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Spotlight on: Joy McCarthy, Holistic Nutritionist


I have read and loved Joy McCarthy’s book: Joyous Health – Eat & Live Well without Dieting. It has a wealth of information I think everyone should know. You can read my book review here. Joy is a Holistic Nutritionist and the Health Expert to Global TV’s The Morning Show. I recently met her at the Total Health Show and she is such a lovely person. Read more about Joy on her website’s About Page. I asked if Joy would allow me to interview her for my blog and she agreed. Here is the interview below. I hope you enjoy it!

    I’ve been reading via social media that you’re working on a new book called Joyous Detox. How many months of work does it take to get a book published?

     Yes! I’m super excited about my second book Joyous Detox. My manuscript is actually due at the end of August, so I’m just putting the final touches on it now. It takes me a couple of years. First I come up with the concept, create an outline and then discuss it with my editor/publisher. Then I start writing. I started writing Joyous Detox last year and it will be published in 2017. I’m already thinking about book 3 and it will definitely have a joyous baby theme. 🙂

    I’m a real believer in people taking charge of their health. Do you think the average person is becoming more aware of how proper nutrition can prevent many health issues?

     Yes most definitely. I know this just based on how my blog traffic has grown over the years…also based on holistic nutrition being on mainstream TV.

    Your journey as a holistic nutritionist is a fascinating one. (Read about it here.) Do you ever look back and wonder what your life would have been like if you didn’t follow this path?

     For sure. I know that if I never followed my true passion I would still be working in a marketing job in an office and feeling completely unfulfilled. Feeling unfulfilled in one aspect of your life can unfortunately affect all other areas of your life. Following my dreams brought so much unexpected goodness into my life, including my husband Walker who is now my full-time business partner for almost two years now. I don’t look back often, but when I do it’s really motivating to see how far I’ve come both personally and professionally.

    What are your favourite personal care products?

     I love dry skin brushing, I do it every day. My growing baby in my belly loves it too! For shampoo I love Rahua. It’s a little pricey so I don’t use it every time I wash, just every other wash but along with eating protein and good fat, it keeps my hair shiny! I also use my own Joyous Natural Deodorant, body butta on my legs after shaving and I use my belly bump butta every day on my growing belly. So far…no stretch marks! Fingers crossed. I love lipstick and lipgloss and I’m totally addicted to the Ilia line. They have such pretty colours and they are a clean brand. Everything my husband and I use on our body and in our home for cleaning is as clean and toxin-free as possible. I feel good knowing that anything that flushes down the sink from facewash to toothpaste is not harming the environment. This is important to me.

    What one product or ingredient would you never ever use and why?

     Sadly, most mainstream products made by Uniliver, P&G and the like do not seem to care about the environment or the health of people. So I avoid brands like Dove, Johnson and Johnson etc. There is more than one ingredient I avoid, in fact there are multiple ingredients. So I just make sure that I read my labels of everything and only use products with ingredients I know.

    Congratulations on your pregnancy! Do you think your next book will be called Joyous Pregnancy? And where do you see Joyous Health going in the future?

     My third book will definitely be something baby/pregnancy related. I’ve had an enjoyable pregnancy and I know much of this is because of my health before getting pregnant. As for Joyous Health, I will continue doing what I love – speaking and writing. As well, I will continue to develop new offerings on the website from ebooks to natural personal care products. Thanks so much for the interview. Really great questions!

My thanks to Joy McCarthy for taking time out of her busy schedule to answer these questions. I know I’m definitely looking forward to reading Joy’s next book when it comes out. You can follow Joy on her website Joyous Health as well as on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest!


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Book Review: The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari


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About the Author:

Vani Hari is a food activist and the creator of FoodBabe.com. In her work, Hari has influenced how food giants like Kraft, Subway, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, and Starbucks create their products, steering them toward more healthful policies. For most of her life, Vani Hari ate whatever she wanted — candy, soda, fast food, processed food – until her typical American diet landed her where that diet typically does, in a hospital. It was then that Hari decided to make health her number one priority. Her newfound goal drove her to investigate what is really in our food, how it is grown, and what chemicals are used in its production. The more she learned, and the more lessons she put into action, the better she felt. Eager to share the truth about harmful ingredients as well as the secrets of her healthy lifestyle with friends and family,
Excerpt from The Food Babe Way, Author page

Book Review:

