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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Ocl Publishing, Inc (22 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980155665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980155662
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,683,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a very handy and user-friendly manual of the healthy lifestyle. Alex Ong's approach to the issue, which is obviously very sensitive for many and downright life-critical for not a few others, is sympathetic and encouraging. Naturally he does not, and could not possibly, downplay the risks of unhealthy diets, obesity and the rest of it, but there is nothing to be gained (I suppose) by panicking people. The book is no doubt slightly repetitious, but I see no harm in that. There is no reason why anyone else should read it sequentially from cover to the other cover in the way I did, and it is very easy to find one's way around in it.

Having lived as many years as I now have and still being to all appearances healthy, perhaps I may explain my own experience of applying Alex Ong's wisdom in practice, in the hope that the benefits I have obtained, and no doubt also the mistakes I must be still making, may be helpful to others a few years behind me along life's path. I did not find any surprises in the book. It is not in the nature of scientific research that a total consensus is ever reached, and I have been seeing some scepticism expressed recently about the value of organic produce, of which Alex Ong seems to be a convinced devotee, but the opinions expressed are generally in keeping with what I hear and read elsewhere from other pundits. Nobody has a good word for smoking these days, to take the most obvious instance. Junk food gets the thumbs-down from Ong also, and I see that he also goes along with the recent advice that meat should not be eaten often, even lean meat apparently.

On the one hand I was pleased to find how many boxes I could tick for conformity.
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By Tami Brady TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 April 2010
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Despite the obesity epidemic in America, I think the majority of people know that they should be taking better care of themselves. They know that the things they put in their mouth increase their risk of cancer and heart disease. They know that the stimulants they ingest are only setting themselves up for insomnia and even greater levels of fatigue.

The problem is where to start. It may seem simple enough to make a decision to eat better and exercise more but following through is much more difficult. Where do you even start?

Mind Your Own Wellness introduces a gradual strategy. Don't try to get rid of junk food cold turkey and go run a marathon. Instead, make a small change here and there. Eventually, the changes add up. There's really no reason to torture yourself about dropping x number of pounds in such and such a time (then gain it all back within a few months). Instead, choose to feel better, live a good life, and treat yourself well. The rest will come naturally.
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By BarbaraLyn TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Mar. 2010
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There are many weight loss books available to us today. This one with its "Belt" plan is one of the easiest I have seen.

After reading the whole book, I would say the last 10 pages are the most important. The first 160+ pages are to get you motivated. If you have already decided you need/must lose weight and want easy to follow menus, then the last pages are just for you.

No calorie counting, no carb counting, or no cabbage soup, just a simple fact that most of us already know --- DRINK WATER and eat your vegetables. Get those 8 glasses your mom always said you should have. Between being full from the water and the flushing effect of putting all that water in your body (you will have to "get rid of it"), you will begin to feel better. Eating fruits and vegetables will give you lots of choices so you won't have to worry about being bored with what you are putting in your mouth.

Now comes the hard part --- doing it. Copy and post the menus on your refrigerator, take it to your bathroom mirror or better yet, get a buddy and work together. Whatever you do --- just do it.
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This is not a book for quick fixes and rapid weight loss, that invariably leads to the yo-yo syndrome, causing harm to your health and your self-esteem. It's a book that leads to lasting results and a healthier "You." The person you were meant to feel and look like. Author Alex Ong spent 20 years as a "fatty," so he has been there, and done that. Ong knows all the pitfalls of listening to your "Inner Junky Voice," and also knows the way out of that pleasure/pain cycle, and how the gradual strengthening of your "Inner Healthy Voice" can bring about vibrant health and a slender body.

Page 99 has an easy to use BMI chart (no more adding and multiplying with a calculator) to find out exactly where you are in the battle of the bulge (I have found the BMI index very helpful in determining my goals). The section on breathing is excellent (Chapter 12) and something we so often forget how to do correctly...something as simple as breathing! If you choose to, there is also a 1 day a week "break" from your healthy way of eating, where you can observe how you feel, when eating according to your past habits. How you tolerate that "over full" feeling, if you are tired the following day, etc. I especially like Ong's asking us to observe our plates after we have eaten, after baked/steamed food, or deep fried and cheesy stuff. Ong has an eye-opening way to really prove the difference of the substances left on the plates on pg. 93.

