The Healthy Deviant: A Rule Breaker's Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World
Want to be healthy in an unhealthy world? Get ready tostart breaking some rules.This convention-busting book explains how, equipping you withthe counterintuitive skills you need to transform your body andyour life for the better.Here, award-winning health journalist Pilar Gerasimo points outthat in an unhealthy society like ours, becoming and staying ahealthy person requires choices, habits, and attitudes sounconventional, they amount to a form of positive socialdeviance.After all, what kind of society makes being healthy so difficultthat only a single-digit percentage of the population can pull itoff? The answer: a sick society. And within a sick society--onewhere illness, anxiety, and depression are the prevailing norms--what does it mean to be one of the few people to beat thoseunhealthy odds? It means bucking a lot of your society's norms andrejecting a lot of its conventional health prescriptions. It alsomeans acknowledging a disturbing truth: If you aren't breaking therules, you're probably breaking yourself.That's the simple, provocative philosophy behind The HealthyDeviant, one seasoned health seeker's quest to reframe healthychoices as a positive form of social rebellion. Combining insightsfrom sociology, psychology, evolutionary biology, functionalmedicine, and the school of hard knocks, this category-defying bookrejects the idea that diet and exercise alone can save us--or areeven the best places to start.Instead, Gerasimo's 14-day Healthy-Deviant Adventure Programpresents a series of powerful perspective shifts and simple dailypractices -- plus illustrations, infographics, worksheets,reminders, and progress tracking tools -- that put you firmly backin charge of your own wellbeing. Integrating two decades ofjournalistic research with keen cultural observation, Gerasimoexplains how we can reclaim our health, happiness, and autonomy --by refusing to play games that are rigged against us, and bybreaking away from the systems that have been breaking us down.Part manifesto, part whispered wake-up call, The Healthy Deviant isa modern-day survival guide for being a healthy person in anunhealthy world. Starting now.