“When I first saw this book’s neon-pink cover jacket with a woman floating in a giant champagne glass with a drink in her hand (not to mention the word gorgeous in big letters on the cover), I thought twice about exploring its contents. After all, we professional strength coaches have an image to maintain – and if someone caught me reading pink books with silly cartoons on the cover, well, let’s just say it might not make the best impression. But looks can be deceiving, and such is the case with Esther Blum’s new nutritional gem...”- Charles Poliquin
The gist As your ‘nutritional guru’ Blum’s philosophy about food and eating is a breath of fresh air that permeates the whole book. She speaks the language of women, not the language of science or therapy. She believes that food is sensual and that “a sensual experience does not include guilt”. Blum also recognizes that “change doesn’t happen by force, judgement, criticism or guilt”. She doesn’t make you feel guilty for living it up and doesn’t impose harsh rules or guidelines. Her approach is more of a high-five on your way out the door for a glamorous evening of fun, while casually arming you with an arsenal of sneaky nutrition tips to keep you on track to looking fabulous and feeling great. With a great discussion of the role of alcohol on the body, a list of 'gorgeous' friendly drinks and nutrition based hangover remedies, Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous is an absolute must for the 20-something 'boozie suzie' who rocks the town a couple times a week (and a smart reference for those of us that have toned it down a bit). Blum hits the nail on the head with her living it up strategy and she entertains the whole time. Don't expect in-depth meal plans, menu make-overs or a whole lot about the emotional side of eating, however this is how we should be learning about our bodies, health and nutrition and this book should definitely be on your healthy living bookshelf. TALKBACK QUESTIONS Have you read Eat, Drink and be Gorgeous? What did you think?