A former sugar addict, Emily is now a fervent health nut. A former schoolteacher, she is now an avid advocate of homeschooling. A former too-much-stuff-city-dweller, she is now living her dream as a semi-minimalist rural homesteader.
In between planting seeds, reading to her son, and making videos of her homestead, Emily writes both non-fiction related to health and simple living, as well as inspirational novels with characters who are often as radically anti-mainstream as she is!
on March 05, 2017 :
What a relief to find a book that is truly about healthy habits and not about weight loss. Most of these habits focus on mental health, which is extremely welcome. Western society tends to draw an absurd and unscientific false dichotomy between the mind and body. This author understands that mental health is health.
Too many healthy habit recommendations are all about people subsuming their lives to focus on fighting off illness in a dubious manner. This is a book of healthy habits that will generally improve a person's quality of life.
This book generally fits in well with a weight-neutral health-focused approach. I do wish the author hadn't mentioned weight loss positively at all, or that the author made it clear that 95 percent of weight loss attempts fail and that yo-yo dieting is tremendously dangerous. However, in a world where healthy habits lead to healthy people regardless of weight, this is a useful book.
I also quite liked the author's knowledge of the history of health fads and the wild swings that researchers have made on the subject. While I think that the risks of processed foods are overblown, particularly since so many of them vary in terms of their contents, I agree with most of the health tips in this book.
(review of free book)