Book Review: Younger Next Week | Rachel Begun, MS, RD


In addition to having a shared love for the Yankees, I admire my friend and colleague Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN for her practical, down-to-earth approach to nutrition.

Elisa’s not the type of dietitian who insists on going to the local organic juice bar to spend $7 on a one-ounce shot of wheat grass every day.  She knows that’s not practical for 99% of the population.  Elisa’s approach to nutrition is real.  She provides advice for the everyday person doing their best to fit in regular exercise and sensible eating habits while also being able to enjoy their food and find the ever-elusive work/life balance.

And she takes the same approach to her newest book (she’s written three others), Younger Next Week: Your Ultimate Rx to Reverse the Clock, Boost Energy and Look and Feel Younger in 7 Days.

Younger Next Week  teaches us how to use health-promoting foods, exercise and relaxation techniques to decrease the stress in our lives and increase our vitality rather than resorting to “high-calorie comfort foods, caffeinated energy boosters, alcohol and other vitality robbers,” which may provide immediate gratification but wind up feeding into a viscious cycle of bad habits and low energy.

Elisa relies on scientific evidence and the expertise of other health professionals (myself included – check out page 186 for my thoughts on meditation) to educate us about how certain foods and nutrients improve or diminish the vitality in our lives and set the record straight on nutrition myths that may be hurting rather than helping us.  She also provides keen insights on the importance of regular exercise and relaxation techniques and, more importantly, how to make them a reality.

Lastly, Elisa provides a collection of delicious, easy-to-make recipes and menu plans.  The recipes were developed by another colleague, who is a well-established cookbook author. Robyn Webb has authored 13 cookbooks and contributes recipes to other authors and organizations.


In its totality, Younger Next Week is a 7-Day Vitality Plan that helps us look and feel younger in just one week…and motivates us to create new habits for a lifetime of health and vitality.

I asked Elisa why she chose this topic for her book.  Her response is more enlightening and engaging than any summary I could conjure up, so I thought you’d be interested to hear it:

I initially wanted to write a book about stress and how to deal with it. We women burn the candle at both ends and that takes its toll on our energy levels, and on the decisions we make about what, how much and when we eat, how we move our bodies and our sleep habits. When I researched the impact stress has on our habits and its impact on our bodies, I realized that stress ages us. It really takes its toll in so many ways–not only on what you see but what’s under the surface. Stress and the way we cope with it often puts us at risk for so many diseases, and it really ages us on a cellular level. It depresses our immunity and makes us vulnerable to getting everything from a cold to the flu to so many of the conditions and diseases that plague us.

Everyone wants to look and feel as youthful and as vibrant as they can. Younger Next Week shows them how stress and how we deal with it ages us –not only our faces and our bodies, but our heart and all our vital organs–and what we can do to reverse that and look and feel our best at any age. I realized the stress topic would speak to many people, especially women, and I wrote this book to help myself as much as any other woman improve her food, fitness and lifestyle habits so that she can look and feel better, perform optimally at work, at home and in the bedroom, and do all the million and one things she needs to do daily with work/family while looking, feeling and being her best.

Writing this book was actually a wake-up call to me about how vital it is for women to arrest the stress and take care of herself better, especially when she’s going through personal stressors or is surrounded by stress. It really helped me tweak some of my habits and I really feel the difference! Knock wood, I seldom get sick and I attest that to being active, eating well (most of the time) and dealing with stress better. 

You can learn more about Elisa by visiting her website,  Click on the “Books” tab and you’ll find various ways to purchase the book.  The suggested retail price for Younger Next Week is $16.95, a very reasonable price for such a wealth of health information.

(Disclosure: Elisa Zied generously shared a complimentary copy of Younger Next Week.  I was not paid to write this blog post.)


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2 Responses to Book Review: Younger Next Week

  1. Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you penning this post and also the rest of the site is also very good.

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