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The authors offer unique insights into the factors that make us susceptible to dietary and lifestyle excesses, and present ways to restore the biological processes designed by nature to keep us running at maximum efficiency and vitality. A wake-up call to even the most health conscious people, The Pleasure Trap boldly challenges conventional wisdom about sickness and unhapThe authors offer unique insights into the factors that make us susceptible to dietary and lifestyle excesses, and present ways to restore the biological processes designed by nature to keep us running at maximum efficiency and vitality. A wake-up call to even the most health conscious people, The Pleasure Trap boldly challenges conventional wisdom about sickness and unhappiness in today's contemporary culture, offers groundbreaking solutions for achieving change, and provides a fascinating new perspective on how modern life can turn so many smart, savvy people into the unwitting saboteurs of their own well-being. Inspired by stunning original research, comprehensive clinical studies, and their successes with thousands of patients, the authors construct a new paradigm for the psychology of health, offering fresh hope for anyone stuck in a self-destructive rut....

Title : The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force That Undermines Health and Happiness
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The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force That Undermines Health and Happiness Reviews

  • Maggie
    2019-01-16 23:20

    I read this book after watching Forks Over Knives and reading The China Study, so did not read it to be persuaded to adopt a plant-strong lifestyle. What I took away from this book is the psychology behind the poor choices most Americans today make concerning food and exercise, and how to avoid those pleasure traps on the road toward health and wellness. Lisle argues that the motivational triad that suited our ancestors so well does not work at all in today's society, and we must force ourselves to go against our natural instincts. The tips and tools offered are nothing new, but I did walk away with a greater understanding of the power of our natural instincts in our daily lives. I didn't at all understand the purpose of including the chapter about water-only fasting. I really think Lisle could have left that out completely. It was interested, don't get me wrong, but seemed superfluous.

  • Mary
    2019-01-09 18:35

    I've been on and off a vegan diet for 20 years. This book got remotivated and back on track

  • Julie
    2019-01-04 18:31

    This book is fascinating. Well . . . I found that it was anyways. He discusses the human motivational triangle and why we do some of the things we do that damage our bodies. He talks about how in caveman times it was okay to follow our instincts because it was a matter of survival. Now, we live in an artificial world (food, drugs etc.) That trick us and we fall in to "pleasure traps." He talks about the cycle of addiction and recovery and how most of our society is addicted to food from a young age. This book may be offensive to some people. There is is one sentence especially I would have gotten made at if I hadn't changed my eating habits recently. He openly laments the fact the americans, are using too much tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, meat, dairy, oil, processed foods, chocolate, and getting too little sleep.I actually learned a lot though. I learned tons about sleep and the importance of getting enough sleep. I learned how to deal with social situations when it's obvious to people I won't be partaking of certains dishes, and I came away feeling empowered over how to overcome the natural man in me. I wish everyone could read this book with an open mind and humility. Great book!

  • Robin Tierney
    2019-01-20 22:22

    Makes important biological processes clear. Examples of points made: * Nature designed pleasure circuitry and biochemicals to help us survive, thrive and reproduce. Corporations and legitimized drug dealers have used science to hijack the brain's pleasure pathways.* The controlled exploitation of animals in agriculture had a high price: The major killers of humanity since 8500 BC have not been starvation, warfare, accidents or large predators. The major threats to human life since 8500 BC -- microorganisms and viruses such as smallpox, influenza, tuberculosis, malaria, plague, measles and cholera -- have been literally invisible These infectious agents which we may refer to as "micropredators," all have something of importance in comment: each evolved from a disease in domesticated animals that then adapted to, and infected, human societies.For example, many more Native Americans died as a result of European animal-based diseases than were ever killed in armed combat. * Beyond infectious diseases were a new class of diseases. For the first time in history, people began to suffer the effects from a previously unimaginable problem: getting too much. The diseases of kings. Primarily animal flesh and organs, eggs and dairy.

  • Cynthia
    2019-01-08 17:35

    I concur with most previous reviewers. I also was introduced to the author Doug Lisle by watching "Forks Over Knives." It helped me understand why so many of us (including me) have so much difficulty restraining our self-destructive appetites, and gave me some helpful ideas about how to restructure my environment and retrain my palate. I have become a convert to following a plant-based diet, but this book did not persuade me to follow the extreme dietary prohibitions Lisle recommends (i.e., giving up coffee, salt, all dairy, all alcohol, etc.), nor do I believe that water-only fasting is a particularly helpful or healthy exercise.

