I like numbers. Like, REALLY like numbers. You may think I'm strange (I know Tonya does 😀) but I use data to drive most of the decisions, big or small, that I make. I'll research the ever living crap out of an item before making a purchase and I love the confidence it brings. I could look at client reports for hours, trying to figure out what the numbers are telling me.
Every so often, a book comes along that truly resonates with me. And recently that book was "Body Love" by Kelly LeVeque. I first learned about Kelly while listening to Jenna Kutcher's Goal Digger Podcast. She's a nutritionist who, just like me, loves data. And wow! does she speak my language! Kelly talked about food and nutrition in a way that I have never thought about before, and it has truly made a difference in my life.
As a lot of people do, I've struggled with body image issues since my high school years. From the freshmen 15, to stress eating, to baby weight…I've fluctuated quite a bit. I've tried all of the fad diets and worked out until I was blue in the face, but nothing has truly seemed to stick.
In "Body Love", Kelly lays down the facts. The true science behind what we are putting into our bodies and the effect is has on us. And for the first time, I'm able to get behind it. She doesn't preach restriction, limiting yourself or calorie counting, but instead encourages you to think about how each meal will fuel your life. Will a date night out with the hubby raise my blood sugar and inhibit fat burning for a couple of hours? Sure. But do I understand that with the ability to weigh the pros of the fun evening I'm going to have? Absolutely.
If you're like me, or even if you're not (I'm looking at you Tonya), I highly recommend checking out "Body Love"! It's an easy and helpful read, and will hopefully encourage you as well!