Book Review #1 | How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy – Paul ChekNathalie H
I consider this book as the Holistic Wellbeing and Lifestyle bible together with Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford.
Last Monday I published an article about the 4 Doctors Framework created by Paul Chek, one of my dear teachers. In this piece, I would like to share my thoughts about How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy.
Paul Chek wrote eleven books, including The Tennis Biomechanic’s Manual and The Golf Biomechanic’s Manual. You might want to check them out if you are into those sports, but Chek’s best seller and my favourite is How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy.
This is an engaging book with lots of diagrams that illustrates key concepts and make it fun to learn. My favourite illustration is the one below, which shows how much easier the human liver’s job was in the 1900’s compared to today when consumption of processed foods and exposure to pesticides and toxins is so high.
The next diagram is about one of my key takeaways from the book. Paul Chek describes how our circadian rhythm works, the role of cortisol and repair-growth hormones (i.e. melatonin) and how important it is for us to live more aligned with the cycles of nature (i.e. sunrise and sunset) and to catch the melatonin wave for better sleep quality and general health.
Last but not least, here is another favourite illustration (although not as aesthetically appealing as the others). In this one, Paul Chek encourages us to pay attention to our visits to the toilet, so that we can identify the bowel bandits. Bowel bandits indicate an irregular or dysfunctional digestive/elimination system. Ancient traditions like Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda place a huge importance to our digestive system function for the diagnosis of general health. In case you are wondering, the Poopie Policeman (far right) represents a healthy bowel movement. To learn more about the Poopie Line-up, check out this article from Paul Chek’s Blog – Lessons from the Toilet.
In addition to the above topics, Paul Chek covers many more concepts including the following:
- Case studies
- You are what you eat
- Metabolic Typing and the “No-Diet” Diet
- 3 exercise programs | Energiser, Vitaliser and Performance
- A nutritional and lifestyle questionnaire for self-assessment
- A comprehensive series of exercises using a swiss-ball, one of his favourite props
- The 5 Sources of Stress | Physical, Chemical, Electromagnetic, Mental and Nutritional
To Learn more:
- Chek Institute & Podcast – https://chekinstitute.com/podcast-episode-notes/ep-01-what-is-living-4d-with-paul-chek/
- Paul Chek Blog – https://www.paulcheksblog.com/all-about-water/
- Paul Chek YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_9PqxQSKrA