  • lalala Vegan
    2019-01-23 00:14

    Read book over again when ever I need inspiration. A important book to read if your starting a plant based diet.

  • Yitka
    2019-01-15 18:35

    I was a little disappointed by this book. The idea behind it was very compelling to me - how pleasure (in-the-moment gratification, triggering dopamine release) differs from happiness (longer-lasting sense of well-being and progress toward positive goals, triggering serotonin release). I'm fascinated by humans' common propensity toward self-destructive and addictive behavior, and the analogies that can be drawn between addiction to cigarettes, drugs, alcohol, etc. and addiction to sugar and processed foods. There were some unexpected and surprisingly thought-provoking sections on the history of humanity, and the ways that different innovations (agricultural developments, the light bulb, etc.) throughout time have affected the way humans live - both for better, and for worse. Unfortunately, the writing itself was a little meandering at times, sometimes repetitive, and often felt like a poorly executed college student's essay, rather than a highly researched, articulately written, and tightly edited book. While there were some studies cited in footnotes, a lot of the book made broad conjectures without really backing them up. Many of the biological reasons given for our behavior seemed mostly based on assumptions that weren't 100% thought out or based on well-rounded examination...all interesting ideas, but not necessarily presented in the most convincing way. The final chapter on fasting was interesting in terms of its reference to patient success/testimonials, but it seemed random and out of place - like it should have been its own book, rather than a part of this one. Overall, not a bad read, but not exactly a must-read either.

  • Maura
    2018-12-30 20:32

    Much of this book is material that your average college-educated newspaper-reading/podcast-listening person is already well aware of. I did, however appreciate being reminded how most of society is slowly killing themselves with their knives and forks. One analogy was that it's as if we're in a society full of heroin addicts who think their addictions are completely normal and healthy. I also liked the idea of compiling a weekly menu and shopping from the corresponding grocery list consistently each week. Also, the attention to the fact that many of us who believe we have no time to cook healthy foods could actually afford to hire a cook was nice. Our prioritization of big homes and nice cars over the expense of a cook for healthy foods is worth examining.

  • Anna Cordova
    2019-01-07 20:26

    In a nutshell, The primary sources of pleasure are food and sexual activity. These activities are biologically expensive and designed to only last a few minutes, not several hours. Modern society has made it easy for us to make these pleasurable activities a trap. We can achieve health by eating a diet ideal for human consumption, emphasizing adequate rest, exercise, and also occasionally fasting. This book has a unique way of using scientific and historical evidence to arrive at these conclusions. Truthfully, I had read most of these ideas before, with the exception of the part on fasting, just never presented in this manner.

  • Pragati
    2018-12-27 16:28

    .. I liked it but I thought it was incredibly dry! The way the book is written made me want to skip over sections ... maybe its because of my chosen profession, maybe its because I'd already read some of the books discussed in detail within the text of this one. I wish it was a little more captivating ... I'd recommend it to someone new to a plant-based diet, but will probably not go back to it for reference as I do with most other books I've read on the subject!! Only 2 stars in my opinion!!

  • Stella
    2019-01-05 17:12

    Good stuff, but somehow the flow of the book was all over the place. This book wouldn't have converted me to whole food plant based diet. I don't think it was even clear in that meassage. But as i am a convert already I had fun with bits and pieces of it and esp. the chapter on benefits of prolonged only water fasting. I may try that some day.

  • Kelsey Layos
    2019-01-09 16:25

    I'm about 1/3 into this. It's shallow and very disappointing. I'll update when done, but already I can confidently say I don't recommend this unless you get it from a library and are *completely* new to basic concepts of survival of the fittest, reward mechanisms, etc.Edit: I've finished it and my review is unchanged. Not a good book.

  • Sue
    2019-01-07 17:37

    This was a very interesting book--relating early man's "needs" to our current "desires" and how the food culture has helped us all fall into the "pleasure trap". Interesting references and easy reading--not written like a science manual, but as information for the general public to understand and utilize in our daily living.

  • Margaret Longstreet
    2019-01-04 20:10

    I read this because of the Forks over Knives movie. It takes the Whole foods diet a step further in understanding. I was especially interested in the Fasting chapter. I liked the fact that it was written from a psychology perspective.

