Running With Nature: Stepping Into the Life You're Meant to Live

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Publisher: Changing Lives Press (2013)    Buy Now!

When there is a will to experience each moment of life more fully with vibrancy and vitality, there is a way. It's Running With Nature. It's about reconnecting to nature one broad-minded step at a time to discover a more fulfilling life of simplicity, adventure, stillness, and laughter. In Running With Nature, Mariel Hemingway and Bobby Williams share their dynamic and authentic approach to living mindfully and healthfully, offering concrete action steps that readers can take and even track through a multifaceted point-earning system.

Simple activities like watching a sunrise instead of sleeping in, drinking water out of glass instead of plastic, taking time to be in silence instead of always listening to things "out there," eating clean food instead of processed and packaged food, and taking time away from technology to get outside are some of the natural ways to tune into ourselves and make far-reaching differences in our lives, our relationships, and our world. As Mariel and Bobby explain, change can be approached radically or gently or anywhere in between. Readers can choose to take all ten suggested action steps in each area of their life or just a few.

Through thought-provoking discussions and suggestions for lifestyle modifications, the authors gently urge and coach readers to take action, at their preferred pace, that will bring about lasting change--inside and out. Running With Nature is a book of inspiration. It provides the way to make a difference in the reader's approach to life. Having the willingness to do so is the only requirement.



Mariel's Kitchen: Simple Ingredients for a Delicious and Satisfying Life

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Publisher: HarperOne (2009)    Buy Now!

"Actress and model Hemingway shares her secrets for cooking nutritious and appetizing food in this lavishly photographed book. Hemingway proves that healthy food can be enticing, and her dishes will appeal to even the least health-conscious among us." ~Publishers Weekly

From the publisher…

How do you cook nutritious and delicious meals when life is busy and time is short? How can you make fresh, organic food a part of your and your family's way of life—simply and affordably? These are the questions that Mariel Hemingway answers by sharing tried-and-tested recipes, straight from her kitchen to yours.

Filled with exciting, beautiful photographs and easy-to-follow instructions, Mariel's Kitchen includes seventy-five sensational recipes that can be mastered by anyone, regardless of cooking experience. Arranged according to the seasons, these recipes show how simple it can be to put locally grown, seasonal produce on your table in place of packaged and processed foods. From sublime summer breakfasts to delectable desserts and heartwarming winter dinners, these tasty dishes, snacks, salad dressings, marinades, and drink recipes put homemade eating back into easy reach.

Mariel also shares her secrets that make it possible to eat well all week long, even with a full schedule. She reveals what staples are necessary for any pantry and how to prepare core recipes that become the foundation for multiple dishes. She offers shopping tips for navigating the world of organic and sustainable foods. And as she reveals what makes her kitchen "the heart of her home," she peppers recipes with stories about her own lifelong love affair with food.

Combining Mariel's no-nonsense attitude with wholesome recipes for every occasion, Mariel's Kitchen is a new kind of American cookbook designed to help you—and all those you cook for—eat better, fresher and more delicious foods, day in and day out.

Review by Frank Lipman, MD


Healthy Living from the Inside Out: Every Woman's Guide to Real Beauty, Renewed Energy, and a Radiant Life

Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco (2006)    Buy Now!

I began living a "Healthy Lifestyle" almost twenty years ago, at a point when everything looked great in my life—I was an actress with an Oscar nomination under my belt, newly-married, and looking forward to having a family. The truth was that I was fighting every day to project this illusion of perfection; like so many women I battled with the demons of low self-esteem, what I think of as an "potentially-addictive" personality, and a compulsive need to please others. For much of my twenties I tried to literally "starve" my demons—running to the point of exhaustion, eating as little food as I could while still functioning. It took years to realize that this was not "Healthy Living," and that true health came from a more reflective, holistic approach to mind, body and soul. With Healthy Living from the Inside Out I've taken all I've learned over the last few decades, and distilled it into a program for other women dealing with the ups and downs of modern life.

Healthy Living from the Inside Out is not about iron-clad rules or pronouncements from on-high. You'll never hear me saying that "You have to do exactly this work-out, or eat that specific meal," to find your optimal health and happiness, because what makes us feel happy and be healthy is different for everybody. Instead, what I hope you will get from Healthy Living is the very best of the tips and techniques I've studied over the last twenty years. You'll learn about the types of yoga and meditation that changed my life profoundly in my twenties, allowing me to overcome the Hemingway clan's compulsive habits, and come face-to-face with my own demons. How stripping "noisy" foods—sugar, caffeine and chemical additives—out of my diet helped stabilize my emotions, and clear my head of distracting "chatter." We'll look at ways to approach Exercise as a kind of emotional and spiritual communion, and ideas for creating a nurturing and creative space in your own home.


Finding My Balance: A Memoir with Yoga

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (2004)    Buy Now!

From the publisher…

Stardom, thanks to Woody Allen and his film Manhattan, came at an early age… but so did the problems of a broken and dysfunctional family. Yet in a life so out of kilter, Mariel Hemingway summoned the strength and inner resolve that enabled her to find — and to keep — her balance.

In Finding My Balance, actress Mariel Hemingway uses the lessons and practices of yoga as a starting point for her own personal reflections and larger-than-life family story. The result is a searingly honest memoir that is as deeply moving as it is helpfully prescriptive.

Mariel turned to yoga and its meditative practice in an effort to maintain her center when her life threatened to spin out of control. Having experienced family tragedy, sudden stardom, and the continuing challenges of a full and demanding life, Mariel learned through practice how to find her balance in emotionally disorienting situations. Throughout the book, Mariel uses her yoga training as a starting point for each chapter, carefully describing a particular position, then letting her mind wander into thoughts of the past and of her tumultuous life.

As each chapter begins with instruction, so does the book end with exercises organized in a sequence that can be followed by anyone who wants to practice them. As a special bonus for this edition, Mariel has added a section that describes the basics of her own "In Balance Philosophy": calming words of advice for people in search of their own emotional center.