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Reading Suggestions

We are pleased to be able to offer links to the following books that might interest Australian Runners - we only list books that have been read and recommended by other runners.

The idea for the library was inspired by the feedback shown in this messageboard posting - feel free to add your views and/or suggestions for books to to add.

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"Fit for Life, Not Fat for Life"

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Fit for Life: Not Fat for Life by Harvey Diamond

"Have almost finished "Fit for Life, Not Fat for Life" by Harvey Diamond. He's the dietary advisor of the original "fit for life" series of books. I'm no expert when it comes to nutrition and would appreciate a nutritionist's input on this one, but some of the statements are amazing/aggravating/embarrassing: Dairy contributes to osteoporosis... The calcium in dairy cannot be absorbed by humans because it is too coarse and bonded to casein. The resulting acidity of dairy causes our bodies to then leach calcium from our bones to neutralize this acidity. The four biggest dairy consuming countries of the world also have the highest levels of osteoporosis. China doesn't like dairy much and has virtually no osteoporosis. There is more than enough calcium in fruit and vegies for human needs. e.g: where do cows get their calcium from? Then this: Protein: Animals such as fish,cows,pigs etc are a great source of protein. However, these animals normally need to be cooked for hygiene reasons. Even then, the body still has to break these proteins down into basic amino acids before it can reassemble them into the type of proteins required by humans. This means our digestive system must work much harder on this food than it does on other foods like fruit and veg, which supply all these same amino acids in a much simpler form. Cooking any food breaks down the enzymes in the food. This then requires the body to produce its own enzymes to digest the food, taking energy away from other body functions such as cleaning/repairing. Theres heaps of other interesting stuff too( with only a minor religious undertone). Anyway, I could crap on, but has anyone else read this/tried this, and is there someone out there that can give an educated opinion." by PodRunner.

Fit for Life: Not Fat for Life

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Fit for Life: Not Fat for Life by Harvey Diamond

"Have almost finished "Fit for Life, Not Fat for Life" by Harvey Diamond. He's the dietary advisor of the original "fit for life" series of books. I'm no expert when it comes to nutrition and would appreciate a nutritionist's input on this one, but some of the statements are amazing/aggravating/embarrassing: Dairy contributes to osteoporosis... The calcium in dairy cannot be absorbed by humans because it is too coarse and bonded to casein. The resulting acidity of dairy causes our bodies to then leach calcium from our bones to neutralize this acidity. The four biggest dairy consuming countries of the world also have the highest levels of osteoporosis. China doesn't like dairy much and has virtually no osteoporosis. There is more than enough calcium in fruit and vegies for human needs. e.g: where do cows get their calcium from? Then this: Protein: Animals such as fish,cows,pigs etc are a great source of protein. However, these animals normally need to be cooked for hygiene reasons. Even then, the body still has to break these proteins down into basic amino acids before it can reassemble them into the type of proteins required by humans. This means our digestive system must work much harder on this food than it does on other foods like fruit and veg, which supply all these same amino acids in a much simpler form. Cooking any food breaks down the enzymes in the food. This then requires the body to produce its own enzymes to digest the food, taking energy away from other body functions such as cleaning/repairing. Theres heaps of other interesting stuff too( with only a minor religious undertone). Anyway, I could crap on, but has anyone else read this/tried this, and is there someone out there that can give an educated opinion." by PodRunner.

Running and Walking for Women Over 40 : The Road to Sanity and Vanity

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Running and Walking for Women Over 40 : The Road to Sanity and Vanity by Kathrine Switzer

"There is an expression among even the most advanced runners that getting your shoes on is the hardest part of any workout..."
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