The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit

The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit

by C.N.C. Smith

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Simple, Everyday Ways to Lifelong Health for Your Body, Mind, and Spirit

These days we are living longer than ever, yet we're more run down, anxious, overweight, exhausted, stressed out, depressed, and all-around more unwell than ever before. The quantity of the days we live is up, but the quality of those days is down. Way down.

What if there were a simple, everyday way to change this? What if a healthy life were easily within your grasp--body, mind, and spirit? The good news is that it is!

Going beyond over-hyped diets and complicated exercise routines, spiritual wellness expert and certified nutritional counselor Laura Harris Smith distills the essence of a healthy life into one simple, practical idea: change your habits, change your life. By showing that a truly healthy life is more than physical--it's mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual--Smith gives you easy, everyday ways not only to live well, but to live better, in every area of life.

Accessible, practical, and grounded in real life, The Healthy Living Handbook is not a major lifestyle overhaul; it's just full of simple course corrections that will bring you the peace, rest, energy, connection, and clarity you've longed for. When you live from a place of true health, you will love more deeply, engage more fully, and participate with others more wholeheartedly.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493411702
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,111,628
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Laura Harris Smith is a certified nutritional counselor and the founding co-pastor of Eastgate Creative Christian Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Chris. Mentoring young writers all over the world in her online creative writing classes (LauraHarrisSmith.com), she is a playwright, poet, actress, media dynamo and the author of multiple books, and she was a TV host on the Shop at Home Network. Laura and Chris have been married for 33 years and have six children and eight grandchildren. They reside near Nashville. 

Having always had one foot in ministry and one in media, Laura speaks and ministers internationally and is known for her convicting and educational message of body, mind and spirit health. Laura's last two books, The 30-Day Faith Detox: Renew Your Mind, Cleanse Your Body and Heal Your Spirit and Seeing the Voice of God: What God Is Telling You through Dreams and Visions, rose to the top of Amazon's bestseller lists and held the #1 spot in several Christian categories.

