Prior to surgery I mentioned that my wonderful and thoughtful husband surprised me by buying me the book, The Body Book by Cameron Diaz, as I had mentioned that I wanted it. I was able to finish the book, and this is a book that I would suggest anyone reads if they are already living or considering a healthy and balanced lifestyle. In this book Cameron discusses three realms of healthy living, which she breaks down into nutrition, fitness, and mind.
In the nutrition section, Cameron discusses the problems in the United States with consuming processed foods, but then goes on to offer advice on how to change that and practice proper nutrition in our diets. Cameron goes into great detail on how proper nutrition is beneficial to the functioning of your body and nourishing your body for the most healthy you. She demonstrates how to eat a balanced diet of the proper amount of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. and how to incorporate whole foods into your everyday life.
In the fitness section, Cameron discusses the importance of being active and getting movement. Cameron goes into detail about training, taking care of your body, and how your muscles function. She offers tips and advice on how to be active and the benefits of maintaining a lifestyle that incorporates fitness and physical activity into your daily routine. She is able to intertwine the concepts previously covered about nutrition with the concepts of fitness and living an active lifestyle. Finally, in the fitness section she discusses the importance of taking care of your body while being physical active by refueling and resting.
In the final section of the book, the mind section, Cameron discusses how to live a balanced lifestyle in order to be healthy mentally. She briefly covers techniques of relaxation such as meditation, stretching and breathing. Cameron then offers more practical tips and advice on how to create a balance in your life to set yourself up for success when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. One of my favorite chapters is where she discusses her food preparation for the week. This is something that I also do, but sometimes I feel like it is an odd habit to have. She makes me feel validated that this is something I already do. Finally, Cameron closes the book with offering tips and advice on discovering what you like to do as a to maintain an active lifestyle through fitness and physical activity.
I thought the book was great. It was outlined well, and it offered great practical advice. Cameron was also really effective at translating some more difficult terms in regards to nutrition, fitness, anatomy and physiology, and biology of the body. Sometimes people are intimated to learn about fitness and nutrition because of the grandiose words used. By Cameron breaking the words down into laymen terms, it makes it more pleasing for the reader and encourages them to keep reading. I highly recommend this book! If you get a chance to read it, stop back by and leave a comment to let us all know what you think also. We would love to hear!