The Wellness Project

How I Learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life

Publisher: Pam Krauss/Avery
For those battling autoimmune disease or thyroid conditions—or just seeking healthy life balance—the voice behind the popular blog Feed Me Phoebe shares her yearlong investigation of what truly made her well.
 
After she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in her early twenties, Phoebe Lapine felt overwhelmed by her doctor’s strict protocols and confused when they directly conflicted with information on the bestseller list. After experiencing mixed results and a life of deprivation that seemed unsustainable at best, she adopted 12 of her own wellness directives—including eliminating sugar, switching to all-natural beauty products, and getting in touch with her spiritual side—to find out which lifestyle changes truly impacted her health for the better. The Wellness Project is the insightful and hilarious result of that year of exploration—part memoir and part health and wellness primer (complete with 20 healthy recipes), it’s a must-read not just for those suffering from autoimmune disease, but for anyone looking for simple ways to improve their health without sacrificing life’s pleasures.

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If you could tell someone to make just one lifestyle change that would have a profound effect on their general well-being, what would it be?
 
The answers I got to my One Big Question (henceforth referred to as the OBQ) were surprising. People stopped talking about SoulCycle and superfoods and...
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PRAISE FOR

"Making good food and lifestyle choices is the best medicine for curing what ails us. For those suffering from autoimmune or other chronic health problems, The Wellness Project is an invaluable look at how one woman learned to apply best health practices and still enjoy all that makes life sweet." 
—Terry Wahls, MD, author of The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life
 
“The Wellness Project is a smart, funny, and incredibly helpful guide to the complexities of not just what makes us sick, but what makes us well.”
—Robynne Chutkan, MD, FASGE, Integrative gastroenterologist & best-selling author of The Microbiome Solution

"I couldn't agree more with Phoebe Lapine when she says 'healthy choices can't happen in a vacuum.' This incredibly informative, delightfully human (and fun!) chronicle of her path to sustainable wellness is an inspiring read that makes living well feel approachable. Whether you're looking for support as you take an honest inventory of your health or are seeking inspiration for long-lasting changes, Phoebe has been there and done that and shares it all."
—Julia Turshen, author of Small Victories

 
"As a practicing physician focused on how nutrition, prevention and wellness factor into today's cutting edge medicine, I’m constantly urging my patients to consider how the small daily choices we make impact our bodies. Like so many people with chronic conditions, Phoebe discovered that true healing begins with food. But through her year-long odyssey, she illustrates that our wellness is made up of so much more—the products we use, our daily movements, and how we tame stress out in the world. The Wellness Project is a must-read for anyone wondering how all these pieces fit together, and ready to tackle them in their own life." 
—Robin Berzin, MD, CEO and founder of Parsley Health 

"If you're struggling to figure out why you're not feeling like you should, and are overwhelmed by all the wellness information online, then start your journey with The Wellness Project. Phoebe Lapine's experiments are fun and doable. You'll not only learn so much valuable information in this book, but you'll learn a lot about yourself and your potential for feeling good again!"  
—Alisa Vitti, functional nutritionist, hormone expert, author of WomanCode, and founder of FLOliving.com

"In her recipes, Phoebe always finds a refreshing balance between the practical and the indulgent, with foods that are both healthy and comforting. Her engaging debut memoir gives readers a roadmap for finding that same middle ground in all aspects of our lives. The Wellness Project is living proof that approaching every day with your body in mind need not be a compromise."
—Jason Wachob, founder and CEO of mindbodygreen and author of Wellth

“Not only do I respect Phoebe endlessly as a chef, I’m also in awe of her unique and refreshing approach to wellness. She manages to impart so much knowledge in an entertaining, non-preachy way, and you’ll come away with many realistic tips for how to live your best life.”
Serena Wolf, creator of Domesticate Me, and author of The Dude Diet

“Phoebe is like The Skimm of the wellness world. She describes wellness as a journey not a destination and makes reading about health fun and accessible, which is so rare.”
—Alexandra Stafford, creator of Alexandra's Kitchen, and author of Bread Toast Crumbs

“Phoebe’s book, The Wellness Project, has been a faithful companion over the past month, a reminder that no matter how busy I am, it’s ok to take a breath, ask myself what I need, and deliver that nourishment however possible. Without judgment. With love. Phoebe’s words feel less like gospel, and more like conversation exchanged with a wise best friend. That friend who knows you, knows just what you need, and knows exactly how to make advice feel like innate wisdom you’ve known all along.”
—Lily Diamond, creator and author of Kale & Caramel

“I love Phoebe’s 'one change at a time' approach...Her story is so inspiring and her book offers readers loads of practical advice.”
—Pamela Salzman, Author of Kitchen Matters