3+. A Goodreads giveaway book received and reviewed.
“The Prime” is neurologist Kulreet Chaudhary’s rediscovery and application of the ancient science of Ayurveda and its holistic health benefits. She describes a treatment regimen for detoxification, rebalancing, and rejuvenation of one’s body, the digestive system, and through them, one’s mind and sense of well-being. She provides, in easy to grasp text, an instruction guide that takes the reader through her specific rejuvenation process. One that has the added health benefit of weight loss.
I could not escape an ever-present feeling that “The Prime” is an extended advertisement for her treatment regimen. Starting out with questionable hyperbole – bitter milk because it isn’t granted voluntarily by cows in the western world – the author introduces an unwary reader to Prime Tea, Prime Broth, Prime Curry Powder, Prime this, and Prime that. The reader finds no place in the book to hide from the brand promoted. While informative, and most likely helpful, when pushed incessantly, The Prime became – for this reader – a rather sub-prime primer.
Kulreet fails to mention that Indian cuisine, south Indian food, in particular, is designed to incorporate many if not all of her recommendations. Where I come from, Kerala, we drink water boiled with cumin seeds (‘Jeera’) and not only rid such water of bacteria but enhance its health benefits. Our lunch is often a grand affair with Sambhar (a thick soup incorporating coriander seed powder, cumin seed powder, turmeric powder, mustard seeds, and other herbs and spices), Rasam, sauteed vegetables and greens, pickle, and buttermilk with boiled rice. While the portions of each dish are small, the entire combination forms a culinary cadence that is music to the gut and aesthetic to boot. Dinner and breakfast, in comparison, are simpler affairs which nevertheless include spices suitable to the specific duration in the daily bodily cycle. Simply put, what we put into our digestive systems is not just fuel, but a sequence of food and plant material that serves to aid our bodily systems and enhance health.
For me, one from a land that originated Ayurveda, Kulreet’s book is a refresher with little new information. For all others, The Prime can be informative and educational. A book well worth reading for those conscious of holistic health: mind, body, and soul.