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Want to be healthy in an unhealthy world? Get ready to start breaking some rules.
This convention-busting book explains how, equipping you with the counterintuitive skills you need to transform your body and your life for the better.
Here, award-winning health journalist Pilar Gerasimo points out that in an unhealthy society like ours, becoming and staying a healthy person requires choices, habits, and attitudes so unconventional, they amount to a form of positive social deviance.
After all, what kind of society makes being healthy so difficult that only a single-digit percentage of the population can pull it off? The answer: a sick society. And within a sick society--one where illness, anxiety, and depression are the prevailing norms --what does it mean to be one of the few people to beat those unhealthy odds? It means bucking a lot of your society's norms and rejecting a lot of its conventional health prescriptions. It also means acknowledging a disturbing truth: If you aren't breaking the rules, you're probably breaking yourself.
That's the simple, provocative philosophy behind The Healthy Deviant, one seasoned health seeker's quest to reframe healthy choices as a positive form of social rebellion. Combining insights from sociology, psychology, evolutionary biology, functional medicine, and the school of hard knocks, this category-defying book rejects the idea that diet and exercise alone can save us--or are even the best places to start.
Instead, Gerasimo's 14-day Healthy-Deviant Adventure Program presents a series of powerful perspective shifts and simple daily practices -- plus illustrations, infographics, worksheets, reminders, and progress tracking tools -- that put you firmly back in charge of your own wellbeing. Integrating two decades of journalistic research with keen cultural observation, Gerasimo explains how we can reclaim our health, happiness, and autonomy -- by refusing to play games that are rigged against us, and by breaking away from the systems that have been breaking us down. Part manifesto, part whispered wake-up call, The Healthy Deviant is a modern-day survival guide for being a healthy person in an unhealthy world. Starting now.
About the Author
PILAR GERASIMO is an award-winning health journalist, founding editor-in-chief of Experience Life magazine (national paid circulation 750,000; estimated reach 3.2 million), and the creative force behind the popular mobile app, "101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy." Gerasimo previously served as the top editor of Healthy Living for Huffington Post, where she was also a longtime blogger. She co-hosts The Living Experiment podcast (livingexperiment.com) with Whole30 founder Dallas Hartwig, which earned a top-five spot on iTunes in its first week. A frequent speaker, workshop leader, and expert guest for radio and TV, Gerasimo is currently serving as Chief Creative Officer for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She splits her time between New York City and her family's organic farm in western Wisconsin. Learn more at PilarGerasimo.com.
“First, she created the best health and fitness magazine on the planet. Then a brilliant mobile app. Now this extraordinary book. Pilar’s work is life-changing, world-changing. The Healthy Deviant is going to make a huge difference for a whole lot of people.”
—MARK HYMAN, MD, director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and 11x New York Times best-selling author
“In a world where following the norms makes us sick, sad, and exhausted, the principle of Healthy Deviance is a powerful, beautiful game-changer—one that can help us radically transform our lives and our world.”
—DALLAS HARTWIG, New York Times best-selling author of The Whole30
“Pilar is a rock star in healthy living and a true visionary. I respect her work enormously. Her call for Healthy Deviance couldn’t come at a better time.”
—FRANK LIPMAN, MD, New York Times best-selling author of The New Health Rules
“Pilar is arguably the most enlightened health expert in America. And this is one of the most exciting health books I’ve seen in ages.”
—DAN BUETTNER, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times best-selling author of The Blue Zones
“Magical, wise, important, dead on, vital, disruptive—those are the words I’d use to describe Pilar and her Healthy Deviant work.”
—GENEEN ROTH, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Women, Food and God
“In The Healthy Deviant, Pilar bypasses all the usual hype and hyperbole to put vitality within reach for all. If you’re trying to get healthier, this is the book you want to read now.”
—DAVID PERLMUTTER, MD, New York Times best-selling author of Grain Brain
“Pilar is a wellness trailblazer. I’m proud to call her a friend and a sister revolutionary.”
—KRIS CARR, #1 New York Times best-selling author of Crazy Sexy Diet
“Pilar has changed my life (no joke) and she’s about to change yours with this book. Read it. You can thank me later.”
—CARL RICHARDS, New York Times “Sketch Guy” columnist and author of The Behavior Gap