Ace your Health

Ace your Health

52 Ways to Stack your Deck

Book - 2011
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With our fast-paced lives, it is no wonder more than 50% of North Americans are overweight or obese, and there are record numbers of diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and cancer. It is time to find a better way to live. Ace Your Health takes a huge topic and boils it down to simple, small shifts that you can easily integrate into your daily routine. The clever concept uses the fact that there are 52 weeks in the year and 52 cards in a deck. This book helps you "play your cards right" by making one simple play per week, and walks you through a year towards improved overall health.

Each "card" lays out a concise, accessible explanation of why you want to make this shift and what background information you need to know. Then, it follows up with a real life assignment on how to apply this new knowledge and ends with a dead easy, crazy tasty recipe. While the spades, hearts, and clubs sections focus on food and eating habits, in the diamonds section you will find advice on sleeping better, reducing stress and anxiety, stretching, and many other aspects that will help round out a new healthier (and happier) lifestyle. You will never again be gambling with your own life once you Ace Your Health .
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2011.
ISBN: 9780771006890
Branch Call Number: 613. 2 ALB
Characteristics: 270 p. : col. ill. ; 21 cm.


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ctrain79 Feb 19, 2012

Everyone needs to pay attention to different things to keep their health in order, and the deck analogy is their way of organizing the information into manageable chunks — obviously for people that are busy.

For food, this book had a couple of suggestions I never heard of before:

- nutritional yeast
- chia seeds
- quinoa
- non-dutch cocoa

also provided suggestions of ways to use them. Save-On-Foods carries nutritional yeast in their health food section (Costco is selling chia seeds as of this post, but who knows if they'll stop stocking it). Quinoa doesn't taste that great depending what you add to it, but provides _complete_ protein for the human body. There was advice about what types of food to eat to sustain energy throughout the day, which actually has helped me.

Jan 26, 2011

I really like that it's Canadian (restaurant rules include Tim Hortons etc). Sort of a weird mix of extreme/out-there stuff and more mundane advice. I didn't find the deck of cards analogy very helpful.

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