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The Wellness Project: How I Learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life Hardcover – May 16, 2017
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—Terry Wahls, MD, author of The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life
“The Wellness Project is a smart, funny, and incredibly helpful guide to the complexities of not just what makes us sick, but what makes us well.”
—Robynne Chutkan, MD, FASGE, Integrative gastroenterologist & best-selling author of The Microbiome Solution
"I couldn't agree more with Phoebe Lapine when she says 'healthy choices can't happen in a vacuum.' This incredibly informative, delightfully human (and fun!) chronicle of her path to sustainable wellness is an inspiring read that makes living well feel approachable. Whether you're looking for support as you take an honest inventory of your health or are seeking inspiration for long-lasting changes, Phoebe has been there and done that and shares it all."
—Julia Turshen, author of Small Victories
"As a practicing physician focused on how nutrition, prevention and wellness factor into today's cutting edge medicine, I’m constantly urging my patients to consider how the small daily choices we make impact our bodies. Like so many people with chronic conditions, Phoebe discovered that true healing begins with food. But through her year-long odyssey, she illustrates that our wellness is made up of so much more—the products we use, our daily movements, and how we tame stress out in the world. The Wellness Project is a must-read for anyone wondering how all these pieces fit together, and ready to tackle them in their own life."
—Robin Berzin, MD, CEO and founder of Parsley Health
"If you're struggling to figure out why you're not feeling like you should, and are overwhelmed by all the wellness information online, then start your journey with The Wellness Project. Phoebe Lapine's experiments are fun and doable. You'll not only learn so much valuable information in this book, but you'll learn a lot about yourself and your potential for feeling good again!"
—Alisa Vitti, functional nutritionist, hormone expert, author of WomanCode, and founder of FLOliving.com
"In her recipes, Phoebe always finds a refreshing balance between the practical and the indulgent, with foods that are both healthy and comforting. Her engaging debut memoir gives readers a roadmap for finding that same middle ground in all aspects of our lives. The Wellness Project is living proof that approaching every day with your body in mind need not be a compromise."
—Jason Wachob, founder and CEO of mindbodygreen and author of Wellth
“With a witty tone that'll have you laughing out loud, this book is a must for anyone wondering if drinking lemon water or giving up alcohol ACTUALLY makes a difference.”
—Mind Body Green
“Not only do I respect Phoebe endlessly as a chef, I’m also in awe of her unique and refreshing approach to wellness. She manages to impart so much knowledge in an entertaining, non-preachy way, and you’ll come away with many realistic tips for how to live your best life.”
—Serena Wolf, creator of Domesticate Me, and author of The Dude Diet
“Phoebe is like The Skimm of the wellness world. She describes wellness as a journey not a destination and makes reading about health fun and accessible, which is so rare.”
—Alexandra Stafford, creator of Alexandra's Kitchen, and author of Bread Toast Crumbs
“A great, funny, and down-to-Earth read. I loved every minute of it. There’s something in there everyone can relate to (adjusting to moving in with a boyfriend, starting an exercise regimen, regulating your ‘cycle’). The recipes are easy and approachable, just like Phoebe’s writing!”
—Ali Mafucci, creator and best selling author of Inspiralized and Inspiralize Everything
“Phoebe’s book, The Wellness Project, has been a faithful companion over the past month, a reminder that no matter how busy I am, it’s ok to take a breath, ask myself what I need, and deliver that nourishment however possible. Without judgment. With love. Phoebe’s words feel less like gospel, and more like conversation exchanged with a wise best friend. That friend who knows you, knows just what you need, and knows exactly how to make advice feel like innate wisdom you’ve known all along.”
—Lily Diamond, creator and author of Kale & Caramel
“I love Phoebe’s 'one change at a time' approach...Her story is so inspiring and her book offers readers loads of practical advice.”
—Pamela Salzman, author of Kitchen Matters
“This inspiring story about one 20-something's journey from illness to wellness is perfect for natural-living newbies, those on the fringe of going all in, and anyone looking for simple ways to improve their health without sacrificing life’s pleasures. Part memoir, part game-plan, all good.”
—The Chalkboard Magazine
“An engaging memoir about creating your own path to wellness.”
—New York Post
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I found this is to be an inspiring and realistic book. Pheobe did not have unlimited finances for the project and she understands that her readers are likely to be in the same boat. Since Pheobe is a professional cook each chapter finishes with a few related healthy recipes as well as a summary of her findings and the sweet spot between good health and unrealistic obsession. She also breaks her changes down into individual suggestions which is helpful. While there is not much that is entirely new in this book, the thoroughness and excellent presentation do make it stand out for me. I have a chronic medical condition myself, and Pheobe has inspired me to think about making changes in my own life. She also comes across as a likeable and engaging person which adds greatly to the readability of the book. If you are looking for a book to kickstart your own wellness project or are just curious then this book is for you.
The premise sounded so interesting. The author, Phoebe has been told by Drs that she will have to be on meds for the rest of her life (probably) because she has an auto immune disease. This sets her off on a path to change her bad habits so she can get better and kick the meds the natural way. So far, I am 100% on board. However, it soon becomes clear to me that while there are a few interesting tidbits on health, there is nothing really new here, at least for me.
I was hoping that a) this would be more of a journal type book (but that's my fault I should have checked this before purchasing) but
b) The "healthy habits" she ends up taking are fairly standard, i.e. drink water, you have to move your body.
This is not a horrible book, I was just hoping to get inspired but that never happened. I do appreciate her willingness to get better and to challenge the whole "medication" mentality, but other than that this was a pass for me.