Well there’s a lot to talk about in this book so let’s get started. Part I of the book deals with Vani Hari’s story and also how she came to start investigating food ingredients. She has a list of chemicals to avoid which she calls the “Sickening 15”. These chemicals commonly found in processed foods are called obsegens. I did a quick search on google and the term does actually exist. However, since I’m not a scientist I cannot say how accurate her information in the book is. Hari has lately been attacked by some in the scientific community that call her a fearmonger and scientifically illiterate. I’m not here to debate whether she is or not, as it would take an awful lot of time for me to research each of her claims. But the good food habits she lays out in Part II of the book make sense to me. For example, many people drink lemon water in the morning as a way to do a light detox every day. Also, drinking juiced fruits and vegetables are certainly known to improve health by getting more nutrients into your body. I’ve also tried Hari’s advice about not drinking during meals. That has definitely helped with my digestive processes. I like her advice to eat meat like a condiment instead of making it the main attraction of a meal. So there are still some valuable things for me to take away from this book. Part III contains all the recipes and eating plans. The recipes are healthy and common dishes that you can also find some variation of on the internet for free. For the eating plan I would actually flip things around. She has the heaviest meal at dinner time and I actually like my heaviest meals to be breakfast and lunch. I need more fuel during the day when I’m out and about at work, whereas at night time I’m usually just relaxing. Also her guidelines for how to eat while traveling or dining out make a lot of sense but what if you are in an area where there you cannot get organic foods easily? I’m not willing to load down half of my luggage with food just because of that. I would personally make take the healthiest options available and then go back to eating organic when I get home. Hari’s way of eating seems very restrictive in some ways. It worked for her and that’s great. But it might not work for everyone. I actually bought a paper copy of the book to use as a reference but going through it now, I think I may actually return it. The book is also available at my local library so I don’t think I need a personal copy on my bookshelf. To be honest, I’m a little disappointed in this book because a lot of her advice has already been talked about and published by many other authors.

Rating: 3/5


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Free Thought Fridays: 8 Tips on How to Juice Effectively

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Ever since I got the Earth Diet book and started juicing I noticed some wonderful health benefits. I feel more energetic, my mind feels clearer, and my body feels cleaner. My skin and hair have improved too. My hair is thicker and my skin has a better texture and tone. I would encourage anyone who is contemplating juicing to do a little bit of research first however. I actually bought my juicer before doing much research and I didn’t fully realize the differences between the juicing machines. Once my current juicer burns out (a centrifugal juicer) I’ll get the kind that I want. Below are some things for you to think about if you want to try juicing.

1. Buy a juicer that fits your needs

What is more important to you? Quality, quantity, or cost? If you’re on a budget, the cheapest juicers are the centrifugal juicers. If you want high quality juice then perhaps a masticating juicer would fit your needs. If you want to squeeze the most juice out of your produce then a hydraulic press juicer would work best. Each type of juicer has its pros and cons. For example, centrifugal juicers are low cost but noisy and not completely efficient at getting all the juice out of your produce. Masticating (single gear) and triturating (twin gear) juicers are more expensive and take longer to extract juice. But they are also quieter and more efficient at extracting juice. The hydraulic press juicers are the most expensive of all (e.g. $2,000+) and works slowly as well, but produces the best quality juice that can be stored for longer periods of time. So think long and hard about what is important to you. Just as a general guideline, if you are a beginner you should start with the most affordable juicer. Then if you decide you want to become serious about juicing you can get a more expensive juicer later on. Read up on the different types of juicers here.

2. If you have time, juice once a day

It’s a good idea to drink fresh juice, especially if you have a centrifugal juicer which produces lower quality juice. The benefit of juicing is that your body can absorb the nutrients much quicker since the fibre is absent. But at the same time, the nutrients and enzymes in juice oxidize quicker once in liquid form. The optimal time to drink your juice is as soon as you make it. But if you don’t have time to juice every day, you can also juice once or twice a week and freeze your juice. Thaw the juice a day before you want to drink it. The nutrient value in frozen juice will not be 100% but at least you will still get a lot more nutrients into your body than if you were to try to eat all the produce you’ve used to make the juice.

3. Store your juices in an airtight mason jar

Having an airtight mason jar can help preserve the nutrients in a green juice. It prevents oxidization as well. More tips on how to store your juice. I like to make large batches of juice on the weekends and then freeze them immediately. Some juice snobs may sniff at this and chide me, but until I get a better juicer this is what I will be doing to keep my juice fresh. I find the frozen juice tastes almost as great as the fresh juice and I still get to experience the health benefits from juicing.

