The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine – A Review

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The Wellness Project: A Hedonist’s Guide to Making Healthier Choices by Phoebe Lapine
Wellness | Health | Nonfiction
Published by Pam Krauss/Avery
Released April 4, 2017
Goodreads | Amazon
Rating: 5_Star_Rating_System_3_and_a_half_stars

You’re going to start seeing more non-fiction book reviews, especially health and wellness ones. I’m starting to pay a lot more attention to my body and mind and the connection between the two, and my favorite way to learn new information is through, well, reading (big surprise, right?!).

I came across Phoebe Lapine’s book at my local library. I loved the premise of it – Lapine would take on twelve months of wellness challenges and document what happens. This sort of year-long challenge has been something that I’ve always wanted to try, but due to a tight budget, it’s probably not happening anytime soon. Thus, I decided to live vicariously through Lapine.

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Here’s a quick run-down on the challenges that she takes on: vices, beauty and skincare, diet, cooking, clean water, physical therapy, fitness, sleep, hormones and women’s health, the gut microbiome, and relaxation. Basically, she tackles many of the biggest problems keeping us from feeling well.

For each challenge, she gives the reader a detailed introduction about why she chose this particular challenge, facts about the impact that the issue in question has on your body and mood, and tips and advice for changing it. There are also some really amazing recipes scattered throughout the book (the author is a well-known chef).

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Phoebe Lapine

While the changes that Lapine undertakes won’t work for everyone, whether it’s due to monetary or dietary or any other restrictions, this book does give you some good ideas of little changes you can make that have a big impact on your overall health.

Lapine’s conversational tone of voice made The Wellness Project entertaining and accessible. Not everyone wants a science-heavy textbook-style health book, and for people that want something lighter, this book would be perfect for them. I always recommend doing your own research on claims that might seem a little far-fetched to you (as well as talking to your doctor). Obviously, just because the information was published in a book doesn’t always make it right.

There were times when I wish the author had taken a more scientific approach to the challenges, as there are many times when she consults with some naturopaths and undertakes some slightly woo-woo cures. I’m not opposed to natural medicine – I actually believe that natural medicine is a great first step is becoming healthy, although when those natural cures do not work, modern medicine is the obvious next step. I wouldn’t have had a problem with those natural cures if she had discussed them with a licensed doctor and given us their views on it.

Overall, I think this is a great book for people who want to learn how to make small changes to improve their overall life. While not perfect, it is a great starting point for people starting on their wellness journey.

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Sugar-Free January – Week Two

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At the beginning of the month, I announced that I would be going sugar-free for the month of January in an attempt to detox a bit from all the sugar I’d starting eating. Last week, I shared my thoughts at the end of the first week, which can basically be summed up with: I noticed nothing different about myself, and I spent my nights dreaming about sweets.

Week two has been much easier. I haven’t been craving sweets as much, although walking into a grocery store is still a challenge. An interesting thing that’s happening is that I haven’t been nearly as hungry as I usually am. I’ve always been a snacker or grazer, eating small bits between meals. I also tend to eat when I’m bored, which I know isn’t healthy. This week, however, I’ve noticed that I’m no longer craving snacks between meals, and when I do eat I get full much faster.

Another change I’ve noticed is that my skin has started to clear up and is less oily. I had a feeling this would be one of the results of cutting out sugar, but I’m still very pleasantly pleased by it. When I was vegan and watching what I ate, I rarely ate sugar and white flour, and other mass-produced foods and my skin absolutely glowed during that period of my life. There was even one time that I was at a bar with one of my friends and a strange woman walked up to me to ask me what kind of skin care products I used to get my complexion. I’m not sure she believed me when I replied with “just some drugstore cleanser.”

Overall, at the end of the second week, I’m beginning to notice some positive changes, albeit slowly. I’m looking forward to seeing what week three brings.