Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto

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Sid Garza-Hillman, nutritionist, philosopher, actor, and musician introduces his original philosophy of health. Sid’s philosophy is simple: the closer the human species moves by degrees to its natural design, the healthier and therefore happier it will be.

In the years he has been a practicing nutritionist and health coach, Sid has honed an approach that makes achieving health and happiness a real possibility for virtually everyone. He has done this by addressing both the mental...

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Overview

Sid Garza-Hillman, nutritionist, philosopher, actor, and musician introduces his original philosophy of health. Sid’s philosophy is simple: the closer the human species moves by degrees to its natural design, the healthier and therefore happier it will be.

In the years he has been a practicing nutritionist and health coach, Sid has honed an approach that makes achieving health and happiness a real possibility for virtually everyone. He has done this by addressing both the mental and physical aspects of achieving sustainable long-term health, and goes well beyond what any quick-fix diet/health plan can ever achieve. He passionately argues that health profoundly affects our happiness, and vice-versa, and applies his philosophy to nutrition, exercise, the mind, the family, and the world as a whole.

Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto is accessible, clear, edgy and humorous. Sid distills his years of research into a book readers will want to carry with them as a quick reference when negotiating our most unnatural world – especially gen-x and gen-y’ers for whom there is a substantial lack of result-oriented health books that are this easy and actually fun to read.

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In this book, nutritionist Garza-Hillman argues that achieving good health is easier than most people think. His philosophy is based on the idea that humans aren’t that different from other animals and that nutrition is a lot simpler than we make it out to be. The key, according to Garza-Hillman, is to take it slow. He says, ‘Remember, it’s “Approaching the Natural’ not ‘Express Elevator to the Natural.’ ” This approach may mean starting with 30 seconds of exercise and gradually adding more physical activity to one’s life. It may mean cutting out junk foods one at a time. Most of his advice seems like common sense until readers get closer to what the book deems the most natural—not everyone is going to take up barefoot running, for example.

Verdict While the idea of getting beyond the quick-fix diet will resonate with a wide audience, the book will likely have the most appeal to those who identify as “New Age” or who accept ideas like touching trees to discharge energy from our bodies.—Mindy Rhiger, Minneapolis

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781937359355
  • Publisher: Cameron + Company
  • Publication date: 1/15/2013
  • Pages: 150
  • Sales rank: 687,018
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 4.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sid Garza-Hillman was born in Los Angeles. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Philosophy. For over a decade after college, Sid was a working musician and actor with a growing interest in nutrition. Sid is now a Certified Nutritionist and Weight Management Coach. He works with private clients all over the country and teaches nutrition and healthy living classes to children and adults through his practice Transitioning to Health. He is also the Staff Nutritionist and Programs Director at the Mendocino Center for Living Well located at the Stanford Inn Eco-resort in Mendocino, California. He currently lives on the Mendocino Coast with his wife, 3 children, two dogs, and two guinea pigs (White Rose and Pink Rose).

Christopher Isaac "Biz" Stone is a cofounder and Creative Director of Twitter, Inc. and also helped to create and launch Xanga, Blogger, Odeo, and The Obvious Corporation, founded in June 2011 with his long-time collaborators Evan Williams and Jason Goldman to focus on building systems that help people work together to improve the world. Stone currently serves as Chief Creative Officer at Obvious.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I: APPROACHING THE NATURAL BODY
Chapter 1: Physical Nutrition Chapter
2: Moving Chapter
3: Connecting to the Earth

PART II: APPROACHING THE NATURAL MIND
Chapter 4: Mental Nutrition Chapter
5: Family & Society Chapter
6: The Approaching Philosophy (the wrap-up)

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