Optimize Your Child’s Mind, Body and Soul by Nishma Shah Review

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Reviewed by Ruth Clements

I was not sure what to expect from this book when I was asked to review it, but I found it to be a useful book and one I am pleased to have on my bookshelf. It is mainly about the food that we feed our children and what effect that has on them and how to make changes to optimise their health, the book also introduces yoga and meditation for both older and younger children.

The book is 175 pages long, each chapter is well set out and easy to follow, there are also some useful pictures and diagrams. The book is split up into 5 parts or chapters, which are all fully referenced at the end of the book.

Chapter one introduces the essential components to a healthy body, discussing each of the food groups in turn and the effects that these have on your child’s body and mind.

Chapter two highlights which of these components are essential for a healthy body, covering the digestive system, the brain and the immune system.

Chapter three discusses the components for a healthy soul, introducing yoga and meditation.

Chapter four gives some ideas and recipes for meals, snacks and drinks.

Chapter five brings it all together, goes through steps on how to get started on the changes.

Each chapter concludes with some questions and answers and a summary of the main points covered, which I found useful, and enables the reader to begin to implement changes into their child’s lifestyle.

The author is not only a health coach but she is also a mother to a child with liver disease. In her quest to find answers to her son’s illness and how to keep him healthy, she had gained a great understanding and a positive attitude to health and nutrition and her book strives to guide other parents in improving or maintaining their children’s health and well-being.

I feel the book would be useful to both those parents that have poorly children like the author and also to those parents that just want to ensure the best for their children and to keep them happy and healthy.

Overall an interesting and factual book, I am not sure how practical it would be to fully implement the changes. I have 3 young children and although I am not sure I would be able to get them to eat all the recipes in the book, I shall try to make some changes. I feel that it is a book that is best read fully to begin with and then to dip in and out of, and as the children grow you can introduce new things, mine are too young at the moment to complete a soulful diary each day, however starting them with some basic skills in meditation may be useful.

She is a true example of a mother-warrior who has learnt a great deal while on her journey and now generously shares her wisdom with all of us!

Rating: 4/5

RRP: £11.99

Available to buy from Amazon here.

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