After a few weeks of doctors, seeing my husband through a very bad spell of sickness, and finally getting a tentative diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, Loving Yourself to Great Health was a great read for me as I tried to sort through my feelings and figure out what I wanted to implement in the future in the way of a healthy lifestyle.
The book is written by Louise L. Hay, Ahlea Khadro, Heather Dane. Of course, anything by Louise Hay is usually something I try to read, but the other two women are a big part of her life, so this was an interesting look into how Louise sees health and takes care of herself. (She is 88 in case you were not aware of that fact!)
Ahlea has worked with Louise for over 11 years and Heather for over 8 years. There is a good bio about both of them in the book.
Several Powerful Insights In The Beginning of Loving Yourself to Great Health
In the first part of Loving Yourself to Great Health, I was constantly highlighting insights that I wanted my husband to hear about after we learned about his MRI and the MS.
For instance, stress is what brought on my husband’s episode, and we both know that stress is unhealthy for an average person, but one of my highlights around chronic stress included this – “…your body cannot digest properly, your immune system cannot protect you, and your brain cannot think straight. Studies show that brains can even shrink under prolonged stress.” Of course, my husband’s brain health is on my mind, so this was something that we took very seriously, and he has decided to quit that job that causes him chronic stress and take some time to regain his health and look for something better.
One of the biggest highlights I made was – “Your body responds to changes you make with love, no matter how small.” That bit of insight reduced the pressure I was feeling to change everything right now because of my fear. Instead, I realized that I could learn from this book and incorporate small changes into our lives for better health.
In short, the first part of the book is a guide to better health. It gives you insight into loving yourself, how your body works, why you should listen to your body (and how), what kinds of foods are really healthy and supportive of good health (and which are not), and some natural home remedies to help you with various ailments.
It’s interesting because I found myself trying to recall the list of foods that were healthy the last time I went to the grocery, and I walked out of that store with a healthier haul then I’ve had for years!
The Second Part Of Loving Yourself to Great Health
The second part of the book begins with Chapter 8. This chapter is about getting started in the kitchen. I didn’t really find this chapter useful, but my husband and I cook at home often, so I guess I just already knew all of this information and have all of the recommended basics that a healthy kitchen needs. Food was my problem, not cookware.
Chapter 9 contains sample menus and meal options for breakfast, lunch, supper, snacks, and desserts. There is a five day menu suggestion if you are someone who likes to follow a menu plan instead of creating your own menu plan. There is a shopping list that includes everything you will ever want for every food and supplement you can think of, including healthy sweeteners.
Chapter 10 contains the recipes as well as some information on how to prepare ingredients such as grains, nuts, and seeds. One of the recipes, includes a recipe that Louise used as part of her healing process when she had cancer. It is essential asparagus puree.
I Recommend This Book
More and more people are suffering from diseases that have no explanation. To me, this just means that we need to pay attention to our lifestyle, including nutrition, thoughts, and exercise. Loving Yourself to Great Health gives great insight into our thoughts and nutrition, and I feel that is super important for everyone to read on their journey to better health.
I received this book from Hay House to review as a part of the Book Nook blogger program. I was not financially compensated for this post. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience. As per my disclosure, the links to the book are my affiliate links.