Kathy Freston’s latest addition to the self-help section of your favorite bookstore, Quantum Wellness, is a friendly, easily-digestible collection of common-sense ways to improve all-over health.
Freston’s definition of wellness is clearly spelled out at the beginning of the book, along with her reasoning for the one-bite-at-a-time process she recommends: “Quantum wellness is not about imposing big changes but about leaning into wellness, comfortably, adding things here and there….” While many books of this nature focus on motivational rhetoric that encourages readers to set huge goals, Freston suggests taking small steps – a healthy veggie here, a little exercise there, a dash of meditation in the middle. Eventually, she tells us, these tiny movements toward wellness will tip the balance and living a whole health lifestyle will gradually but effortlessly become our norm.
In the first chapter, she sets out a sensible ‘Wellness Checkup,’ a series of questions to ponder for determining our most important aspects of wellness for ourselves. From there, she goes on to explain some of the aspects of total health. Readers may be surprised by many of the issues Freston addresses in this mind, body, and spirit makeover, but she makes a compelling case for their inclusion in the whole health program.
Because the author covers so many different areas and because the journey toward wellness described here has no starting or end point – just dive in at the best place for you— it’s a sure bet that everyone will find a few suggestions that can be painlessly and seamlessly integrated immediately. Freston offers tips and information on healing emotional pain, cleansing fasts, moving toward a meat-free lifestyle, energy balancing, coping with crises, and spiritual development. A proponent of holistic living, Freston explains clearly the connection between all these areas, and brief anecdotes from her own journey toward a balanced and healthy lifestyle are told with just the right amount of humor and self-deprecating charm so that the advice never seems pompous or preachy.
Endorsed by wellness gurus Andrew Weil and Mehmet Oz among others, the clearly defined message, witty presentation, and valuable insight into the components of whole-self health are all here. With her previous bestsellers The One and Expect a Miracle, Kathy Freston gained a devoted following. Quantum Wellness may be her most important work yet.