REVIEW: Body Love by Kelly Leveque

 

Good morning!

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.

Easy, peasy!

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!

Summer Shrimp Dinner + Doctor’s Orders

 

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 : )

5 Things Friday: Wellness Books Edition

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Good morning!
I wanted to do something a little bit different than the usual favourites post on Friday. Today, I wanted to share five books that I love in the health and wellness category. If you know me at all, you know that I love anything and (mostly) everything wellness, including everything from spirituality and positive thinking to healthy food and exercise.
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Reading is a great way to learn new things and explore various topics. For me, I go between fiction and non-fiction, and although I am currently in a Harry Potter phase right now, these five are my die hard favourites when I want to get back to looking inward.
The Soul Searcher's Handbook
The Soul Searcher’s Handbook was one of the first books I read that’s moreso in the wellness slash spirituality category. It dives into everything from types of yoga, healing with crystals, angels and other life guides, chakras, essential oils, and so much more. There are fun quizzes inside the book to help guide you along the way, and tips for keeping a healthy mind and celebrating your spirituality.
Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson
Kate Hudson is one of those gals that you just want to be friends with. In this book, she talks about her journey through health, fitness, and the importance of self-love. Additionally, Kate talks about the four pillars of health that include having an intuitive relationship with your body and health, eating well, awakening your body, and the miracle of mindfulness. It is an easy, informative read for anyone who is interested in diving in a little deeper into their mental and physical health.
Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso
So, #GirlBoss isn’t exactly a wellness book, but it is a bad ass book for women of all ages. Sophia Amoruso is the founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal (I’m sure we have all heard of that!), and is a story of how she came to be the #GirlBoss that she is. Sophia has tons of insight to the business world, and I especially like reading these types of things from a women’s perspective. As well, Sophia talks about how your mind can be a magical thing when it comes to jobs, business, and life itself, and she has a no bullshit attitude which is kind of refreshing – no frills, but definitely one to read.
Miracles Now by Gabrielle Berstein
Miracles Now is an excellent read if you are curious about finding your purpose and achieving more peace in your life. Gabrielle Bernstein has several books that delve into techniques for combating life’s problems such as stress, frustration, jealousy, and more. You know, REAL LIFE stuff. In this book, Gabrielle shares 108 tools and tricks you can easily incorporate into your life to help you be more mindful, reduce tension in your life (wherever that may come from), and help you eliminate any blocks that are preventing you from living with more ease. It is a great book to flip through when you need an extra dose of self love, and is a great reminder that you have all the tools you need to change your own life.
Adventures for Your Soul by Shannon Kaiser
Finally, Adventures for your Soul by Shannon Kaiser is another book that includes tools to help transform your habits. It includes motivational mantras such as, “I joyfully put my desires in motion. All of my dreams are coming true.” to help you stay on track with your goals. This book talks about goal setting, going on a fear detox, and general ideas for being your best self and living your best life. I highly recommend this book if you also like an interacting read, as it includes various quizzes and journal exercises throughout.
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There we have it! Have you read any of these books? What are your favourite wellness and lifestyle books?

5 Favourite Things Friday

Happy Friday, friends!
I am taking this post in a different direction and sharing five things that I have been loving this last week slash two weeks. If you are into the whole favourites posts, let me know in a comment below and I will try to keep them rolling! For those who missed my May Favourites, you can read all about ’em here.
Without further wait, here are five favourites for this fine Friday! Holy F ; )
I tried this aloe vera drink Monday morning after hot yoga. and it was delicious. The watermelon intrigued me (who doesn’t love watermelon?), and since it had been a few years since I last tried aloe water, I thought I would give it another go. If you have this in a grocery store near you, I highly recommend trying it! It is sweet, and I couldn’t help but think it would make delicious popsicles or ice cubes, too!

Fresh flowers in the house always makes me happy. There is something about waking up to a clean home and a little bouquet of flowers on the table that instantly boosts my mood. I have been getting in the habit of tidying up our space before bed, too, which is also something I am loving! However, when it comes to flowers, I am not picky at all. I picked these carnations up at the local grocery store for about $3 I believe – can’t go wrong there!

I have always wanted a big mirror in the dining room, and my trusty handy man delivered! It makes the space feel so much more cozy, and the mirror helps open up the space and add more light. The next project is a headboard, and after that a longer table to put underneath some pictures we have hanging up on the living room wall. Exciting! That being said, I do have to give Ryan the credit since I really only help him stain, paint, or hammer things in. I don’t trust myself doing all the cutting and operating power tools (within reason).

Ahhh yes, book favourites! I am LOVING Harry Potter. I just finished the third book, and I have yet to start number four. Yes, I am finding myself making Harry Potter references. I even went as far as calling my mom Moaning Myrtle the other day and thought it was the funniest thing ever. Crazy, right?
These babies! I purchased them after the Goddess Run 2016 and have been loving them since. They feel like running on clouds. Well, supportive clouds, anyway. I used to be a Mizuno gal through and through when I first started running, but now I am definitely enjoying the Asics brand.
What are YOU loving this Friday? Anything I should try out? Talk to you soon! : )