Jack LaLanne's remarkable health and vitality have always been an inspiration for me. How does he do it? Can I do it? In this book has he finally put it all together so that any of us can do it? I am not sure that we all can do what he has done, but I am sure that he has told us how he did it.
In the modern style, he reduces his ideas into a 12-step program. Those steps, each the topic of a separate chapter, are:
Stay Away From Killer Habits
Maintain Perfect Posture
Stay Well Hydrated
Find Some Energy
Be In A Solid Relationship
Consume Plenty of Fruits and Vegetables.
Like some of the other reviewers, I found a lot of his advice to be elementary level. It was not the kind of "secrets" book I was hoping to find. My expectations were not met, but that was a problem with my expectations. In this book Jack tells you what he did - and for him it has been a great success.
If you were to categorize Jack LaLanne, you would say that he is someone who has mostly lived by the conventional wisdom - rigorously applied - and shown how you can achieve great results for yourself that way. The fact that he has no "secrets" to disclose poses a threat and challenge to all the experts and gurus who try to peddle such secrets. His message seems to be a simple one: clean living, positive attitude, whole foods diet, and regular exercise. It has worked for him.
Jack LaLanne is a very quotable guy. Here are my favorite nuggets from the book:
-There is no fountain of youth. What you put in your body is what you get out of it. (10)
-If man makes it, don't eat it. I do my best to avoid anything in a can or a box. (14)
-Anything in life is possible, and YOU make it happen. (15)
-You really can change your life. (34)
-Most of the causes of dying before one's time are avoidable. (38)
-I learned my lesson about moderation. Just because one apple is good for you, it doesn't mean that 80 apples will do 80 times as much good. (24)
-Your workouts will not exceed 30-40 minutes. And you won't do them every day of the week. (33)
-You came into this life alone and you're going to leave it alone. But in between, make the rest of your life the best of your life. (275)
Thanks, Jack LaLanne, for showing us a way to live!