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The Healthy Deviant

A Rule Breaker's Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World
Paperback Book
North Atlantic Books
January, 2020
$25.95 CAD
Publisher’s Description: 

What kind of society makes being healthy and happy so difficult that only a single-digit percentage of the population can hope to pull it off? The answer: A sick society. And within a sick society—one where illness, anxiety, and depression are the prevailing norms—what does it mean to be one of the few people to beat those unhealthy odds? It means bucking a lot of your society’s norms and rejecting a lot of its conventional health prescriptions. It also means acknowledging a disturbing truth: If you aren’t breaking the rules, you’re probably breaking yourself.

That’s the simple, provocative philosophy behind The Healthy Deviant, one seasoned health journalist’s quest to reframe healthy choices as a positive form of social rebellion. Combining hand-drawn infographics and statistics with insights from sociology, psychology, evolutionary biology, functional medicine, and the school of hard knocks, this category-defying book rejects the idea that diet and exercise alone can save us—or are even the best places to start. Part manifesto, part whispered wake-up call, The Healthy Deviant is a modern-day survival guide for being a healthy person in an unhealthy world. Starting now.

With insight and expertise, Gerasimo discusses the importance of developing socially "deviant" skills such as brain exercises that improve attention, or instituting morning rituals that tap into the mind's innate healing power. Learn to avoid the allure of excessive screen time, compulsive eating, oblivion seeking, and other draining habits. Drawing on medical, psychological, and brain science research, this book provides practical advice for enhancing the efficacy of any health regimen, whether it be for sleep, exercise, mood, motivation, or diet. For those who have ever felt stuck and frustrated in making healthy changes, or who are determined to find a better way of living, The Healthy Deviant offers fresh hope, motivation, and an invigorating experience.

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