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The Healthy Living Handbook: Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I initially thought this was one of those “diet plan” books that laid out recommendations for daily consumption and maybe an exercise plan as well. Instead, I found it an all-encompassing book on the overall health of body, mind, and spirit. Author Laura Harris Smith spells out her recommendations not just for nutrition, but also in the areas of emotional and spiritual health. There is no question regarding the author’s faith. She makes it clear in her thoughts and examples. I think it’s refreshing and honest. For readers that might not share the same belief, I recommend giving the later portions of the book a try. She really offers valuable information for healthy living. The only time I questioned her advice was on the subject of chewing and digesting food. She noted to avoid drinking liquid during the consumption of the meal. The idea is that the liquid would dilute the digestive juices. While that may be true, I’ve read conflicting information regarding this in medical journals and on sites such as the Mayo Clinic. I like drinking water. And if dietitians want to encourage me to drink plenty of water, then it will have to include during mealtime. And yes, also on my desk at work, near my bed while sleeping, on the counter while cooking, even on a table outside when gardening. For those who enjoy books that cover the benefits of essential oils, you’ll appreciate this book. In the later chapters, she lists the benefits of oils by ailments. Honestly, with the allergies my family has been suffering lately, I’m thinking of giving it a try. Laura covers the importance of a good night’s sleep. She provides ABCs for ZZZs. We already do some of this as a family, providing a curfew on tablets/computers for the kids an hour before bedtime. She isn’t the only one that has pointed out the effects of the light from these screens causing issues for preparing the body for sleep. And she offers a “to do list” for starting a nighttime routine before bed. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest opinion. I also found and listened to the audiobook available through my local library through Hoopla.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
To really live well and feel good in today's world, we need to look at living better through our body, mind and spirit. Spiritual wellness expert and certified nutritional counselor Laura Harris Smith shares her advice for true health today in The Healthy Living Handbook. The Healthy Living Handbook is divided into three sections with the top ten healthy living habits for your spirit, your mind, and your body. Her advice is primarily practical and designed to help you feel good inside and out. At the end of each chapter, she has a question or two to ask yourself and a prayer to pray before going on to the next chapter. There is a lot of good practical advice on living healthy in The Healthy Living Handbook. I especially like that her advice is holistic and she encourages readers to improve their health through body, mind and spirit. However, I think the spiritual aspect of the book is best for a charismatic Christian reader as she talks about speaking in tongues and being baptized in the holy spirit. Much of the health advice is good for a beginner as there is a lot of basic information. Smith offers solid advice on healthy eating and exercise since the author has a background in nutrition. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
Full of wisdom, this book is a must for anyone who wishes to have a more healthy lifestyle. The book is broken up into three chunks--spirit, mind, and body. The spirit section focuses on prayer and religious service (in Smith's Christian setting, this means church). The mind section focuses on de-cluttering, forgiveness, laughter, and more. The body section focuses on diet, exercise, essential oils, sleep, and hydration. Each chunk has 10 chapters, most of which are about 5 pages, which makes for a quick read. At the end of each chapter are questions for the reader to journal respond, as well as a guided prayer. Since Smith is a Christian, there are copious references to Jesus and quotations from the Bible. Smith balances religion with intentional living quite well. While some would say God can heal any ailment, Smith argues that God "will not bless food eaten in hell's kitchen" and that people can not pray themselves from a size 24 to a size 4. This isn't meant to discount spirituality--there is a whole section of the book devoted to spirituality--but rather to teach readers that they have their own responsibility in this life. God loves humans, I believe, but sometimes we have to learn from our mistakes. If someone can eat candy all day long and never get cavities, how can they learn to eat sweets in moderation?
Teresa_Konopka More than 1 year ago
Full of wisdom, this book is a must for anyone who wishes to have a more healthy lifestyle. The book is broken up into three chunks--spirit, mind, and body. The spirit section focuses on prayer and religious service (in Smith's Christian setting, this means church). The mind section focuses on de-cluttering, forgiveness, laughter, and more. The body section focuses on diet, exercise, essential oils, sleep, and hydration. Each chunk has 10 chapters, most of which are about 5 pages, which makes for a quick read. At the end of each chapter are questions for the reader to journal respond, as well as a guided prayer. Since Smith is a Christian, there are copious references to Jesus and quotations from the Bible. Smith balances religion with intentional living quite well. While some would say God can heal any ailment, Smith argues that God "will not bless food eaten in hell's kitchen" and that people can not pray themselves from a size 24 to a size 4. This isn't meant to discount spirituality--there is a whole section of the book devoted to spirituality--but rather to teach readers that they have their own responsibility in this life. God loves humans, I believe, but sometimes we have to learn from our mistakes. If someone can eat candy all day long and never get cavities, how can they learn to eat sweets in moderation?
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
The Healthy Living Handbook, this book is one that hits you on a three pronged approach; physical, Spiritual and mental. Health is very important and she shows us how to do that. She gives examples as well as including Faith which is where all comes from. She gets you to work on all three - eh - four of these things. Everyone should read this and learn. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley. All of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
Since I have been changing my eating habits I have become very interested in overall healthy living so when I saw this book I wanted to give it a read. It is divided into three sections. I found the first section very powerful and a great reminder for me of things I already knew but don’t walk in daily. I neglect Holy Spirit so much, I need Him and I don’t talk to or with Him enough. There are some powerful prayers at the end of each chapter that I fully embraced. The middle section was about organizing your home. I need to do this but I honestly have trouble caring enough. However, I did end up doing some cleaning this weekend and it does feel good have a home that is more organized, I just have trouble keeping it there. The last section is about physical health. I really enjoyed this section and it reiterated the things I have been learning about health and even has me thinking about some things I haven’t incorporated yet. Overall, if you are looking for ways to improve every area of your life this is a good book to pick up. A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.
4Gazpacho More than 1 year ago
The subtitle for this book is "Simple, Everyday Habits for Your Body, Mind and Spirit." There is a good reason for this subtitle. The author believes that we are triune beings with a mind, a physical body and a spirit. So this book takes a look at all three areas in order to strive for complete health. In light of that, the book is divided into three sections. Each section includes a short chapter on each of the top 10 healthy living habits for that section. Altogether, 30 healthy living habits are discussed and explained. What this author does best is to simplify a process that could become overwhelming if we let it, into do-able steps with a simple daily plan. Everything you need to change your ordinary life into an extraordinary healthy life is in this book. I think of the book as a handbook, as it is called by the author, because this is a great resource to keep on hand for reference. The author has done much research into all the topics discussed in the book and includes many of these resources in footnotes in each chapter. What I like most about the book is that the author loves lists. Lists make it easy to find the topics and the resources, so that when you are ready to adopt another healthy habit, you can do some research of your own if you desire before adding the new habit to your lifestyle. This book has a plan for a complete makeover of your whole self, but it is up to you to carry out the plan. The pace is set by you, going at whatever speed you are comfortable with. That makes this book very do-able for most of us. My overall impression after reading this book is dynamite. The book is compact, pithy, and immensely practical. It's a small book with only a little over 200 pages. But each page is well worth the time taken to read it. She explains her reasons for what she includes in her lists but is not long-winded in those discussions. As a testimony to how thought provoking her book is, if you were to see my copy, you would find underlining and stars and marks to highlight what I wanted to find later. By the end of the book I realized I had a great overview of what it means to live a complete whole healthy lifestyle that encompasses mind, body and soul. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a review copy of this book from Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the 30 day Faith Detox book and was hoping to have a sequel - to answer the "what do I do now" question. This book does not really answer that question per se - well, it does in one of the chapters. All that being said, once I did a mind re-set - I really enjoyed the book and it gives great guidance on how to live a healthy, satisfied and productive life. I like that she addressed that we are body, mind and spirit - and that each are an integral part of the other. when one part is out of kilter, it can affect the other two. Laura Harris Smith has great insight, gives good advice and a wonderful sense of humor. I have never met her - but would love too! Reading the book, I felt like I was sitting across from her with a nice cup of tea and having great conversations! I did not give 5 stars - I wish she had gone into more detail with certain areas such as the essential oils and nutrition - but the book would have probably been three times the size! Hopefully, she will do another book just on that. This is a good read, informative without being preachy and from my own personal experience, following this plan has indeed starting turning things around for me - both spiritually and physically. Well done Laura!!! I did receive an advance readers copy from Chosen Books.