Review: The Wellness Project by Phoebe Lapine

Title: The Wellness Project – How I Learned to Do Right by My Body Without Giving Up My Life

Author: Phoebe Lapine

Publisher: Pam Krauss/Avery

Publication Date: May 16, 2017

Genre: Non-fiction/Memoir/self-helpish

Length: 374 pages

Phoebe was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and gluten insensitivity in her twenties. Feeling that taking care of herself and doing her job as a chef were incompatible, she took a haphazard approach to her health until she finally realized she needed to get serious. She decided to spend a year getting her health under control by setting goals for each month, such as eliminating sugar, exercising, skin care, and becoming more mindful. This book is her memoir of that year, along with tips for launching your own wellness project and recipes that go with each goal.

I saw this book reviewed on another blog a few months ago (and I’m so sorry I can’t remember who reviewed it) and thought it sounded interesting. I love reading books about people who set a year project for themselves and have read several. This was interesting, but in terms of writing style, I wasn’t as engaged as I was in some others. There was just a spark missing that made me want to read and go on this journey along with Lapine. It took me a lot longer than it should have to read this.

However, I did get enjoyment out of it. I bookmarked several of the recipes. I also found the section on mindfulness and meditation interesting. I’d never heard of Vedic meditation before and found it appealing. I actually tried it a few times last week, but found it to be one too many things to add to my schedule right now. I’ve already added getting up early to write and now journaling, and since both those are new, throwing meditation on top of it made me crash and burn. I’ll try it again once I’m in the groove.

Overall, I found this to be an interesting book in content, if not style. I recommend it to anyone looking for tips to improve their health and/or enjoy reading memoirs of one-year projects.