I have been following Kimberly’s Blog for a number of years and own all her previous books, as quite frankly; she offers some unique perspectives on healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle, and has the credentials to back it up. She is a Certified Nutritionist, a dedicated Yogi, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Ayurvedic Medicine -this is no mommy blogger writing based on thoughts -she has the knowledge and education to back up her work!
In this book she co-authors with Deepak Chopra MD – who is at the forefront of integrative medicine - which I personally believe might be the way we should be heading, rather than the current medical model where people get sick and look for a pill not a solution; and as a result, we continue to be a Nation that spends more than any other on healthcare, without better results! In a nutshell, we have two people coming together in one book to help us all get healthy bodies, minds and souls!
This book is all inclusive – rather than many traditional books that simply look at diet, or exercise, or mindfulness, thus book does it all through six pillars
• Internal Nourishment – this looks at our preconceived notions on what is “healthy” , how food impacts our overall health, and helps create a change to optimize nutrition and build health from the inside out.
• External Nourishment – this chapter looks at what we put on our skin; after all, it’s our largest organ; and one we tend to slather with chemical lotions and potions in a quest for wellness and youth. It looks at toxic ingredients and healthy replacements with some simple ideas for masks, lotions and even deodorant.
• Peak Beauty Sleep -sleep is of course integral to our health and this along with diet, when poor, has found to be the biggest pathway to ill health and a shorter life span. The book has tips for a better night’s sleep from sleep inducing foods to suggested supplements.
• Primal beauty – this is going back to nature, and aligning our routines to those of nature such as solar and lunar cycles. I particularly love the focus on reducing the toxicity in our homes and personal spaces; as it’s something I think about but often fail to modify!
• Beautiful movement – exercise of course. But this , unlike other books which tell us to do more exercise, more often -examines the consequences of over exercising, - and looks to regain balance; it is also heavily yoga focused, which as a Yogi myself, I love
• Spiritual Beauty – this is creating peace in your mind, with yourself – creating a calm being. There are good questionnaires, and some excellent meditation tips and techniques. There are also some good steps which seem based on emotional intelligence, which is a pillar that can be learned, and be most effective.
Finally the book has some great recipes, which I appreciate as many of Kimberley’s recipes have become staples in our home over the past few years so I am excited to try some new ideas!
This is a fantastic book that truly takes a 360 approach to health, wellness, diet, exercise, body, mind and soul. I will refer to it again and again!