I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
As part of my own battle to regain my health, I have been trying to look at my health and wellness as a whole package and make improvements to numerous elements of my life though diet, exercise, mindfulness and so on. I was, therefore keen to review this particular book because it promised to offer a whole health approach to getting healthy, finding balance and living better … and it didn’t disappoint!
Author Shannon Harvey was working as a journalist when she fell ill. Although never getting concrete answers on what her condition was, she tried every medication made available to her with little or no improvements. So she turned to alternative therapies and made use of her investigative journalism skills to find answers and uncover a way forward in improving her whole health.
The Whole Health Life is an all-encompassing reference covering a number of topics, all of which have been at the forefront of my own research and learning into my life with fibromyalgia:
- Lasting Change
Each chapter covers its topic thoroughly, not just with detail and scientific fact but also with personal experience and honesty. Shannon’s experiences resemble many people’s when dealing with a chronic health condition, but her ability to tell her story with such clarity and intertwine that with relevant facts and figures make this book such a joy to read and one that can be returned to over and over.
At the end of each chapter, Shannon provides a ‘Key Takeaways’ section which summarises the most important takeaways from that chapter and a ‘Getting Started’ section which points you in the right direction towards implementing change to improve your health. There is also a whole load of ‘Extras’ available offering absolutely tons of added value such as videos, interviews, PDFs, reading lists and much much more. So not only are you getting all of the wonderful information included in the book, but you are also getting loads of extra useful resources.
Diet is one of the areas I struggle with the most, I know what I should eat, but I find it hard to make the change fully. Shannon’s chapter on food was particularly useful for me and I have been implementing some of her tips from the Getting Started section. Additionally, the movement chapter has given me loads of ideas about what more I can be doing to improve my exercise regime – the If-Then technique has been instrumental in that.
On the whole, this book is an insightful journey through a whole health approach to wellness. It is well-written, easy to digest and great to read as a whole, but also to dip into from time to time as a reference guide. I thoroughly enjoyed the tone and style of the writing and felt instantly connected to the author and her story.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a deeper understanding of the key elements to overall wellness; whether they are already diagnosed with an illness or if they just want to keep on top of their ongoing good health generally.