The Body Book

Confession: I love buying books in airports. Sometimes I actually feel a tinge sad if I wander through an airport and don't buy a book. 

This trip, I wandered in to the magazine/book store at Miami International Airport and saw Cameron Diaz's new book The Body Book. Now, I'm sure I know what you're thinking; "Cameron Diaz, a famous actress, that looks like a super model, wrote a book about loving your body. How groundbreaking." I know this, because that was my thought. I opened the book expecting hundreds of stunning photos of her stretching and working out, or something along those line. Something that would make me feel gross. Now, there are a few strikingly beautiful photos of Cameron, but when I cracked the book open in that overly lit airport shop, I found 261 pages of inspiring, intelligent, and well-thought out information. Being me, I bought it and immediately started to read it at the gate. 

It's Amazing. 

Cameron worked with several doctors, nutritionists, and psychologists to answer all of her body and health questions over a 15 year span, and came up with a bible of a book. While some of it may be seen as common sense, there is SO much information squeezed into these pages, explaining exactly why we should treat our "amazing bodies" well. 

I was shocked to find out that this is the FIRST generation in which kids are expected to have shorter lifespans than their parents. But this is the part in the introduction that really got me to start paying attention...

"...Because your amazing body is the only body that you will ever have. The same body you've had since you had since you were a baby is the body you will inhabit when you are seventy-five years old. And along the way, yes, it has changed, and it will continue to change- but it is still yours. No matter what shape it is, how much you love it or hate it, whether it feels tired or worn down or lively and invigorated, your body is the most precious thing you have. Your body is your past, present, and future. It carries the memory of your ancestors, because you are made up of the genes given to you by your parents and their parents before them. It is the culmination of everything you have ever eaten, all the physical activity that you did or didn't do, all the efforts that you've made to understand and take care of it. And how well you care for it will determine how well you are able to live your life. So whether you wish you had longer legs or smaller hips, bigger boobs or less pointy ears, this book is for you. It's a guide to accepting what you have and loving it with everything you've got, to appreciating how incredible this physical vehicle is." -CD

It's amazing how something so simple can make food and workouts yank into perspective. I don't want to ever again 'diet' or workout because I hate my body. From now on, I will be eating healthy, fit, whole foods and exercising because I LOVE MY BODY. I love my body so much that I want to give it the best chance I can. My body has gotten me through 2 heart surgeries. It has stayed strong even when I didn't pay attention to it. Even when I flat out mistreated it. Even when we don't think about breathing, our body has it covered. That's pretty amazing.

Seriously, check this book out. For you. And your body. 

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