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Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You Paperback – May 1, 2012
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Caitlin writes a daily food and fitness blog, Healthy Tipping Point, which chronicles how Caitlin balances her busy lifestyle with healthy eating and exercise. Readers relate to her "Everywomen" experiences and enjoy her 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon race recaps. Caitlin utilizes her personal blog as a way to encourage other women to stay healthy and active and seeks to remind readers that there the "healthy ideal" looks different for every woman.
Operation Beautiful originally began on Healthy Tipping Point. In June 2009, Caitlin was inspired to post a note that simply read "You Are Beautiful!" in a public restroom. She took a picture of her note and posted it on Healthy Tipping Point. The response from her readers was instantaneous, and Caitlin's e-mail was flooded with photographs of notes posted all over the country. Within two days, Caitlin knew she had a phenomenon on her hands and launched the blog Operation Beautiful.
Caitlin is 26 years old and lives in Orlando, Florida with her husband and her two dogs. In addition to blogging, her other writing experience includes a five-year stint as a contributing columnist for The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition. Caitlin attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Non-Fiction Creative Writing.
Top Customer Reviews
I like the idea of a healthy tipping point- you make small changes and they make you feel so good that you make more and more- but the book is definitely not structured around that idea. Instead, it's a collection of loosely organized and fairly repetitive diet and exercise advice, most of which you'd know if you've read a few women's health magazines. Moreover, the advice only really applies to those who share the same diet and exercise interests as the author: the underlying message of the food portion is 'you don't have to be a vegetarian, but if you're not just be aware that you're torturing animals and destroying the environment', and the exercise is mostly geared to running and triathlons. Finally, there are lots of grammar errors. The most prevalent is mis-matched pronouns, like "Anyone who makes this change will see their lives improve". Not a huge deal, but it shows me the publisher just wanted to get a book out and make a few bucks capitalizing on the blog, and didn't bother with copy-editing.
Like other books, it offers "researched facts" with only half the real facts. She tries to prove her life choices are the "educated choice", yet she doesn't have the guts to be open about it like "the skinny bitch" authors do.
It is a good attempt at some guidelines for completely lost people, nothing more.
Lost all respect for her work since all the good reviews were written one after the other and by people who coincidentally also gave her previous work 5 stars.
The author is not an expert in any of the fields and this is a collection of stories and anecdotes. Save your money and invest in a book from someone who's gone to school in the subjects.
I think it's also important to note that Caitlin is not an RD, a nutritionist, a personal trainer or any kind of health professional. Her book is largely anecdotal and should be treated as such.
Bearing these things in mind, I still really enjoy this book. Caitlin has a balanced approach to health and wellness (suggested by her book's title) and presents a plan for healthy living that is far more accessible and much less disordered than a lot of the big-name "healthy living bloggers" out there. Caitlin embraces multiple paths to health and doesn't promote any one plan over others. She doesn't even promote any kind of "diet" (outside of healthy eating) as better than any other. I liked that she emphasized the personal aspect of the journey.
I think this book contains good information that most people can apply to their lives. She has a lot of good ideas that are new (or at least more fully explained) in the book and I found it to be very readable.
If you're a fan of her blog, healthy living blogs in general, and are looking for some ideas to incorporate into your lifestyle, I think Caitlin's book is a good place to start. Just do keep in mind she is not a professional and this book shouldn't be treated as gospel.
If you're looking to make some lifestyle choices, I'd definitely recommend this book! :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is such an inspiring healthy living book! I loved reading the success stories and the recipes are great too. It is a solution for a long lasting approach to living healthy.Published on May 17, 2012 by SED
I am a devoted reader of healthytippingpoint.com and I wanted to read this book, but I wasn't expecting it to be anything new. It was so much more than I expected! Read morePublished on May 14, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I've been a reader of Caitlin's blog since last summer. I pre-ordered her book and got it on the day it came out. Read morePublished on May 14, 2012 by Katie
What a breath of fresh air. I love the holistic approach of this book. It's packed full of fantastic research and really useful tips to help you live a healthy, happy life. Read morePublished on May 9, 2012 by Marquee Marc
Healthy Tipping Point by Caitlin Boyle is the most influential book I have read this year, and has literally changed my family's life. Read morePublished on May 9, 2012 by Ross Cushing
I like this book because it shares one approach to healthy living that is realistic and is how the author actually made her own changes. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by JNS