4. Juice leafy greens first, then soft fruit, then hard veggies and fruits

When I first got a juicer I just threw them in without any order. Using a centrifugal juicer, I found a lot of the produce was coming out in the pulp almost whole and not fully “juiced”. Then I read Vani Hari’s book which said the leafy greens should go first, then soft fruit and lastly hard fruit and veggies. The harder veggies and fruits will push the softer items through the juicer. Since then, my pulp doesn’t contain whole pieces of produce that didn’t get through. From The Food Babe Way by Vani Hari.

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This is the kind of juicer I have. A Hamilton Beach Big Mouth Juicer. It’s a centrifugal juicer.

5. Don’t use more than 1 high sugar fruit per juice

Some fruits like pineapple and mango are very high in sugar. Although it’s a natural sugar it’s still a good idea to limit those fruits to one per juice. For example, you can do: kale, apple, ginger, lemon and carrot. The sweetness of the apple and carrot are balanced out by the rest of the ingredients. Here’s a very useful list of low sugar fruits. Plus an article on low sugar vegetables, fruits and what fresh juice does to your blood sugar.

6. Drink your juice on an empty stomach

The best way for your body to absorb the nutrients of juice is on an empty stomach. If you eat something before having juice you may experience stomach upset. If you want to eat food soon after having juice, Food Babe advises to wait at least 20 minutes. I have waited about 30 minutes before having solid food and not experienced any problems when I do this. Reasons why to have juice on an empty stomach.

7. You don’t need to use a recipe book

The great thing about juicing is that you can just go with the flow and follow the tastes you or your family like. Like it a little spicy? Add some ginger or garlic which adds a little zing to the juice. Recipes are good if you’re a newbie to juicing and want to focus on a certain goal like boosting your immune system or losing weight. But otherwise don’t feel you need to have a recipe book to start juicing. You can find tons of free juice recipes online and then change them to your tastes. I agree with the intuitive eating theory that the body knows what nutrients it needs. If you find yourself craving something then as Liana Werner-Gray says in the Earth Diet book, give in to that craving but get the most natural version of that craving that’s possible. Want some kale or broccoli but don’t like the taste? Juice them with some apple or carrots to help mask the tastes you don’t like.

8. If you want to do a long juice cleanse, make sure you speak to a nutritional expert

A lot of people jump on the juicing bandwagon very quickly. While I applaud that enthusiasm, you have to realize that if you’ve been eating junk food most of your life then doing something drastic like a juice cleanse will cause some major detoxing symptoms. I don’t know anyone who would want to feel lousy while trying to get healthy. Before you leap into a juice cleanse, take a look at your eating habits. If you don’t eat healthy then start to gradually eat better. You can always do a juice cleanse later on. Then before you do the actual juice cleanse, get a physical to make sure your body can handle it. If you will be doing a long juice cleanse (e.g. more than a week) then speak to a nutritional expert. You want to make sure that you’re not depriving your body of essential nutrients. Juice cleanses should be tailored to each person’s specific needs and body issues.

Some great resources on juicing:

Joyous Health

The Food Babe Way – Vani Hari

The Earth Diet – Liana Werner-Gray

Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (a Joe Cross film – documentary movie)

More articles on juicing:

Juicing Basics – Juice for Health

Juicer types – Huffington Post

6 Things to consider before buying a juicer – Summer Tomato

Juicer Buying Guide – Reboot with Joe (He was the star of Fat Sick & Nearly Dead)


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DIY: Cookie Dough Balls

One of my favourite recipes from the Earth Diet book is the Cookie Dough Balls. I’m a real snacker. I eat my main meals but often get hungry in between meals as well. I have a sweet tooth so it’s important for me to find healthy, filling, snacks that also address my sweet tooth. These Cookie Dough Balls are perfect small snacks and can add variety to the other snacks I normally bring with me which is a piece of fruit like apples, bananas, and pears.

