot of people seem to recommend that.

  • elaine! January 11, 2011, 4:59 pm

    Read Born to Run! I couldn’t even finish China Study. It is so incredibly biased. It doesn’t even really include information on the actual China Study, which is what I was hoping when I picked it up. He just kind of glazes over a few points from the China Study to further his own agenda. Very annoying. Born to Run, though? Now that’s a great book — entertaining AND informative.

  • Rachel January 11, 2011, 6:31 pm

    the only one of those books I’ve read is The China Study, and it is interesting! I’ve been a vegan for about a year (and a vegetarian for many many more), and this book shed light on a lot of nutritional questions/concerns/facts that relate to eating more veggies and less dairy. At the same time, it is not preachy or trying to convert you to a particular life choice; instead, it gives you a lot of material to think about. I recommend it for anyone who is interested in nutrition.

  • Laura @ DramaticallyFit (New blog!) January 12, 2011, 12:06 am

    Am I the only one who noticed how PRECIOUS that cat is? I’m so glad you fed it! It looks so cold just sitting there on the ice!

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