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Joyous Health

Joyous Health Book CoverI’m in love.  Which is a little narcissistic considering what I’m about to say… I have found my first book recommendation and it’s “ChikFood: The Book”.  Well, actually, it’s “Joyous Health” by Joy McCarthy.  But, it might as well be “ChikFood”, because IT IS.  Only Canadian (which only means it’s nicer).  This book discusses almost all of the things I consider ChikFood and, therefore, important to me.  Superfoods, organic products, balance, whole foods, lifestyle choices, form follows thought, thinking globally…Need I go on?  It’s the book I’ve always wanted to write!  It’s the book I will write, in my own way.  I doubt Joy is going to add in an “I Fart in My Sleep” anecdote.  That’s all mine, baby.

Joy McCarthy is a holistic nutritionist.  She founded Eat Well Feel Well in Toronto and manages her blog Joyous Health.  Don’t feel like you’re cheating ChikFood by checking out her blog.  We are both trying to get out the same message.  Her blog is amazing and everything I hope ChikFood will be one day.  I’ve pinned a ton of recipes that are not included in the book.  It’s fantastic.

I read this book in almost one day.  I kept my kid busy and every chance I got, I dove in to read about the deliciousness.  The book re-inspired me about things I have been too busy to keep on my radar.  Like, chia seeds in smoothies, dry brushing (I really want to get in to that), hugging for 20 seconds to release serotonin, and GODDAMMIT stay away from the coffee! (Unless you’re about to engage in rigorous activity.  Which I rarely am.)

It’s not just a recipe book, it’s a lifestyle.  Just as I believe ChikFood is.  It’s not just about food, it’s how you do everything.  But, you can always start with food, because how you do one thing is how you do everything.  Right?





  • Renee says:

    Ok, I just found my dry skin brush in the linen closet this weekend, so now it’s back out and in rotation. I LOVE skin brushing, and I forgot how awesome it is – especially in the summer, especially to help the appearance of cellulite. And I also forgot about the 20 sec hug. Ok, I’m off to buy the book. But only because you haven’t written yours…yet.




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