First off, it’s almost the end of January and I’m still in shock (as I am every year) how quickly this month has gone. As well as how freakishly busy it’s been. My boyfriend and I moved into a house in the DFW suburbs, we’re still unpacking, and we’ve already made some minor yet incredibly necessary upgrades. It’s fantastic and adorable and I’m excited to sprawl. But dang is it exhausting. #stillblessedthough
Anyway, so I wanted to do a review on this book that I’ve been using the past month or so since I got it for Christmas. Anyone who knows me personally knows that I’ve struggled with disordered eating, self-image issues, and more. But in this day & age, I feel like almost everybody has in some way or another. And that’s incredibly disheartening. So this year, I’ve made it my intention/goal to actively prioritize myself, heal, and focus on self-care. Things that do not and have not come easily to me over the years. But I figured January is a time to start fresh and I’m all about intentions & whoo whoo now!
If you’re on Instagram or follow any health & wellness people on social media, I’m sure you’ve heard of Kelly Leveque. If you haven’t, read more about her here. She created the #fabfour diet where you basically mix protein, fat, fiber, and greens into every meal to ensure a healthy lifestyle. It comes with a slew of other health benefits and it’s a really great way to ensure blood sugar levels stay steady — apparently, it’s a cause for the hangries, which I know I definitely suffer from every so often….
Her book is super useful. After all, she’s a nutritionist for celebrities like Chelsea Handler, Emme Rossum, Jessica Alba, and more — so clearly she knows what she’s talking about. And it’s the first “diet” where I really feel as though it’s not just a fad. It’s seemingly backed by legit science and easy ways to actually accommodate it to your needs and if you have any dietary restrictions. I know my body apparently can’t handle milk so a lot of the dairy I have to, unfortunately, cut out.
But I think the thing I love most about her book is that it isn’t condescending or insistant that you maintain a certain calorie count or restrict certain foods for a particular amount of time. It’s an easy read with some fantastic recipes that are surprisingly delicious! She uses real life, easy tips to get you back to center, and maintain it while helping you build the blocks to love yourself in the kitchen and beyond. It’s awesome.
For the past month or so (with some exceptions), I’ve been making a version of her #fabfoursmoothie and dang, it doesn’t necessarily always keep me full but I’m still tweaking it for my tastes & needs. BUT IT’S SO HELPFUL. Lately, I’ve been doing her Acai Greens smoothie with acai, spinach, almond milk, collagen, peanut butter, sometimes protein powder (sup brotein) and chia seeds. It’s sweet but not overly so. It’s so good but a lot of her other recipes are to die for.
If you’re looking for a lifestyle change that’s backed by somebody who actually got her degree in nutritional science and isn’t over the top whoo whoo, Kelly Leveque is your lady. She’s liked me on Instagram so clearly she’s legit. Just saying! Anyway, check the book out anywhere books are sold. Mine’s already slightly covered in smoothie rememnants and pho left overs. But i have no regrets about it at all. I feel like Leveque would agree.