Sunday, January 8, 2012

"Love Food and Live Well"

Being of German/Scandinavian descent, my family is the type of people that are built to last.  We are not small people.  Funny thing is, though, both of my grandmothers were tiny, petite women.  I personally think they had a recessive gene that I wasn't lucky enough to get.

Anyway, I just finished reading "Love Food & Live Well" by Chantel Hobbs, and I'm left with mixed emotions.  It is always easy to be the critic and so I'm going to do my best to critique without being critical.

First of all, Mrs. Hobbs has some very good ideas in her book about the attitude of healthful eating/living.  Although not new concepts, losing weight as a result of eating healthfully vs. eating healthfully to lose weight is preferred and incorporating exercise were primary focuses.  (She even had pictures of some helpful exercises toward the back of the book.)  The author gave some good information about proper diet (although as a follower of Dr. Weston A. Price's principles, I'm not sold on all her advice) and I really liked her 80/20 concept.    Also, Mrs. Hobbs mentions that when we do not accept our "un-Barbie-like" bodies, we are, in a sense, telling God that He got it wrong instead of celebrating the body He created for us.  That was a revelation to me.

With that said, I really felt Mrs. Hobbs could have said what she needed to say in about half of the pages written, or less.  She has a tendency to get on "bunny trails" in an attempt to amuse.  I found those moments took away from her credibility and diminished the value of the good information she shared.
In all, I do think she has a good message and would recommend the book for someone who hasn't already read dozens of like books in the past.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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