In October, I read Cameron Diaz’ The Body Book and now as I am starting the Soup Detox, I am skimming through it again. Except that I realized last time, I didn’t write a review. So I’ll share some of the highlights that resonated with me and why I liked the book.
The book is in 3 sections – Nutrition, Fitness and Mind.
Nutrition because you are what you eat – you have to eat in order to develop at all stages of life. Sometimes we take that for granted, and assume we can eat anything we like but usually, we are forced to see the connection between what and how we eat and how we feel and what we can do.
Cameron writes, “No matter where you’re starting from, one of the most important things you can do for yourself is to love your hunger: to eat for nutrition and give your body and every little cell that it contains exactly what it needs to help you thrive.”
She addressed the fact that sweet foods aren’t poisonous, which is probably why our ancestors were so happy to find sweet foods because it reassured us. But now that we can cultivate familiar crops, that is no longer a relevant fear.
As to sugar consumption, the book has an info-graphic that makes a staggering comparison:
In 1820, the average American ate 5 pounds of sugar per year.By 1900, that number grew to 50 pounds, in 1950 it had doubled to 100 pounds. In 2000, most Americans were consuming 150 pounds of sugar per year. I don’t think our bodies were designed to handle these numbers.
And one of the best takeaways from the Fitness section is about habits
- Habits can sneak up on you.
- Habits can be shifted.
- Habits can be chosen.
We can choose to develop healthy fitness habits. Your body wants to be strong. Encourage it!
The book is written in Cameron Diaz’s voice. If you’ve ever heard her give an interview, you know how she sounds – girly, silly, funny because she giggles playfully when she explains things or talks about experiences with her girlfriends. This book is written in that voice, as though you are her girlfriend and Cameron is sharing something with you.
I was a skeptic before I started the book but even with my science background, there are things I learned from reading this book – ATP, macronutrients, how muscles help us move, that it takes about 3 months for the body to learn how to stop relying on carbs for energy and go instead for fat stores. (Motivation to stick to my gym workout)
I liked that the last section of the book was about the Mind because information is only knowledge if we apply it. It doesn’t matter if you read every health book ever written if you never put the lessons to use in your own life.
And it’s why I return to this book often. Because even if it’s not the best book about diet or anatomy, it was the one that resonated with me and you have to use whatever works for you.
The Body Book gets 5 stars from me! If you haven’t read it yet, check it out.
Have you read a book recently that changed your perspective on things?
And remember, books make great gifts for Christmas!