6.09.2010

The Park Avenue Diet- A Review



I recently read The Park Avenue Diet: The Complete 7 Point Plan for a Lifetime of Beauty and Health by Stuart Fisher, M.D. This book has a really interesting concept. Rather than just talking about diet and exercise, it addresses the seven major components of one’s image: weight, fitness, hair, skin, clothing, self- confidence and interpersonal skills. The book draws upon experts in each field who purport that when making over your lifestyle, it is critical to address each of these image issues as a whole, rather than just focusing on one… and I have to say, the concept really excites me.

For example, what is the point of working hard to keep your body in shape if you have terrible hair? Okay that sounds really shallow, but let’s be honest… it’s true! There is no point really in having one without the other. Great wardrobe? It doesn’t mean a thing unless you also have self confidence to truly pull your style off.

The Park Avenue Diet
uses an integrated approach to wellness. The book provides a brief introduction and general summary on the mastering of each topic, then outlines a 6 week program complete with recipes for a healthy diet, an at home exercise regime and key tips for keeping your inner and outer beauty in check (and by inner and outer beauty I mean everything from how to feel confident when making an entrance to how to give yourself the perfect blow dry).

The idea of working on one's total image (from diet, to hair to nails) can seem like a daunting task at first, but I believe it is just a switch of mindset. This really goes hand in hand with the French way of living. Keeping it simple, not obsessing over your weight or slaving away at the gym, but rather eating healthy food for pleasure, incorporating exercise throughout your day and taking care of all aspects regarding beaty.

I do wish the book explored each topic in greater detail (the tips were rather generic… I wonder if they’ll put out a sequel?) but I really enjoyed and appreciated the message as a whole.

The Park Avenue Diet is available on Amazon.com

8 comments:

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Park Avenue in itself seems to inspire luxe and beauty...grooming must be impeccable...
I find some of the books that are available just skim over these topics...maybe it's a way to get us hooked or merely a cash grab.
I might try to get my hands on this book and see for myself...I agree though that there's more to beauty than just exercise and diet.

LuxeBytes said...

Sounds like a fabulous book. I'm going to check my library for it.

Amities,
Marsi

Fiona said...

This book sounds like a fun read. I love it when all the different aspects are addressed. Hopping over the the library website now to reserve (not very Park Avenue of me but still).

Michael Rivers said...

Sounds like a very interesting book! Thanks for the suggestion.

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Dear Jennifer, I could imagine you writing such a book! It sounds like an interesting read. I shall add it to my list. I have been reading about a book called The Dukan Diet by Dr Pierre Dukan which was meant to be a best-seller in France. More focused on weight loss and a healthy way of eating it attracted my interest as well. Enjoy your weekend. xx

vicki archer said...

It sounds like common sense to me...which is a refreshing change from many diet books, xv.

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Hi everyone! Actually I would recommend checking this out in the library first to make sure you like it- and then if you do it's worth buying for some of the great recipes. But like I said, the topics are generally skimmed and I would have like it if they went further in depth. The overall concept is really great though. I'm not really one to read diet books but when it is a book that discusses aspects of well being as a whole- I'm in!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend xo

ParisBreakfasts said...

Very daunting indeed but the title is terrific.
I will now look for the Avenue Montaigne Diet and the Bvd St.-Germaine Diet as well...
so many diets...
so little time...
merci
carolg

 
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