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Hey guys. How’s it going? I recently finished reading Body Love, and since a few of you were interested in this book, I thought I would share some thoughts on it.
I also wanted to check in and do a little catching up. How have you been? What’s new in your world? Over here, we are keeping pretty busy. I have been working and teaching, and am in the middle of Orangetheory’s Hell Week, which has been fun but very challenging. Tuesday’s workout involved about 22 minutes of almost straight rowing and TONS of burpees, so there was definitely a couple of what have I signed myself up for moments. It was a great feeling of accomplishment at the end though.
Otherwise, we are getting excited about Halloween. I have always loved Halloween. We don’t have a party or anything this year, so I probably won’t dress up, but usually, I love planning costumes for the whole family. This year has been especially fun because the kids are super into Halloween decorations and knew what they wanted to dress up as. I can’t wait to take them trick or treating.
As I mentioned earlier, I finished reading Body Love not too long ago. Overall, I thought it was a great read. It is conversational and flows well, so it can be read pretty quickly. I really liked that she focuses not just on food or working out, but on total well-being. She gives a lot of tips on good sleep, taking care of your hormones, reducing stress, and even on a healthy sex life and its contributions to overall health.
I really enjoyed the focus on what she calls the “Fab Four,” which are quality protein, fat, fiber, and greens. I do find that I feel best when I am getting a good amount of these types of food in each day. While reading it I tried a lot of her smoothie recipes and tried to structure my meals using the guidelines she gave. Though I did not cut back on gluten, dairy or fruit, which are things she discusses in the book.
I did enjoy her recipes though and will keep the guidelines from the book in mind going forward. Jumping back to the smoothies for a moment, a lot of the smoothie recipes are no fruit, which I was a little eh about, but they were delicious and I will definitely keep some of them in the rotation going forward.
My takeaway was that it was useful information in an easy to digest format. I feel like I learned some new things and picked up a couple nutritious new options to add to my go tos. There are some things suggested or discussed in the book that didn’t feel quite right for me though. For example, the book encourages three meals a day and no or limited snacks. I am active at multiple points throughout the day and find that I feel best eating 4-5 times a day. That may be more of a to each their own type of thing though, I don’t really believe in a one size fits all approach to food. I do enjoy learning about nutrition and food ideologies and like to take what works for me from it, and leave behind what doesn’t really work for me.
*Note: I am not a dietitian or nutritionist, these are only my thoughts after reading this book. If you need assistance with nutrition or have diet-related concerns, I would suggest contacting a Registered Dietitian.
So tell me friends what’s new in your life? Have you read Body Love? While we are chatting, is there anything you like to see more of on Pizza & Pull-Ups (types of posts, etc).
Hope you have a great day!