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Review: Eat, Move, Sleep by Tom Rath

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Tom Rath is a New York Times bestselling author who has sold millions of copies of his books. In 2012 his book StrengthFinders 2.0 was the top selling nonfiction book in the world. In 2013 Rath was back with a new offering, 'Eat, Move, Sleep' a book about how the small choices we make each affect us in profound ways.

The book is broken down into three categories:

  1. Eat - the food we shove into our mouths
  2. Move - the exercise we need more of each day
  3. Sleep - how much we need and don't get each night

Rath, who was diagnosed with Von Hippel-Lindau disease, which is a rare genetic condition that predisposes individuals to developing tumors, knew he has had to change his life drastically in order to stave off the disease. "As each year by goes by, "He says, "I learn more about how I can eat, move and sleep to improve my chances of living a long and healthy life." What he has learned he has put into this book in order to help others learn how to be healthy.

Here are some of the highlights of the book:

  • Don't eat sugar or sugar substitutes because they are bad for you.
  • Get more sleep at night because your body needs it.
  • Every bite of food should be considered a net gain or loss.
  • Sitting for more than six hours a day greatly increases your risk of an early death.
  • America has a carbohydrate addiction, which means more weight gain and higher blood sugars.

The list of these little health tidbits from Rath goes on and on and on in a sort of repetitive pattern of eat, move sleep, eat move, sleep. Well you get the idea. As you move through the book the average reader will find these tidbits a treasure trove of ideas on how to improve their health. If you are a health pro however you will find most of these tidbits are nothing you have not heard before.

Still, I think 'Eat, Move, Sleep' is a good read even if just as an inspiration or a kick in the butt to get you to do what you should be doing instead of sitting there reading the book, which is eating right, getting more movement in your day and using the right amount of sleep in order to be your peak performance..


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