9780373892686_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Carly L.

Elizabeth Somer is an expert on the effects food has on our bodies and minds. She’s written numerous books on the subject, including Age-Proof Your Body, 10 Habits That Mess Up a Womans Diet, and the popular Food & Mood. I was excited about her newest book, Eat Your Way To Happiness, but I couldn’t help but wonder what else this author possibly had to say on the subject…

Happily, Somer’s newest book did not disappoint. The chapters are divided into diet “secrets” and each secret provides guidelines for living a healthier life by making the connection between changing your behavior and creating positive change in the way you feel throughout the day. The recommendations are easy to understand and flexible enough to be adapted and effective for any lifestyle.

One of the best features of the book is the variety of personal stories and experiences that the author has scattered throughout the book. In each chapter, the reader hears the voices of people who have been there and made the changes themselves. The stories talk about frustration, issues in confidence, the outside pressures of balancing a healthy lifestyle with demands from work and family – all obstacles that any chronic dieter has become deeply familiar with. It is simply impossible not to feel hopeful and inspired when reading that someone else made a few changes and dramatically changed their life.

As someone who has experienced the frustrations of finding a healthier lifestyle, I’m constantly on the lookout for a fresh, yet simple, approach. After reading this book, I’m armed with all sorts of tools and ideas to make positive changes in my life and I’m feeling better already. I’d strongly recommend this book to anyone whose looking for a big push to get them started or just some helpful hints about raising their quality of life. In the vast sea of diet and fitness guides, this book is a winner!

Carly lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and their two cats. Her favorite thing to do is to curl up by a window with a library book. When she isn’t reading, she’s usually writing on her blog at www.beingcarly.com.