Author: Brigid Delaney
Brigid Delaney is a journalist for The Guardian Australia and a travel writer. She has previously worked as a lawyer and was a journalist at the Sydney Morning Herald, The Telegraph in London, and CNN.
Publisher: Nero an imprint of Schwartz Publishing Pty. Ltd
Date of Publication: 2017
Number of Pages: 308
Feeling overweight, unhealthy and anxious, Brigid Delaney decides to use herself as a guinea pig and try out some of the health fads, both mainstream and more alternative, that we are constantly told will transform our lives and make us happy and healthy. Some of those tried were the horrifying 101 day fast, colonics, many types of yoga, silent retreats and meditation, group psychotherapy and much more.
Brigid travelled the world to participate and gather information about these methods that are meant to improve our health and wellbeing and are touted to help us to lose weight and keep calm. It seems that everyone is trying to sell the ‘Wellness Dream’. Brigid’s experiences took her to monasteries and health farms and hiking trails, just to pick out a few.
There is also a serious side to the book, as the author presents the facts and outcomes of many of these fads. The questions asked in the book are:
- Why do so many of us swing from indulgence to detox and back again?
- Is it possible to integrate good habits into your daily life
- What does our obsession with wellness say about us?
- Why do you smell so bad when you haven’t eaten in seven days?
I experienced many emotions as I read this book. I laughed and cried, sometimes both at the same time. I felt horrifed at the thought of the 101 day fast. I wanted to shout to the author “don’t do it!” Brigid is very honest as she describes her experiences. Her honesty were the cause of my laughter and tears.
Recommendation: (who and why)
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in health and fitness, or anyone who has ever tried dieting. If you have ever tried any of the modern, crazy health fads, you will love this book.
This review has been reposted from my other blog, Next Phase In Fitness & Life
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