Brittany Gibbons Makes Me Laugh Out Loud (and think)!

Looking for an insightful and funny (laugh out loud) book filled with honesty? Get Brittany Gibbon’s book Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It today (click here to order).

BrittanyGibbonsFatgirlWalkingI found myself laughing out loud in airports, on the front porch of our house, on the top deck of a river cruise – pretty much everywhere I had Brittany’s book in my hands. Her writing is honest throughout. Through her descriptive writing, Brittany has a gift of bringing you inside her mind. Her wording is so detailed that you feel like you are back-in-time with her.

Inside of all that humor, Brittany shares poignant lessons exposing elements of our society that too often people shy away from discussing. As the subtitle of her book says, she addresses sex, food, love, and body image (plus parenting, marriage, and much more) – from childhood to adulthood. Brittany’s skillful words have a magical way of connecting to you, the reader and your life. I found myself thinking,  “I’ve thought that before.”

In the speaking industry, a concept that is often stressed is “authenticity.” Brittany’s writing is an ideal example of being authentic. Without having an intense social media strategy, she drew hundreds of thousands of readers to her blog. Why? Because people were looking for an authentic voice and she provided it (and continues to today).

You’ll find that same captivating voice in her book. Treat yourself to the hilarious and powerful Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It today (click here to order).

P.S. You can read her blog at www.BrittanyHerself.com

“In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan and My Nutritionist.

A great way to start a new year and each day is by giving our body the energy to have an amazing day. 
 
Michael Pollan’s book “In Defense of Food” is a great foundation for how to approach choosing, buying, growing, and cooking food. While the book gives away its main lesson in the first sentence of “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”, the journey Michael takes you on from that point on is enlightening.
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What was interesting was how the book worked in conjunction with my nutritionist’s advice. I’ve struggled with a bit of intestinal annoyance for two decades – until very recently when I began working with a nutritionist. My nutritionist was unaware I was reading this book and so his suggestions were completely independent of the book. Would the book and my nutritionist conflict against each other?

Just 3 days of following my nutritionist’s advice resulted in completely eliminating my intestinal issue. The solution? Eat LOTS more healthy fats such as olive oil, macadamias, avocado, wild fish, and grass-fed meat (if I wasn’t lactose intolerant, butter would be included in this list). Ironically all of those foods follow the main guidelines this book teaches. “Mostly plants” is precisely what I was eating – more than ever.

Here were some of my highlights from the book:

  • Eat food your Great Great Grandma would recognize 
  • “Don’t eat anything incapable of rotting.” 
  • “You are what what you eat eats.”
  • Garden and be part of the process
  • Cook and be part of the process
  • “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.” 

For those of you like me who have seen the documentaries discussing the dangers of eating meat, my nutritionist addressed that concern. Meat only becomes unhealthy when eaten excessively and without veggies. When meat sits in your system and rots, that’s when the meat goes from good for you to potentially harmful. However when you combine it with veggies, the veggies clear/cleanse your intestines – not letting anything sit there. Thus, you get the best qualities of everything. 

Please know that I am NOT a doctor or health professional. I am a person who read a book on eating that combined with the guidance of a nutritionist helped me.