Happy Monday Folks! We had quite a few weeks of celebration and I’m sad it’s over but glad we can finally get back in the swing of things. These Crazy Cotters ended the weekend on a high note celebrating our 6th year wedding anniversary.
Anyway, let’s totally switch gears for second and talk books, more specifically Health and Nutrition Books.
I recently had the opportunity to review a new Nutrition book by my fellow Gluten Free blogger Lauren Slayton. It’s called “The Little Book of Thin.” Although , it’s not all about “thin” so stay with me here.
Lauren Slayton also founded New York City’s Foodtrainers, a New York City consultancy dedicated to weight management and sports nutrition.
Author Bio– Lauren holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University. She worked at St Luke’s-Roosevelt Obesity Research Unit and was a nutritionist for Equinox fitness clubs. A frequent lecturer on subjects ranging from Trim Travel, to Gluten Free For All she has written for and been quoted in articles for many websites, magazines and television programs.
Here’s my take on LBT (little book of thin):
- WHAT’s it all about? —>The Little Book of Thin is all about PLANNING and strategizing. Lauren does a great job of “prepping” you in order to face food obstacles. As a Nutrition Specialist myself, I think it’s important to give the client TOOLS for success, which she did. Plus she explains the basics of nutrition/nourishment with her simple guide, LBT cheat sheet and 10 steps to svelte (REALISTIC reminders).
- WHO’s it for?—> Her approach is not a strict “diet” you must follow, its more for those who encounter situations that make healthy eating difficult.
- Birthday parties
- Holiday events
- Sporting Events
- etc. etc. etc.
I also like that she includes the importance of exercise and daily movement. Exercise for all levels. Nothing extreme. Again, a simple approach of how to stay active, not obsessive. She also includes a section about how Yoga can help with overcoming emotional eating, which I think every woman needs to read.
- WHY Read it?
- It’s a fun read. Lauren is down to earth and has a “no BS” attitude. LOVE THAT!
- It uncomplicates all the dieting nonsense and advice out there.
- It’s a short read and great tool for those who want to forgo DIETS and EMBRACE balance
- Great recipes for those who want to keep things simple, nourishing, yet FLAVORFUL.
Side notes: There will always be a few things I disagree with when it comes to Health and Nutrition, but it’s more a personal opinion based on my personal experiences. I do what’s best for my MIND and BODY. That being said, I don’t agree with everything Lauren suggests, more like 90%. But that’s pretty darn close! So yes, I approve!
Speaking of approving.. I tried out one her recipes. After celebrating a lot the past few weeks, including a little “extra” wine after our anniversary dinner, I was craving food to replenish. I’d say detox but I just can’t stand that word. Ha!
Anyway, here’s a little COTTER twist on Lauren’s Kale Slaw. It’s definitely a good REBOUND food after a week of celebration food.
[print_this] Kale Slaw
Makes 6 servings. Will keep in fridge for a few days.
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 1 tbsp Tabasco (I used Cholula sauce)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 bunch Lacinato Kale (stems removed and leaves thinly sliced- 6-8 cups)
- 3 cups thinly sliced green cabbage (I used purple)
- 2 carrots, shredded or thinly sliced
- 1 apple, cored and thinly sliced (I used blueberries instead)
- 2/3 cup fresh cilantro (I used a garlic cilantro vinegar as well)
In a small bow, whisk together oil, lime juice, Tabasco, and 1/4 tsp salt. In a large bow, gently toss the kale, cabbage, carrot, apple, and cilantro. Top with dressing and the remaining salt. Toss again and VOILA!
** I added in steamed jasmine rice and sunflower seeds as well. A little extra carb/fat.
Makes a great light lunch when paired with with hard boiled eggs. [/print_this]
Disclaimer: I was compensated for this review, but as I stated above, I do have opinions. They are my own, they are the truth. Always.
Oh! Let’s not forget about the “move it” part of my post title. Just in case you need a work out to get you moving on this Marvelous Monday, here’s an oldie but goodie of mine. Cheers!
What are you making, reading, or moving this first Monday of the new year?
Have you check out Lauren’s blog via Food Trainers? I am pretty sure you will love it.