Book Nook Review: Loving Yourself to Great Health

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“Everything is thoughts and food.”

Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, raw vegan, low carb, gluten free…which diet is THE ONE?

Did you ever consider your thoughts to be equally as important as diet and exercise in the equation of your optimal health? Loving Yourself to Great Health: Thoughts & Food–The Ultimate Diet by Louise Hay, Ahlea Khadro, & Heather Dane teaches that our health hinges on our thoughts. I couldn’t agree more.

If this is all too metaphysical for you, no one can deny that before doing anything we almost always think a thought (or a string of thoughts) first. Before going for a walk, eating a piece of pizza, making a green smoothie, drinking a coffee…there is a thought that precedes the action. From a very practical standpoint, it makes perfect sense that our thoughts influence how we look and feel.

The first part of the book spends a lot of time on the subject of loving ourselves, something that isn’t exactly emphasized in our culture as the most important, most basic component of our human power. Although it certainly is!

“Most of us have not been taught to listen to our bodies and inner wisdom, so we don’t trust it.”

I never really understood what intuition was, not believing that I could have some supernatural power to predict the future or know if the decision I made was right or wrong. I have a feeling that taking the time to develop a strong sense of personal intuition at a young age would spare a lot of people a lot of pain and heartache. Not to mention save a lot of time spent doing things that don’t feel right.

Listening to our bodies, asking our bodies what they need and then really listening, is a foreign concept for most. Some might say it is downright kooky. But that is exactly what this book calls us to do.

Isn’t it crazy to think that we are going around not really knowing ourselves? When we are younger, in high school, there is a lot of emphasis on “finding ourselves.” This simple process of really knowing ourselves is not something I was ever taught. I have to ask – how can we find ourselves when we don’t even really know ourselves? No wonder so many people get so caught up and lost in the expectations of others, myself included.

“Most people have no idea how much food is contributing to their well-being or lack thereof.”

Loving Yourself to Great Health does not tell us that we should all be raw vegans or even vegetarians. This actually surprised me, because I have been under the assumption that Louise Hay is a vegan ever since I heard her mantra “if it doesn’t grow, I don’t eat it” in her book You Can Heal Your Life.

This book is packed to the brim with great health information, from the standpoint that not everyone will respond to the same foods and remedies in the same way. The authors are not preachy by any means. They don’t say everyone must drink Louise Hay’s asparagus puree or bone broth.

Rather, the authors urge us to carve our own paths, sticking closely to nature along the way. They encourage us to be selective when choosing our doctors and practitioners, to choose to be guided by individuals who honor, respect, and understand nature rather than dismiss the amazing power we are offered by nature everyday.

“If you follow other people’s rules without listening to your body, you’re telling yourself that you don’t matter.”

If you are familiar with Louise Hay, you know that you aren’t going to read one of her books without being inundated with affirmations, and probably a guided meditation or two. This book would be great to listen to on audio to get the full effect of the affirmations and meditations. It is also an excellent resource to have in print or e copy to look up remedies and foods to focus on and foods to avoid.

This book is quite a lengthy read, and could be thought of as part narrative about thoughts and loving yourself, part reference on foods and home remedies, and part cookbook, as it contains plenty of healthy recipes and guidance on kitchen equipment staples.

I often feel overwhelmed when reading this type of book, especially when it comes time to purge all the unhealthy stuff I have in the kitchen and hit the grocery store armed with the list of approved foods by the author. I appreciate that these authors encourage the reader to develop their own health plan from the basic standpoint of focusing on incorporating more and more whole foods.

The more I read and learn about health, the more fascinated I become with this crazy idea that we are actually designed to feel good – all the time! To feel good about ourselves, in our bodies and in our minds. Choose thoughts and foods that truly feel good, and watch the magic happen!

I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

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  1. Donna Merrill Mar 30, 8:42 am

    Hi Annie,

    This sure does sound like a great book to read. I have been listening to my body for many years. When I get a “craving” for something, I Google it and usually find out it is something I need.

    “Your Body Knows!” is what I live by. I often use kinesiology when at the market. (muscle testing) and find out what my body needs. Especially these days where organic food is like finding a treasure lol.

    No matter what people say is “good for you” I do believe it is not one size fits all. This is where this book seems to be so important.

    Thanks for the share,

    -Donna

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    1. anniehurley Mar 31, 4:11 pm

      Hi Donna, that’s great! Yes, this book is such an informative resource for things to try and things to avoid for optimal health. That is interesting that you google your cravings – I have never thought of that. I don’t know much about kinesiology – I will have to look into it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Meg Evans Apr 1, 9:57 am

    thanks for the review — this book certainly looks worth reading! I agree that we have to pay attention to our intuition about food because there are so many possible combinations and everyone has different nutritional needs, so there is no such thing as a diet suitable for everyone.

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    1. anniehurley Apr 1, 4:22 pm

      Definitely Meg! I am a health food documentary junkie and I usually leave them feeling enormously guilty for not being paleo or vegan or whatever. I try to take the positive messages from each, because they all have a lot of really good info, they just aren’t necessarily the only way.

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