Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen
Publisher: Da Capo Press
“The more you change your mind-set to develop optimal health, the stronger your mind will become. Health isn’t something you can create with one technique or skill. It’s a lifelong process of thinking, momentum, and actions. Each day is a new day,” Dr. Wayne Scott Andersen writes in his book, Discover Your Optimal Health – A Guide to Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Vitality, Your Life.
This two hundred and fourteen page paperback book is targeted toward individuals wanting a life change of eating and living habits, not another diet book. After a foreword by Lawrence J. Cheskin, an introduction by Robert Fritz, a letter by the author, and a preface by Lori Lynn Andersen, there are sixteen chapters of discovering habits to having a healthier lifestyle. The end of the book contains an epilogue, afterthoughts by the author, acknowledgements, appendix, notes, topical index and author biography.
With a chapter about how unhealthy our world has become due to increased obesity and poor health, there is a short two-page health continuum quiz to gauge what the reader’s good and bad habits are. Several chapters are about trying to be healthy in our society, pitfalls, and how one has to shed the standard diets for an entire life-long change to reap long term benefits.
After creating health as a priority in one’s life, he or she must integrate new habits of eating, motion, mind, and sleep to produce both weight loss and healthier living. The author promotes three fundamental desired outcomes that include matching caloric intake to caloric outtake when at a healthy weight, to eat mostly foods that optimize the body’s functions, and avoid those foods that hurt the body. He recommends eating three one-hundred-calorie fueling meals and three smaller meals every three hours by considering portion size and low-glycemic choices.
Having founded “Take Shape For Life,” Andersen encourages a health network of coaches to assist in the process along with Medifast meal replacements, energy bars, and other products for the fast approach to losing one to two pounds weekly. By eating most-filling protein, moderate-filling carbohydrates, and least-filling fat, the weight can be more easily shed.
Through increasing exercise, getting adequate sleep, and having less stress, one can lose and maintain a healthy weight using his common-sense approach to eating. This book is one more way to naturally, logically, and realistically make a long life-style choice toward optimal health through eating better.