The Book

Choose Better, Live Better:
Nine Healthy Choices that Nurture Body, Mind, and Spirit
Alan T. Carpenter, PhD

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In his award-winning book, Alan Carpenter shows you how with 9 simple, practical, evidence-based healthy lifestyle choices. Embrace just a few of these healthy choices and you’ll …

  • Find greater energy and enthusiasm to pursue your dreams
  • Expand your network of supportive social relationships
  • Find greater purpose and meaning in your life
  • Keep your mind sharp
  • Live with more optimism, gratitude, and forgiveness
  • Continue to function at a high level and maintain mobility in your later years
  • Avoid or postpone debilitating chronic diseases until late in life

The nine healthy choices form a smorgasbord of ways to elevate your life. Choose just one of them to get started on your journey!

Choose Better, Live Better provides a comprehensive program to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. If you embrace these healthy choices and make them part of your daily life, you’ll stack the deck in favor of lifelong vibrant health and emotional well-being.

The book arose from Alan’s life-threatening accident on the Pacific Crest Trail at age 66. He scoured scientific and medical studies to find ways to rejuvenate his life. He’s incorporated these healthy choices into his daily life with outstanding results. You can, too!

Alan has field-tested these healthy choices under demanding conditions during 11,800 miles of long-distance hiking and cycling adventures since his accident. These lifestyle choices work!

The power of healthy lifestyle choices dwarfs what you think! Here’s just one example:

If you don’t smoke, eat a Mediterranean-type diet, and exercise regularly, you can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by 90%, heart disease by 80%, and cancer by 70%. – Walter C. Willett, MD, Harvard University

Wow! All this from making just a few healthy choices!

You can purchase the book in print and electronic formats from your local book store or online. Please contact Alan for price quotes for bulk orders.

Check out Alan’s blog to learn specific ways that healthy lifestyle choices can rejuvenate your life.

Alan publishes a free, monthly, two-page healthy lifestyle choices newsletter with the latest science on health and well-being. To request a copy, send an email to [email protected] with "Healthy Lifestyle Choices Newsletter" in the subject line.


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We can all use more energy, vitality, and better health, and we can all find simple effective advice for getting there in Choose Better, Live Better. Alan Carpenter's compelling narrative boils down a host of research into 9 "do-able" steps we can take, one at a time. No excuses - buy this book and take one step towards living better - your family, community, and healthcare system will thank you!

Porter Storey MD, FACP, FAAHPM

In Choose Better, Live Better, Alan Carpenter goes way beyond the basics we know of living a healthy lifestyle, providing a roadmap to living a longer, more fruitful life. Through extensive research, and with great practical clarity, even the healthiest of us will better understand the keys to nurturing one’s body, mind and spirit!

Barry Siff, Former President USA Triathlon, Ultra Endurance Athlete

Awakened by a close call after a mountaineering accident, Alan Carpenter realized that he had taken life for granted. Since then, he has set out to rejuvenate his own life – and help others along the way. The result: Choose Better, Live Better. If you’re looking for a straightforward, helpful book on how you can improve your life through daily choices, this book is a terrific find. In user-friendly language, Carpenter summarizes the research on the benefits of lifestyle changes, such as moving more, eating better and living with purpose – and then provides practical ways to get started. No matter where you are on your path to better health, I recommend it!

Laura Putnam, Author of Workplace Wellness That Works and CEO & Founder of Motion Infusion

A really well-done book with a wonderful message: What you do away from the table is just as important as what you eat! Highly recommended.

Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS aka “The Nutrition Myth Buster™”, best-selling author of The Great Cholesterol Myth, Living Low Carb, and The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth

Health is a choice—a conscious decision you can make. More, vitality is a choice—to remain vital and vibrant. Alan Carpenter lays out the path for you to have a lifetime of vitality. Now it’s your decision.

Will Murray, author of The Four Pillars of Triathlon: Vital Mental Conditioning for Endurance Athletes

In his fascinating new book, Alan Carpenter explores nine lifestyle choices which nurture body, mind, and spirit.  The benefits of these lifestyle choices are backed by clinical research, but Carpenter also practices them himself, so he writes from the perspective of personal experience.  Best of all, Carpenter explains how to turn healthy choices into long-term habits, which is the secret sauce of lifelong well-being. As someone who has practiced these habits for more than a decade, I am grateful for good health and a joyful life.   If you want to enjoy better health, read this book and put its principles into action!

Thomas Cross, Pastor, Broomfield United Methodist Church

Humans comprise a body, mind, and spirit. But more often than not, the medical establishment and books on healthy living ignore or gives short shrift to the spiritual aspects of human existence. Choose Better, Live Better addresses the full range of the human experience. Read this book to learn the surprising extent to which spiritually-related lifestyle choices predict better health and well-being.

Harold Koenig, MD, Director, Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health, Duke University Medical Center

Alan Carpenter's book helped me to expand my knowledge of the patient's "Biopsychosocial Model" of their own health continuum.  I appreciate his approach to wellness, and can see that this book will benefit people of all ages and health conditions. I will be keeping a copy of his book on my office shelf to share with my patients!

William H. Dodson, III, MD, Family Physician, Boulder, CO

Standing out in a crowded field of books related to life choices can be challenging. However, Alan’s deep, research-based content, personalized with his powerful and authentic experiences, makes “Choose Better, Live Better” a clear leader for those looking to create lifelong health and well-being. Alan’s nine lifestyle choices are practical, achievable, and results-oriented. He brings them to life through anecdotes, scientific research, and effective “to-do” lists. Feeling out of sorts? Feeling low energy? Feeling depleted or that your life could have more meaning, more joy, more well-being? Get this book — today.

Robert Tipton, author of JUMP! - Get Unstuck, Extraordinary Life Breakthroughs