Ingredients:

Makes 12 balls

1 cup of rolled oats (gluten free)
1 cup of cashews
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan salt
2 tablespoons of cacao nibs (will be the ‘chocolate chips’)

Action:
1. Blend the cashews and oats in a food processor so it makes a ‘flour meal’ consistency.
2. In a bowl add this blend, along with the vanilla, salt and honey and stir. Once all mixed add the cacao nibs and stir.
3. Taste and add water if needed, or more honey if you like it sweeter. It should be a cookie dough consistency.
4. Roll the mixture into balls. I like to use an ice cream scooper with the lever to ensure they are all the same size (see below)
6. Eat and enjoy. Store in the fridge.

See full recipe on the Earth Diet website or book.


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This basic recipe is so easy to modify. I’ve experimented with using butterscotch chips instead of using cacao nibs. Most recently I made a batch with maca powder, vegan protein powder, dates, and goji berries (see below). They turned out really delicious! If you have a nut allergy you can also substitute the cashews for medjool dates. You may have to eliminate the maple syrup/honey and add more oats since dates are already quite sticky and sweet.

Do you have a sweet tooth too?


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Book Review: The Earth Diet by Liana Werner-Gray


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About the Author:

Liana Werner-Gray was raised in outback Australia, Alice Springs. She is an advocate for natural healing using a healthy diet and lifestyle. After healing herself of many negative health conditions including a pre-cancerous tumor, digestive issues and disorderly eating through embracing a natural lifestyle, Werner-Gray began lecturing and teaching about The Earth Diet internationally. The Earth Diet was published by Hay House in October 28th 2014. As the founder and owner of The Earth Diet, Liana directs a team that helps people all over the world find recipes that work for them. Through her company, she has helped thousands of people improve, and in some cases even entirely heal, conditions such as cancer, diabetes, addictions, depression, acne, heart disease, obesity, and more. Listen to her radio show on Hay House Radio here.
Excerpted from The Earth Diet About page

Book Review:

The Earth Diet starts off with an introduction to Liana’s story. She had not been eating well after living on her own for the first time and as a result of unhealthy eating, a pre-cancerous tumor developed in her neck. Doctors gave her the options of waiting, getting surgery to remove the tumor or getting radiation. She was only 21 years old at that time and decided to do her own research to heal her body naturally. To satisfy her junk food cravings she created healthy alternative recipes for things like chocolate, hamburgers, pizza and chips. After three months of adopting a natural lifestyle, the tumour in her throat disappeared. In 2012 Liana’s mother was diagnosed with cancer. She was determined to help her mother heal herself and developed a program which included daily juicing, and meals made from The Earth Diet recipes. Her mother has now been cancer free for three years.

Part 1 of the book explains The Earth Diet principles. The first chapter continues with the basics. On page 6 and 7 you will find the Do’s and Don’ts. It really makes a lot of sense if you read these lists. Liana also explains why processed foods and GMOs are bad for us. Chapter 2 talks about self-healing: what it is, self-healing strategies, how to manage detox symptoms, and taking it one day at a time. Chapter 3 is about The Earth Diet lifestyle: choosing what is right for you, making your own meals, positive thinking, how to eat on a budget, and the issue of body care products. There are some DIY personal care recipes at the end of this chapter for things like: toothpaste, natural perfume, lotions, hair treatments, etc. Cleaning products and dangerous household and body care products are also addressed in this chapter. Chapter 4 deals with how to use the recipes, meal planning, and equipment. Chapter 5 lists all the things you might need in your pantry to make The Earth Diet recipes. Chapter 6 helps those who are ready to begin with The Earth Diet: cleaning out your cupboards, how to transition and what to do when you’re ready to go deeper. Part 2 of the book contains the recipes. There are recipes on juicing, making milks, smoothies, teas, raw vegan main dishes, cooked vegan dishes, Meat eater’s dishes, condiments and desserts. The Part 3 of the book contains The Earth Diet guides. So for example if you are looking to loose weight there is a guide for what to eat, drink, etc with that goal in mind. There is also a clear skin guide and a meat eater’s guide as well.

