Quantum Wellness: A Practical Guide to Health and Happiness
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Quantum Wellness: A Practical Guide to Health and Happiness

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An instant New York Times bestseller embraced and endorsed by such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Ellen DeGeneres, and Marianne Williamson, Quantum Wellness is the breakthrough book that created a national trend.

This life-changing guide teaches us how to reach our highest level of health and contentment through small, focused changes. Featuring a foreword by #...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 7th 2009 by Weinstein Books (first published May 20th 2008)
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Stacey
Jun 27, 2008 Stacey rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those whom would never dream of killing a cow...
Recommended to Stacey by: Oprah
Sorry Oprah, I'm not a huge fan of this book. Freston does incorporate some solid concepts: "conscious living", which includes thinking about where your food is coming from and what you're putting into your body, as well as eating fresh, organic food whenever possible. HOWEVER, I can't get behind the whole vegan thing. I don't think it's even close to the healthiest route to go. I'm a big believer in eating (almost) everything in moderation, and that includes animal fat. Call me crazy, but I thi...more
Kristin
The author really pushes the idea of small changes that can help you make a larger shift in your life. And it makes sense. I like that she suggests several different areas of life to work on (her 8 Pillars of Wellness) and says you should try a few - understanding that not everything in this book will work for everyone. The whole idea of accepting emotions and being mindful of your situation came off rather zen (in a good way). Personally the author believes when it comes to eating, that the veg...more
Sue
I bought this book on a day when I was feeling anything but well. I'll admit it, I was impressed that Dr. Oz did the forward and Dr. Dean Ornish had a comment on the back jacket. The book was interesting and made some good points but what I found the most interesting were the author's credentials or lack thereof. Make no mistake folks. This is just one person's philosophy on how to live a better life. She has written articles for some major magazines and has appeared on national television (most...more
Erin
Nov 28, 2008 Erin rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to become a healthier person
Recommended to Erin by: Oprah
I'd give this book three and a half or even four stars for readers who are just starting out on their journeys to health. It meshes well with what I've learned about meditation and with what other Oprah guests have said (people like Eckhart Tolle, Dr Oz, Louise Hay, and so on): live mindfully and increase your awareness to what is happening within and without, "leaning into wellness." I greatly appreciate how Kathy Freston breaks healing down into "The Eight Pillars of Wellness"--meditation, vis...more
Nicole
I hated this book with a passion. This isn't my type of book but it had gotten such buzz that I thought I should check it out. Turned out to be just more schlocky diet and "spirit" crap. Also, I'm not giving up gluten, so shut up.
planetkimi
I enjoyed the book. I was already familiar with most of the material, but I did pick up two new ideas that I'm grateful for:
- The idea of "leaning in to" a change. Freston says that sometimes change takes time, that you need to roll a concept around in your head for a while before you're ready to act on it. This made a great deal of sense to me, and in retrospect I realize that it describes how I accomplished my more successful lifestyle changes.
- Balancing the "Four Rs": Regular (maintenance st...more
Jennifer
Who is Kathy Freston anyway? A former model/counselor who thinks she's a nutritionist and new age guru? I read her OPINIONS and understand them, but a lot of what she says she doesn't even bother to back up medically. If you decide to go vegan for moral reasons, I understand that, but if it's purely for "health" I think you're on shakier ground. The recipes in the back of the book are pretty good and I copied many of them down, so I'll give them a try. One thing I did take away from her is that...more
David
This is the best general-purpose self-help book you can find. The advice on nutrition and compassion for living creatures is absolutely 100% correct. Freston's endorsement of Colin Campbell's The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health is spot on. The advice about finding a cause that gets your juices flowing and working toward it is a benefit to oneself and to society.
Marcella
Has some really useful ideas for dealing with stress and difficult situations. A little new age-ish for me as a Christian, but I could definitely apply many of her ideas to my own world view. This book also makes an excellent case for veganism as an avenue to persue compassion and mindfulness in, what is for most people, thoughtless consumption. I enjoy her tone however, in that it is not preachy; she allows the reader to make his or her own decision respectfully and without guilt.
Chris Ross
I listened to the audio book and it was okay. While I have no plans to become a vegetarian or vegan and I don't believe Kathy's or others view/belief that humans are herbivore's, I would like to reduce my sugar intake as well as my caffeine consumption. This books certainly made me reflect and makes me want to make some changes in my life. I find it interesting that Kathy won't eat meat or animal products though she mentioned she reads the newspaper everyday with her breakfast. I try to stay awa...more
Andrea
Great book! I like how she provides a sensible approach to changing your life - start small and watch the little things add up! It is an approach to TRANSFORMATION, not just losing weight, finding a good job, feeling stress-free - it's all of that. She does a good job of demonstrating how all parts of our lives are connected, and how each area affects the others. Freston ties together body, mind, and spirit: "unity," which is the heart (and meaning) of yoga. If you've unsuccessfully tried to mak...more
Stacy
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Jamie
Jul 05, 2008 Jamie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jane, Christine, Ambure
"Quantum Wellness" suggests that we focus on the "eight pillars" of wellness, which Freston refers to as "wellness cross-training". These are:

Meditation - use it to quietly contemplate, and focus inward, for at least a few moments at a time
Visualization - map out the changes and upgrades that you wish to make in your life
Fun Activities - to loosen up your energy and bring optimism, and should be made a daily part of our life
Conscious Eating - the author is vegan, and avoids chemicals, not only i...more
Amy Formanski Duffy
Freston presents a lot of helpful ideas on how to look inward and improve our lives. We live in a world where everyone wants to blame other people (and sometimes sue them!) for their problems. But really, the problem is usually ourselves. I'm beginning to realize that a big part of adult life is taking responsibility for our own behavior and trying to become the best version of ourselves in order to help others. We're no good to our families, friends and strangers if we don't work out whatever l...more
Becka
LOVED...THIS...BOOK

Although a pretty large chunk of the book discussed "conscientious eating" (i.e. vegetarianism) and I'm not quite there yet since I love my meat, I thought this book was excellent and recommend it to everyone. She discusses the 8 pillars of wellness and incorporating an all around positive change and transformation in your life based on self work, spiritualization, meditation, service, visualization, fun activities, conscious eating and exercise. Applies principles from every...more
Kathryn
Ok... so, I was totally embarrassed to read this book in public, especially with the cheeseball glamshot of the author. Yikes. But that said, it wasn't too bad for a self help book. Lots of common sense advice packaged into bitesized chapters. Like many self help authors, Freston basically repackages Buddhist philosophy for the Oprah set, providing anecdotes about the benefits of mindful living. Her focus is extremely heavy on diet, of which she espouses veganism as the only option for mindful,...more
Yoonmee
Just like another reviewer asked, "Who the heck is Kathy Freston?" Not that a self-help author has to be well-known in order to be taken seriously, but in this case it seems fitting. A quick Google search (and a peek at the back of the book) tells me she's a self-help guru who promotes a vegan lifestyle. A quick peek at her website (www.kathyfreston.com) doesn't reveal too much more. She mentions having clients in the book and mentions a counseling career, but I can't seem to find information on...more
Rachel
I really, really, really like this book. I have read many, many, many self help kind of books because of my major in college (family counseling) and my main complaint is that a lot of the authors are crazies or it is too research based or it isn't practical/useable advice. This book didn't have any of that crap. :o) I felt inspired to become a better person AND had specific ways to do it. I particularly like how she talks about "leaning" into change. It is so much more forgiving and hopeful than...more
Sharon
Jul 05, 2008 Sharon rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sharon by: Oprah
I decided to read this book because I am always looking to improve my health and well-being. I was disappointed in the lack of quantitative information in this book. The author does not have a degree in the medical field and has no co-writer to endorse her theories. The first half of the book on general well-being, healthy eating and so forth kept my interest, however, when the author approached to subject of veganism the tide turned. Personally, I don't care much for meat so I ultimately end up...more
Katie
This book is thought provoking and contains some helpful and interesting wellness activities. However, the delivery was weird. Sometimes it was clear and straight forward, then others it was almost mystical and poetic. That made some of the advice hard to understand.

