The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and SpiritLaura Harris SmithChosen Books / 2017 / Trade Paperback$3.19 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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The Consulting WriterAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Covers Healthy living: Body, Mind AND SoulMay 23, 2018The Consulting WriterAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I initially thought this was one of those diet plan books that laid out recommendations for daily consumption and maybe an exercise plan as well. Instead, I found it an all-encompassing book on the overall health of body, mind, and spirit. Author Laura Harris Smith spells out her recommendations not just for nutrition, but also in the areas of emotional and spiritual health. There is no question regarding the authors faith. She makes it clear in her thoughts and examples. I think its refreshing and honest. For readers that might not share the same belief, I recommend giving the later portions of the book a try. She really offers valuable information for healthy living.
The only time I questioned her advice was on the subject of chewing and digesting food. She noted to avoid drinking liquid during the consumption of the meal. The idea is that the liquid would dilute the digestive juices. While that may be true, Ive read conflicting information regarding this in medical journals and on sites such as the Mayo Clinic. I like drinking water. And if dietitians want to encourage me to drink plenty of water, then it will have to include during mealtime. And yes, also on my desk at work, near my bed while sleeping, on the counter while cooking, even on a table outside when gardening.
For those who enjoy books that cover the benefits of essential oils, youll appreciate this book. In the later chapters, she lists the benefits of oils by ailments. Honestly, with the allergies my family has been suffering lately, Im thinking of giving it a try.
Laura covers the importance of a good nights sleep. She provides ABCs for ZZZs. We already do some of this as a family, providing a curfew on tablets/computers for the kids an hour before bedtime. She isnt the only one that has pointed out the effects of the light from these screens causing issues for preparing the body for sleep. And she offers a to do list for starting a nighttime routine before bed.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion. I also found and listened to the audiobook available through my local library through Hoopla.
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5healthy habits to refresh your spirit, mind, and bodyApril 28, 2018Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits For Your Body, Mind And Spirit by Laura Harris Smith is a compilation of tips, suggestions, and personal experiences to help you form more positive and life-encouraging habits on a daily basis.
Using a trinitarian approach, The Healthy Living Handbook features ten healthy living habits for each aspect of your being: your spirit, your mind, and your body (in that order). The section on your spirit focuses on things such as prayer, honor, everyday idols, and leaps of faith. Healthy living habits for your mind include ideas like minding your manners, laughter, and forgiveness. Tips for the body address topics including healthy eating, fasting, and more. Each chapter includes interactive questions or suggestions and a prayer to help get you started.
Including scripture, scientific studies, and personal experiences to back up these healthy living habits, Laura leaves the reader with enough practical and friendly advice to help you feel motivated to start on (or continue) the path toward a healthier life for yourself and those around you. While I did find certain sections of the book to be hard to relate to personally (such as speaking in tongues), I found the overall message and suggestions to be informative and encouraging. Yes, a lot of the suggestions in this book are "common knowledge", such as eating your veggies, but Laura presents new ways to view and address them in order to help you overcome any hurdles you might encounter while trying to incorporate these changes into your daily life. I'd recommend this book to any Christian that seeks to become healthier while strengthening their walk with God. 4/5 stars.
*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary print copy of this book from Chosen for the purpose of this honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Melissa4 Stars Out Of 5Great guidance and adviceFebruary 21, 2018MelissaQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Since I have been changing my eating habits I have become very interested in overall healthy living so when I saw this book I wanted to give it a read.
It is divided into three sections. I found the first section very powerful and a great reminder for me of things I already knew but dont walk in daily. I neglect Holy Spirit so much, I need Him and I dont talk to or with Him enough. There are some powerful prayers at the end of each chapter that I fully embraced.
The middle section was about organizing your home. I need to do this but I honestly have trouble caring enough. However, I did end up doing some cleaning this weekend and it does feel good have a home that is more organized, I just have trouble keeping it there.
The last section is about physical health. I really enjoyed this section and it reiterated the things I have been learning about health and even has me thinking about some things I havent incorporated yet.
Overall, if you are looking for ways to improve every area of your life this is a good book to pick up.
A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
Elizabeth5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent book on total health - body, mind, spirit!!December 6, 2017ElizabethQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Healthy Living Handbook is unlike any book I've read on the topic of health and wellness. Laura Harris Smith focuses on the whole person - body, mind and spirit - and offers the "top ten" healthy living habits for each category. She writes in a style that makes you feel like you are sitting down for an afternoon chat as she shares wisdom and stories and practical advice from a wealth of knowledge and years of personal experience. Laura gives a lot of food for thought, and while it is a quick read, it should not be skimmed! Chew on it! Take the time to read and ponder, and then go apply it to your life! I enjoyed Laura's poetry throughout the book and the prayers that she included at the end of each chapter. This is definitely a book I will read over and over again. I highly recommend it and encourage you to read it as well! I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book from the publisher, Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5I loved this book. It's a guidebook that helps us understand how to seek health for the complete person.December 5, 2017GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The subtitle for this book is "Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit." There is a good reason for this subtitle. The author believes that we are triune beings with a mind, a physical body and a spirit. So this book takes a look at all three areas in order to strive for complete health. In light of that, the book is divided into three sections. Each section includes a short chapter on each of the top 10 healthy living habits for that section. Altogether, 30 healthy living habits are discussed and explained.
What this author does best is to simplify a process that could become overwhelming if we let it, into do-able steps with a simple daily plan. Everything you need to change your ordinary life into an extraordinary healthy life is in this book. I think of the book as a handbook, as it is called by the author, because this is a great resource to keep on hand for reference. The author has done much research into all the topics discussed in the book and includes many of these resources in footnotes in each chapter.
What I like most about the book is that the author loves lists. Lists make it easy to find the topics and the resources, so that when you are ready to adopt another healthy habit, you can do some research of your own if you desire before adding the new habit to your lifestyle. This book has a plan for a complete makeover of your whole self, but it is up to you to carry out the plan. The pace is set by you, going at whatever speed you are comfortable with. That makes this book very do-able for most of us.
My overall impression after reading this book is dynamite. The book is compact, pithy, and immensely practical. It's a small book with only a little over 200 pages. But each page is well worth the time taken to read it. She explains her reasons for what she includes in her lists but is not long-winded in those discussions. As a testimony to how thought provoking her book is, if you were to see my copy, you would find underlining and stars and marks to highlight what I wanted to find later. By the end of the book I realized I had a great overview of what it means to live a complete whole healthy lifestyle that encompasses mind, body and soul.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a review copy of this book from Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.