Warrenville resident calls for stripping away healthy-living excuses

Warrenville, IL

“Gardening Nude” has been labeled a common-sense guide as well as a motivational self-help book written by author Shawna Lee Coronado, who is on the board of directors of the Fermilab Natural Areas.

Coronado is a writer who is passionate about greening and healthy living. Coronado's mission is to inspire the world to get healthier, happier and greener.

In explaining her book title, Coronado says, “The term, 'gardening nude,' is a metaphoric expression which means to strip away the negative excuses and feelings, get off your fanny, and get out into nature to improve your health and lifestyle. It is all about living life happy and to the fullest.

“My goal,” Coronado says, “is to touch as many lives as I can in a positive way – showing people that they can make a difference in their communities and for themselves by practicing a green, healthy and less-stressed lifestyle.”

For more than 10 years, Coronado lived with severe stress and acute health issues. Coronado's constant pain, allergies and asthma led her to take more than a dozen prescriptions per day.

Miserable, ill, and desperate, Coronado took on the medical establishment and built the “Get Your Green On Healthy Philosophy” in hopes of finding a way to improve her own mental and physical health.

The more she practiced her green philosophy, Coronado said, the more apparent it became that her plan was a miracle cure for an unhealthy lifestyle. Coronado now takes only three medications per day and says she feels better than she ever has.

“Gardening Nude” features the “Get Your Green On Healthy Philosophy,” a three-part system which includes a health plan, Greening and Conservation Guide, and Building A Green Community Plan.

The philosophy shows that becoming mentally and physically healthier is a snap when you are living a green lifestyle, Coronado said. “Gardening Nude” aims to teach readers how the combination of reduced stress, green living and building relationships can create a positive mental attitude at work and home, and in life.

The guide book includes features about people and corporations living the life and setting a green example for the world to follow. Quoted in “Gardening Nude” are authors and medical and conservation experts such as Andrew Weil, M.D.; David Edelberg, M.D.; Nirmala Arora, M.D.; Al Gore; and Richard Louv, Ph.D.

Coronado includes a hidden message in the book. Clues to the message can be found on the cover of the book. Coronado challenges readers, “I have hidden a secret message within the book for all to discover – find the message and get started on healthy living.”

Coronado's story, personality and guidance encourage readers to build a healthier and greener lifestyle.

Coronado lives with her family in Warrenville, where she “gets her green on” by spending summers outdoors gardening with her little black dog, Harry the Pug.

“Gardening Nude” is available on www.amazon.com or www.thecasualgardener.com