I’m not really one for making New Years’ Resolutions. I find that if I “break” a resolution, I end up beating myself up so I just don’t. But it doesn’t mean that I’m not looking for ways to improve myself and my life (you know, eat more plants and move more, that sort of thing!), my teaching practice, my writing, my photography etc… It’s just that when you seriously start to sit down and think about it, it can be overwhelming. And in that sense, I am like my students, who need information “chunked” to make it manageable – I need a manageable “action plan for life” and here’s where my friend Winnie Abramson’s new book, One Simple Change, comes in.
At the end of the day, we all want to look and feel better, and Winnie’s book shows you how. No, it’s not a cookbook or a diet plan- rather a wellness guide, composed of 50 small changes that you can easily make to your life that will improve your day-to-day. Written in Winnie’s nurturing, yet no-nonsense, sensible voice (I can hear her in my head as I read through!), her book throws fad diets out the door, favouring culinary wisdom, green living tips, cutting-edge nutrition information (Winnie has a doctorate in naturopathic medecine), and includes 15 simple recipes for great tasting food – that the fact it’s healthy is a huge bonus!
I mean, you gotta love a “self help” book whose first chapter is called Stop Dieting, followed by Eat Real Food, Drink Water First Thing, Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Manage your Stress. See what I mean – I know you are nodding your head in agreement at these chapter titles – they make a lot of sense, right? Well that’s the premise of Winnie’s entire book. Advice that makes sense and do-able changes you can make to make a real different to the way you feel (and maybe look?). But change (even small ones) can be challenging, right? In the forward to the book, Winnie says:
I am well aware that many of us are very emotionally invested in our lifestyle patterns and get nervous when our ways are called into question. If that’s true for you, I ask that you keep an open mind, even when what I am telling you initially makes you uncomfortable. In many ways, One Simple Change is about suspending preconceived notions, about accepting that what you thought you knew about how to be healthy isn’t necessarily correct. Change can be hard – there’s no doubt about that- but change is what this book is all about.
Winnie’s book is divided into 50 short chapters so you can either read through the tips week-by-week (see it really is a plan for your year!) or dip in and out of the book as you please. I’ll warn you though, that it’s one of those books you start reading “Just one chapter” you say, and before you know it, you’re at Chapter 20! I appreciate that it covers not only diet but lifestyle, urging us to Connect with Nature in many chapters (garden! grow your own food! be eco-friendly! green your cleaning!) – because transforming your diet is only one part of transforming your life, but it’s the one that gets the most attention.
Most importantly, Winnie has chapters like Slow Down, Be Kind to Yourself and Practice Gratitude. Now if those are not three principles that should guide everyone’s lives, I don’t know what are. Thank YOU Winnie for writing this accessible book that can help even the most Resolution-delinquent among us to make some changes towards a better, happier, healthier life in 2014.
Giving away two copies of One Simple Change (US/Canada)!
That’s right – thanks to the kind folks at Chronicle Books I have two copies of One Simple Change up for grabs for readers in Canada/ the US (sorry international friends)!
1. Leave a comment below telling me YOUR one simple change for 2014?
2. For a bonus entry, tweet the following message:
Enter to win @winnieabramson ‘s One Simple Change from @eatlivtravwrite + @ChronicleBooks http://bit.ly/1mxtpgf
Then come back to leave me a comment telling me you did.
Contest closes on Tuesday, January 28th at 6pm EST. Winner will be chosen by random.org and will be notified by email on January 30th 2014.
Disclosure: Chronicle Books provided me with a review copy of One Simple Change. I was not required to post about this, nor am I being compensated for doing so. All opinions are my own. I love Winnie’s work and not just because she’s a friend