This book works on the principle that making very small changes will reap huge health benefits. The main principle is this: by making small decisions on a daily basis you can become healthier. Full of these decisions, it encourages you to adopt just a few of them and you'll feel better fast and yes it does work! The focus of the book is on doing what you need to in order to feel energised, relaxed, calm and in control.
Part 1 - The basics
Be healthier by tomorrow:
Gives you a plan from 7.30am (breakfast) to 11pm (sleep). Brush and floss your teeth, apparently it can take 6 years off your biological age!
Start exercising when you really don't want to:
Think FIT - Frequency, Intensity, Time.
Quiz: Are you younger than you think?
Unfortunately not, but do the quiz you may be. I intend to improve my scores and thus (hopefully) my health by revisiting these questions.
Drinking your way healthy:
I hate tea, I've never been able to drink it but I will be putting in extra effort to drink green tea in future. As well as revving up our metabolism apparently, `those who drink four cups a day are less likely to suffer from brain ageing.'
Boost your immunity:
You are what you eat; take a supplement; be aware of your Environment; have a massage
Fighting free radicals:
Don't add to the free radical load; don't sunbathe; exercise regularly; boosting your antioxidants; top scoring ORAC foods
Tired or ill? :
Action plan; diabetes?; anaemia?; hypothyroidism; depression?
Halle Berry's health plan:
I thought this would be the usual celebrity diet; not at all just a brief note on how she deals with her diabetes.
Just a minute to more energy:
`One minute bursts of energy slipped into your usual routine will revolutionise your energy levels.' - yes, they really do work!
Time for an oil change? :
Use more olive oil; stick to nature's polyunsaturated oils; avoid trans fats
Avoid brain drain: Retrain your brain
Try a little tenderness:
All about self-care, let's face it how many of us do it??
Part 2 - Making changes
The real reason you're so tired: Another thought provoking quiz.
`Resting your body helps restore energy'. (I know it's obvious, but how many of us do it?)
Makeover your metabolism:
Good advice and what a 1700 calories diet looks like!!!
Quiz: Is your problem too much adrenaline?
Improving your digestion:
I did a nutritional course many, many years ago and this will give you a good understanding of the digestive system.
A six-week plan to transform your energy levels: I'll update this review later with my results!!!
Michelle Pfeiffer's health plan:
She believes she's in charge of her destiny; She believes in moderation; She love organic
`She doesn't fret about what she can't change' - if this was the only piece of advice I could give anyone, in any situation, this would be it. It's amazing how much energy we can save be doing just this.
Shopping for energy:
`Choosing from a wide variety of foods will boost your energy'. Excellent advice on foods to add to your shopping trolley!
Eat with the calendar: `eat foods in season'.
Getting over being overwhelmed: Good advice on prioritising.
Getting to know your shadow:
Part 3 - Healthy and energised
Stress-proof your health: The green tea again!
Safeguard your fertility:
Not for me I'm afraid, but will certainly be adding more veggie's to my meals.
Some really good advice to help you understand basic supplementation.
Quiz: Do you take time to recreate? :
The dreaded decrease in metabolic rate again and how to fight it!
Pump some iron:
Q & A: All in your mind? : Everyone should read this!
Forgive, forget, feel great:
Easier said than done, but well worthwhile when you manage it.
As you get older, unless you've been lucky enough to understand this in your earlier years, you realise this - `True wealth, both in terms of personal and financial wealth, comes from valuing who you are rather than how much you have deposited in the bank'.
Part 4 - Optimum health
Bone up: Look after your bones
Eat a better breakfast: Some really excellent advice.
Kate Winslet's health plan:
How to counteract stressed or ill holidays. I suffered badly with this years ago, especially around Christmas and New Year. I think some people won't have even recognised this effect in their lives.
What to eat every day:
My list is already stuck on my fridge!! Again, some really good advice.
Let in the light: Sooo very important! Explains SAD disease.
A one-minute answer to mid-afternoon slump: Acupressure and massage figure in this chapter.
Change your attitude, stay young: Benefits of success!
Let down your defences:
The negatives of defensiveness, how to understand and rid yourself of it.
I thought this book may be one of those cobbled together to take advantage of the ebook market but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, there were some things I knew or were just common sense but there was also some real gems of advice. If you're serious about your health I'd highly recommend this book.