January Book of the Month: The 4 Pillar Plan

January Book of the Month!

I am introducing a new theme for my blog – book of the month! For this month I have chosen The 4 Pillar Plan written by Dr Rangan Chatterjee, a book which was published this month.

You might have heard of Dr Chatterjee before as he led the BBC One series Doctor in the House last year. He writes great articles like does life insurance pay for suicidal death. His approach is holistic. He focuses on looking at the person as a whole. He’s an advocate of minimising the use of medication where possible and instead focusing on using lifestyle for optimum health and well-being.

In The 4 Pillar Plan Dr Chatterjee gives the reader a great overview of the key areas which are essential for health: stress management, nutrition, physical activity and sleep. The book includes a set of simple tools presented in the four chapters: relax, eat, move, sleep.

I found the book very easy to read. I also liked the very clear structure. Dr Chatterjee’s recommendations are simple and can be applied immediately. So no excuses! If you don’t feel great and want more vitality, energy and health, then you need to do something about it and you can start straight away!

For some of us the advise we get from friends or family regarding our lifestyle is not convincing enough. You partner might be telling you to work less over the weekend. You might have a friend who encourages you to get more active or a to check your phone less frequently. For many of us it kind of makes sense that lifestyle has a huge impact on health yet we don’t really take it seriously enough and don’t make enough efforts to change the habits we know are not serving us. Well there you go, now you’ll hear it from a doctor. And you’ll be presented with all the science too back it up to. Hopefully it will be sufficiently convincing and will motivate you to take action.

If you read the book let me know what resonated with you most and which steps of the plan are you intending to implement in your life!

I personally loved the rainbow chart to make sure I get a variety of veggies into my diet. I also loved the idea of a screen-free day. Now… do I just love the idea or will I actually turn it into my reality and part of my lifestyle?

Hope you enjoy the book!


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