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The Body Book – Book Review

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I’m a fan of Cameron Diaz.

I think she’s funny. When she smiles, her entire face lights up.

In fact, let’s just agree now that The Holiday is a classic and should be watched every Christmas season.

Personally, I’ve always felt I channel more Diaz than Law in that movie. Crying? Forget about it. Ha!

Now, I’ve never really thought of Cameron as any more than a beautiful actress (I’m a bit embarrassed about that now). This book was well-written and well-researched. She writes in an understandable and relate-able style. I highlighted section after section.

There were sections within the book where it felt as if she were speaking to a much younger audience – late teens, maybe. Those sections were a bit weird.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

Here are some of my favorite quotes:

“Because your amazing body is the only body that you will ever have. The same body you’ve had since you were a baby is the body you will inhabit when you are seventy-five years old. And along the way, yes, it has changed, and it will continue to change – but it is still yours. No matter what shape it is, how much you love or hate it, whether it feels tired and worn down or lively and invigorated, your body is the most precious thing you have . . . Your body is your past, present, and future. It carries the memory of your ancestors, because you are made up of the genes given to you by your parents and their parents before them. It is the culmination of everything you have ever eaten, all the physical activity that you did or didn’t do, all the efforts that you’ve made to understand and take care of it. And how well you care for it will determine how well you are able to live your life.”

“Today, I know better, and I know that this is what it means: that the food we consume over the course of a day creates the experiences we have in that day. Because what we eat carries the stuff of life – our lives . . . Your days may be full of energy and clear thoughts, happiness and gratitude, productivity and advancement, or they can be the complete opposite. Sluggishness, foggy thoughts, sadness, regret . . . basically, a bad day full of wasted opportunities. It took me a long time to really understand that, but I finally get it: If I eat garbage, I’m going to feel like garbage. If I eat good healthy food full of energy, I’m going to be full of energy.”

“Why are we using food to kill ourselves instead of enjoying it for what it is intended to do – to keep us alive and healthy?”

“A lot of us fear the idea of aging – getting older, being less mobile, having less energy, and being less of ourselves. But I look at aging like this: getting older is a blessing and a privilege, and if you lay the foundation of a healthy life in your younger years, your older years may very well be some of the best years of your life. And the point I’m making is not about keeping up your youthful appearance. This is not about beauty and the aesthetics of our bodies. I want you to feel young. I want you to feel strong.”

“Now, I live in a world and work in a business that is bent on telling people – especially women – that they are no longer vital once they start to show signs of “aging.” It makes me sick to my stomach! I am horrified by how deeply these ideas have permeated our culture, and I worry about the young women who are being influenced by this nonsense. It breaks my heart and frustrates me to no end that our society values youth over experience. How silly is that when it is physically impossible to stay young? And when experience gives us wisdom we could not possibly have had as kids? Our bodies age every single day that we are lucky enough to be alive. The alternative to not aging is as grim as it gets, because if you’re not getting older, you are dead. Taking good care of yourself is a wonderful way to slow down the rate at which your body ages, because at some point, how old your body feels is not a question of years, but a tally of habits and choices and chance. But no matter how much we exercise and how much we moisturize, it is the law of nature and the journey of being human that our bodies are aging and changing every single day. Instead of obsessing over staying young forever, isn’t it better to want things that we can have, to aim our energies at achieving results that are actually achievable? . . . Aging healthfully is aging happily.”

Five out of five stars from me!

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  • Bree - I loved this book too. She took some very technical things and made them approachable and make a whole lotta sense.ReplyCancel

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Risotto + Peas & Greens

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This is one of my favorite recipes from Paltrow’s cookbook, It’s All Good. I love her cookbook. I’ve read it cover to cover. It doesn’t hurt that I adore her.

Now, I don’t make this recipe often because it takes extra time, but when I do . . . YUM! It goes great alongside her Super-Crispy Roast Chicken recipe, too. And her Roasted Carrots with Honey + Soy Sauce recipe.

Ok.

Now, My mouth is watering and my stomach is growling.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Risotto + Peas & Greens

Ingredients

  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely diced (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 leek, white and light green parts only, thoroughly washed and finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • Leaves from 6 springs of thyme
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup English peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • Freshly ground pepper

Instructions

  1. Using a microplane grater or zester, zest the lemon and set the juice aside. Cut the lemon in half, juice it, and set the juice aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot set over high heat. Add the onion and leek, turn the heat down to medium, and cook until the vegetables just begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and thyme along with a big pinch of salt and cook until all the aromatics are, well, aromatic, another 2 minutes.
  4. Turn the heat to high, add the rice and the reserved lemon juice, and stir to combine all the ingredients. Cook until the lemon juice is just evaporated and then stir in a ladleful of the stock.
  5. Continue to stir the risotto until the stock is absorbed, then stir in another ladleful of stock. Continue in this manner until the rice is cooked through and you've used all your stock, about 20 minutes. At this point, your arm should feel as if it's going to fall off and the rice should be luxuriously creamy and rich.
  6. Stir in the reserved lemon zest, the greens and peas (these will cook with the risotto's residual heat), the basil, and a few healthy grinds of pepper.
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