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Book Review: Eat & Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-Being

Eat & Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-BeingEat & Flourish: How Food Supports Emotional Well-Being by Mary Beth Albright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you’re looking for a light and fluffy ‘fix yourself with food’ book, this isn’t it. If you’re looking for a traditional cookbook, this isn’t that, either. But if you really want to learn about how your body works and how food plays into your overall physical and mental health, this one’s a keeper.

While I gained a lot of knowledge from every section, the probiotics chapter was such an eye-opener for me. We’ve all heard of probiotics and can find plenty of sources for putting them into our bodies, but do we really understand what they are and what they do for us? Now I feel like I really understand what’s going on with them – and why they aren’t just a one-time, easy fix for what ails us.

The book concludes with suggested theme weeks – Microbiome, Inflammation (which includes ‘Breaditation’, the meditative art of making bread), Nutrients, and Pleasure. Spending a week focused on one aspect of nutrition and your body is a great way to learn, and make changes that can stay with you for the rest of your life.

My thanks to author Mary Beth Albright, W. W. Norton & Company and NetGalley for allowing me to read a digital advance review copy of this book. This review is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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