Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Gutsy Book Club

I know most of my readers probably don't struggle with Irritable Bowel Disease like I do, but if you have ever suffered from any digestion issues at all, you may be interested in the Gutsy Virtual Book Club I've joined through Sarah's blog. One of my recent goals has been to learn more about colitis and digestion in general. This book club came into my life at the perfect time.

This month, we are reading No Guts, No Glory by Steven Lamm, M.D. and Sidney Stevens.

No Guts, No Glory

I started reading the book during my lunch break and learned so much thus far. I enjoy reading medical books and learning more about our amazing bodies.

Loved this quote from the first page of the book!

Love this quote from No Guts, No Glory

I also liked this passage:

"Unfortunately, most of us, like our doctors, don't spend enough time thinking about our guts. Patients come to me every day asking 'How can I keep my heart healthy?' or 'What's the best kind of exercise for losing weight?' They're worried about Alzheimer's, cancer, high blood pressure, and other big-name maladies. Sure, plenty walk in with abdominal complaints, but what they want is relief from the distress and a cure for what ails them. Rarely are they concerned about preserving and enhancing the health of their gut. Nor do most fathom their responsibility for keeping it in shape."

I rarely thought about my digestive system until at the age of 24, I couldn't keep food in my stomach. I was in graduate school and needed food to fuel my brain, yet I couldn't keep it down. Believe me, after 8 years of seeing many gastroenterologists, going through numerous colonoscopies, missing social events, experiencing bad days, abdominal pain and being on many expensive meds--you pay a lot of attention to your gut when you feel like I have all of these years. I look forward to reading this book and learning all I can to help me heal my gut. I also think this is going to help me ask the right questions when I visit my gastroenterologist next week.

I hope you can join Sarah's book club and get in on the discussion via twitter or her blog!


  1. I've heard about this book and I've heard its good! I love the virtual book club idea!

  2. have you read the h.o.p.e. formula? it's also about digestion, etc. i found it really interesting!

  3. No, I hadn't heard of it. I'll add it to my list of books to read. Thanks Sarah!

  4. Hey Lisa! First of all, LOVE that you in the Midwest. You know I'm a Midwest girl at heart:) Second of all, LOVE that you joined the book club. And most importantly, I LOVE that you are starting to tell your OWN story:) All my best...looking forward to all of your amazing thoughts!!!

  5. [...] Question: What do you think of the book so far? Thoughts or questions?! Have you blogged about it, and are you interested in sharing like Lisa did with “Gutsy Book Club?” [...]