There are 5 levels, or a "Color Belt" formula, which ranges from White Belt (10% healthy food, 90% junky food) to Black Belt (80% healthy, 20% junky). Menus and suggestions are given for every level, and what makes them easy to apply is that there is nothing drastic, nothing that is unrealistic to follow no matter what your lifestyle or work schedule.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Author Shows How Health is Like Wealth 6 Feb. 2010
By Afia - Published on Amazon.com
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This may be the most relaxing book I've read. Alex Ong's tone is supremely authoritative yet as patient as a caring father. The result is magic.

In Mind Your Own Wellness, Ong accumulated an immeasurable quantity and quality of information regarding nutrition, psychology and human nature, biology, disease and aging, the food industry in the U.S., stress, wellness, self-esteem and wealth. He shaped this information and presented it in the most positive and accessible manner imaginable. In doing so, Ong has given us a great gift that far exceeds the price of the book.

No short cuts to increased energy and confidence were provided. Perhaps none exists but that is probably for the good since we're prone to stress ourselves attempting to find solutions using shortcuts. The focus is on the way we think coupled with solid information about food and the world we inhabit. Lessons from this book make us like quarry that escapes the prey (debilitating diseases and painful conditions) because we've learned to run (eat the healthy foods and avoid the truly unhealthy foods).

The brilliance of this book is in its approach. Ong uses his background in martial arts and philosophy to direct us to change in positive ways. He teaches us to see pain in junk food, for example, using these techniques. Imagine seeing pain in unhealthy foods. That's something this book did for or even to me through its descriptions of how junk food affects the body and ends up causing physical and psychological pain. Ong decodes messages of food industry advertisements in a way that greatly reduces their power to influence the mind, what he calls junky food voices. Two inner voices are revealed, the healthy food voice and the junky food voice. These inner voices are always in conflict as they compete to influence our choices and behavior. Once we understand these voices, we can begin to deal with them in a calm and far-sighted manner.

Mind Your Own Wellness is organized in a way that makes it a page-turner yet touches all the bases in the quest to live a better life with a focus on the effects of all types of foods on the human condition. Many thought processes in this book, which seem packaged to get into long-term memory with the least resistance, are life-changing even in isolation. Instructions on how to drink water include temperature, timing, quantity, association with other variables, and type were profound. Protein sources and their affect on calcium contradicted my cherished beliefs. Breathing fundamentals increased my awareness of my current stress levels. Organic apple cider vinegar was a big surprise. The section on labels got me immediately looking at labels of food items in the house and made me understand that food labeling, while extraordinarily valuable, is a political construct. "No trans fat per serving" means there may be trans fat if you have more than one serving, for example. The financial gearing within simple food choices took me well beyond the reasoning that I had worked out on my own. I am certain any individual will find subjects covered that even in isolation would make reading this book worthwhile.

Not wanting to sound gushing in my endorsement of this book, I've actually held back. I've ordered this book for family members as gifts and will keep mine to review chapters from time to time. I highly recommend Mind Your Own Wellness.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Path to Long Lasting Results 6 Feb. 2010
By Alejandra Vernon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is not a book for quick fixes and rapid weight loss, that invariably leads to the yo-yo syndrome, causing harm to your health and your self-esteem. It's a book that leads to lasting results and a healthier "You." The person you were meant to feel and look like. Author Alex Ong spent 20 years as a "fatty," so he has been there, and done that. Ong knows all the pitfalls of listening to your "Inner Junky Voice," and also knows the way out of that pleasure/pain cycle, and how the gradual strengthening of your "Inner Healthy Voice" can bring about vibrant health and a slender body.

Page 99 has an easy to use BMI chart (no more adding and multiplying with a calculator) to find out exactly where you are in the battle of the bulge (I have found the BMI index very helpful in determining my goals). The section on breathing is excellent (Chapter 12) and something we so often forget how to do correctly...something as simple as breathing! If you choose to, there is also a 1 day a week "break" from your healthy way of eating, where you can observe how you feel, when eating according to your past habits. How you tolerate that "over full" feeling, if you are tired the following day, etc. I especially like Ong's asking us to observe our plates after we have eaten, after baked/steamed food, or deep fried and cheesy stuff. Ong has an eye-opening way to really prove the difference of the substances left on the plates on pg. 93.

There are 5 levels, or a "Color Belt" formula, which ranges from White Belt (10% healthy food, 90% junky food) to Black Belt (80% healthy, 20% junky). Menus and suggestions are given for every level, and what makes them easy to apply is that there is nothing drastic, nothing that is unrealistic to follow no matter what your lifestyle or work schedule. The key is moderation. There are no "food police" in "Mind Your Own Wellness," and the key word Ong uses often is "Minimize." Minimize the junk food gradually and you will see those lasting results. You will feel better, look better (and stop having a "Fat Closet" and a "Thin Closet," not to mention those hours we ladies spend trying on everything we own to find something we "don't look so fat in").

