Currently Reading - "The Body Book"

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The Body Book by Cameron Diaz

I know what you're thinking. You're going to listen to some A-list celeb tell you about a fad diet and think it's genius? This book is not about any fad diet, or quick way to lose weight. Trust me, it's full of incredibly useful, smart information that's presented in a clear, entertaining, and organized format. Her message? Your body is the best instrument you'll ever own -- educate yourself to know what it needs. I've been surprised just how much I'm enjoying it. Cameron, you have my full attention!

According to Amazon, "Grounded in science and informed by real life, The Body Book offers a comprehensive overview of the human body and mind, from the cellular level up. From demystifying and debunking the hype around food groups to explaining the value of vitamins and minerals, readers will discover why it’s so important to embrace the instinct of hunger and to satisfy it with whole, nutrient-dense foods. Cameron also explains the essential role of movement, the importance of muscle and bone strength and why we need to sweat a little every day."

You guys know I'm attempting to change my lifestyle given my high blood pressure and sometimes it really takes looking at the big picture to feel motivated about changing habits. (I don't want to jinx anything, but so far? So good!) And while I'm sure there are thousands of books out there explaining things, like, what is really happening inside your body when you feel hunger, I appreciate how easy this book is to get. I'm sure I already knew some of the things she brings up, but it just hasn't all clicked until now. And maybe I'm just dumb, but I also feel like I'm learning a ton. Even little things like what it's called if you're a vegetarian but you eat dairy & eggs. (a lacto-ovo vegetarian) Anyway - Cameron also keeps it real, explaining a time in her life when she was far from health-conscious. "If you are what you eat," she says, "I was a bean burrito with extra cheese and extra sauce, no onions."

The whole time I've been reading it, I keep thinking I'm back in a science class I actually enjoy. Stumbling upon Jezebel's editorial review of the book, I couldn't have said it better myself. “Her manual reads a bit like a cross between a science textbook and articles from the Well section of the New York Times your mother sends you, with a dash of a best friend that likes to overshare.”

And I'm not even finished with the book! I couldn't even wait to tell you about it - that's how much I like it. One of my favorite parts so far? Reading the history of food & diets in the US, the deal behind processed foods and the crippling effects it has on our society, how adolescent obesity has tripled since the '80s, and how that is actually threatening to to shift the rise in life expectancy which is absolutely absurd. Again, coupled with all the factual/helpful information, Cameron keeps it real: "Here's a secret: just because you can put something in your mouth, chew it, swallow it, and then poop it out doesn't mean it's food."

Wanna join me in reading this? Purchase your copy here. (And let me know what you think!)  I'm also really excited about this book I'm reading, too, which happens to go hand in hand.

Also! Cameron apparently goes to my gym when she's in town even though I've yet to see her. No promises, but I'll do my best not to totally humiliate myself if I do :)