I read Tom Rath's EAT MOVE SLEEP because my respected personal fitness trainer praised it. In a recent newspaper review, she wrote: "If I had to narrow my library to five books, 'Eat Move Sleep' would be one of them." To me she added: "I agree with every word in the book." And my wife during and after reading EAT MOVE SLEEP told me: "yes, I too agree with everything the author says. But the narrative is tedious, not at all well written."
In my opinion, the content of EAT MOVE SLEEP is probably generally accurate. The same can be said of the names, addresses and telephone numbers in a telephone directory. But the content is also familiar to anyone into WEIGHTWATCHERS, Feldenkrais, Reiki, Pilates, Yoga and related disciplines. "Eat less, move more" you can learn from WEIGHTWATCHERS. I found almost nothing new or original in Tom Rath's EAT MOVE SLEEP. Branding some foods as sinful is a strange category transposition. Castigating neck ties as weakening vision is dubious. Sleeping in cold rooms makes some sense. But why not mention cold showers as well?
The book has no subject index, which makes it hard to find a particular remembered passage. The book has 30 chapters and many pages of endnotes. The notes are lumped under numbered but unnamed chapters.
This is not a book to romp through. Sip it as you would some nasty tasting health drink. Infrequently. A couple of lines a day and in a year you will have worked your way through a few hundred aphorisms. Meditate on each for three deep breaths, then move on to something more demanding. Sample: "Stigmatize Sinful Foods ... start to view fatty, fried, and sugary foods with contempt" (Ch. 17).
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