- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (December 30, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062885421
- ISBN-13: 978-0062885425
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The Self-Care Solution: A Year of Becoming Happier, Healthier, and Fitter--One Month at a Time Hardcover – December 30, 2019
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“Creating a better life for yourself really is possible. The key, as The Self-Care Solution shows, is to start small. And Dr. Ashton proves it by showing us how she did it in her own life. This deeply personal, informative, and inspiring book should be on the hit-refresh reading list of everyone who’s looking to thrive in the new year.” (Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global)
About the Author
Jennifer Ashton, M.D., is the Chief Medical Correspondent for ABC News, and an ob-gyn in private practice. A known and beloved expert in medical health and specifically women’s health, she is a published author, educator, and popular television personality. She lives in New York City.
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January - alcohol
February - push-ups and planks
March - meditation
April - cardio
May - less meat
June - drink more water
July - walk more
August - tech diet
September - reduce sugar intake
October - stretching
November - sleep
December - laugh
The task for you is simple: Change one small thing each month instead of tackling everything at once and then failing spectacularly. “Trying to cut gluten, dairy, meat, coffee, and alcohol all at once, for example, usually means you’ll end up bingeing one night on an extra-large meat lover’s pizza with a few glasses of white wine and a pint of coffee ice cream for dessert. But if you were to eliminate, let’s say, only dairy, and you did it slowly over a sustained period of time while you focused on finding satisfying cheese, milk, and ice cream alternatives, you’d likely be successful.” So change one thing at a time. Then sustain it while you move on to your next challenge.
“[S]elf-care isn’t a matter of having time; it’s a matter of readjusting what you do with that time. Self-care is also something that everyone—from the busiest CEO to the hardest working TV personality with two jobs to the person who works from home—can make time for. … [E]ach month contains a different challenge, a new beginning, and a fresh chance for you to gain control over your health and happiness.”
It is worth noting, though, that this book is more about the author than it is about you. I think you can probably gain all of the benefit from her idea by reading this review and then sitting down and making your own list of what YOU need to tackle. For example, I don’t drink alcohol, I already drink plenty of water, I’m a vegetarian, and I couldn’t do a plank to save my life (and that’s not likely to change). Right there, a third of her book is useless to me. On the other hand, I could definitely stand to floss more. Sit less. Avoid chocolate. Maintain my hypoglycemic diet better. You get the idea. I’m sure you have your own list.
BOTTOM LINE: As you decide which book(s) to embrace in the new year (and the new decade!), you can safely leave this one off your list - although you might want to give some serious thought to her idea of making one change per month.
Each of the areas listed above are broken down into months and the author shares her personal experience and medical statistics/information regarding that topic, how each impacts your overall health and what changes can be made to make improvements. Of particular interest to me was the chapter on walking. I’ve done a LOT of it in the last year and have reaped the benefits as I’ve lost 125 pounds. According to research noted in this book, there is evidence that regular walking may actually help you “loose weight on a cellular level...cut the effects of over 30 obesity producing genes in half...outsmart a genetic predisposition to obesity” Music to my walking ears!
Dr Ashton is double certified in /OBGYN and Nutrition and is a medical correspondent for ABC news. She writes well and is engaging with information that is reasonable, achievable and commonsensical. The reader will find something to grab onto and relate to in these pages and it will be easy to adapt to your individual needs. A good companion for your personal goals in the coming new year📚
Whether or not you like this book may depend on how much you like Jennifer Ashton. If you think she's great, you may really enjoy having a window on her life and her daily routine. Since I'm not a fan of hers, I would have preferred less on her life and more on how this approach works for more ordinary people. Yes, she seems up to date on the research that shows making these changes is good for people. But most people already know that less alcohol, less sugar, more fiber, more exercise, and more sleep would be a good thing. The hard part isn't knowing what needs to be done, it's being able to actually implement the changes. What I would really have liked to see is a study where 250 people get an advance copy of this book and spend a year doing their best to follow its advice. How do they actually do after the year is up? After a year, are most of them actually drinking less, eating better, exercising more, and sleeping more? How do they compare to people who received some other self-help book? The self-help section at my local bookstore is full of books that make big promises about improving your life. I didn't see much here that makes this book stand out as better than others.