If I had to recommend one book to someone interested in taking charge of their health, this is the one.
"How to Eat, Move, and Be Healthy
" by one of my wellness heroes, Paul Chek
I followed a Facebook thread on a friend's page and stumbled upon this interview
with Paul Chek. Halfway through the article, I thought to myself, "this man is insane!" --and I knew I needed to study with him as soon as possible.
I registered for a Holistic Lifestyle Coach training at the Chek Institute
and participated in March of 2012. At that point I had been teaching yoga for two years, ate an entirely plant based diet (except those moments when I couldn't fool my body any longer and caved in for a nice juicy steak), exercised almost daily, and took a variety of supplements and vitamins. I considered myself "healthy," an example of great health, even.
Wrong! My skin was erupting near daily and none of my pants fit anymore. I walked through the doors into the training and was blown away by the other participants: glowing skin; fit, toned bodies; white and bright teeth; clear and shining eyes; smiles for days. It didn't take long to realize I was missing something.
Our first challenge was to go gluten, dairy, and soy free for the duration of the course. Within 36 hours I began to notice a difference in my skin: I was still breaking out, but the painful cystic acne didn't seem as angry. I was so bolstered by the results I kept going, and within 90 days I was zit free for the first time EVER. Praise the lord! I still feel giddy just thinking about it. If any of you out there have struggled with acne, you know what I mean.
Could it really be that easy to heal with whole foods? I began following the practices of Metabolic Typing and devoured Paul Chek's book, which gave me tools to really take on my own health and healing into my own hands. Here are the steps the book takes you through:
- Step 1 Complete the questionnaires to determine YOUR metabolic needs.
- Step 2 Develop an eating plan that’s right for YOU.
- Step 3 Build a personalized exercise program that fits YOUR needs.
- Step 4 Fine-tune a healthier lifestyle that fits YOUR routine.
It is all developed and designed to fit who YOU ACTUALLY ARE, not some idea of what you are "supposed" to be. Just because one diet/way of being works for one person does not mean it will work for you! (just like vegetarianism, no matter how "noble" it seemed to me, simply did not work and actually threw me and my hormones out of balance-that's for another post).This book will help you take on an entirely new lifestyle that is long term sustainable, rather than trying to fit yourself into the parameters of a diet. We learn to relish and savor our lives, rather than restricting them.
Don't take my word for it--check the book out for yourself! And see what opens up for you.