Through the example of four very different cultures that have the distinction of producing some of the world's healthiest, oldest people, Robbins reveals the secrets for living an extended and fulfilling life in which our later years become a period of wisdom, vitality, and happiness. Bringing the traditions of these cultures together with the latest breakthroughs in medical science, Robbins reveals that, remarkably, they both point in the same direction.
©2006 John Robbins; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.
"His advice is mostly commonsensical and scientifically sound, and readers seeking that elusive fountain of youth would be wise to listen up." (Publishers Weekly)
In the beginning of this book Mr. Robbins discusses the dietary and social habits of some of the longest lived societies in the world. These socities inlcude the VealCobbins, Hunzans, Abkazians, and Okinawans. Next Mr. Robbins discusses why these societies have elders who are not only long in age but long health. It all boils down to diet (lots of fruits and vegetables) and most importantly social connections (the need to belong and sense of purpose). This book has changed the way I eat and made me realize that I am not island and my connections to friends and family have more impact on my health than i could ever imagine!
I recommend this book often. I've listened to it twice and it really did help change my habits. I was a vegetarian of 20 years who lived on Mac & Cheese. I keep a lot of the wisdom from this book with me. I think Robbins makes this advice practical and accessible to everyone. My favorite thing though is the background research he did and the examples of people from other cultures.
Wow, if this author were a preacher, I'd go to his sermons. Great advice not only about how to eat well, but, how to live well. He talks about successful cultures that live a life of loving each other without competition, materialism, criticism and violence, while experiencing an abundance of health and happiness. Beam me up!
Live like an Okinawan. This book shows you how to live like the healthiest people in the world (and shocker it's not Americans). It's a great look at different cultures and how our health is tied to what we eat and how we live.
The China study and The Food Revolution are two other great books to read with a similar theme.
This is the best book I have ever read. It has changed the way I eat, exercise, and live. I am stronger, faster, and healthier than I have ever been. It may not have that dramatic of an impact on everyone but it should make you rethink everything you put in your mouth from now on.
The Format 4 file is corrupted and does not play beyond about 53 minutes into the first chapter.
Although I was able to glean bits of useful information from this book, at nearly 11 hours in length this audio is about 9 hours too long although your personal taste may give him more leeway as he tells arguably interesting stories long past the point of relevancy. Robbins is an aging hippie and his agnst-filled worldview sets an overall tone of negativism while pining for the primitive existence of disappearing cultures. I got the feeling the book was written less to inspire the individual to take steps to good health but more to inspire the government to pass laws about what we can eat and perhaps other rules forbidding "unhealthy" cultural tendencies. I would wait for the (heavily) abridged version.
Very disappointing. I expected to like this book as I have enjoyed other 'healthy aging' books such as "Younger Next Year" by Crowley and Lodge and "Healthy Aging" by Andrew Weil. I also liked Robbins "Food Revolution" despite not agreeing with many of the 'facts' about vegetarianism he presents. This book just goes too far - too idealistic, completely unrealistic, and just too darn long. I'm sorry I wasted the credit and the time to download the enhanced version.
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