Do Good Deeds When You Are Done
John Pierre, the nutrition and fitness consultant who works with celebrities, the military, corporations, seniors, and children, challenges one-dimensional views of health in his book The Pillars of Health. He describes four categories of daily choices to cultivate to achieve lifelong well-being, fun, and a deep sense of satisfaction and purpose. Even more, this book is suffused with compassion and caring for readers. You will feel like John Pierre is your personal coach, cheering you on to make better choices without demanding perfection.
The essential pillars of health are nutrition, mind, motion, and compassion. Take away any one of these foundations, and support for your health is wobbly. Take away two or more, and you may end up coping with pain, illness, and disability.
The author's solutions are infused with playfulness, delight, and delicious taste. John Pierre gives you hundreds of specific, practical steps, complete with photos, stories, and recipe ideas, to strengthen each of the pillars of health, rebuilding them from the ground up if you need to. You will find out about nourishing foods, creative stimulation for you mind, fun ways to move, and a compassionate way of relating to your fellow beings.
I was fortunate to hear John Pierre present at Healthy Taste of LA and talk with him after to get more insight into how he came to write The Pillars of Health and what he wants you to learn from his book. I was fascinated to discover that, while still in high school, John Pierre adopted a vegan diet, and has found it effortless to stick to for 30 years. "I have never been tempted to eat my friends since I found out how farmed animals are treated," he told me. Even in high school, he intuitively grasped the connection between animal and human suffering, writing papers on both animal rights and women's rights.
Since then, John Pierre has championed the vulnerable, especially senior citizens, women, and children warped by nutrient-deficient food and societal-approved violent lyrics and games. In The Pillars of Health, he shares the creative methods he has developed to get you on the fast track to vibrant health