Stretch Your Brave, Hack Your Story: Break Through Chronic Disease with Storytelling
by Melanie Banayat
Melanie Banayat, Author of Stretch Your Brave, Hack Your Story was a recipient of the Top Ten Authors Award from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
"I highly recommend this book."
“Stretch Your Brave, Hack Your Story: Break Through Chronic Disease with Storytelling was written by a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. If you are looking for a book to significantly improve the quality of your life, your health, and your vitality, I highly recommend you read this book and be in touch with Melanie Banayat so your life can be the best life possible.
~ Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, Founder/Director, Institute for Integrative Nutrition”
Stretch Your Brave, Hack Your Story by Melanie Banayat is a rich, meaningful and lovely work of art as well as a stirring personal reflection on what it means to seek to be well in an often painful world. Illustrated with her brilliant and moving paintings, illuminated with inspiring quotations, and enriched with her own story as well as those of other women, this book is a moving tribute to the largeness of the human spirit in the face of life's challenges. Melanie's voice isrich with wisdom and compassion. Her insights into how our bodies express trauma through illness and creative ways of bringing healing will be of help to many who are in pain and desiring answers. Both a seeker and a guide on the path to wholeness herself, she has created a book that will become a cherished companion for those seeking a gentle voice to lead from a dark place to illumination of the soul.
- Laurie Ann Powell, Author of Zombified: Everything I Need to Know About My Health I Learned From My Hangover.
A must-read for anyone stuck in any sort of unhealthy cycle. Healing through storytelling... Melanie Banayat re-ignites a tradition as old as humanity in this captivating book. A blend of practical guidance for self-healing, and deeply inspirational stories. There are delights around every corner -- original paintings by Banayat, pearls of wisdom ("Post Traumatic Growth," "Intestinal Fortitude," "Inner GPS," etc), and compelling true stories of healing. Banayat guides the reader beautifully to the truth that will set us free.
We all are looking for a key to improving and sustaining our health throughout our lifetime. The observations and advice Melanie Banayat writes of in her book are sensitively intuitive, and will land on your psyche like soft, lapping surf. Combining her passion as an artist with the compassion of a health professional, Melanie leads the reader through the process of unpacking hidden histories (our stories) that have attached dis-ease to our bodies insidiously. This is a book that you will want to keep in plain sight in your environment to remind and reinforce your commitment to your own vibrant health.
"Brave & Inspirational!"
What a beautiful book! Perhaps one of the most beautiful self-help books I've read. Melanie's soulful and thought-provoking artwork is the perfect compliment to these bravely told personal accounts, her own and those of her clients. When I read them I see myself and my own struggles over the years, I see my mother, my sister, my best of friends... There is truly something here for everyone. Her prompts and questions are delivered with compassion and reveal her true expertise as a coach and healer. After reading this book I feel inspired to pay closer attention to my nutritional health and the nutritional health of my children. Even on those days when I feel I just don't have the time to care, Melanie's book reminds me that I must care, I must make good choices. It does matter and it does make a difference in my life and the lives of the people I love. Thank you Melanie!
"Absolutely captures the kindness, authenticity and creative brilliance of Melanie."
Stretch Your Brave, Hack Your Story absolutely captures the kindness, authenticity and creative brilliance of Melanie. It not only looks beautiful, but it is filled with heartfelt and genuine stories that will inspire and guide you to better wellness!"
- SGT Steve Rosen, Owner of Kickstart for Women & author of Operation Motivation