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Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes [Kindle Edition]

Tom Rath
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The latest New York Times bestseller from Tom Rath, featuring a new assessment, personalized Eat Move Sleep Plan, and a host of online tools for individuals, groups, and organizations.

 - Apple iTunes Best Books of 2013 in Nonfiction and Health
 - The Globe and Mail Top Business Books of 2013

"Well written and scrupulously researched, this breezy guide lobbies for an all-encompassing approach to improving one's lifestyle...Rath's '30-Day Guide'...is clear and actionable." -Kirkus review

From the author of StrengthsFinder 2.0, How Full Is Your Bucket?, Strengths Based Leadership, and Wellbeing comes a transformative book and online application that will improve your health for years to come. While Tom's bestsellers on strengths and well-being have inspired more than 5 million people in the last decade, Eat Move Sleep reveals his greatest passion and expertise. Quietly managing a serious illness for more than 20 years, Tom has assembled a wide range of information on the impact of eating, moving, and sleeping. Written in his classic conversational style, Eat Move Sleep features the most proven and practical ideas from his research. This remarkably quick read offers advice that is comprehensive yet simple and often counterintuitive but always credible. Eat Move Sleep will help you make good decisions automatic -- in all three of these interconnected areas. With every bite you take, you will make better choices. You will move a lot more than you do today. And you will sleep better than you have in years. More than a book, Eat Move Sleep is a new way to live.


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Since best-selling motivational author Rath was diagnosed at 16 with a rare disease, he has lived with the threat of tumors. He learned how everyday decisions affected the length and quality of his life and shares the results of his voracious reading and research. His essential prescription for a longer and healthier life is, eat right, move more, sleep better. Each chapter focuses on three findings and ideas concerning those three basic ingredients of a good day. Among his observations: every bite of food or sip of a drink is a net gain or loss to health; excessive sitting promotes weight gain and contributes to diseases from diabetes to cancer; more and restful sleep, in concert with better eating habits and exercise, promises health and longevity. He counsels against diet and exercise crazes and the American myth that ties productivity to little sleep. Known for his work on enhancing potential in organizations, Rath has turned his talent to how the little decisions about mundane things, from what you eat to how you sleep, can have a significant impact on your life. --Vanessa Bush

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"..prolific business author Rath..offers practical tips to make long-lasting behavior changes..an easy, persuasive read.."
-PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"For managers to be successful, this book on eating, moving, and sleeping is essential."
-THE GLOBE AND MAIL'S TOP BUSINESS BOOKS OF 2013

"Eat Move Sleep will change your life. It might also save it."
-SIR KEN ROBINSON, bestselling author of The Element

"One of the most successful nonfiction writers of his generation, Tom Rath has produced a blockbuster book that offers readers deep insights alongside specific actions."
-DANIEL H. PINK, bestselling author of Drive

"Eat Move Sleep will be a big help to me and my patients."
-GORDY KLATT, M.D., founder of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life


Q&A with Tom Rath
 
Q: Why do you describe Eat Move Sleep as a "project"?
 
A.  This book is just one part of my overall mission. We also put a lot of time into the website, personalized 30 day plan, reference explorer, and guides for people to use in groups. Our goal is simply to get people talking about how we can all have better days and live longer as a result.
 
Q: What is the most important thing you learned from this research?

A.  The fact these three elements - eating, moving, and sleeping - build on one another. As a result, working on all three at once is even easier than focusing on one area in isolation. I structured the book to help people work on these elements in combination.

Q: What was your greatest challenge in working on this book?

A.  My biggest challenge was narrowing down to the most practical findings, given the wealth of good science. Even though some of the findings may seem like common sense, the key is connecting short-term incentives with what's best for your long-term health.


Product Details

  • File Size: 6428 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Missionday (October 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CRGI0OI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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116 of 117 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changes You Really Can Make August 28, 2013
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At this point, most of us probably know that we should eat right, move more, and sleep more. Making those needed changes? That's a lot harder than just knowing we should. Tom Rath knows a lot about health, wellbeing, and happiness. He also knows about the things that get in the way.

So here's a starting point: did you know that the extra minutes of sleep you get by hitting the snooze button aren't really restful at all? If you train yourself to get up as soon as the alarm sounds, you could go to bed 15 minutes earlier and get more real sleep. (I put an alarm clock app on my Kindle that makes me do math problems to stop the alarm, and by the time I do the math, I'm awake.) This is an easy change to make. All of us can do this. Will it cause us to get eight hours of restful sleep if we're still working 14 hour days or partying the night away? No. But it is an excellent starting point.

Make a lot of these small changes -- this book contains about 100 -- and it will add up. What's more, as Rath explains, each small positive change supports the others. Get a little more sleep and you'll have more energy to move and more willpower to make the right eating choices. Get up and walk whenever you take a phone call, and you'll be more productive, so you can cut back on work time and get more sleep, or at least enough extra time to have a healthy lunch instead of sitting at your desk eating something from the vending machine while you read memos.

It's easier to work toward eating, moving, and sleeping right all together than it is to go on a diet or to start an exercise program or to change your sleep schedule. This friendly, encouraging guide to current research and sensible practices will help you make positive changes in your life.

