Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Book Review: The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body

   The Body Book: The Law of Hunger,
   the Science of Strength, and Other
   Ways to Love Your Amazing Body
   Cameron Diaz with Sandra Bark

When I first heard about Cameron Diaz’s book (The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body) about women’s bodies, I thought “That book is probably not for me.  She’s not a doctor or nutritionist; she’s an actress.”  After I saw her on a couple of talk shows and saw that she is very knowledgeable health and fitness, I thought I’d give her book a try-I’m so glad I did. 

The book is broken into three sections: Nutrition, Fitness and Mind.  In each, she discusses exactly how our bodies function and gives the reader no-nonsense advice.  She’s an omnivore who believes in eating whole foods and moving our bodies as much as possible.  Sure, she believes in working out at the gym, but she also suggests moving in our daily lives-walking instead of driving, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, shoveling snow, etc. 

After learning about what Diaz believes is good for our bodies, she discusses how to make these behaviors a part of our lives. In the Mind section, she discusses how behaviors become habits and, more importantly, how to change them.  Discipline is also a big theme in this section.  One of the best quotes I’ve heard is from this book.  She writes, “Discipline is the force that give you purpose, focus, strength, and determination so that you can accomplish whatever your heart desires…discipline isn’t about denying yourself; it’s about giving to yourself.  It isn’t about losing; it’s about gaining.”

If  learning more about your body is something that interests you, you'll enjoy reading The Body Book...

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