Ong is a great motivational writer, and has a charming and unique way of expressing himself, with an enthusiasm that is contagious, and he is an expert in how to lose weight naturally. Though I no longer need to lose weight, I'm still learning about health and diet issues; I learned a lot from "Mind Your Own Wellness," and think you will too.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Nonsense Approach to Addressing a Worldwide Problem: Obesity etc 5 Feb. 2010
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Alex Ong has published what feels like a personal letter to those of us who care about our health - but MIND YOUR OWN WELLNESS is instead a book that will gather a flock of readers who want a simple manner to address and change not only the burgeoning obesity tendency but also the seemingly simple steps to taking control of our minds and bodies in general. His writing style is natural, homespun, and free of preaching, yet in this little book he offers more information for the layman about the truth of organic foods, the importance of watching labels of the things we put into our systems in haste to keep up a pace of living that is in itself a deleterious, and makes common sense out of 'dieting'. Ong is not a Nutritionist selling a product line or a doctor looking to increase a following. He is instead an 'ex-fatty' who got serious about his weight and his mental activity and it is this journey he shares. His various color Color Belts for gradually altering eating habits are sound and easy to follow. This is a simple, lighthearted book that could very well help those who border on being overweight fight that battle successfully.

Reading MIND YOUR OWN WELLNESS makes the reader want to sit down and learn more from this practical health guru. Highly recommended reading for all age groups - including chubby youngsters! Grady Harp, February 10
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A timely book that links natural wellness with weight loss, better health, and more 13 April 2010
By Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In the past few months, as a weight loss coach, I have ramped up my reading on natural living and its effect on weight loss, better health, energy, etc. I have made more lasting changes for myself but I've been floored with what is out there that even I didn't know--and I say that because I study things like this often and have for years.

That sounds so hokey but there is SO much science to back it up lately.

There are very deep nuggets of fact here that create a lifestyle change rather than a "quick fix" which the author is solidly against. (90% of Americans who go on a diet gain their weight back shortly thereafter. I try to focus on teaching permanent lifestyle changes that are easy to do and hit that "Aha!" moment of clarity for those who I help to lose weight. That's the style here.)

But let's face it, in spite of motivation, it's often hard to find a book that is hard to put down when it comes to either diet or weight loss.(Yawn.) It can be a boring subject...and I am a raving fan of those I do find that are clear, easy-to-read, honest, and hard-to-put-down. You can truly find yourself devouring a good book on the subject that makes those lightbulbs go off in your head with knowledge. I will count this one as one of the ones I love. The wisdom inside is similar to one of my favorite other books that help switch a person to a natural diet through solid facts which was "The Abs Diet" (but that one can also lead to eating too much of a good thing.) Mind Your Own Wellness took the things I liked from there, mixed them with another book I love called called "Naturally Thin" and put it into a true lifestyle change in a simple-to-read style that should work for anyone wanting the motivation to fight bad habits. It reaaaallllly focuses hard on that. And bad habits are what lead to weight gain afterall.

I also am not fond of books that tell you to only eat certain things all the time. Not livable. Deprivation leads to guilt and binging. That's not part of this plan. He believes in breaks and moderation. Agreed.

My favorite parts, aside from the items that allow a person to "reprogram" the thinking that leads to poor or over eating, is the easy-to-read breakdown of common ingredients and what they have been shown to cause. It's no hidden fact in the science community, afterall, that when additives were introduced in the US our obesity rate that year went through the roof and has stayed there since while the countries that avoid them don't have those problems...and that if they do move to the US, when they change their diet, they begin the obesity fight too. That fascinates me.
But I digress...

Skinny as a rail? No prob (lucky you!) this also breaks down known causes of things like hyperactivity that are eliminated or decreased when certain additives are no longer part of the diet. Migrains? Ditto.

So let me get to my own story of what made me a believer years ago when I used to be eating on the run and all processed food. When I was 21 I was put on 3 high blood pressure pills. My doctor said he'd never seen someone who was as fit as I was with such high blood pressure in his entire career so he ran scores of tests and could find no cause. I remained on these for 15 years. (Fighting the problem as we do in America, rather than determining the real cause--though I had a GREAT doctor.) Then I dipped into some classes in my culinary career that focused on non-processed foods. I also began, at that time, my studies in weight loss. Shazam! My doctor was shocked that suddenly, and ever since then, I had normal blood pressure, got skinny after a bout of weight gain, and had zero issues. I even stopped getting so much as a cold.