  • Jane
    2019-01-19 21:23

    This book is a bit alarmist in parts. The middle chapters were the most helpful in their information and presentation. If a person has no background in eating healthy, this might be a good read. Much for me was repetitive.

  • Jessie Berlin
    2019-01-11 00:29

    I haven't decided how I feel about the last couple chapters yet.Otherwise, I would very much recommend this to anyone interested in learning more about why we eat the way we do, and how to successfully break out of the pleasure trap / fountain of guilt that is food in America.

  • Christina Tunia
    2019-01-21 19:18

    Important information about the hidden forces of food choices. I read this important book after hearing the engaging author speak at True North Healing Center. Since then I have shared this book with many people who may appreciate insights into food choices.

  • Ron
    2019-01-06 19:11

    Good insight into human behavior from a scientific and evolutionary standpoint as it related to food, hunger, and health. The e-book version unfortunately cuts-off a few words here and there which is sometimes annoying but not enogh so to detract from the overall message.

  • Delilah Olicker
    2019-01-08 22:27

    Discusses the psychological aspects and the core reasons for our addictions to food and chemicals. It helps us understand why it's hard for some of us to change our eating habits.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-17 21:28

    I ended up skimming through parts of this book but I don't regret reading it. It has information that I haven't read before about health and wellness.

  • Jeanette
    2019-01-07 19:09

    There are some really interesting concepts to be explored in this book, even if you don't agree with everything they say. I enjoyed the unique perspectives.

  • Eileenmarie
    2018-12-26 00:23

    This was an interesting book; eye opening; study on the pleasure traps in our society; I enjoyed it a lot!

  • Drakoh
    2019-01-20 00:22

    Shows us why we can't resist some foods, and the biological mechanism behindpresent the dangerous aspect of social pressure

  • Flora
    2019-01-18 16:15

    The Pleasure Trap is tooted as one of the "must-reads" by many vegans. It's a book that uses psychology and evolution concepts to explain why the modern humans are fat, stressed and unhappy, then proceed to offer solutions to resolve these prevalent issues. The first half of the book dives deep into the concept which the authors define as the "motivational triad", which will continually be used through the reset of the book to explain everything. For those who have seen documentaries like "Forks Over Knives", the first one-third of the book may seem like a broken record. For those who haven't, it is a simplistic and digestible explanation of they psychology behind our motivations. The middle section will largely focus on how humans have abused the planet through various innovations and revolutions, which then led to our troublesome state today. It also offers actionable tips that the readers can use to change their lifestyles and boost their health. Finally, the last section offers alternative and more natural approach to treating common western diseases, as well as strategies that arm the reader to face the world that may oppose their life adjustment to regain health. My overall opinion of the book is quite mixed. While I appreciate the comprehensive and rounded scientific breakdown of our current state, I don't appreciate the fact that the book encourages a pessimistic view of the current world, especially at the halfway mark. While many aspects of human life have been made artificial and thus resulted in unmanageable consequences, this book negates hope for humanity. Most importantly, the tone I am receiving is to "fight for yourself and don't die with the rest of the stupid world" - hardly an uplifting message. While it is true that human civilization is somewhat of an anomaly in nature, has broken many rules and are now suffering the consequences, it isn't helpful to hate on civilization altogether, either. That said, at the end the authors do try to make it more uplifting, though the effort appear to be somewhat forced. The takeaway is to read this book for an unconventional and unique view on the paralyzing structure of modern men's lifestyle and the complementary diseases. Though be warned, while it offers valuable insights, certain points from the author can be quite biased.

  • Jeffrey Cohan
    2019-01-02 21:19

    “The Pleasure Trap” goes to the heart of the dangerous intersection of our modern society and our human biology.With our evolutionary biology, we are physically designed to thrive on unprocessed foods, and to heal ourselves through rest and fasting, rather than medication.In our modern society, we are sabotaging our health with high-fat animal products, refined sweeteners and refined carbohydrates, and relying on drugs and medical procedures to clean up the mess, with very limited success.This is not to say that medication should be avoided in all cases. But in general, Western medicine has failed to stem the epidemics of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer and autoimmune diseases.As someone who adheres to a plant-based diet and engages in intermittent fasting, I can personally attest to the benefits of the practices that Lisle and Goldhamer recommend. For some reason, though, the authors neglect to mention the obvious, overarching reason that explains why fasting is so beneficial for our health. Simply put, digestion consumes a lot of resources, so when we free our bodies from that burden, more resources become available to power our bodies’ natural healing processes.In the end, however, this book does a great job of showing how to align our lifestyles with our own biology.

