The Wellness Project: How I Learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life, by Phoebe Lapine and Pam Krauss, Avery, 2017, 384 pages, $19.29.
After being diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, gluten-free chef, culinary instructor, and cookbook author Phoebe Lapine felt like she was floundering. As she obsessively tried to follow “the rules” set out by doctors and wellness experts, the less well she ended up feeling. After experiencing mixed results and a life of deprivation that seemed unsustainable at best, she adopted 12 of her own wellness directives — including eliminating sugar, switching to all-natural beauty products, and getting in touch with her spiritual side — to find out which lifestyle changes truly improved her health. Borne out of her goal to design a protocol that would help her discover what it really takes to be well — and not just on paper, but to feel well — The Wellness Project aims to help readers find the sweet spot where health and hedonism intersect. At the heart of the project is one main question: If you could tell someone one thing to change about his or her lifestyle that would have a profound effect on general well-being, without a huge financial investment, what would it be? The Wellness Project is the insightful and hilarious result of her exploration — part memoir and part health and wellness primer (including 20 healthy recipes), it’s not just for those suffering from autoimmune disease, but for anyone looking for simple ways to improve their health without sacrificing life’s pleasures.
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