The Vibrant Life: Eat Well, Be Well—and Love Your Midlife by Amanda Haas (a Holistic Cookbook)

Amanda Haas’s new release The Vibrant Life: Eat Well, Be Well—and Love Your Midlife is an unusual format for a cookbook and a fascinating read. 

Her interviews with experts on different techniques to improve health naturally were my favorite aspect of the book. The techniques range from spending time in nature and meditating to using acupuncture and cryotherapy. The discussion focused not only on how these things affect us physically but also emotionally and in our relationships.

One of my favorite quotes: “It’s up to you to figure out the formula for your own well-being , and to fully embrace it whatever your age!”

While I did not agree with some of the advice, particularly that masturbation is emotionally or physically healthy, I learned a lot. I felt that understanding how these aspects of health impact me increased my motivation to adopt these suggestions into my everyday life.

Amanda Haas’s philosophy is that food should not only be good for the body but also needs to taste great. She also advocates listening to your body to notice which foods increase your personal health and energy. I agree with her philosophy. Accordingly I will substitute a couple ingredients in the recipes for my own needs. 

I love that the recipes include fresh herbs and other anti inflammatory ingredients. There are at least a dozen dishes from this cookbook I am excited to try. One particularly interesting recipe is Seamus’s Butternut Squash Soup with Garlicky Panko Crumbs which includes a simplified method of preparation and adds fennel, thyme, garlic, and celery. All the recipe pictures look really yummy!

I definitely recommend this if you are seeking to reverse or slow down the aging process or improve your health in general through natural means. The delicious sounding recipes with empowering nutritional info will make you actually want to eat your veggies, make sleep a priority, and exercise!

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I received a free copy of this book which in no ways affected my opinion. I look forward to reading more of Amanda Haas’s books in the future for more yummy recipes and health advice.

You can learn more about Amanda Haas, her award winning cookbooks, and discover some yummy recipes on her website.

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