  • Mary
    2019-01-18 00:29

    I enjoyed the bits of history mixed in with science and psychology. I previously knew the type of diets recommended in this book, but I appreciated the reasoning behind it. We still have primitive nature in our brains and our main goals are to seek pleasure, avoid pain, and conserve energy. These instincts are completely at odds with how we have to behave today to remain healthy. We live in a world of abundance, but our instincts come from a time of very limited supply. This all makes sense, but there aren't really any good suggestions to go against our instincts. It mostly comes down to fasting for awhile to reset your body and then never eating anything toxic again including, coffee, sugar, tea, chocolate, etc.The author seemed to put a lot of filler and repetition into the book. I imagine he had a certain word count or page count to hit, so he kept repeating himself until he hit the mark.They highly recommend a 40 day water-only fasting, but also add that it should only be done under a doctor's care and that they've been doing it at their health center for years. The lowest price you could starve yourself at would be over $6000.It's an interesting read, but I doubt there are many that will go to the extremes they're suggesting, even if it means better health and a longer life.

  • Conor: Son of Ardle
    2018-12-25 23:23

    “You are the prize your ancestors worked so hard to achieve.” This is an amazing primer in evolutionary history, psychology and the potential for self-healing using the ancient wisdom of eating a whole food, plant based diet. “Too often we make choices with an ancient compass in a world for which if wasnot designed” and we have fallen into a life destroying pleasure trap of our own making - i.e., seeking the most pleasure and caloric density for the least amount of effort, thereby becoming overweight and depressed. The authors suggest a WFPB diet, adequate sleep, regular exercise and drug abstention (with a bit of water-only fasting to kick things into gear) as a solution to society’s most pressing health concerns: diseases of kings and queens like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. This is a very inspiring book and I hope to use the wisdom contained within to kickstart my own journey towards health and wellness following their concept of a biological and philosophical “True North.”

  • TL
    2018-12-25 17:37

    The first few chapters do a good job of explaining human motivation, and the differences between happiness and pleasure. I liked these chapters, and had the book stayed in this lane, I would have enjoyed the book. However, its quickly changed gears to push Dr. Lisle's agenda. Some of it was was promoting correlation as causation, some of it was misleading, and some of it was just factually incorrect. He goes on for chapters about "truths" but overall I felt the book was poorly cited. Having a degree in human nutrition, food, and exercise I had to start skimming about 75% through the book because his inaccurate assumptions and generalizations were just too much for me to slog through. I enjoyed the first few chapters, and was considering giving the gift to a family member that has some issues with food. However, the further I went, the more I felt I'd have to redact in order to not mislead, confuse, or lie to her so I'll probably just drop it off at Goodwill.

  • Olivia
    2019-01-20 19:23

    Remarkable Book. Remarkable Knowledge. Some very esoteric knowledge and life enhancing-even transforming knowledge contained in this work. Kind of stuff the media, pharmaceutical companies, meat and dairy industries don't want you to know!I loved to learn that eating a vegan plant based diet results in losing 5-10 pounds a month. When one reduces their fat intake to 10% or less or less of calories consumed, the body begins to reverse atherosclerosis.Four stars because I felt the book was too wordy in parts and overly clinical and lacked humour.Definitely worth taking the time to read.

  • Chase Chandler
    2019-01-14 19:21

    Beat Your Genes is a great evolutionary psychology podcast I listened to this past year in a rough patch which helped me better understand why we do some of the things we do as humans (to each other, & to ourselves). The entire podcast is worth listening to for one reason alone: Dr. Doug Lisle. I listened to every episode in a binge-like fashion and recalled a few instances Dr. Lisle’s book, The Pleasure Trap, was mentioned so figured I’d tackle this #goodread as part of my reading challenge (a regret-free choice). Binge on Beat Your Genes podcast or give this book a read. All humans will benefit from Dr. Douglas Lisle’s shared knowledge and wisdom in the field of psychology.