As is frequently the case, I was first drawn to [easyazon_link identifier=”1452123667″ locale=”US” tag=”fatfitnessgirl-20″]Eat Pretty[/easyazon_link] by Jolene Hart because it is such a beautiful book. Would I buy it just for how it looks on my bookshelf…um, probably. The theme of the book, however, is to some extent the theme of my summer: improving my health and my appearance from the inside out. I was excited to discover that there is also one sequel already available, [easyazon_link identifier=”B01FC2F2M6″ locale=”US” tag=”fatfitnessgirl-20″]Eat Pretty, Live Well[/easyazon_link] and a third to be released this fall, [easyazon_link identifier=”1452151628″ locale=”US” tag=”fatfitnessgirl-20″]Eat Pretty Every Day[/easyazon_link]. Here’s a rundown of all three:
Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out
[easyazon_link identifier=”1452123667″ locale=”US” tag=”fatfitnessgirl-20″]Eat Pretty[/easyazon_link] is compact and relatively easy to read, which is great. It contains a TON of information about different foods and how they influence your appearance, for what to eat for stronger nails to what to eat for shinier hair, and so on. The book also emphasizes eating seasonal foods and addresses seasonal beauty issues (such as sunburn in summer and dry skin in winter.) It was interesting to me to compare the advice given here with other healthy lifestyle books I read this summer–they share an emphasis on avoiding inflammation and certain “beauty betrayers” like dairy, gluten, and the big bad guy, refined sugar. However, they don’t agree on other aspects of healthy eating: Eat Pretty recommends plenty of legumes, which the other one (The Whole 30) strictly forbade. On the other hand, Eat Pretty does not encourage food prep methods like grilling, which the other plan allows. Of course, I don’t expect them to be identical, but it is a little frustrating for a food to be bad for you one week and great for you the next, which goes to show that nutrition is not exact science. I wish it was.
I enjoyed the book; I am beginning to hope that filling my mind over and over with instruction on healthy eating is actually making a difference. I did feel discouraged that there weren’t that many foods I liked and not many recipes to make them palatable (in some cases, there were instructions to make things I DO like less palatable, like raw, soaked nuts instead of roasted). Perhaps an Eat Pretty cookbook will be in the works? If not, there is always Pinterest.
There was some emphasis on weight loss as a desired end and beauty enhancement, which is, one hopes, debatable, but it was slight; overall the theme is health, not weight loss, which I found encouraging. There was a bit more talk about “anti-aging”–the book really is applicable for helping people of all ages look their best, so I don’t see the need for an emphasis on youthfulness.
The amount of information is a bit overwhelming. I like that it is set up seasonally for reading, but for reference, it would probably be handier if it was organized by “symptom” (as in “hair, dull”, “hair, thin”) with a list of curative foods following. There is something like this in the journal, though not quite in the encyclopedic form that I would find convenient.
All in all, though, I enjoyed the book very much.
[easyazon_link identifier=”145215192X” locale=”US” tag=”fatfitnessgirl-20″]Eat Pretty, Live Well[/easyazon_link]
I love workbook style books, and this one has plenty of checklists and boxes to fill in. It has a built in satin bookmark, which adds an extra, luxurious touch. I am excited to start journaling my health habits, especially since I’ve been working on those habits all summer. The only thing about the journal is that it only has 40 days worth of journal pages, and I’d like more. However, it’s a very good start, and I suppose I can always get another copy of the book or just carry on in a blank journal.
[easyazon_link identifier=”1452151628″ locale=”US” tag=”fatfitnessgirl-20″]Eat Pretty Every Day[/easyazon_link]
“Life, as no doubt you’ve heard before, is the journey more than the
destination. Well, so is beauty. You make certain decisions
along the path of your journey and, insignificant as
they seem right then and there, they may end up being
incredibly impactful for the beauty you aim to see and
feel tomorrow, and into the future. Those little habits can
become the foundation of your lifestyle, your mindset,
and even your identity.”
This third book in the series promises to be the best yet, judging from the introduction. One thing that’s been on my mind a lot lately is that health and beauty and self-acceptance is a journey that everyone is on; one reason it’s important not to put yourself down is the unselfish one that the weight (or other marker) you consider so hideous in yourself might be someone else’s tremendous progress. Almost no one is in perfect health, so perfection can’t be the goal. Small, daily good choices are really what we need to aim for and celebrate, and that’s exactly what this book emphasizes. The antidote to the overwhelming amount information in the first book, this one offers small, daily readings to encourage you in your new Eat Pretty lifestyle.
I’ve started a few of the Eat pretty tips and I’m hoping to add more to my lifestyle. I’m excited to see what it can do for my confidence!