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Imagine Living Healthier: Mind, Body, and Soul
by Bridgette L. Collins   

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Publisher:  Origins Publishing Company Type: 


Copyright:  January 4, 2007 ISBN-13:  9780979093210

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An informative, yet entertaining self-help novel that will change your life.

Discover the power of a lifestyle makeover, and get started on your journey to healthier living today! In Imagine Living Healthier: Mind, Body, Soul, fictional fitness consultant Trevor MacElroy inspires three of his clients to rearrange their priorities and embrace healthier lifestyles.

Sarah, an overweight workaholic, gets a wake-up call from her doctor. Suzanne’s hopes of starting a family are thwarted by a mysterious illness. Todd confronts his selfish choices and unhealthy habits after his wife leaves him and their children. Through emotional, physical, and spiritual revelations, these characters discover how to move beyond their insecurities and the stress of careers and relationships to make healthier choices.

As you follow the progress of Sarah, Suzanne, and Todd, you’ll learn to understand the reasons behind your lifestyle choices, choose healthy foods, make exercise enjoyable, lose weight, and feel better. Filled with practical tips for exercising and healthy eating, Imagine Living Healthier also features delicious, nutritious recipes and resources for more information.
Discover the power of a lifestyle makeover and get started on your journey to healthier living today!

Professional Reviews

A Three-Fold Lifestyle Makeover, August 15, 2007 - APOOO Book Club
Author Bridgette L. Collins has written a wonderful book that addresses a healthy lifestyle, mind, body and soul. Using stories that will help readers to relate and understand better what is shared concerning a healthier lifestyle was an excellent way to drive home the importance of eating well in order to live well.

The first story in the book is about Sarah; she was successful in furthering her career, enjoying her friends, eating and drinking whatever she pleased. Underneath all of that was a lonely, hurting woman who used food to cope with every day stresses and a past she was not proud of. With the help of a co-worker, she was able to come to terms with her past, learn a healthy lifestyle, and was instrumental in implementing programs at her place of employment to help her co-workers understand the need for a healthy lifestyle. During this transition, Sarah was introduced to the Lord and came to know Him in a way she never thought possible.

There are three fictional stories in the book that deal with issues and problems that can cause someone to fall into an unhealthy eating pattern. Author Collins has a way of introducing her characters and their problems and bringing about a resolve that is three-fold: mind, body and soul. "Imagine Living Healthier" gives very specific instructions, exercise and healthy food advice along with recipes, and resources in the back of the book. Using fictional stories along with non-fictional information and a little witnessing, Author Collins was able to write a self-help book that will grab your attention beginning with the first page.

I recommend this book to anyone who is trying to find a way to live a healthier life without being made to feel bad about their present condition and position. "Imagine Living Healthier" is the best book I have ever read that does not preach to you, but encourages you with true facts and ideas on how to begin to live healthy.

Reviewed by Sharel E. Gordon-Love
Apooo BookClub

There's More To Your Health Than Meets The Eye, August 12, 2007 - Apex Reviews
Sarah wants to lose weight, but hates exercise and prefers happy hour with her girls to the Stairmaster any day. Suzanne, on the other hand, lives for 26-mile marathons, but the onset of a mysterious illness points to a deep affliction that may not necessarily be physical in nature. Todd, for all his years of striving and hard work, suddenly finds himself abandoned by his wife one day, left to care for three children on his own while trying to launch a lucrative new enterprise. Three different people from three vastly different backgrounds united solely by one issue: their health. And, if their past is any indication of how they'll fare, their collective outlook isn't very promising.

All is not lost, though, so long as they learn to identify the real roots of their current afflictions - and therein lies the lesson of our own lives that we can learn from theirs: much like Celebrity Fit Club, Imagine Living Healthier seeks to remind us that the cure for our ills lies not in the food that we eat, but in the lifestyle choices that we make. In keeping with that sentiment, though, we must first understand exactly how those choices come about.

A common misconception regarding obesity is that people make voluntary decisions to eat unhealthily, which would explain why many overweight people are readily isolated, ridiculed, and don't evoke sympathy from others who look down upon their conditions in a judgmental light. In Imagine Living Healthier, though, Collins does an impressive job of properly framing the problem of obesity, showing that its root causes are really psychological in nature, making it no different than alcoholism, drug abuse, or sexual promiscuity.

For example, as we follow Sarah's progress from gorging on greasy lunches & drinking her friends under the table to exercising regularly and abstaining from alcohol, we learn of her molestation as a child. As long-repressed memories of the heinous act come to light, she realizes that food became an escape for her, a safe place to which she could escape when the lingering pain became too much to bear. This epiphany is crucial to achieving the full restorative lifestyle that she longs to live, finally able to rid herself of the demons from her past that previously shadowed & influenced her every unhealthy move.

Likewise, in the wake of his wife's abandonment, Todd realizes the self-centered nature of many of the choices he's made in life, which have led to his present unhealthy lifestyle, as well as created distance between him and those he cares most about. The path for his healing is thus set, and he welcomes the chance to redeem himself for the years of damage his unchecked ambition have caused his family and his own health.

In addition to being an inspirational testimonial, Imagine Living Healthier is also a veritable self-help encyclopedia of tips for healthier living, including guides to caloric intake, even recommendations for hair care products that prevent premature balding and hair loss. There's even an appendix chock full of recipes for healthy meals designed by Sarah, Suzanne, and Todd themselves, including everything from chicken spaghetti to fish tacos.

Tired of getting winded while walking up stairs? Want to put that fried chicken down and start eating healthier, but not sure where to start? Imagine Living Healthier is your best bet.

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