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Pilar Gerasimo and Healthy Deviants

We are delighted to welcome Pilar Gerasimo to our In The Spirit Conversations. Pilar Gerasimo is an award-winning health journalist, pioneering social explorer, and author of a new book, The Healthy Deviant: A Rule-Breaker’s Guide to Being Healthy in an Unhealthy World (North Atlantic Books, 2020).

Best known for her work as founding editor of Experience Life magazine, which today reaches more than three million people with each issue, Pilar has also served as Chief Creative Officer for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and as top health editor for The Huffington Post.

She has appeared as an expert guest on Dr. Ozon Oprah & Friends Radio, CBS, NBC, and ABC television affiliates, and on Mayo Clinic TV. Pilar lives on an organic family farm in Wisconsin.

Today, Pilar co-hosts a top-rated weekly podcast called The Living Experiment. She speaks at universities, leads workshops at top retreat centers, and consults for organizations committing to transforming health and happiness around the globe.

When she’s not travelling, Pilar hides out on an organic, communal family farm in Wisconsin her goofy pit bull pal, Calvin. Learn more at and

About Healthy Deviant

What kind of society makes being healthy and happy so difficult that only a single-digit

percentage of the population can hope to pull it off? The answer: A sick society.

And within a sick society—one where illness, anxiety, and depression are the prevailing norms—what does it mean to be one of the few people to buck those unhealthy odds? It means bucking a lot of your society’s norms and rejecting a lot of its conventional health prescriptions.

It also means acknowledging a disturbing truth: If you aren’t breaking the rules, you’re probably breaking yourself. That’s the simple, provocative philosophy behind The

Healthy Deviant, a seasoned health journalist’s quest to reframe healthy choices as a positive form of social rebellion. Combining infographics and statistics with insights from sociology, psychology, evolutionary biology, and neurochemistry, this category-defying book rejects the idea that diet and exercise alone can save us—or are even the best places to start.

Part manifesto, part whispered wake-up call, The Healthy Deviant is a modern-day survival guide for being a healthy person in an unhealthy world. Starting now.

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