I am sharing with you my review of Body Love by Kelly Leveque today. I mentioned it in this blog post, and have been glued to it ever since. I knew as soon as I opened the book and read the first few pages that I NEEDED to share this with you guys, so let’s jump in!
Body Love – Live in balance, weigh what you want, and free yourself from food drama forever
You guys know that I love anything related to wellness. However, one of my favourite takeaways from Kelly’s book is that it’s not just a TREND, or a fad diet, it truly is a lifestyle plan that has light structure. Light structure is something Kelly refers to often in the book, meaning that when we follow the light structure of the Fab Four plan, we are fueling our body with nutritious food that will leave our blood sugar and hormones happy. The chapters on blood sugar and hormones proved to be super interesting to me, because it puts together pieces of the puzzle. How sugars affect us from the inside out, how our hunger hormones work, and which hormones regulate what. Now, let me just say that I am not the most scientific person out there. Sure, I like to research what is in my food, what kind of vitamins are in the veggies I’m eating, etc, but nutrition is truly a science and Kelly breaks it down into digestible facts for us in her book.
There are three parts to the book: The science behind the Fab Four Formula, The Fab Four Solution, and Your Fab Life.
If you have never heard of the “Fab Four,” you are probably wondering what the heck is it? The Fab Four is simple: protein, fat, fiber, and greens.
The Fab Four lifestyle is based around ensuring we have these Fab Four components in every meal. Kelly dives into why each one of these is important, what each one DOES in your body (for example, fat increases satiety and helps curb cravings), and ideas on how you can combine your own meals that involve the Fab Four. Plus, she has TONS of recipes that not only look and sound great, but that include ingredients that are easily accessible in most grocery stores and health food stores. No, you don’t need the hair of a unicorn to put in your smoothie.
I was super impressed by how many smoothie recipes alone are in this book. I shared with you all my go-to smoothie recently, and it definitely fits the Fab Four mentality. However, there’s no reason to stay inside the same ol’ smoothie box. Kelly has delicious flavours like mint chip, chocolate coconut, green apple, and blueberry muffin (to name a few), so you can have a new smoothie flavour every day of the week if you really wanted to switch it up!
As well as recipes, Kelly also includes tips for feeling your best. It is a holistic approach that not only includes nutrition (which is a GIANT part of our being well!), but also includes exercise, meditation, proper sleep, meal prep hacks, and so much more. One of my favourite parts of the book was a section she included that outlines a week in her life. She talks about breakfast, workouts, snacks, and her day to day routine that centres around living a Fab Four lifestyle.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to gain more insight to the science behind food and who is looking to add more healthy habits to their routine. Whether you are curious about hormones, sugar, new smoothie recipes, clean beauty tips – you name it – there’s bound to be something in this book for you!