Was I perfect? Nope. I was doing better though. I was still drinking things like Diet Coke in the morning...it was a process. In all honesty, I am just NOW getting really into dealving more into the links of obesity, ill health, etc via what we take in and I am learning more every day.

While I've read some books on the subject that took months to read, this one is organized with bullet points, short paragraphs, and other ways that would make even the non-reader take in all of the information easily, enjoyably, painlessly, quickly, and make it "stick".

There is even a bit of humor spliced inside to make it all go down easily. Funny how humor helps us retain things, but it does.

This, in a nutshell, is how to retrain yourself from all the bad you've learned from past habits and how to fight what the author calls your "inner junky voice" which often is more in control of our eating than we are for some reason. That devil on our shoulder that causes us to eat after an advertisement, binge at a celebration, during extreme happiness or sadness...we have no battle plan to attack that voice. This gives you the mantra of being able to know why that's happening but, more importantly, how to fight it.

Love that.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Change your eating habits, change your life ... the choice is yours! 3 Mar. 2010
By Deb - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After a while being overweight or seriously obese can become old hat, to say nothing of embarrassing. Medical issues can begin to plague the individual and the appeal of junk food can lessen. Diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure are a few of the many issues that begin to crop up in middle age and will remain unless serious effort to lose that extra baggage is undertaken. Alex Ong often nourished his "Inner Junky Voice" and, as he claims, "20 years of staying obese was more than enough for me---the experience was extremely painful." and, if I might add, extremely unhealthy. (p. 102) Alex began to search for an answer and found it in an eclectic blend of Chinese and American dietary practices and medicine. Perhaps it was a "whatever works" approach, but eventually he ended up with sound dietary advice that many can benefit from if they are determined to shed some pounds and their defeatist attitudes. "Mind Your Own Wellness" is "about changing habits," and changing lives ... but the choice is up to you.

Discipline is the main ingredient and key to success, but combining it with nutritional knowledge, altering the way one eats and what one east can prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Obesity is obviously the "something" that can be the cause of all the others. The sudden loss of his father, Ong Choon Lee, was Alex's wake up call. What will be yours? Alex hopes that this book might just be yours, saving your family the heartache that his needlessly felt. Many things discussed in this book we already know or intuitively understand, but sometimes it takes a book like this in hand that makes the individual decide to take "the plunge," Running any dietary changes by your own physician first is highly encouraged. In this book you will learn, among many things:

* Shocking statistics that show just how unhealthy the American public has become
* How our young people are at risk
* How we can focus on a plant based diet and avoid cancer
* The side effects of milk and dairy products and how to obtain calcium from other plant-based foods
* Which foods are high in saturated fats and cholesterol and their negative effects on our bodies
* Which foods contain trans fats: how to identify and avoid them
* What is MSH, its harmful effects, how to recognize and avoid it or reduce your intake of it
* The effects of sugar on our bodies, its side effects and how to minimize our use of it
* The advantages of eating fresh fruits and vegetables
* How to balance our salt intake and recommended intake levels
* The common side effects of caffeine and how to avoid becoming a slave to it
* What nitrates, BHT, BHA, artificial color, Aspartame, sulfates and pesticides are, what they are hidden in and suggestions on how to eliminate or minimize your intake of them
* The benefits of going "organic" despite the higher cost
* Thirty-three helpful tips on how to help you effect and maintain positive dietary changes
* What your BMI is (Body Mass Index) and how to prepare yourself to change
* What the benefits of physical exercise and sleep are
* How to use the power of thought (Inner Healthy Voice vs. the Inner Junky Voice)
* How to actually embark on five a five week journey to success with simple suggested menus (White Belt to the Black Belt)

This is lifestyle change book thats success is solely dependent on the commitment of the reader to utilize its advise and principles. Alex Ong appears to have drawn his material from many sources, primarily that of "The China Study" by Colin Campbell, a large nutritional study undertaken in China. Much of the information in this book I saw many years ago when my own nutritionist tailored something similar to my own personal medical needs, something I strongly recommend to anyone whether they purchase this book or another one. I very much liked the food choice lists and things like the side effects of certain food additives. As Alex mentioned earlier on in the book, No one can change your eating habits unless you choose to do so," (p. 39). This guide is a help, but only if you will use it. I feel the author is very sincere in his effort to help others, something I seldom sense I books of this nature. Once again, this is a lifestyle change book and the choice is yours and yours alone ...

This book courtesy of the author in exchange for an honest review.
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