Four Quadrant Living: Making Healthy Living Your New Way of Life

Dina Colman. Four Quadrant Media, $15 paper (234p) ISBN 978-1-939288-22-6
In this useful guidebook, health coach and nutritionist Colman encourages health and happiness by holistically redressing four lifestyle areas: mind, body, interpersonal relationships, and environment. Watching her sister endure debilitating treatment for stage-three breast cancer, Colman took stock of her own life, downshifted from her corporate job, and dedicated her time to both her own wellness and that of others. Here, the author shares a bounty of knowledge, encouraging a whole-body approach to maintaining health and stressing the importance of having fun along the way. Presented throughout are time-tested techniques for calming the mind via breathing and meditation, as well as tips about the importance of quality sleep, daily nutrition, and maintaining supportive social networks and family interactions. Each chapter is prefaced with anecdotes that connect Colman’s message to the real-life needs of readers. While the author’s wisdom doesn’t introduce any revolutionary approaches to achieving overall physical and mental health, her simple reminders about relaxation, consuming organic foods, surrounding oneself with kind, uplifting people (and pets), and treating each day as a gift will resonate universally. Colman’s galvanizing, four-pronged approach to maximal wellness creates a simple reminder on how far a flourishing mind and body can go.
Reviewed on: 01/27/2014
Release date: 10/01/2013
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