[Books] AO's Reading List #1

I read quite a bit, preferably non-fiction books except for the occasional Comic Book.  Today, I'll share 3 of my most-recent favorites, what they're about, and my favorite piece of information from each.

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

I made a major overhaul to my diet and overall eating habits this year.  For those of you familiar with the Paleo diet (vegetables, animal meat including eggs, fruits & nuts make up the entire diet), the Primal Blueprint is super similar, adding a few exercise tips and lifestyle changes to create a well-rounded plan for a healthy life.

Here are the 10 Primal Blueprint Laws:

  1. Eat plants & animals.
  2. Avoid poisonous things (basically any kind of processed food - including whole grains).
  3. Move frequently @ a slow pace.
  4. Lift heavy things (functional exercise).
  5. Sprint once in a while.
  6. Get adequate sleep.
  7. Play (have some damn fun lol).
  8. Get adequate sunlight.
  9. Avoid stupid mistakes (every decision in life can be simplified into a common sense choice).
  10. Use your brain (being creative nurtures mental health & overall well being).

AO’s Bottom Line: I've been eating strictly plants & animals for about half of the year and I haven't been sick at all - no colds, flu, even a better handle on my allergies.  Check this book out for a more in depth breakdown.  Get it HERE.

Brass Knuckle Finance by Jarim Person-Lynn

Let's get to the money.  To be honest, I've never had a problem making money but my habits haven't always been the best so when I came across the @BKFUniversity Twitter account, most of what I read made sense to me and wasn't complicated at all.  Jarim is a financial advisor based out of Los Angeles.

My favorite recommendations?  Open up a SECOND checking and savings account.  Once you write down how much you spend on monthly bills, you keep your primary checking account to pay those.  You add money into your second checking account and use that for spending (gas for the car, eating out, travel, online purchases, etc).  

The second savings account is a “buffer” account and should have 1 or 2 of your pay checks sitting there.  Not to be confused with your primary savings which you should build up over time.

AO’s Bottom Line: There’s never an excuse not to budget.  Period.  Jarim is also very anti credit cards and any other form of credit use for that matter because you lose money paying interest.  Rent, invest, and build wealth.  Great read, we can all improve our money habits.  Get it HERE.

The Bushido Code: 32 Steps to Self Mastery by Sunny Gosal

For starters, Bushido is a Japanese word that means “the way of the warrior.”  The true badasses of this world were able to master themselves before they conquered their goals.  This is a great (free!) book with some practical challenges to help strengthen the mind.

As daunting a task as it may seem, one of the suggestions that has made the biggest impact on me was building my tolerance for cold showers.  Why?  In ancient times, the Samurai Warriors would wake @ dawn and bathe in cold water, an exercise called Misogi.  The benefits are:

  • Increased energy in the morning
  • Improved mood
  • Stress resilience
  • Stronger immune system
  • Faster workout recovery
  • Increased blood circulation
  • Healthy skin & appearance.

“When we make the decision to perform this ritual daily, we build discipline.  When we turn the tap from hot to cold, we practice courage.  And when we are able to hold our space comfortably under the cold water, we train our willpower.”

AO’s Bottom Line: 40 page, free e-book.  Can't beat that.  Lots of challenges to help build your mental toughness and sharpen your mind.  Get it HERE.

Hope you enjoyed this list of books and find one (or all) of them to be beneficial in your life.  Peace.

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