Hi friends! How are you? I hope that everyone is enjoying the week and that my American friends enjoyed a safe and festive 4th!
I have lots of pics to share with you with our festivities (and posted a lot of IG stories!), but for now, I’m excited to tell you about one of the latest reads I’ve been enjoying this week: Body Love.
I’ve been following Kelly on Instagram for a while now, but didn’t learn about her book until the most recent Skinny Confidential Him and Her podcast. (<— also highly recommend. It’s real, hilarious, and I always learn something.) She dropped so many knowledge bombs that I knew I needed to order it up. Also, she’s Jessica Alba’s RD so I had a feeling she was doing something right.
(Also worth mentioning that this post isn’t sponsored or anything like that. I just like sharing the good stuff with you guys, and sharing the love when fellow bloggers and women are kicking a** and doing amazing things. I’m 99.97% sure the author has no clue who I am.)
A little bit about Body Love (from the sales page):
Celebrity favorite health and wellness consultant Kelly LeVeque shares her secrets for losing weight, attuning ourselves to our bodies’ needs, and freeing ourselves from food drama in this essential wellness guide, which includes 88 delectable recipes!
In this inspirational yet practical book, the nutritional consultant and holistic healthcare expert who has helped celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Molly Sims, Chelsea Handler, and Emmy Rossum improve their health and achieve their goals shows you how to get beyond the food drama of cyclical fad diets and feel and look great by eating well.
Kelly’s Food Freedom program helps you set yourself up for success, eliminating cravings, mood swings, and other symptoms caused by food drama. Start your day with her Fab Four Smoothies, including a Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie and a Mango Kale Madness Smoothie, which pack protein, fat, fiber, and carbs to balance your blood sugar and keep you full and happy. After breakfast, you’ll thrive with her Fab Four recipes, including Turkey-Stuffed Delicata Squash, Spicy Salmon Nori Burritos, and Anti-Inflammatory Detox Salad, which include the Fab Four food groups—protein, fat, fiber, and greens—that play a role in day-long satiety. Kelly also teaches you how to elongate your blood sugar curve to stay full and happy, and make yourself insulin aware.
Kelly has studied the science behind familiar diets to understand how they trigger the body to lose pounds—and why they aren’t sustainable. Instead, she offers a better choice: her four-step Food Freedom program that helps you find your wellness balance between eating enough and deciding how you feel. Once you find your balance, you will lose weight, lose fat, increase lean muscle mass, and drop at least one size. You’ll also enjoy thicker, shinier hair; clear, glowing skin; a remarkable improvement in your overall appearance; reduced joint pain and other inflammations; increased energy; and better sleep.
Filled with tips and resources on supplements and cleansing, dozens of delicious, healthy recipes and advice on how to adjust your eating when traveling and on vacation, Body Love is your one-stop resource to living clean and happy!
Why I like it:
Drop ALL THAT SCIENCE ON ME. I love that she explains nutrition in a way that’s very straightforward (without dumbing it down too much), especially when it comes to sugar intake, macronutrients, and reducing inflammation. It’s easy to read and understand, but also enjoyable to read. It’s not a snore and it’s packed with lots of helpful info. The tips on balancing blood sugar levels and increasing energy are golden. I’ve been using some of the strategies with the girls’ meals and found that hanger hasn’t been making as much of an appearance. (For example, I’ll add some chia seeds and coconut oil to their blender pancake batter.)
You can apply it to your life. There’s a week plan of what this would look like, including meal timing and workouts. It would be easy to mix and match with ideas from the book to create your own plan.
The focus on intuitive eating. I LOVE that she doesn’t demonize certain foods, and she insists that we should feed our bodies according to how we feel and what we’re craving. Instead of snacking mindlessly throughout the day, each meal has a purpose, and since the meal suggestions and ideas are so satisfying, you don’t feel like you’re missing out. This book is truly a lifestyle, which I applaud wholeheartedly. It’s not a “quick fix”; instead, they’re suggestions for living a healthy, balanced life.
The Fab Four mentality. I like to say, “Eat like a PRO” (with PROtein and PROduce) in each meal, but she takes this to an entirely new level. The Fab Four components are protein (essential amino acids through animal protein, clean protein powders, etc), fat (MCT oil, almond butter, nuts, seeds, avocado), fiber (like chia or flax) and greens (greens powder, or any leafy green, especially micro greens because they’re even more nutrient-dense). This is SO easy to remember, and since I’ve been trying to focus on getting more of the Fab Four in each meal, I’ve found myself feeling more energized, less snack-y, and craving sugars less often.
When she describes her Fab Four smoothies, she actually suggests nixing the fruit since it can raise blood sugar. At first I was like, “OMG a smoothie without fruit is not a smoothie” but then I tried it. And it was delicious, filling, and something I’ve been making more often.
Here’s my current favorite smoothie with Fab Four ingredients:
-1 cup almond milk
-1 heaping handful spinach (greens)
-2 scoops of Raw Cacao Whey protein (protein)
-1 tablespoon almond butter (fat)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (fiber)
-Pinch of sea salt, and lots of cinnamon
-Handful of ice
It’s creamy, rich, and so delicious.
What I didn’t like about this book:
– I wanted more recipes, but I guess I can go to her website and find some more. 😉
What’s something inspiring or eye-opening that you’ve read lately? Any delicious smoothie combos I need to try?
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