Monday, April 11, 2011

Book Review "Love Food & Live Well"

Disclaimer: “I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review”.

Review of "Love Food & Live Well by Chantel Hobbs"

Having made the decision to put my self back on "the" list by taking care of my body be exercising and making better food choices, I was REALLY excited to get this book for review.  I had not read any of her previous books (Never Say Diet and The One-Day Way) so I didn't have any preconceived notions. 

I loved that the author spent a very large portion of the book explaining that the only true way to find happiness is not by looking at the scale.  It GREATLY depends on our relationship with Christ.  Could not agree more!  You can't begin to "fix" anything without first accepting the "deal that God offers us".  Otherwise, nothing we do for ourselves matter.  I LOVE that she focused so heavily on this truth. 

The books spends a great deal of time discussing food itself and most specifically calories, carbs, protein, and fat.  To be honest, I didn't find any "startling" news or break through moments while reading those chapters.  Let's face it, most of us KNOW the facts.....we just choose to not make decisions that fuel or bodies in the proper way. 

Her biggest concept is about LOVING what you eat and not denying yourself anything specific.  She lives by the 80:20 principle.  I like that theory.  Knowing that YOU CAN  have something that you truly love also makes it less appealing....there is no "forbidden fruit" dangling over your head tempting you every second of every day! 

What I did find disappointing was that she offered VERY few recipes or meal ideas.  I didn't really see any breakdowns of what she did on a day in day out basis.  I understand that she wants each of us to make decisions based on our likes/dislikes (within the 80:20 rule), but I would have liked to have seen more suggestions.

What I did LOVE about the book (besides it being based on your relationship with God as a priority) was the fitness section.  She did give some breakdowns on interval training that were interesting for those of that need specifics.  My favorite portion of this section of the book was the very detailed strength training section using a stability ball.  LOVED having pictures of each of the specific steps of the moves.  VERY helpful!

All in all, "Love Food & Live Well" is a good book.  I don't say it's great because it really wasn't any "new" information and it really lacked in the menu/food planning section.  I do say it is fantastic in regards to pushing that the greatest source of health comes from a healthy relationship with God.  

On a side note, most of us realize that we are fed lies about body image from the world.  It's crazy!  I was shocked to read that a study was made of high school girls and then presented in a congressional briefing.  The study showed that "girls said they were more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer or losing their parents."  It went on to say that "71 percent of adolescent girls want to be thinner despite only a small proportion of them exceeding a healthy weight.  By age thirteen, 53 percent of American girls are unhappy with their bodies and by age 17 that rises to 78 percent."  Unbelievable!   We really need to fight for our daughters by teaching them how beautiful they are because the world sure isn't teaching it!!!!

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