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One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life Paperback – December 3, 2013

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About the Author

Winnie Abramson has a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and is the blogger behind Healthy Green Kitchen. She lives in New York.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452119570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452119571
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #460,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laurence R. Bachmann VINE VOICE on March 30, 2014
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One Simple Change--a rather inapt title for some of the content--contains much practical and useful information for living a better, healthier life. My biggest reservation, (and it is a considerable one) has to do with the author's seeming complete unawareness of the real impracticality of some key suggestions for working parents, and working class people with modest or limited incomes. The subtitle "Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life" should add "If You're Affluent And Blessed With Huge Amounts of Leisure".

First the good, and much is quite good: Winnie Abramson takes a soup-to-nuts (organic, of course) approach to better living considering everything from sleep, hydration, diet, stress, and even the setting of goals (happy to report the author is opposed to perfection). The greatest concentration though is on food and diet. The book is organized in brief, concise chapters that end with an even more concise recap. It is hard to miss Winnie's points, which are mostly sensible and informed. Usually I find short chapters disruptive to flow, but because the author is imparting specific scientific or nutritional information, it actually serves her well, giving topics or suggestions a honed-in focus.

It is refreshing to read a healthy diet advocate who is unabashedly carnivorous and adamantly anti-soda (I am both, and who doesn't love self-affirmation?). Everyone can cut out white sugar (though keeping your own bees really isnt an alternative for most of us, Winnie) or reduce their caffeine intake. Topics such as gluten-free diets, wheat intake, and dairy are clearly explained, and sensibly vetted. There is a common-sensical approach to recommendations--"give it a try, see if it helps", that only a foolish person would dismiss out of hand.
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One Simple Change is a very friendly and easy to digest set of suggestions on how to make your life healthier. As with many heath and fitness books, their strength for me really lies on whether the author is making suggestions based on a small experience set or if they have done their homework on the latest research and findings. I was very gratified when reading this to find that there are pages and pages of references from which she draws her conclusions and recommendations. It made me comfortable with her points and less worried that it was another 'fad' motivational book.

The book compiles 50 easy to digest change suggestions, most of them diet/exercise related. She recommends one a week and most of the changes are easy, as described. A lot of it deals with removing yourself from toxic type of products and getting back toward more natural ways of eating. Almost all of the suggestions are drawn directly from the latest research, from eating less wheat products to the value of finding organic raw ingredients for your cooking.

I found that she really made some good points and observations. I liked her tone throughout the book - upbeat but friendly. Best of all, unlike so many diet type books, we aren't directed to websites to buy any of the author's homemade products or systems.

I think this is a really good wake up call for those who want to feel better, look better, and just enjoy life more - get out of the toxic part of the modern environment. For that reason especially, I recommend this book.

Received as an ARC from the publisher.
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NEWS FLASH: No one is going to going to wave a magic wand and fix your life for you. You have to want to change and you have to take the steps to do so. The good news is that changes don't hard to be hard.

This book gives you 50 changes you can make to improve your life and lifestyle. The author explains clearly and succinctly why and how you can make these changes. You don't have to do them all, but even doing one or two could significantly improve your well being. It's well laid out and an easy read.

One of the changes Winnie Abramson suggests is drinking water first thing everyday. I started doing that months ago (with lemon) and I HATED IT... I still do sometimes. But I do it because it makes me feel better physically and mentally and I definitely lost this pervasive love handles. It's like I drinking a commitment to me every morning. I also made a rule that I can't drink the cup of tea I love until I drink the water.

I highly recommend this for folks who want to make a shift to having a higher quality, healthier lifestyle.

I realize that some of the changes in the book might not appear to be simple for some of us because we are often committed to unhealthy habits and feel like we're stuck in circumstances that are contrary to having the lives we want. But the changes are all doable. What's required is choosing the ones you want and sticking to them. Do it for you!
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This lovely book can help you take simple steps that can lead to profound changes in your well being. One change i related to is sleeping in a cool bedroom - I turned off the radiator in my bedroom about 15 years ago and that simple and easy step lead to better sleep, and less sinus infections and colds. The tome is never lecturing but warm, calm and supportive. It's a welcome sensible breath of fresh air in the over heated world of food drama.
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