Feel Good, Look Good – Jacelyn Tay

Another book finished! Now I really feel like eating right and doing regular exercise, but well… most of us will have a fairly good guess on how long this regime will last. The discipline in maintaining good health is as demanding as the one in regular reading, and as part of the middle working class, all we want, is just simple rest, after a hard day’s work. 

This book is a short book, with plenty of pretty pictures and some useful appendices that make me decide to keep the book for future reference. I cannot recall if I bought the book or someone gave it to me, but I know for sure that I did not start reading it for the purpose of slimming. Those who know me will know that I am in fact underweight. But whether or not, one is overweight or underweight, the importance of eating well and exercising regularly does not differ.

An overview of the different body types is provided and I feel this is very helpful as some people are really big in bones and not fat, but they get upset when they do not become “smaller” after dieting. It is important to understand one’s own body and to accept what can be changed and what cannot. This is especially so where genes are concerned. Sometimes, we are just born that way. A level of acceptance is necessary before any attempts for enhancement are made. At the end of the day, we do know that good health matters most.

This book, like many other health books, does serve in motivating readers in the do-it-yourself aspect. Simple exercises such as stair climbing are recommended. I believe most of us will agree that this is an exercise that an average person can do without investing in any attire or equipment. In fact, I had done it previously on a daily basis with my ex-colleagues. We used to climb a flight of seven-storey stairs after lunch. The drawback was that the stairs in office buildings were usually narrow and stuffy and so it was not a comfortable experience. This lasted for as long as we could manage before we started lunching at our desks due to workload.

There is also a good portion of commercialization discussed in this book, but I simply glanced through as it is of little interest to me. Slimming products, slimming treatments, and even plastic surgery are alternatives to a regime of eating well and regular exercise. But the author does her part in warning readers of the side effects and limitations of such alternatives, and that ultimately we are what we eat. Yet despite several negative highlights of slimming products in the book, the author had went ahead to advertise for a slimming product in the recent years. It appears to me like a contradiction in belief but another perspective could be that this slimming product is really that natural.

One product that caught my attention though is the health pads for detoxifying the body. I personally tried using the health pads on my soles last night and yes, they turned a disgusting brown the next morning but I do not feel any different. Does it really work? I probably have to research more on it before commenting further.

On another note, the details of the recommendations, be it exercises or soup, are also not precise. It seems to me like a touch-and-go effort and one would likely need to research more on that particular area if interested. But perhaps that is the whole idea, to be motivated to try out the different methods to see what would be the best for your body. After all, we are all different.