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Mariel Hemingway's Healthy Living from the Inside Out: Every Woman's Guide to Real Beauty, Renewed Energy, and a Radiant Life Hardcover – December 26, 2006

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It's the rare celebrity whose daily routine is an example of sane, healthy living, but the semi-famous author of this self-help volume offers up her own life as a testament to the powers of wholesome food, moderate exercise and peace and quiet. Hemingway laudably encourages readers to take time for themselves, pay attention to their own wants and prioritize relaxation over work every once in a while. She writes convincingly of the benefits of home-cooked meals and yoga, and for every lapse into pyschobabble (the author confesses to being "a classic case of a person who falls into behavioral patterns"), there's a nugget of hard-won wisdom ("It's taken me four decades to see the obvious," she writes, "I must take care of myself first"). Though some readers may have a hard time sympathizing with Hemingway's past hardships-trying to maintain a Hollywood "thin," for instance-much of her advice is easy to implement and should provide healthy returns.
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“A deliciously grounded program for re-introducing the mind to the body.” (Mehmet C. Oz, M.D., co-author of You: The Owner’s Manual)

“Mariel Hemingway’s Healthy Living from the Inside Out has the power to transform lives.” (Deepak Chopra, author of Grow Younger Live Longer)

“This book is the ideal roadmap for lasting success.” (Anthony Robbins, author of Awaken the Giant Within and Unlimited Power)

“A useful and practical resource that will guide you to higher levels of health and wellness.” (Founder of, the world's most trusted natural health site)

“A revolutionary program that provides all the keys you need to get and stay healthy.” (Jorge Cruise, New York Times bestselling author of The 3-Hour Diet and creator of

“Hemingway’s book stands out....this would be a fine addition to most libraries’ self-help collections.” (Library Journal)

“Hemingway offers sensible changes to transform one’s life into one a little less hectic and a little more enjoyable.” (BookPage)

“In her new book...Mariel offers advice for anyone who is searching for balance and harmony in today’s hectic world.” (Detroit News)

“… [T]he ultimate book on healthy living.” (

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperOne; 1 edition (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060890398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060890391
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #545,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on December 28, 2006
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I saw Mariel Hemingway a while back on a Rachael Ray show in which Rachael cooks with celebrities in their homes. I was impressed with Ms. Hemingway's healthy recipes on the show, so when I saw that this book was being released, I pre-ordered it from Amazon.

The book is truly a "lifestyle" book and not merely a diet and fitness regime. She divides the book into 4 categories - Food, Exercise, Silence and Home - and then details her prescription for healthy living in each of these categories based on her personal experience.

The book is based on the solid foundation of incorporating healthy routines in all aspects of your life, and promotes many of the same practices that so many other books out today promote, e.g., reducing sugar intake, walking, taking up yoga, etc. But Ms. Hemingway presents it in a truly unique way by integrating her own story with gorgeous photos, many self-examining questions, and brief "healthy living" summaries in each chapter. I found her chapters on the Home particularly interesting, as they incorporate the idea that your surroundings "profoundly influence your internal safe," and focus on cleaning out the clutter in your home and not just in your diet. The same can be said about the section on Silence, which goes in depth into the importance of reducing stress and finding balance in your life (and includes many suggestions for how to do so).

The book ends with a 30-day quickstart program including all 4 categories of "healthy living," which suggest such simple things as trying a new lunch or dinner recipe on a particular day (she includes recipes in the book, although I wish there were more and hope she eventually comes out with a cookbook) or walking and practicing yoga each twice per week.

Overall, this would be a lovely addition to anyone's library and provides a truly moderate and balanced perspective on what it means to live a happy and healthy life and how to go about doing so. Five stars.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Reed on January 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I'll readily admit that I am a sucker for any kind of yoga/healthy lifestyle book. I always enjoy reading different perspectives - and then picking and choosing what I think works for me. When I saw this book on the shelf, I knew I had to have it. Little did I realize what a gem I had in my hands. Mariel Hemingway has put together an easy to use guide that gives the reader the ability to create a holistic and healthy life without tedious or complicated instructions. This is not just a 'diet and exercise' book either - Mariel gives insight into meditation, transforming your house and creating balance in your hectic life. This empowering book will give you ideas and encouragement to get rid of the toxic habits in your life and replace them with wholesome and healthy habits.

There are four fundamental topics that she covers: food (she gives details about her own struggles with trying to figure out what is healthy as well as what works for her body and encourages the reader to be more concscious about choices), exercise (Mariel is a devotee of yoga, a system that keeps you grounded, flexible and fit), silence (she advocates cutting down the 'noise' in our lives and slowing down to enjoy the journey), home (here she offers ideas on cutting the clutter and creating a sanctuary). This is a real program for real people. There is no mumbo jumbo, no calorie counting, no complicated feng shui - just a practical program that anyone can implement. The 30 day quick start program in the back of the book gives you day by day ways to make this program work for you easily. You will feel healthier and more at peace if you just give some of her tips a try!

I've always enjoyed watching Mariel Hemingway on the silver screen - she is and always has been a unique and intelligent beauty. With the recent Hollywood "trend" towards ultra-thin acresses and models, it is nice to have a role model such as Hemingway.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Anna on January 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
An amazing system, many books in one, integrated beautifully and accessibly. Here is an author who really really cares about the benefit of the reader. This is an amazing textbook which will become a favourite for many workshops and all readers who will pick it up. I even picked up some extra copies to give as gifts. Mariel Hemingway put all of her life into this work of art. I also like that I can pick it up for 5 minutes and learn something new very well which stays with me. The information is layed out accesibly and visually attractive with beautiful and inspiring pictures. There are very valuable yoga poses which, as a beginner I learned in minutes. The information is very rich, well researched yet very easy to understand and remember. It is not dry -as most textbooks are- it is engaging and personal, it is fun. For a busy mom of two little kids this is a life revolutionizing system. A very valuable tool. Thanks to authors who really want to put out gems for their readers. We can really trust this one. I would give it 10 stars and I hope they make a DVD out of it.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Lisa E. on February 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have always liked Mariel an actor and person. I read her first book "Finding my Balance" and enjoyed her honesty and subsequent growth immensely so when I saw this book...I jumped at the chance to buy it.

I didn't realize what a profound effect it would have on me. I enjoyed all the chapters on food, exercise, silence and home but what really resonated with me was the emphasis on being kinder and gentler to ourselves.

Today I didn't feel up to doing much. I had a very busy week job-hunting and was up really late last night. So I had a very laid-back day...part of which was spent reading her chapter on the home and realizing with pleasure that my bedroom is my haven and that I have it set up perfectly for me. But more importantly...there was no guilt that I didn't do the laundry or work out for an hour or call friends because I was alone.

And yet it was still a very "mindful" day. The cats were curled up on my was comfy and cozy...the laundry can wait until tomorrow and I know I have already put in five hours of working out this week so only doing 15 minutes today wasn't going to set me back.

So thank you Mariel...for taking away the guilt that I have to constantly be in motion in order to be living a "productive" life. Today was productive because I re-charged my batteries and didn't berate myself.

This book is one that I will come back to time and time again...for a recipe or a yoga posture...but mostly because I like the idea of being as nice to myself as I try to be to everyone else.

A unique and lush book with a wonderful perspective. This is a woman who obviously walks the talk and it is a pleasure to read.
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