Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Octopus on a Treadmill: a book review
by Gifty Enright
Published March 6, 2018
Book Refinery Limited
Octopus on a Treadmill: Women. Success. Health. Happiness begins with Gifty Enright’s experience of finding herself with 14 symptoms and a recommendation for hormone replacement therapy, then grows into a full exploration of the factors that can affect our health and energy.
Following various models of basic needs, Enright speaks to nutrition, hydration, sleep, exercise, clearing clutter, choosing better thoughts, boundaries, and meditation. Many of her tips are common pieces of advice, like drinking lots of water, filling half your plate with vegetables, and getting 8-9 hours of sleep. What makes this book handy, is having all of that information -- physical, mental, environmental, and spiritual -- in one place. She also explains a little of the science and reasoning behind them.
Enright has approached these topics in a very readable, conversational tone that makes the concepts easy to understand and implement. She has used her own research, as well as her experiences as a woman born in Ghana and living in the U.K. to enrich her book.
I recommend this book for working mothers. It is geared specifically toward women as it includes discussions of menstrual cycles and women’s experiences in the workplace and motherhood. If working mother doesn’t describe you, you may get something out of this book, but not as much as those who identify as working mothers.
And if you need to understand why you should follow various health advice, this book will answer all the whys.
Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free from Enright’s marketing team in exchange for an honest review.
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