It’s easy to be interested in a book that recommends activities like “Chocolate Meditation” for potential weight loss, as THE WELL-POWER DIET by Anne Holleley does. The author hails from Australia, but what’s included in this slim volume seems applicable to any industrialized nation. The idea of winning the fight against food by retraining one’s brain to enjoy cuisine more fully and mindfully, rather than the typical advice to diet and exercise, suggests that perhaps becoming healthy of mindset, shape, and weight does not need to consist solely of a war against groceries.
While the text reads in places a bit too much like a sales pitch, as if its main intent is to promote the “Havening” technique which the author practices, it may still be worth looking into as this form of neuroscience apparently offers a window into resolving longstanding problems such as trauma and stress known to cause weight gain quickly and painlessly. Who couldn’t benefit from that? With a focus on changing language to focus on wellness rather than weight loss, clients are said to have issues, from being overweight to suffering PTSD, just “melt away.” Most intriguing is an exploration of brainwashing-type language currently inherent in society’s general cult of Weight Loss, a multi-billion dollar industry involving everything from potentially dangerous diet pills, lap-band surgery, and fad starvation regimes to the constant degradation of media claiming everyone from children onwards should be thin, thin, thin, amidst advertising’s push towards fast food saturated in sugar, salt, fat, processed ingredients, and calories.
According to Holleley, folks could be creating healthier bodies and minds just by eating quality fresh food in the right proportions, sitting together with loved ones connecting over meals rather than remaining plugged into addictive electronic equipment long known to accelerate the desire for comfort food (especially when prompted by a steady stream of mainstream trauma-based programs and news). Some readers may take issue with certain advice, such as a lack of support for vegetable “green” drink smoothies, though it’s hard to argue with much of the 21 days of activities recommending various types of self-care and deprogramming. Information regarding further resources, plus access to free videos is offered in the book. In terms of what should be improved, the e-book version provided by the author came with odd formatting errors throughout, plus notes regarding color, font, etc. meant only for a behind-the-scenes book designer’s eyes.
Anne Holleley’s THE WELL-POWER DIET does a fine job of debunking the old weight loss premise of “calories in/calories out” in a unique manner, offering pertinent wellness advice specifically tailored to complex human systems.
~C.S. Holmes for IndieReader