Creating a happier, healthier lifestyle will be very rewarding. Here are some of the biggest benefits you can look forward to:
-excerpted from 52 Small Changes, by Brett Blumenthal–
- A Fuller, More Rewarding Life. You will have more energy, strength and mental stability, which will allow you to enjoy life to the fullest, to perform at your best, and to feel great in all aspects of life.
- Improved Outlook. You will have a happier, more positive outlook, which will extend into your personal relationships, work, and other areas of your life.
- Graceful Aging. Living a healthy lifestyle means making healthy choices, staying active, and feeling energetic, at every age. As a result, you’ll look and feel younger, longer.
- Self-Esteem. Taking care of yourself allows you to not only feel good physically, but also helps you to feel good mentally. This directly results in a boost to your self-confidence and self-esteem.
- Natural Prevention. Taking a proactive approach to living healthy today will prevent the need to be reactive tomorrow. Prioritizing your health will help prevent diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, will slow down the aging process, and will keep you mentally alert.
- Increased Control of Your Life. When life hands you lemons you’ll be better prepared, both physically and mentally, to make lemonade. You will feel less overwhelmed when you are presented with life’s unpredictable challenges, and will be able to cope with them in a more productive and effective way.
- Raised Awareness. Through this process, you’ll become highly aware of the choices you make. This heightened awareness will enable you to listen to your body and your mind to know what they need to feel their best.
Who Is Brett Blumenthal
Brett Blumenthal is the author of 52 Small Changes as well as the best-selling book, GET REAL and STOP Dieting!
In addition to her writing, with two decades of experience in the wellness industry and over ten years of experience in management consulting, Brett was inspired to create the websites Sheer Balance and The Healthy Road Warrior, which provide information, classes, and seminars, along with wellness coaching to educate and motivate individuals interested in living a healthy lifestyle.
Blumenthal has appeared on NBC and CBS, and is a regular health and wellness contributor on Better Connecticut on WFSB – CBS, Hartford. She also writes for several online media companies, and is often featured on popular sites including: Yahoo!, Divine Caroline and Intent.
Blumenthal is certified by WELCOA (Wellness Counsel of America) and has received numerous awards including: Shine from Yahoo!’s “Woman of the Year” for her influential blogging; Divine Caroline’s Love this Site! award in the Body and Soul Category for Sheer Balance; Intent’s Best Healthy Living Site Award; and Healthy Heart from Nature Made.
She also contributes as a guest speaker at many conferences, expos, and wellness centers around the world and consults with individuals, corporations, and wellness organizations on business strategy, health, and wellness. Blumenthal holds both her Bachelors and MBA from Cornell University. She currently resides in Cambridge, MA.
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52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You
Brett Blumenthal – 52 Small Changes Q&A – November 2011
Q: Why did you decide to write 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Healthier, Happier You?
A: I wanted to write a book that covers more than just diet and exercise and give readers a more manageable to creating a healthy lifestyle.
Q: What makes 52 Small Changes different from other wellness books?
A: 52 Small Changes provides a holistic approach to wellness, and shows that by making small changes over a period of time you can achieve big results. By incorporating small changes every week you give yourself a better chance of sticking to these changes, and 52 Small Changes gives you the tools and tips to make that happen.
Q: Do you have a favorite chapter/section of 52 Small Changes?
A: My favorite sections focus on components of life that we take for granted e.g. Laugh Out Loud (chapter 16), and Live with Purpose (chapter 20). I also like the unexpected chapters that evolved as I was writing the book such as Find Your Own Spirituality (chapter 52).
Q: Are the chapters of the book written in a specific order or can you make each change in any order?
A: The chapters are organized so that you don’t have to tackle one area of wellbeing, such as nutrition, all at once. Also, those changes that seem easier to most are at the beginning of the book e.g. drinking more water. My advice is to take the approach that works best for you and challenge yourself using the extra credit sections in selected chapters.
Q: 52 small changes seem like a lot! Do you have suggestions in the book for people who might lose motivation to help them get back on course?
A: A great way to stay focused is by journaling – both food and exercise journaling. The book also provides a number of additional resources, such as an assessment tool that can be taken monthly or every few months, and checklists that you can use throughout your journey. By taking the time to make the 52 small changes, you have the ability to gain years of your life back. We all fall off the wagon at times, but if you think about why and be forgiving, you’ll have a better chance of succeeding the next time you try to make a change.
Q: Who is this book written for?
A: This book is relevant to both men and woman of all ages. It’s also great for kids as you can make many of these changes at any age and still see results. This book would make a great family tool, or even a tool for friends – you can use the book and the changes to keep each other accountable.
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52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You
52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You Review
Well thought out way to make small changes in your life
52 SMALL CHANGES is an excellent way to bring about new habits to help create a happier, healthier life. I’ve been reading and using the book just for a few short weeks, but like what I have read so far. The book is not asking you to drop everything and exercise for an hour a day or stop eating meat or any other suggestion that you know you can’t accomplish. Instead, it takes changes in your health slowly and gives you time to create new habits. For example, the first week is simply “drink more water”. By the end of the week, your body has adjusted to the increase in water, and it’s easier each day to increase your personal water intake. The book covers four areas – diet and nutrition, fitness and prevention, mental well-being, and green living. Each week’s “new habit” is as easy as cutting back on dairy, eat your vegetables, laugh more, take time to stretch, etc. Although I’ve not read the entire book, I have found the chapters my friends and I have covered so far are very easy to incorporate into our daily lives. I highly recommend this book to anyone who knows their lifestyle isn’t as healthy as it should be, and wants to do something about it, but is hesitant to start an over-the-top, change-everything program that they know they probably won’t succeed at! –
Much more than a list!
Free lists are everywhere. Magazines, internet articles, ebooks… It’s especially true for any health related topic. Why would you want to pay for a book based on a list of healthy changes? 52 Small Changes covers common sense advice that we should all incorporate into our lives. One change a week – it’s that simple. But please don’t be fooled – this book is so much more than a list!
52 Small Changes tackles one item every week for a year. Author Brett Blumenthal devotes several pages to each change and makes suggestions that will make it simple for everyone to make a difference. There are over 300 pages in this book, if that helps you see how much info is packed into those 52 changes. Each section includes a Roadmap for Success which is easy to follow. Some items are basic, such as getting enough sleep or choosing organic when possible. Blumenthal also shows us how to pick a hobby. Which cleaning product ingredients we should avoid. The importance of laughter 🙂 The goal is to improve every aspect of our health – body, mind and soul.
The changes are not abandoned each week as we move onto the next idea. Each week offers a Weekly Change Checklist that reminds us of everything we’ve learned so far, with guidelines on continuing with the changes. Soon they will become habit.
While this book can easily be used by one person, I can see it being a fun and ongoing project for a group of friends, coworkers, or family. Even community forums could create support groups to encourage each weekly goal. I think it would be a lot of fun! Every chapter truly looks appealing to me and I look forward to putting this plan to use. – Ginger
Simple Yet Brilliant
I am really enjoying this book. The failure of most diets and life changes is to try to do it all at once. Like suddenly tomorrow I will jog a mile and eat only salads. Well that might last a week. This book encourages one change a week culminating after 52 weeks in a healthier lifestyle and a slimmer me hopefully. The book is written simple and straightforward with pictures of exercises to do and excellent nutrional choices. This book encompasses everything one needs for a change for the better in your health and life and spirituality. I highly recommend this book. – Patricia Goodspeed