What an interesting book! This “cookbook”/health book is written to educate the reader in both Eastern science as well as Western science. What’s Your Season ? is a decidedly different way to approach your health and nutrition, but one which merits some thought.
Written as a book that gives background in Qi and other eastern philosophies, it expands to other types of theories that include guided imagery and breathing techniques. Overall, it’s a great book to give the reader a small introduction into some ways to take charge of your overall health.
A book that begins with quoting Plato, “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.”, may be a bit ambitious for the casual reader, but the philosophy may be exactly what we need in this over-processed/junk food/business agriculture era. Taking time to read this before you get sick may help you not to become sick. I may not buy into all that it has to offer, but I am not discounting it either. Traditional Chinese Medicine has been proven to be another way auto manage health, and has deep roots, long successful before western medicines were thought of. This book manages to take all this information and assimilate it into readying your mind for a shift in thinking is quite admirable.
The author discusses the mind-body connection as well as external stressors on the body, whether it is food related or not. There isn’t a lot of “new” information within this book, until you get into the seasonal diets, which, for me, was a new way of thinking about foods.
This is where the book really gets interesting. You “type” your body by looking at your tongue. Before you run away, I took the “test” that typed my tongue into the spring body type. I then looked at the checklist of symptoms that accompany that body type, and it was 95% accurate. I was blown away. While not convinced, it certainly makes me alert to the fact I may not know everything about health and food. Hmmm. Reading on, the author gives you a suggested list of foods that are best for that body type. As I read over the list, I see foods that, when I eat more of them, tend to give me energy and boost my mental status. Hmmmm.
Reading on, the authors indicate what grains, legumes and vegetables are good for the seasonal types. When you think, hey, they are on to something, they include really nice recipes and ways to prepare foods that are good for you.
While not totally sold on this method, I know that when all the rest of the world is trying to lose weight starting January 1, I will be looking more closely at the types of foods this spring body type needs to feed her body and soul.
Thanks to #NetGalley, the authors and the publishers for an opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. Not your traditional cookbook, this health book gets 4.5 stars. Try it and see what you think.
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