Given who I am and what I do, I tend to think about food a lot. Over the last couple weeks I’ve been thinking about it even more as I’ve been reading a new book about food and how it affects us:I was really excited when the awesome folks at Vega contacted me about reviewing Peggy Kotsopolous’ book Must Have Been Something I Ate.
For years, people have been turning to their medicine chests as an arsenal for fighting the funk…but what if you could find the best anti-depressants, sleeping pills, memory supplements and even broken heart antidotes in your kitchen? According to Registered Holistic Nutritionist Peggy Kotsopoulos, you can.
“There are elements of our lives—careers, relationships, finances—that we have no control over,” she explained. “Our diet, on the other hand, we have complete control over, and luckily it is a powerful tool for elevating our moods and in turn combating issues, like how to get more energy, how to lose weight, and how to relieve stress and to reduce anxiety.”
Her philosophy sounded right up my alley and I instantly loved the beautiful, fresh design and pretty food pictures. The book is broken down into sections food’s connection to mood, weight, beauty and healthy with chapters focusing on things like energy, sleep, sex, metabolism, digestive health, PMS and even muffin tops. Peggy’s writing is fun, friendly and easy to follow. There are diagrams and charts to illustrate her ideas and a collection of awesome recipes utilizing everything she talks about.
The recipes are whole food focused, mostly vegan (there is cheese used in 1 or 2), some raw and really easy to follow and make. So far I’ve made the Thunder Thigh Thinning vegetable soup, BeYOUtifying cleansing cocktail and the creamy coconut kelp noodles. It was my first time making kelp noodles and was impressed with how easy they were to deal with! I rinsed them a lot before mixing them together with the other ingredients and sauce, but loved their intriguing texture and neutral flavor. Peggy’s coconut sauce was all kinds of amazing and I’ve definitely been enjoying this dish for lunch for the past couple of days. The veggie soup was incredibly easy and the cleansing cocktail was similar to my fav morning juice blend. I can’t wait to try more of the recipes, especially the desserts like the “I Heart” key lime pie and quinoa cookies.
The book reminded me of WHY I eat the way I do – to feel the best I possibly can. Sure, weight loss/maintenance is an absolute benefit, but it really comes down to promoting health, wellness and feeling the best that I possibly can. While the book is definitely a little bit female-skewed (references to Oprah, hotties and tips for being a sex vixen will do that) it is light-hearted, accessible, and a fast read. She explains her ideas thoroughly with a good mix of facts and anecdotes and I will definitely be rereading sections of this book that deal with issues close to my well-being as well as making more yummy recipes!
Week 3 – Get Your Eating In Check
Food is such an important part of this whole journey and this week I’d like you to focus on your eating. Is what you’re eating helping you reach your goals and hit your full potential? Are you eating mindfully and nourishing your body? Or are there things in your diet that need to go? How are you keeping track of it?
You challenge this week is to focus on your eating and reflect on your food-life connection. For some of you this is going to be really tough, and for others you’re going to feel like this isn’t even a challenge at all! Be honest with yourself and like the previous challenges, push your limits and see what you can accomplish this week!
Would you like a chance to be inspired by Peggy’s perspective on the food-life connection and try some of her amazing recipes? If the answer is yes, be sure to check out the giveaway post for your chance to win a copy of her book and some samples of Vega products!