This is a review of the book Meditate Your Weight by Tiffany Cruikshank.
Books which attempt to accomplish multiple projects succeed without a doubt, fail tremendously, or do one of the two well and the other is just there. Reading through Meditate Your Weight by Tiffany Cruikshank, this book falls into that last option.
Cruikshank’s book follows a predictable format for a book with a title like Meditate Your Weight: A 21-Day Rereat to Optimize Your Metabolism and Feel Great. The first third of the book is introductory material and advocates why the reader should consider going through the twenty-one days. The next third of the book are the daily activities for the twenty-one day meditation plan. The last third of the book deals with how to maintain after the twenty-one days are up, what foods to eat, and a yoga routine to use in conjunction with the twenty-one day plan. There are no surprises there.
Where Cruikshank shines through in this project is when she is speaking directly to the reader; her experiences as a meditation/yoga instructor and counselor are apparent. She writes in a relatable tone which easily conveys the message and content she is trying to communicate. Each of the twenty-segments, daily meditation guides, and the reflective activities after are written out in a way that effectively allows the reader to engage.
Where this book’s effectiveness is limited a little bit is in the attempt to “optimize the metabolism.” Cruikshank does an effective job of laying out why to meditate, which research, and case studies for success regarding the benefits of meditation. Throughout her writing addressing the health and weight aspect, there was nothing compelling enough in how she tried to connect the two for me to feel that really anything regarding weight was more of a side benefit than a primary reason for meditating, which is what this book sets out to do.
As an introduction to meditation as a lifestyle, Meditate Your Weight is great. There are many helpful tips and the twenty-one day guide is extremely helpful. As a weight loss book, take its contents with a grain of salt and be prepared to see stress levels reduce far more than scale numbers.
This book was provided for free through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for writing a review on it. I was not obligated to write a positive review; the opinions expressed are mine.