I’ve tried several of the recipes in this book and so far I have really loved them. I have a real sweet tooth and I’ve struggled for years with this as I grew up on junk food chocolate. See my post on The Benefits of Raw Chocolate for more details. So when I read in this book that I could still have a raw chocolate or something sweet every day I was really happy. I agree with Liana that when we deprive ourselves of things it just makes the problem worse. I love that The Earth Diet is so flexible. I had been a vegan at one point in my life and I got extremely sick. So I went back to eating meat though I upgraded to organic meat. I would like to become vegan again but I’m not sure if it’s possible for me. I’m going to see how my body feels as I decrease the amount of meat I eat. Intuitive eating is a really hot buzz word lately and that also makes a lot of sense to me. We often don’t credit our bodies with the intelligence it actually has. Your body often knows what it needs before you do, if you don’t get the signals mixed up. For example, Liana explained that we are able to eat so much junk food because there isn’t much nutrition in it. Then your body signals you to eat more to fill those nutritional gaps. But eating more junk food doesn’t help because junk food doesn’t nourish your body. I also didn’t realize that gluten is actually hard for anyone to digest! Check out Wellness Mama’s podcast on How to Know If You Have Gluten Sensitivity and her blog post on Why Gluten Isn’t a Food Group. I’ve cut out gluten for about two weeks now and am feeling really great. I also find that my body really likes the fresh green juices. I hope to get a juicer soon so I can make my own juices at home. Just a note: by juice I’m talking about homemade organic juice from fruits and vegetables, not the store bought kind which contains preservatives and lots of sugar. Anyway, I am really enjoying my Earth Diet journey and I will continue doing this. This is a lifestyle I know I can stick with.

Rating: 5/5


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Book Review: Joyous Health, by Joy McCarthy

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About the author:

Joy McCarthy is the Holistic Nutrition and Health Expert to Global TV’s The Morning Show. Her journey to health began in her late teens when she suffered from hormonal imbalance, digestive problems and anxiety. In an effort to find the answer to balance her hormones, she went from one specialist to the next. The only solutions presented to her were medication after medication to alleviate the symptoms. After three years of this search for answers, she decided to stop looking for a cure and address the root cause of her hormonal imbalance.
Source: Excerpts From Joyous Health, About page

I’ve learned so much from this book. It’s not strictly about being eco-friendly. But it totally ties into related issues about health. Why do we go green? For most people it’s to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals they are exposed to on a daily basis.  Working on that assumption, you would also want to eat healthy foods without chemicals. In my mind it doesn’t make much sense to use non-toxic personal care and wear eco-friendly clothes, only to eat food full of toxic chemicals. Most conventionally processed foods actually contain carcinogens.

In the first chapter McCarthy talks about how dieting and calorie counting isn’t sustainable and why. She emphasizes eating real food, listening to your body, prevention of symptoms, and how eating healthy food is just one part of whole body health. She also talks about eating patterns, mindful eating, and simple habits that you can incorporate into your life right away. She illustrates her points with tips, recipes and real life examples from clients.

Chapter Two is all about your gut. McCarthy talks in detail about what exactly happens when you eat food and why lots of people experience digestion issues. She emphasizes chewing, drinking lots of water (to assist your liver), eating fiber, eating water rich foods, and taking probiotics. She also gives solutions to common digestive problems, lists fiber rich foods, which foods to eliminate or reduce, eating techniques and food combining. Besides the tips, recipes and real life examples, McCarthy also includes some simple home tests you can do to see how well your digestion works.

Chapter Three is deals with foods, supplements and habits. What you eat can affect your mood. She advises using a food journal to see how certain foods affect your mood. She also talks about food allergies/sensitivites, good carbs, high quality protein, good fats, and how to avoid emotional eating. I loved the strategies she recommends in this chapter! My faves are: writing a love letter to yourself and the brain dump. The love letter to yourself works at replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts. Can’t sleep because your mind is always thinking? Do the brain dump before you go to bed. It helps you to release all the niggling thoughts of the day.

Chapter Four is about detox solutions and why it’s important to detox. She lists some foods to eliminate while detoxing, food additives, artificial sweeteners, top 7 foods to avoid, what is BPA, best natural detoxifiers, the dirty dozen, clean 15, dry skin brushing, clean personal care and social detoxing.

Chapter Five is about superfoods and healthy lifestyle habits. She lists some superfoods to eat and why you should eat superfoods. She also talks about eating a rainbow of food colours, which foods to eat organic, and list some lifestyle habits to adopt.

Chapter Six is about creating the joyous kitchen. McCarthy talks about the joyous health food pyramid, includes a 10 day meal plan, serving sizes, stocking your kitchen, shopping on a budget, healthy alternatives to things like ketchup and tools for the kitchen.

Chapter Seven are the recipes. I have to say, these recipes sound really delicious. I’m going to try some as soon as I can write them down.

