Bite this Book: One Simple Change

Extreme cold weather during my early January holidays meant less time outdoors and more time to curl up with a book. It turns out that was a good thing, as I couldn’t put down the newly released, One Simple Change.

Written by holistic nutritionist, fellow blogger and friend Winnie Abramson, this book encapsulates my entire health plan for 2014 – and for life and longevity, really. One Simple Change compiles 50 doable changes to incorporate into your life. Most of the chapter topics are diet and exercise related, and tie directly into the healthy lifestyle philosophy here on Simple Bites.

Get Fresh Air Every Day. Fit in Fresh Juice. Ramp Up Raw Foods. Pay Attention to Proteins. Manage Your Stress. Slow Down…..are but just a few of the author’s wise ways to approach whole living. For me the books was part inspirational (a big part) and part confirmation that I was on track with some things. Composting, planting a garden, getting out in nature – those actions are at the heart of our urban homesteading efforts.

Winnie’s book worked for my crazy hectic days thanks to the short, readable chapters. I particularly appreciated the side bars filled with tips, that allow the reader to pick and choose the simple changes that can make their lives better. You can choose to start small or jump in with both feet, but every chapter provided a nugget that will help you live a better, healthier life.  I wish it was on each and every one of your nightstands as we start this New Year.

Read on for an interview with the author of One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life and a chance to win a copy of your own!

One simple change

Q & A with Winnie of Healthy Green Kitchen

1. Why did you want to write this book?

When I was younger, I dealt with disordered eating and over exercising and I ended up miserable with a host of health problems as a result.  Now I live a life that’s balanced and full of joy (and at 43 years old, I have never been healthier or happier). I wanted to share how I got to where I am today.

2. Can the steps in One Simple Change be embraced by families, or is it more an individual thing?

There’s a lot of information in the book. I don’t necessarily think each chapter will resonate with each person, but I think there is definitely something for everyone. As for whether it can be embraced by families, that’s a really great question!

Many of the overarching themes of the book relate to nutrition and food preparation and I definitely think these concepts are appropriate for families to address together. I also think the green living topics are something families can and should embrace.

Urban chickens on www.simplebites.netPhoto by Tim Chin

3. Do you consider yourself a homesteader and what’s on the agenda for 2014 in this regard?

I have never used the term homesteader to describe myself, but I do have a large garden, keep chickens, and I did have bees (until they died last summer). In 2014, I am hoping to expand my flock of chickens (I have 6 right now) and I’d like to learn how to extend my garden harvest through the colder months via some sort of winter gardening set-up. I’d also like to get going again with the beekeeping…I enjoyed it and I think it’s a really important thing for folks to do, if they are willing and able.


Thanks to the publishers at Chronicle, I have two copies of One Simple Change: Surprisingly Easy Ways to Transform Your Life giveaway to two lucky readers!

To enter:

**UPDATE: This giveaway has ended and the winners announced.**

To enter this giveaway leave a comment on this post and tell me a simple change you want to make in 2014. That’s it!

Remember: If you are reading this post via email, please note that you must enter on the blog post, NOT by replying to the email.

Giveaway ends Sunday, January 12, at 8:00 AM EST. Good luck to all!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. Kerri Ciulla says

    I would like to drink 8 glasses of water everyday!!

  2. I would love to read this book. One simple change I’d like to make in 2014 is to send more thank you notes! For big and small things.

  3. get moving, at least 30 minutes each day

  4. Love the idea of adding one thing at a time. Increasing my water consumption would be a good place to start for 2014

  5. One change I’d like to make is to try to be more positive and enjoy things without feeling guilty.

  6. I would like to spend more time being mindful, with better balance between life and work responsibilities. And I would love to read this book as a spring board into making that happen. LMH

  7. I plan to spend more time outdoors… this winter we’ll be prepping the site and this spring we’ll be planting a garden. I’d love to have more info and direction on other simple ways to move towards living a healthier, more balanced life and this book sounds like it would provide do-able ideas to implement.

  8. I want to find yummy recipes/steps to eat more wholesome food with less preservatives. I plan adding more varieties of veggies to my already good sized garden. Would LOVE this book, sounds like just what I need to read!

  9. I’m making the change to be active this year!

  10. I need to exercise more.

  11. Eat cleaner!

  12. I want to make more foods from scratch – we’re still buying too many over-processed, chemical-laden foods (IMHO)

  13. Drink two glasses of water every morning when I get up.

  14. Spend more time with my family outdoors – walking, skiing, sledding, hiking, camping, and just playing.

  15. I would like to find ways to incorporate some dyi changes while living in the city. This book may help me find ways without the benefit of land to cultivate. Thanks!

  16. I would like to move my body more (30-60 minutes) each day. I love the premise behind this book…simple changes over time so they become doable lifestyle changes.

  17. I want to ride my new bike.

  18. I am going to start my running routine again.

  19. Keep my blood sugar regulated

  20. I would like to work less and walk more… and check out this book!

  21. Involve my children when i work in our garden every day even for ten or fifteen minutes!

  22. Get more sleep

  23. I would like to consume less sugar!

  24. I would really like to find joy in exercising…I know I should but I just hate doing it!

  25. A simple motto – to live, not exist!

  26. I want to start doing mindfulness and meditation on a regular basis

  27. While there are many changes I would like to make, I think a good place to start is with moving/exercising more this year.

  28. Aimee Porter says

    One simple change I’m making in 2014 – drinking 1/2 gallon of water every day!

  29. I would like to drink more water!

  30. I have heard nothing but good things about this book. 2014 is a big eventful year for me that may be stressful and definitely exciting. Therefore for 2014 one simple change I want to make is to be more mindful with everything that I do. That may not be so simple, haha.

  31. Peggy Nagy says

    Waking earlier for morning quiet time.

  32. I want my family to eat less processed food.

  33. I would like to read more about Winnie’s perspective. One simple (or not so simple) change I am making is limiting (or eliminating, if possible) gluten and refined sugar from my diet.

  34. Get regular exercise.

  35. Elizabeth N. says

    Spend less time on my electronics and spend more of it with my son, outdoors, and reading.

  36. Exercise more!

  37. Sue urquhart says

    Learning how to slow down and appreciate the moments that occur in my life daily. Learning how to say no. Losing my mom and my mother-in-law this month has made me realize that time spent on my family and myself, whether around a dinner table, going for a long walk or working in the garden, is a gift!