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What Jane Austen can teach us about health

Thursday, April 11, 2019

I am a Jane Austen fan. I have been since high school, when I received my first Jane Austen book for Christmas as a teenager. I have read all of her book (she only wrote 6 complete novels), many many times. I never tire of them. In case you are wondering, my favorite if Persuasion.
Imagine my surprise when my husband handed me an article from the newspaper titled, "Jane Austen offers timeless tip on eating exercise and health". I was curious. I knew about Mr. Woodhouse , Emma's father being so health conscious he almost seems to be a hypochondriac. I remember Marianne being gravely ill. And how can I forget Mrs Bennett's nerves? But finding healthy eating and exercise advice in her novels, I was doubtful.
As I read through the article, i began to see a whole new aspect of Jane Austen's stories. Though her tips come in the form of just being part of a healthy lifestyle, they are spot on. Based on what I read, I believe she would have been a member of Spark People!
The article left me wanting more details of long walks in nature and eating in company. I was happy to learn the article was just a tease for a book written by the author, "The Jane Austen Diet: Austen's Secrets to Food, Health and Incandescent Happiness". It is next on my reading list.
For me, perhaps the greatest insight the author gained from her writing is "...Austen knew that attractive, healthy bodies come in "every possible variation of form', which I why you'll find some of the most diverse and progressive examples of physical beauty in her fiction..." According to Jane Austen, we should appreciate our beauty, no matter our size or shape. And I, for one, need to remember that.

link to article ; www.twincities.c
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