Many of you may know Dr. William Sears as the pediatrician who wrote the kids' health books on your home bookshelf. Well, this time he's written a book to inspire healthier habits among his own generation, and this lifestyle-makeover program is entitled Prime-Time Health: A Scientifically Proven Plan for Feeling Young and Living Longer (Little Brown, January 2010).
Apparently the good doctor was not always fit as a fiddle himself. You may be surprised to read that he grew up "an overweight overeater" and had to shop in the dreaded huskies section of his local department store. On his first date with his wife he admits he chose an all-you-can-eat buffet, figuring if the date went bad, he'd have had a good meal. And in 1997, when he was 57, he was treated (successfully) for colon cancer, and finally turned his lifestyle around, applying his physician know-how to himself.
Prime-Time Health is not just a diet book, it's a body-and-mind handbook aimed at helping those over 40 restore and preserve their good health. It offers wellness-boosting tips to enhance all aspects of our lives, even sex and sleep. And each chapter closes with a prescriptive checklist to help focus our efforts in specific areas (which might just sync up with your New Year's Resolutions).
For example, some of the to-dos in Dr. Sears' "Rx for Staying Lean During Prime Time" include:
- Follow the rule of twos: eat twice as often, eat half as much, and chew twice as long.
- Follow the rule of threes: be sure snacks contain at least 3 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.
- Spice up your meals with turmeric, chili peppers, and wasabi.
- Shed stress to shed belly fat.
And that's just a sampling. There's plenty of good advice here, and I found myself reading and re-reading some of the chapters just to take it all in. If you haven't kept up with all of the preventive health breakthroughs of the past decade, this book seems to sum them all up into actionable steps. (Conversely, if you're on the pulse of preventive medicine, you might not need this, but if that's the case you'd probably have stopped reading by now!) In the Daily Grommet spirit, we think this book is a true wellness discovery, and must-read for anyone who wants to stay active and healthy as long as possible.