The book is well written, the claims are well supported, and the changes suggested are realistic and manageable.
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121 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed to read. October 2, 2013
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I remember hearing an NPR report one day that your morning workout was almost totally diminished by the fact that you (me) sit all day long. I remember kind of panicking about that and I thought of it often. And then I read this book and that is one of the central points - YOU ARE MEANT TO MOVE. One of the gigantic take-aways I got from this is that I NEED a desk around my treadmill. The author, Tom Rath, deals with a very rare genetic condition and he utilizes many basic "tricks" to engineer his environment - walking at 1.5 mph all day long is one of them. Okay, so I thought HOW do you read and walk on a treadmill?? Well, at 1.5 and even up to about 2 mph I can do that! Who knew!! Another fast take away I got from the book was the 20/2 rule. Again, deals with sitting at a corporate desk all day long - so if this does not apply to you - you're a bit luckier. Set a timer for 20 minutes and get up for 2 minutes. I modified this - 30/3. And let me tell you - the difference is thousands of steps (I wear a fitbit) a day. It is unbelievable. Now I am going to disclose entirely TMI - there have been days where I have sat soooo long in front of my monitors my butt goes numb and then hurts!! NO MORE! Now knowing exactly what damage I am doing by allowing myself to do this, all in the name of working ushered a change in my behavior - SO SIMPLE TO DO! I am up and walking a lap or two around my floor every 30 minutes. Okay, this is getting way too long - and you have to read the book because there is so much to apply - but Tom hammers on the importance of sleep - again - GUILTY - I regularly go 6 hours sometimes 3 hours (tracking everything with fitbit) - and you need 8++ hours to get the body repairing itself. That is going to be my new goal to work on. One fast read - TONS to apply - you will not be disappointed with this book. It is so darn practical and doable. Get it today, apply it tomorrow.
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72 of 82 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm on the fence for this one. September 7, 2013
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Don't we all know by now that we should eat right, move more, and sleep better? Eat, Move, Sleep by Tom Rath supplies 100 or so tips on how to go about doing what we know we should do. In 30 short chapters, Rath covers a wide range of information concerning diet, exercise, and sleep. I like that he cautions people that all three facets work in unison, and to ignore one facet affects the other two. Just as the saying goes, exercise cannot compensate for a poor diet. Combating our sedentary lives is truly important. His advice about increasing protein while decreasing carbs and about the dangers of bread is spot on with updated dietary recommendations. There are some great health tips in the book as well as some not so great.

Selected statements are debatable. For example, modern nutritional advice is shifting away from the dangers of fat and focusing more on the dangers of carbohydrates. Cholesterol is also not the hot topic it once was. Try The Great Cholesterol Myth or The Great Cholesterol Con for more information. Research showing the dangers of coffee and caffeine are just as prevalent as the research showing the benefits of coffee. The research showing the link between processed meat and pancreatic cancer is iffy.

Rath makes an error in his statements in a few places such as his breakdown of the nutrients in a granola bar on pages 62-63, in which he writes, "Even the organic granola bars we had at home contained 30g of sugar, 23g of carbs, and mere 3g of protein." That cannot be correct. Sugar is carbs; thus, the number of carbs is always at least equal to the sugar grams, usually higher.

Overall, the book is worth the read, especially for those not aware of how to eat, move, or sleep well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars practical tips to live by
Really loved how Tom pulls the curtain back on what a wellness lifestyle looks like--it's not about killing yourself at the gym for hrs a day, juicing, or beating yourself when you... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Erin H. Noel
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading!
I really enjoyed this book... Gets right to the bottom of real changes that can start the first day you read it.
Published 24 days ago by Missy
5.0 out of 5 stars what a friend this book is. Totally interested in my well being
IIliked the simple writing and common sense approaches to a healthier life. I wish he had recommendations for a safe diet for a person like me who is allergic to all dairy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by maryann
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This was a great book. It covered things I already knew but there was also much that was new to me. The author did it in a way that makes me want to read it again!
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Gascoigne
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginners to the healthy lifestyle
Tom Rath had a lot of good things to say in this book. But I would not recommend this book to someone looking to boost their healthy lifestyle to the next level. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sunshine on A Rainy Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excllent
Published 1 month ago by edward atnally
5.0 out of 5 stars Motivated me!
I have started making some small choices that will hopefully lead to big results thanks to this book! Definitely was the motivation i needed!
Published 1 month ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Small decisions—about how you eat, move and sleep each day—count more...
Many of the suggestions in this book stayed with me and were very helpful!

I wrote about this book for Whole Life Magazine:

I also committed to walking every... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lisa Niver Rajna
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
All the same common sense that you see and read everyday; a few key points that are helpful for success.
Published 1 month ago by Jeanne Jacobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 2 months ago by Ann Leonard
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More About the Author

Tom Rath is an expert on the role of human behavior in business, health, and economics. He has been described by the media and business leaders as one of the greatest thinkers and non-fiction writers of his generation.

Tom has written five of the most influential books of the last decade. His first book, How Full Is Your Bucket?, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. His 2007 book, StrengthsFinder 2.0, was Amazon's #1 selling book worldwide in 2013. Tom's most recent New York Times bestsellers are Strengths Based Leadership, Wellbeing, and Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes.

Published in late 2013, Eat Move Sleep was recognized by Apple iTunes as one of the best nonfiction books of the year and by The Globe and Mail's as one of the 2013's top three business books. In total, Tom's books have sold more than 5 million copies, been translated in 16 languages, and made over 300 appearances on the Wall Street Journal's bestseller list.

In addition to his current research, speaking, and writing, Tom is a guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and a Senior Scientist and advisor to Gallup, where he previously led the organization's work on employee engagement, strengths, and wellbeing. Tom has also served as vice chairman of the VHL cancer research organization. He earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. Tom and his wife, Ashley, and their two children live in Arlington, Virginia.

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