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!
Good morning, party people!
I am kicking off this post by sharing the summery dinner we had last night. Does anyone else think of seafood as a summer food? Maybe it’s because there’s lots of fresh seafood around and people are out fishing and boating in the summer. I mean, we didn’t catch the shrimp ourselves or anything (#lazy) but I did catch it from the freezer if that counts?
This dinner came together pretty quickly thanks to a rice and quinoa blend I already had in the fridge. I have been pre-cooking things like rice and roasted veggies, that way when I head home on my lunch breaks all I need to do is add protein and VOILA! Easy lunch. So, I used the rest of the grains for our dinner last night, then added shredded green cabbage, mushrooms, and kale. I topped it with shrimp that I cooked in garlic and coconut oil, then sprinkled on some avocado and green onions. For a bit of saucey sauce, I put a bit of sweet chili sauce in with the shrimp, because I know Ryan likes to have a bit more flavour. I still wanted to taste all of the flavours in the dish, though, so a touch of sauce is all it needed!
Okay, so in yesterday’s post I was all panicked about hurting myself during my track workout on Tuesday. At least, I’m pretty sure when this all started. Anyway, I went to my doctor yesterday and he confirmed that I have a strained groin muscle. It is one of the three muscles in my inner thigh that controls adduction (bringing your legs closer together). He had me lay down and moved my legs in different ways that would either trigger the quad contracting/extending, as well as the hamstring and muscles surrounding the hip. Well, it turns out that as soon as he started “testing” the adductor muscles, that’s when I really felt it. That was a clear indication that it wasn’t quad or hamstring related (I am normally pretty flexible in these areas in that I stretch and foam roll them consistently), and so he said no running this weekend (he suggested a full week off – WOE IS ME!!!! <– Okay stop the drama Holly), lots of resting, icing, and taking anti-inflammatory medicine like Advil or Aleve if needed. So, I’m sitting here icing my crotch as I type. Seriously, guys. I just have to make a bit of a joke about this because how else will I survive not running?? This is day three and I’m already wishing I could do my long run tomorrow. Both Ryan AND the doctor rolled their eyes and laughed when I said, “So, no long run on Saturday?” No, no, and no.
So, what am I supposed to do? Well, I ordered a new book (via Amazon prime, which I must say is KIND OF amazing because I ordered it on Monday and it arrived Wednesday morning) and have been nerding out. It is nutrition and wellness related (are you surprised?) and it is based on real science. None of this trendy wellness stuff that you see so often. Kelly’s Fab Four plan is based on factual evidence about the way food impacts our body, including how it can enhance or prevent inflammation, disease, and other factors that we generally ignore and turn towards drugs for. I am only on chapter two, and I am already learning more about how our body metabolizes sugar and how things like carbohydrates effects our insulin levels. It really is cool stuff (if you are interested in nutrition, that is), and I will be sure to share a thorough review on here once I am finished!
One thing that I have been doing from Kelly’s book is drinking a smoothie every morning. I also shared this smoothie on the blog, and you can find the recipe here if you are interested! It keeps me full until lunch time, and I don’t find myself wanting to mindlessly snack throughout the day after I’ve had this smoothie. It’s amazing how fast our body can respond when you fuel it with the right foods that make you feel GOOD! Again, I will update you on how I am feeling as I continue on this smoothie kick. I am just not in the mood for oatmeal lately, which is usually my go to breakfast, but the thought of making a hot bowl of oats in the summer does not sound appealing. So, I will go with what my body wants!
Since I will not be running long tomorrow (I had a 10 miler on my plan butttt nope, not happening), I will be taking the time to map out some blog content for you guys! Let me know what you want to see more of. VIDEOS? How-to’s? Demos? I want to hear what YOU want!! Leave me a comment : )