In the Afterword the author says, "Hopefully you've found this book to be a quick & easy read. That was my goal." Quick & easy it is. The chapters are incredibly short. Some only two pages long. If the layout was more compact & more environmentally friendly, the book would probably be half as thick. Normally we wouldn't mention something so seemingly trivial, but when it's about Integrative Wellness, to us wellness is also expressed in our lifestyle choices. So choosing to use more paper than necessary to write a book would go against the healthy vibe.
Onto the contents of the book. There are tips "rules" for improving your life. Most you probably already know. Owning a pet is good for your emotional health as is laughter. Music can negatively or positively impact your state of mind. Physical exercise in all forms are good for you.
He discuses the spiritual benefits of helping others. He discuses his spiritual beliefs quite often. There is a definite religious aspect to this book. He makes mention of how prayer helps him, he even prays to God to help him get out of bed in the morning. He encourages the reader to be spiritual. Matter of a fact there is a chapter devoted to it & it's one of the longer chapters.
Mention of where he works & Dr. Andrew Weil are constant & often. He mentions both just as much if not more than he does religion. In the Dietary Supplements chapter he explains what vitamins you need & tells you what to look for. Then pushes for the reader to purchase Weil Nutritional Supplements. There is also a chapter on 'The Anti-Inflammatory Diet' by Dr. Andrew Weil (who else?) The chapter is a seven page summery of the diet with the web address (drweil dot com). If you are a fan of Dr. Weil & are interested in Dr. Weils diet & his supplements you should go to the website or get some of his books.
Basically this book is about Dr. Weils practices, the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at Miraval Resort & Spa & it touches on what the day/night/morning is like for the author. Sadly what information we learned was not elaborated on. Two examples:
- He gives mention that too much sugar in the diet can cause watery stools. We thought he would elaborate on this statement, but no such luck. So really this is just a statement by him. Is it true? What else can he tell the reader about this? Obviously eat less sugar, but how much less? How much is too much? Is it a problem only in people with very sensitive digestive systems? What about people with digestive disorders? What type of sugar causes the watery stools? Is it all sugars including natural sugars from fruits or mainly highly processed sweetener? What about honey? No mention about FODMAPs either.
- He mentions celery (as well as some other vegetables) as being unhealthy. He doesn't elaborate on this. We happen to consume a decent amount of celery. We eat it cooked & we juice it. So why is celery bad for us? Looks like we'll have to look it up on line to try to find out.
There is good information in this book. We're just not too sure how useful it is to everyone. We're sure it will be very useful to some & just about worthless to others. We don't hate the book, we just think it's a waste of time & money because there are a whole lot of other books out there that are jam packed with useful information.
Links to the books we've read & reviewed for your convenience!
- Breakfast The Most Important Book About The Best Meal Of The Day
- Complete Wellness Enjoy Long-Lasting Health and Well-Being
- The Sh!t No One Tells You About Pregnancy: A Guide to Surviving Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Beyond
- The Complete Guide To Adaptogens From Ashwagandaha to Rhodiola, Medicinal Herbs That Transform and Heal
- Beginning Beekeeping
- Before The Evolution and Future of Processed Food
- The Psychobiotic Revolution
- Simple & Natural Soapmaking: Create 100% Pure and Beautiful Soaps with The Nerdy Farm Wife’s Easy Recipes and Techniques
- The Flower Book
- The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide: Over 250 Recipes for Natural Wholesome Aromatherapy
- The Gut Makeover: 4 Weeks to Nourish Your Gut, Revolutionize Your Health, and Lose Weight
- The Field Guide To Pregnancy
- 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife's All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants
- The Chicken Health Handbook
- Chickens In Your Backyard: A Beginners Guide
- The Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health: More Than 200 New Vegetarian and Vegan Recipes for Delicious and Nutrient-Rich Dishes
- The Joy of Jams, Jellies, and Other Sweet Preserves: 200 Classic and Contemporary Recipes Showcasing the Fabulous Flavors of Fresh Fruits
- The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America's Emerging Battle over Food Rights
- The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market
- Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty
- The Gort Cloud: The Invisible Force Powering Today's Most Visible Green Brands
- Feed Your Skin, Starve Your Wrinkles
- Sleeping Naked Is Green
- Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting
- Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything
- Beef: The Untold Story of How Milk, Meat, and Muscle Shaped the World
- Fortify Your Life: Your Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and More
- Healing Herbs: A Beginner's Guide To Identifying, Foraging, and Using Medicinal Plants
- The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook
- The Virgin Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy and Delicious Recipes to Lose Weight and Feel Better Fast
- Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go
- Healthy at Home: Get Well and Stay Well Without Prescriptions
- Cows Save the Planet: And Other Improbable Ways of Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth
- Integrative Wellness Rules: A Simple Guide to Healthy Living
- Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us
- How Stella Saved the Farm: A Tale About Making Innovation Happen
- The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days
- The Easy Organizer: 365 Tips for Conquering Clutter
- The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food
- Probiotics For Dummies
- Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter
- Small Business For Dummies
- Starting An Etsy Business For Dummies
- Snip, Burn, Solder, Shred: Seriously Geeky Stuff to Make with Your Kids
- The Beauty Detox Solution: Eat Your Way to Radiant Skin, Renewed Energy and the Body You've Always Wanted
- A Woman's Guide to a Healthy Stomach: Taking Control of Your Digestive Health
- Holy Shit: Managing Manure to Save Mankind
- Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It
- Terra Madre: Forging a New Global Network of Sustainable Food Communities
- The Hundred Year Diet: America's Voracious Appetite For Losing Weight
- Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid and Beyond the American Dream
- Felties: How to Make 18 Cute and Fuzzy Friends from Felt
- Bread Matters: The State of Modern Bread and a Definitive Guide to Baking Your Own
- Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders: 101 Small Indulgences