Enjoyed Phoebe Lapine’s new book immensely. A self-described guide to finding the middle ground between health and hedonism, Phoebe provides eminently do-able ways in which you can become the architect of your own health one small step at a time. Many of us have acute health challenges that rattle our cage, demanding that we go about the business of attending to our health in a more serious, or at least more effective way. Phoebe’s motivation was frustration in battling Hashimoto’s Disease, an autoimmune dysfunction of the thyroid gland named after the Japanese physician Hakaru Hashimoto.
The book is chock full of platitudes that are charming and some that are downright clever. Here are a few of my favorite:
- Wellness is a journey, not a destination.
- Change is pretty f*ing hard.
- Decrease bread, red meat, alcohol; increase fruits, veggies, yogurt.
- Ractopamine, a drug that keeps animals lean, acts as a stress hormone in humans.
- Lemon juice is one of nature’s secret weapons.
- Things sometimes get worse before they get better.
- The best nourishment is the company you keep.
- Rashes are signs of internal imbalances, not random dermatologic events.
- Walk away from toxic relationships.
- Stressing about inflammation can sometimes be as corrosive as gluten.
- Food is ritual and cultural, to be savored and celebrated, until it isn’t.
- Chronic dehyrdation is one of the biggest barrier to good health: “Drink until your pee is consistently the mellowest of yellows or until you no longer feel thirsty.”