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Books: "Hands on Health"

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Todd Moe talks with the local author of a new book about healthier eating and taking care of our bodies. Paula Youmell is a nurse and certified holistic health counselor. Her new book is titled, Hands on Health. It's the first in a series of books she calls "The Whole Food Kitchen."

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Todd Moe
Morning Host and Producer


In her new book “Hands on Health,” registered nurse and certified health counselor Paula Youmell defines whole foods as “food exactly as they came from nature.” She stresses that individuals should eat more seasonally and locally, because those foods are both healthier more nutritious, saying, “your body deals with food better if it’s eaten in the season that it’s grown. It’s the food your body was meant to have.”

Youmell shared this comment from an unidentified physician: “Throughout human history, calories were hard to get and physical movement was unavoidable. Now we’ve moved to a culture where physical movement is hard to get and calories are unavoidable.” According to Youmell, we consume more calories from unhealthy foods than necessary; however, we no longer actively move our bodies.

Youmell believes that individuals growing up now will not live as long as people today. She says that now people are forming their bodies with refined foods, while the older generation built their bodies on whole foods grown on farms. Although the older generation began eating more refined foods as they transitioned into their middle and elderly years, their bodies were built on the whole foods they grew up eating—that their cells were built on the whole food eating.

Today, most kids are raised on processed packaged food products. Youmell doesn’t believe their genetics are going to fare as well. Youmell emphasizes that “we need to take care of the genetic hand of cards that we were given…. We know what makes us healthy, we know what real food is, we know what makes our body healthy.”

Although we want eat healthier, Youmell recognizes that people fall into habits, and do not want to take steps towards living healthier lives. “They want to get to where they’re goals are but don’t’ want to make the steps to make the change.”

In her book, she emphasizes that the adjustment towards healthy living is not as difficult as people may think, that just taking one little step a week can make a difference. Or, she recommends, ”Add something good and don’t think about the bad.” Youmell encourages individuals to incorporate movement into their daily routine, such as going outside and taking a walk on your lunch hour, before eating your meal. To get your blood flowing “just move your body,” she says.

Her book has chapters geared towards the benefits of whole foods, eating, seasonal food, whole food recipes, and navigating fitness.


You can purchase her book through your local bookstores, at Nature’s Storehouse in Canton, New Possibilities Acupuncture in Colton, massage therapist Helen Kenny in Hannawa Falls, or online. Wednesday afternoon, May 22, there will be a book signing at the Potsdam Food Co-Op from 3:00-5:00 pm. Also, on May 30, there will be a book launch party at Five Elements Living Acupuncture in Colton from 6:00-8:30 pm.

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