She ends the book with some final thoughts about transitioning slowly, focusing on health and how you feel as opposed to your numerical weight. I think that all makes a lot of sense. At the end of the book she includes the food and wellness journal template so we can track our own progress.

I thought this book is well written. Joy McCarthy repeats some of the same things in each chapter. I’m not sure if that’s because she’s trying to emphasize their importance or what. I found the repetition a little redundant because of that. But otherwise, I did learn a lot from this book. It’s always good to know how your body works even if your body does it automatically without you having to about e.g. digestion.  As for the recipes, they sound really yummy. Though a lot of them seem to include bananas. I tend to avoid bananas since my acne gets worse when I eat them. So I’ll substitute bananas for something else. Looking forward to seeing what Joy McCarthy will be writing about in her next book.

Rating: 4/5

Here are some enlightening quotes:

“Your subconscious cannot distinguish between truth and fiction. It accepts your thoughts and words as reality…Your body will accept as the truth what you say and think on a daily basis.”

“The average person can have anywhere from 7 to 25 pounds (3 to 11 kg) of impacted fecal matter in their gut.”

“Fifty percent of aspartame is the amino acid phenylalaine. Too much phenylalaine is a neurotoxin; it excites the neurons in the brain to the point of cellular death. In fact, ADD/ADHD and emotional and behavioural disorders can be triggered by too much phenylalaine in the diet.”

“Your brain is actually a very fatty organ –it’s composed of up to 60% fat…Fat helps your brain function because it aids in the transmission of nerve impulses.”

Have you ever read Joyous Health? What did you think?


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Book Review: The Truth About Beauty, by Kat James

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I read this book recently & while it’s not technically about being eco-friendly it does fit into the general ethos of the community. I like to boil it down to this one phrase: “getting back to basics.” Or if you subscribe to reduce, reuse, recyle, this book focuses on the reduce part of the phrase.

About the author:
Kat James was a sought after beauty expert & celebrity makeup artist in the 90’s. But she had a number of health issues that got so severe it led to a health crisis.  She went to numerous doctors but they would only advise her to go on drugs she didn’t want to be dependent on for the rest of her life.  So she had to take a different approach to healing her body. One by one she healed her health issues & this book is the result of her journey.

Book Review:
Published in 2004, this book is still very relevant today.  The media still tries to sell us the “magic pill” for everything, be it skin issues, weight issues, etc.  I liked this book because James emphasizes getting back to basics.  She promotes minimalism. For example, more supplements or more beauty products are not going to help you if you’re not eating healthy food or taking care of your body in a general sense. She goes through the most common things people do that rob them of health. Chapter 1 is all about drinks that harm the body like caffeine, sodas, alcohol, etc, & then she suggests what you can replace those drinks with that would actually add to your health. Same goes for the rest of the chapters she talks about bad foods, food addiction, supplements, cosmetics, chemicals in cosmetics, etc. In Chapter 13 she talks about minimizing your beauty wild cards:

  • learn about your health issues
  • don’t risk your health with standard care
  • take a look at integrative medicine –> get a real check up to know where you currently stand health-wise
  • learn about your hormones & options
  • strategize against stress, sleep & mood issues

All very wise advice I think. She also advises people to “make life an authentic beauty ritual.” To her, the real beauty splurges aren’t products. Real beauty splurges are: pure, healthy food, pure water, pure air, pure personal products, high quality supplements & high quality healthcare.  She does give a list of products & brands that she thinks are good. I agree with some of them but not all of them. I liked her method of presenting beauty myths & then debunking them. One of those myths is about counting calories. It’s not just the amount of calories that you eat which are important but what kinds of calories. I’ll give you a really obvious example.  Compare the calories from an alcoholic drink vs a green smoothie. One is obviously more healthy than the other despite the fact that a green smoothie could have more calories than an alcoholic drink.

Anyway, I think this book would be a real eye opener for someone new to being eco-friendly or holistic. It’s not just about using eco-friendly cosmetics or wearing eco-friendly clothing & shoes.  It’s also about taking care of yourself in a natural way. A lot of people don’t think the way that Kat James does, but more people are getting that way. More people are realizing that we can’t always trust the general governmental guidelines for healthy eating or that corporations like McDonald’s have our best health in mind. Basically Kat James is telling us to make our own decisions to getting healthy by listening to what our bodies are telling us. I don’t think you can go wrong with that.