Book Review: The Wellness Project
The Wellness Project: How I Learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life
By Phoebe Lapine
Reader Problem: You want to take better care of your body, you want to take control of your health, or maybe you want to makeover your wellness routine.
We all know there are things we could be doing to take care of ourselves, but deciding where to start is overwhelming. Diet? Exercise? Vitamins? Minerals? Green skincare? Clean makeup? Natural? Vegan? Organic? High carb? Low fat? High fat? No carb? What’s a woman to do?
Well, you can read The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine, cookbook author and food blogger, as she seeks to take control of her health without making herself crazy.
From the book jacket: “The Wellness Project chronicles her yearlong quest to heal her autoimmune disease and find that elusive balance by making a series of lifestyle changes, one each month…Filled with practical advice for designing your own health odyssey; helpful insights on how to determine which practices are worth the time, money, and energy we spend on them; and dozens of inflammation fighting yet indulgent recipes, Phoebe’s story gives readers a realistic road map for healing.”
As she approached the age of 30 (don’t worry, age is not a factor in this journey), Lapine was trying to find the root cause of her skin flareups. Her doctor suggested an “underlying imbalance” but “had zero interest in helping [her] figure out how to right it.” So Lapine went about it on her own, talking with and asking questions of experts like yogis, aestheticians, nutritionists, endocrinologists, gastroenterologists, etc. One question she asked all the experts was, “If you could tell someone to make just one lifestyle change that would have a profound effect on their general well-being, what would it be?”
Lapine took those answers and designed for herself a series of challenges to “overhaul” her health. The goal was to create a wellness plan that was sustainable—no wacky diets or exercise plans that couldn’t be maintained over the long-term. She shared some of the details on her blog, Feed Me Phoebe, and from that, The Wellness Project—the book— was born.
There are 11 chapters covering things such as detoxing from sugar, caffeine, & alcohol, using green beauty products, cooking and eating whole foods, sleep, exercise, self-care and more. Each chapter wraps up with a tips section and two recipes.
The Wellness Project is worth your time if you're looking for ways to improve your health. It also serves as a reminder that medical professionals don’t have all the answers or even the right answers. (Lapine’s initial doctor was willing to continue prescribing antibiotics for Lapine’s skin condition even though the antibiotics weren’t clearing up her skin.) We have to be proactive about our own health and the health of our families. Reading books like The Wellness Project gives us the inspiration and motivation to keep trying new things, to listen to our bodies and discover what we need to be healthy.
You can visit Lapine’s website here.