Also, note that a large portion of the book is dedicated to food, specifically vegetarianism/veganism. Readers should note there are slightly graphic details about the treatment of animals in commercial farms. It was all interesting;...more
Amber
This book was incredible. It offers a wealth of knowledge about a healthy eating lifestyle. It is not strict or demanding. You "lean into" this style of conscious eating and living. It was absoultely life changing and helped me learn how to take some of the guilt out of eating. The middle section is more for "unhealthy emotions" which didn't pertain to me particularly and the last secion is devoted to an unhealthy world...on a global level and how to be the change you want to see in the world. S...more
Colleen
Aug 20, 2008 Colleen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Colleen by: Saw it on Oprah!
Most wellness books state how important it is to be healthy in mind, body and spirit but doesn't really tell you HOW to do that or relate it to the bigger picture. This book did that for me, finally! It is written like a friend speaking to you, which I really enjoyed. It is a lot of her personal experience but I found that I could take excerpts from her experiences and relate them directly to my life. I haven't gone Vegan and don't really plan to, but I am Vegetarian now. It was a personal choic...more
Kat
Good book. Provided plenty of alternative views on health. The one thing that got me is how vegan-centric this book is. The author's veganism pervades almost every aspect of the book. I'm a vegetarian, so I understand where she's coming from -- I just thought it was excessive. She emphasised veganism so much it took away from the other parts of the book and other aspects of "wellness." It made you think unless you're vegan, none of her other suggestions would work!

Interesting, liked the differen...more
Stephanie
The publisher of this title is not mainstream and it shows. There is no index (shame, shame) and there are a number of grammatical errors. And while I agree with the author on most counts and I found much of the information helpful, I have embraced a philosophy similar to hers for many, many years. For readers who are new to her way of thinking, they might take her ideas, etc. more seriously (or at least consider them more valid) if she had co-authored the book with a dietician or other healthca...more
Ashblangford
This was a wonderful book if you are someone who is interested in the mind body connection, and learning new ways of eating, exercise,thinking, etc to become a more vibrant, healthy person. I am not a vegetarian, but this book taught me a lot about what it means to be vegan and its many health benefits. Very educational, touched on animal cruelty in the U.S., definitely made me think about what I eat and how it got to me, some really shocking stuff occurs w/ meat processing, ALMOST makes me want...more
Rowan
Good cleanse, poor long-term diet, boring author. Tinge of ignorant vegan zealotry. Should have been a blog; not enough original or interesting content for a book.

A couple of major points which need to be refuted:
- Coffee, beer and wine are good for you, on balance, in the moderate amounts in which almost all adults consume them (google research findings by Harvard Medical School and Mayo Clinic).
- Health and happiness can be and are attained by omnivores (google Dalai Lama)
Ingrid
I wish they had half stars on this rating system...I would probably give it a 4.5 then. But, it was really good. Gave a pretty in depth philosophy on how to better one's life and explains how food is such a huge component of that. I haven't done the cleanse yet, but I look forward to trying it soon. She also talks a lot about being vegan and the cruelty involved with the animal food and meat industries. It affected me, but I don't think I'm quite ready to give up meat.
Marilyn Clay
Ms Freston certainly makes a good arguement for making changes in your life. I seem to be at a crossroads in my life and I think some things are more clear. I did find the section about removing meat/fish/chicken from your diet difficult to read. I am thinking seriously about being more vegetarian. In addition to dietary changes I will begin my 'vision quest' this week using the beach at Hilton Head. This is a title I will certainly purchase for future reference.
Wendy Rogan
I appreciated Kathy Freston's view that the small, incremental steps we take toward wellness (what she calls "leaning into change") do make a difference. While it's hard to undertake major changes in our mental, physical, or spiritual health, in Kathy's view, making progress in the direction of wellness is what we should strive for. So we don't need to feel we have completely failed if we miss yoga class for a week (or six months!)
Ginger Lewis
I am LOVING this book! I have made many notes and highlighted excerpts that I want to be mindful of as I am shifting my approach and energy to life and my own well-being. This is my current bible that I reference regularly through the week. I'd already highly recommend it to anyone who wants to look deeply into their lives and work on the evolution of a wiser, more peaceful self; mind, body and soul.
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Kathy Freston is a New York Times best-selling author with a concentration on healthy living and conscious eating. Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Dean Ornish penned the introductions for two of her books and her work has garnered accolades from such respected names as Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Neal Barnard, Marianne Williamson
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