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Before I begin, let me start by saying I really really wanted to like this, and there were a few sections which I found quite interesting and well researched, but overall I wanted to quit, increasingly more with every passing chapter. It took me such a long time to finish this book and now that I have I feel I owe it to fellow readers to review since all the reviews that I saw before my purchase were 5 stars.
If Ivanka Trump, minus a few billion dollars, and an actual career/job, were to write a wellness book under the astute guidance of Gwyneth Paltrow and Marie Condo - this would be the book. Perhaps they would call it 'Women Who Do Wellness'; To be fair I will list the things I did like before I recount the anger I felt while forcing myself through these chapters.
1. Green Beauty - this is a journey I have experience with and I still struggle with it. (I totally understand my hypocrisy in calling out this book but saying this is a positive aspect - It's stupidly expensive to buy organic skincare, unless you just don't put on any makeup ever). I probably researched the same topic to death, and while I did not learn anything new myself from the chapter she included others who haven't considered the chemical crap in their makeup or skincare products may benefit from the information she has included. I think the topic is extremely important, and I commend her for researching this and including the information.
2. The chapter on probiotics and gut health - I actually learned a few things from her virtual meeting with some microbiology professors over skype. It only reinforces my obsession with kombucha. I also think our society downplays the overuse of antibiotics and how damaging it may eventually be to the delicate balance of our gut bacteria and the evolution of smart viruses.
3. From her book, I found her blog, and there are amazing recipes, which I plan to try. We may not agree on all wellness topics, but I'd absolutely buy a cookbook if she wrote one.
4. Charlie and Baron - I was so annoyed with her I felt camaraderie with the creatures forced to share their lives with her. Is that a pro? Not sure - but I’ll list it here anyway to balance things out. Charlie, and Baron the beagle - you both have my sympathy for your involuntary presence in this wellness journey.
1. HER ACCENT - I grew up in NY, while in upstate NY, but I've lived all over and I've traveled all over. I have a graduate degree in linguistics actually, so it's rare that I don't marvel at any accent as I LOVE language in all its forms and irregularities. This author choosing to read her own book .... why would her publisher allow this? She pronounces every 't' as a 'd' which just became extremely distracting after the first hour, and after the first 2 chapters I wasn't sure I could continue to listen to her talk about 'gluden'
2. A large portion of this book is specifically focused on hashimoto's syndrome, so if you don't have that you can discount 25% of the material as it won't be relative to your own wellness.
3. Naturopathy Medicine and Pseudoscience - The author seeks out a number of non-scientific not proven remedies. Some of these eastern medicine remedies like acupuncture have enough research behind them that I could agree with their inclusion, but she delves further into some woo woo aura/chakra-type crap (like if a certain part of your back hurts it's because of relationship stress) that I nearly had to forward through and almost had to stop reading.
4. Most Important : The book is supposed to be about healthy 'hedonism' and there is zero hedonism involved. Further she never solves the premise in the book's title. She ends the epilogue with 'Am I fully healed? Have I found the magic recipe for hedonism that allows me to feel good while indulging in all life's pleasures? How I wish..' I purchased this book because I expected someone to tell me how they found balanced or figured something out and the author ends this book by telling us she hasn't. Clearly, she has 'forgodden' the main thesis of her book.
5. Did not spark Joy
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When a lifelong diagnosis becomes a nightmare, Phoebe makes the most of it and tells us much more than her story, but shares advice on thriving with this condition. Health is different for us all, but when someone shares tips on how to live a gluten, caffeine and alcohol free life (and more), us deficient sisters can relate and empower one another and live fully.
I just sent this to the author and she responded with gratitude and gave thanks. Everyone should read this book.
Phoebe. Girl. You are amazing! My name is Anna and I just finished your book. I don't know if my words will ever do justice, but I want to thank you from a fellow diseased sister who needs to give my body a break. Your words lept on my stiffed-arm rebellion to truly reform my thinking about my version of health. I want to thank you for writing your words. I truly admire you more than you will know.
Thank you Phoebe Lapine. We all can learn from you! If you are feeling inadequate in the health aspect of your life, you must read this book. You will not regret purchasing this one.
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