I’ve been listening to Body Love: Live in Balance, Weigh What You Want, and Free Yourself from Food Drama Forever by Kelly LeVeque. I’ve been successful with lasting weight loss and I think I know how it’s done, but reading an inspiring book now and then helps me stay on track.
This book instructs us to eat “the Fab Four:”
- Protein, by which she means lean meats, nuts, whey powder, and legumes
- Fats, by which she means healthy fats like avocado and nuts
- Fiber, by which she means vegetables, chia seeds, flax seeds, and such
- Greens, by which she means leafy greens
So we are looking at lean protein plus fruit and veg, though LeVeque recommends limiting fruits severely.
She’s not strict about all of the Evil 6, but being allowed a tablespoon of whey protein powder doesn’t seem all that exciting. Neither does vodka, though I understand that for some people that could be a big selling point.
Basically, this book might appeal more than The Calorie Myth or Whole 30 if you will be more comfy with someone who says “hashtag SundayFunday” in the middle of a sentence.
Youthful references to being ” a science nerd” and brunches with the girls make this book slightly different from others in the genre.
But this book has some reminders for me. I’ve given up snacking and taken it up again more than once, but LeVecque has some strong words on the subject. “You’re not a toddler!” for one thing. And she says that snacking keeps us from ever eating to satiety. We feed our hunger and encourage a blood sugar roller coaster when we snack. Instead, she says, we should try to extend the blood sugar curve. We should eat to sateity and then not eat again for four to six hours.
I expect she’s right.
She suggests a smoothie in place of breakfast. I like a smoothie with breakfast, and I’ve begun adding spinach to it. I don’t believe that 1/4 cup of blueberries with nut milk, protein powder, chi seeds, and nut butter will actually replace a blueberry muffin in any meaningful way.
I’m being inspired. And perhaps I am not a toddler.