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Healthy Tipping Point: A Powerful Program for a Stronger, Happier You Paperback – May 1, 2012
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About the Author
Caitlin Boyle is the editor of operationbeautiful.com and writes a daily food and fitness blog, Healthy Tipping Point, which garner more than 520,000 hits per month combined. For five years, she served as a contributing columnist for The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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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.
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.
If you're looking to make some lifestyle choices, I'd definitely recommend this book! :)
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.
The HTP book has helped me re-frame how I see my health and it has reminded me that even though I still have things I'd like to work on for my health, it's important to figure out the hardest part of healthy living: striking a balance between mental, physical, and emotional health.
I want to share this book with everyone I know. I specifically love how it started IMMEDIATELY with emotional and mental health. I also think it's awesome that she mentions that a lot of the choices that we should be making about food in this day and age should take into consideration the ethical and environmental impact of the food we eat.
A must read.