Whether you're already reasonably healthy, trying to overcome health challenges, an athlete, or a medical practitioner dedicated to guiding your patients to optimal health, there is one book I recently read that I urge you with all of my heart to read:
Paul Chek's book, "How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy!"
This beautifully written and detailed book provides a complete plan -- from proper diet through sensible exercise -- that is easy to understand and fully realistic for anyone to implement in their lives. This book is, in fact, a perfect complement to my new book, Total Health Program, as the two work synergistically (almost as if it was planned that way, though it wasn't!) to provide everything you need to know to improve your health and wellness.
In addition to supporting some of my common principles, Chek's book gives you a complete step-by-step guide that shows you how to create your individual exercise plan.
You will find the many descriptive "how to" illustrations both easy to follow and implement into your exercise routine.
If you already own my Total Health Program, you should definitely read "How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy" in order to acquire the ultimate balance between your nutritional and exercising needs. The two books effortlessly complement each other by providing you with the tools you need to lose weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle through following an individualized eating program and performing key exercises.
Both Highly Practical and Motivational!
"How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy" is practical in every sense of the word, providing step-by-step instructions and plenty of supporting illustrations. And throughout the book you will find quotes that will encourage and motivate you to achieve all the goals. You'll be inspired by the many success stories from some of Chek's personal friends and former clients that complete several chapters in his book.
This book shows you that the "one size fits all" attitude doesn't work when it comes to eating right and losing weight. Instead, the book walks you through the steps needed to customize a diet and exercise program that is personalized to your individual needs.
"How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy" is filled with Chek's insight, years of research with experts and his many years experience as a holistic health practitioner, neuromuscular therapist and corrective exercise specialist. Chek's credentials also include the founder of the C.H.E.K Institute of California, which focuses on educating health care professionals by focusing on both physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. This book challenges you to take control of your health and gives you the steps to designing your own individual nutrition and exercise program.
The book is laid out in a "do it yourself" workbook style. Your journey to optimal health starts by completing a questionnaire on nutrition and lifestyle and then taking a metabolic type test. The results of these tests serve as a guide to the areas that need immediate attention in your life. From there, you go directly to the chapters of the book that target your need areas and then incorporate the recommended strategies into your daily life.
The book is divided into a practical four-step program that will lead you to achieving your optimal level of health and performance:
- Complete the nutrition and lifestyle questionnaire
- Take the metabolic typing test
- Customize an eating plan that will work for you
- Design your personalized exercise program that best suits your needs
An Exceptional Focus on Metabolic Typing and Nutrition
Like me, Paul Chek recognizes the central importance of metabolic typing, and in "How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy" he does an exceptional job of explaining this concept in full AND providing you the means to learn your type. In fact, the metabolic typing test you will find in Chek's book is fully approved by the widely recognized pioneer of metabolic typing, William Wolcott.
Taking the first step to achieving optimal health by determining your metabolic type is detailed in the first section of the book. Finding your metabolic type will guide you toward eating the foods that are right for your individual body type. Chek supplies you important tips to follow for each of the body types along with ways to modify your diet to fit your metabolic type. He stresses the importance of eating balanced meals to ensure ample nutrient availability and proper digestion.
In the chapter, "You Are What You Eat," Chek takes on the hotly debated nutrition questions that have risen in the United States and have become a major public concern. In this chapter you will learn how:
- The nutritional value of buying organic foods and the dangers of processed and genetically modified foods (Page 55)
- Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables will keep your body in balance and how grains are the leading contributor to chronic diseases (Page 63)
- Drinking raw milk will protect you against dangerous antibiotics, hormones and pesticides (Page 65)
- Which fats are essential to your diet and which fats should be avoided (Page72)
- The dangerous toll sugar takes on our bodies and the many diseases it causes (Page 75)
What You Really Need to Know About Exercise ... from a Master!
Chek's book is also an excellent companion or follow-up reading to the Total Health Program as it provides the other component to optimal health, and the area that Paul Chek is widely renowned for -- proper exercise. The four types of exercises described in the book are geared to fine-tuning your body and fitting your individual needs.
Each of the exercises is presented with colorful and highly detailed illustrations that will show you the proper way of performing the exercises. The health-promoting exercises are divided into these four categories:
- Stretching techniques: Stretching movements that are a must for everyone who wants to improve their flexibility and decease the likelihood of suffering sports-related injuries. (Page 85)
- Energizing Exercises: Designed to reduce stress, increase energy levels and help get you on the road to a better physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well being. (Page 99)
- Getting to the Core Exercises: Provides a support system to your central nervous system and internal organs (Page 119)
- Functional Exercises: Shows you the seven movement patterns essential to performing everyday tasks (Page 129)
After you've gone through the exercises, Chek shows you how to build your own exercise routine in his chapter, "Putting it all together." In this chapter you will get a basic understanding of program variables such as rest time, reps and intensity that will help you achieve your desired outcome.
The Keys to -- and Importance of -- Eliminating Stress
In the last few chapters of the book, Chek gives due attention sleep and stress, two of the main obstacles to maintaining optimal health. In these chapters you will find out:
- The six major types of stress and how they affect your body (Page 190)
- Ways to target your daily internal and external stressors and devise a realistic plan to overcoming them (Page 191)
- The three major lifestyle factors that will disturb your sleep cycle (Page 203)
- Nine tips for getting a good night's sleep (Page 204)
"How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy" is an all-inclusive eating and exercise guide that recognizes each body type is unique and allows you to design a program that will work for your individual needs.
I cannot stress it enough: "How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy" is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn to live at his or her optimal level of health and performance, or for those who are dedicated to teaching others in this regard.
Furthermore, Chek's book and mine, the "Total Health Program," providing my entire dietary program and then over 150 recipes focused around your individual metabolic type, work together side by side to give you the ultimate results when it comes to healthy eating and the best exercise program suited for your body.