Sustainable Wellness by Matt Mumber, MD and Heather Reed

There's no reason to overhaul your eating habits if you don't make sustainable choices.

Going on a diet is temporary.

Drinking fitness shakes is temporary. 

If you want to see results--a trimmer waistline, a happier disposition and fewer health problems--you need to make sustainable changes to your entire lifestyle.

That's the nuts and bolts behind Sustainable Wellness: An Integrative Approach to Transform Your Mind, Body, And Spirit (2012) by Matt Mumber, MD and Heather Reed. Mumber is a trained integrative radiation oncologist. Reed is a Yoga and meditation instructor.

I'm often approached to review books and products related to a healthy lifestyle. As a quick disclaimer, yes, this book was provided at no cost for review purposes. And, no, I'm not paid to write this. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Now, let's get to the good stuff.

Creating a healthy, sustainable lifestyle means you have to work beyond the dinner plate to improve your overall health. This book takes readers on an 8-week journey with facts, ideas, questions, and small homework assignments to slowly make lifestyle improvements. The goal is to find balance in your life--and nutrition is a key component.

In addition to nutrition, the authors tackle the following chapter topics: Mindfulness, Know Thyself, Life Review and Planning, Physical Activity, Stress Management, Spirituality, Bringing It All Together.

But, let's get back to the foodie part of the book. In the nutrition chapter, Mumber and Reed discuss:
  • How to successfully implement dietary changes
  • Why making nutritious choices is important for the body and the Earth
  • The importance of organic foods
  • How to explore the process of mindful eating
  • The relationship between inflammation, illness and nutrition
I'm about half way through this book and can already feel a better sense of balance in my life. Making a healthy lifestyle sustainable has been one of my personal goals for years, and although I'm still on the right path, it's nice to encounter a few road signs and professional ideas to keep me moving in the right direction. For anyone looking for a little easy-to-read push to get healthier, Sustainable Wellness: An Integrative Approach to Transform Your Mind, Body, And Spirit (2012)  is a great start.

Have you read any motivational books about living a healthy lifestyle lately? Please share in the comments! I'm always looking for a new book for my nightstand.

Until Next Time,
Choose Healthy!

Angela Tague
Whole Foods Living



  1. Hello, visitors! I was experimenting with the Google+ comments integration platform and after less than 24 hours with it turned on, I have removed it. You can now comment freely--even without having a G+ account! Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused! Thank you! ~Angela, Whole Foods Living

  2. You're right about sustainability..that's the key! I always want a quick fix...just lose a few lbs and I'll be happy, but I don't always want the long term habits that will keep the weight off! That book sounds really helpful!

    1. I agree! It would be so much easier to just take a pill or snap our fingers. But, really, to be truly healthy you have to look within yourself and overhaul your entire lifestyle. It's working for me! ~Angela

  3. Thanks for turning off Google+. It did keep me from commenting.
    I so agree with your post about the need to change your lifestyle habits and not just diet.

    1. Thanks for your feedback, Jagoda! I liked how I was getting more exposure on Google+, but when I noticed my "regulars" weren't commenting I knew something is wrong. I'd rather keep readers happy than flood G+ with posts! Thanks for commenting!! ~Angela


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