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Parts of this book were a turn-off for me...some of the suggestions sounded unobtainable and beyond the reach or regular mortals, especially the parts about diet. Essentially, it seemed that if it tastes good, don't eat it - and I'm not sure that's good advice. No fat, few carbs, even "good ones," no sugars or sugar substitutes, so that leaves nuts, fruits (not too many!) and veggies, especially broccoli. I like the things he suggests eating, but I also like some of the stuff he doesn't.
The non-sedentary lifestyle interested me - I got a pedometer to calculate how much I was walking or active daily....turns out 5000 steps is a lot for me and I feel like I'm moving all the time. But that's sedentary - Australians typically walk 8000 steps without thinking about it.
Sleep I don't really have a problem with - I sleep well and about 8 hrs a night.
I realized about halfway into the book Rath was battling an unusual form of cancer, apparently not immediately life-threatening, but something that must be controlled. That changed my mind about his recommendations as I realized he was fighting for his life and had done much research. For me, that added much validity to his recommendations and told me that we should all be fighting for our lives based on what we eat, how active we are and how we sleep.
I may not be able to or want to follow his regimen completely, but I don't think I can go wrong to follow it as much as possible. With my pedometer as a gauge, I find that I am increasing my activity level, and I do think about what I put in my mouth before I eat it. I suppose that's a good start.
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I am a big fan of Tom Rath; Strengthsfinder was a book that literally changed my life.
I gave this book three stars soles on how Rath points out small changes you should make, and quotes research on why these changes can make a big difference to your health, well-being and life-expectancy. It's nice to have all of these ideas in one book.
Having said that, "Eat Move Sleep" falls short is in two key areas:
1. I am one of those Audible listeners who believers authors should not record their own works. At first, I didn't mind Rath's voice because you can tell this is a subject that is near and dear to him. Over time, however, I became irritated because Rath's voice (which is somewhat plaintive, in my opinion) began to really irritate me. After the first hour, I had to listen in 10 minute segments because it starts to sound whiny and "preachy," if you will.
2. This book is designed around a 30-day plan, and that is it's biggest weakness. Were you to attempt incorporating all of these changes into your life in 30 days, you will become incredibly frustrated and immediately start wolfing down donuts, bacon and hot dogs while chain-smoking at the same time.
For example, "Day One" of the plan recommends you should, "Identify the three healthiest elements of diets you have tried in the past. Integrate these elements into your lifestyle for good."
I like this concept; however, "for good" means "FOREVER." I can't think about forever, Mr. Rath; I'm just trying to make it through today! Habits are formed over long periods of time and require more thought and planning than is outlined here.
There are 75 different behaviors Rath recommends changing during the 30 days you follow the plan. Does that sound realistic? of course not; it's a recipe for failure. Rath's 30-day plan would be better as a 30 MONTH plan. Pursuing physical fitness is a marathon, not a sprint.
Again, you have to find a wellness plan you can live with over the long term. Use the 30-day plan to identify your options, then incorporate 1-2 little changes in your life over the course of a month or two. Solidify the habits, then choose two more for the next month. That is how I plan to use this book.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Eat Move Sleep to be better than the print version?
YES, but I would recommend buying the print version to use as a reference.
What other book might you compare Eat Move Sleep to, and why?
To be honest I can't think of a comparable book due to the breadth of different but related themes Tom covers in this book. There are no end of books that cover individual areas in perhaps more depth, but this book provides a great selection of advice and references that allow you go off and do further research.
What about Tom Rath’s performance did you like?
Personally I like Tom Rath's narration, I know other people have said it's a bit "preachy", but I don't find it so. But the big thing I like about Tom Rath is the depth of research and references that goes into this book.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
NO, although it's a great book there is too much content of many topics or themes. It isn't a novel, it needs to be used to plan changes and so take it a chapter at a time.
Any additional comments?
Like all Tom Rath work, it's very professional, passionate and well researched. It is also backed up by the web site referenced in the book, which again is a great (and free) source of help.
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Definitely worth listening too. I think I will be getting the book soon as well