Earlier this week I was waiting by the desk of a security guard and commented on the book he was reading, Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. We spoke for a few minutes about psychology before he asked me what I was reading. Upon hearing my answer he asked if I had seen the Joe Rogan debate between Chris Kresser and Dr. Joel Kahn. When I told him I hadn’t seen it yet, he insisted I must watch it.
It was almost 4 hours long and painful to watch at times, but by the end I was excited to finish reading Dr. Kahn’s book. He made me smile when he proudly announced in his introduction, “I have embraced the role of the pugilist, punching back with powerful data and case studies, and I am game for a debate when called for.” It is commendable that he is willing to enter the ring for the plant-based movement.
His book gives a thorough overview of the benefits of consuming whole, plant-based foods. With fun chapter titles like. “The Sweet News About Diabetes,” “Beans Not Butter For Better Brains,” and “Plants, the Plight of Animals, and World Religions.”
What I really love about Dr. Kahn is seeing him in a state of flow.
One of my favorite quotes from Csikszentmihalyi is on page 3 of his book, “Contrary to what we usually believe, moments like these, the best moments in our lives, are not the passive, receptive, relaxing times–although such experiences can also be enjoyable, if we have worked hard to attain them. The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen. For a child, it could be placing with trembling fingers the last block on a tower she has built, higher than any she has built so far; for a swimmer, it could be trying to beat his own record; for a violinist, mastering an intricate musical passage.” For Dr. Kahn it is clearly writing a witty title, engaging in intense debate, or helping a patient transform their life.