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MCLW Program Director/Nutritionist, Sid Garza-Hillman book in stores!

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The Stanford Inn’s Mendocino Center for Living Well’s Staff Nutritionist and Programs Director, Sid Garza-Hillman has a new book out entitled “Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto” published by Roundtree Press. It’s a philosophy of health book (see review in the March/April 2013 issue of VegNews) that is fun, super-accessible, and broad in scope (advocating a plant-based diet, but also incorporating, movement, social, environment etc.). Come to MCLW to work directly with Sid and our other incredible practitioners.

Forward by Biz Stone, Co-Founder of Twitter: “Big goals, broken into tiny habits—even if you fail at them from time to time—will add up to a whole greater to the sum of its parts. In the following pages, Sid will enlighten you. Even this book is little, friendly, and fun. You almost can’t help but read it. You’ll get to know Sid’s affable personality present in these pages. Sid has taught me that approaching a natural lifestyle is a gift, not a struggle. It is my sincere hope that you enjoy this manifesto, and more importantly, enjoy a natural life.”

Book Description: Sid Garza-Hillman, nutritionist, philosopher, actor, and musician introduces his original philosophy of health. Sid’s philosophy is simple: the closer the human species moves by degrees to its natural design, the healthier and therefore happier it will be.

In the years he has been a practicing nutritionist and health coach, Sid has honed an approach that makes achieving health and happiness a real possibility for virtually everyone. He has done this by addressing both the mental and physical aspects of achieving sustainable long-term health, and goes well beyond what any quick-fix diet/health plan can ever achieve. He passionately argues that health profoundly affects our happiness, and vice-versa, and applies his philosophy to nutrition, exercise, the mind, the family, and the world as a whole.

Approaching the Natural: A Health Manifesto is accessible, clear, edgy and humorous. Sid distills his years of research into a book readers will want to carry with them as a quick reference when negotiating our most unnatural world – especially gen-x and gen-y’ers for whom there is a substantial lack of result-oriented health books that are this easy and actually fun to read.

Quote from Book: “Deep within us is the knowledge of how we are meant to live and it feels right when we follow this path. By being philoselfers, we feel happier, and we feel grounded. The effects of eating heavy box foods, moving our bodies in ways that both strengthen us and alleviate stress, connecting our bodies to the natural rhythms and electricity of the earth, creating, meditating, and journaling all resonate perfectly with us. Doing otherwise is to deny our brilliant design and exist in conflict while causing the profound unhappiness that manifests itself in destructive behaviors. Basically, part of becoming a philoselfer is applying the Approaching the Natural philosophy to all the tools in this book, but this chapter is about first recognizing the need to acknowledge and appeal to the innate drive in each of us to take care of ourselves, our species, and the earth. In doing so we turn selfishness and greed into Holistic Self- Interest step by step. Holistic Self-Interest is essentially the broad stroke encompassing all the paths to real, sustainable health and happiness. Approaching the Natural is, at the end of the day, a philosophy of mindfulness, awareness, and personal strength.” (P. 122-123)

This article was written by siadmin