Book Review: The Body Book by Cameron Diaz
Even though she’s always appeared to be in killer shape, I never really thought of Cameron Diaz as the health-conscious type. Maybe it’s because of her fun, care-free image or the fact that her character claimed to love eating meats on sticks in There’s Something About Mary, but whatever the case, I always assumed that she ate lots of junk food, was naturally thin, and only worked out when she had a movie role that called for her to be in shape.
After seeing Cameron on a few television interviews promoting The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body, it became obvious that the woman actually knows about nutrition and has taken the time to educate herself. As a health nut myself, it was pretty cool to see her get so passionate when talking about the book and the science behind the human body (more about that in a minute), so I added the book to my Kindle.
Spoiler alert: I loved it.
Before I get into all of the great features of the book, I want to tell you what you will not find within it…
The Body Book is not a diet book. You won’t find any tips or tricks on how to lose weight or even any meal plans. You’re not going to read all about how carbs are the devil or be told that you need to count every calorie that you consume.
So, what will you find in the book?
You’ll get loads of scientific information about how the body functions and works, why we need to eat certain types of foods and get plenty of exercise, and the effects of not treating our bodies well.
But the part that I love best is that the book isn’t written in the voice of some boring old doctor or professor. It comes from the perspective of a cool, down to earth girlfriend (aka Cameron Diaz) in language that is easy to understand and remember- and won’t put you to sleep.
Cameron even shares some personal stories and experiences- making the book even more interesting and easy to read.
Here are some of my favorite quotes and highlights from The Body Book:
“The food we consume over the course of a day creates the experiences we have in that day. Because what we eat carries the stuff of life- our lives.”
“Today, tomorrow, and twenty years from now, your nutrition is worth your attention and your time, because nutrition is health, and health is everything.”
“… you can eat an abundance of food and still be malnourished if the foods you are eating don’t provide nutrients, or if they don’t offer nutrition.”
“Every single one of us has the instinct in our body to move, to be active.”
“Getting older is amazing. It’s what life is all about, even if it feels strange sometimes to see the body you live in change. If you do it right- and I mean this, because you really have to do it right- if you take responsibility for yourself, and really do the work, you will be able to love getting older.”
The only thing is that I wish she incorporated a section with recipes, but that’s just being picky. Like I said, it isn’t a diet book, and it certainly isn’t a cookbook.
I honestly think that this is the sort of book that anyone and everyone should read- even if you’re vegan or vegetarian. I promise that Cameron does not talk about eating meats on sticks.
Have you read Cameron’s book? If so, please share your thoughts!