The best thing about following authors in Instagram is being updated to the latest releases, book news, giveaways and advance copies. When C.J. English posted that she needs reviewers for her new book WTF Am I Supposed to Eat?, I eagerly signed up for it. I have mentioned in my previous posts that ARC (advance reader's copy) is just music to my ears. I have this compulsion to just want to grab all ARC's if I can help it. And I was also curious to know what am I supposed to eat?
I was never worried about my weight until I've reached my thirties. I have always been thin. In my high school and college years, people would always tell me to eat more so I would not be blown by the wind. But everything started to change when I went to work in Manila. Working night shifts just fueled my love for food and eating out. When you are working nights, sleeping during the day could never compensate for the quality of sleep at night. Even if I sleep for 10 straight hours during the day, I would still fell like I have not slept enough. And when you feel tired, you compensate for eating more. And that's when my weight started to move. My midsection started to widen.
Currently, I have a hard time making my abdomen flatter. My preferred weight is 110 lbs. With my height, my BMI (body mass index) is 128 lbs. The last time I weighed, I was around 120. I am 10 lbs. over the weight I want. I want to go back to 110. So, reading all about what I need to know about food from this book is a great help. I have always loved vegetables and fish over pork and beef. If I could, I would eat vegetables and fruits everyday but like the author said, we can't always do that. I like walking but have not been able to do it a lot lately. I do walk if I get the chance but it's not a conscious effort. I also skip breakfast. I am not a morning person and I don't really like breakfast. It's good to know that it's not as important as it was made out to be.
I really love this book. It shot down the most popular myths about eating healthy and dieting. I also love that it is as blunt and as funny. Reading it was never boring. Facts were laid out straight with no danger of misunderstanding. It even dared the reader to check them out for validity. The way it was written just made it more convincing and it felt like I had a one-one weight-loss consulting session with Miss English.
As the title of this book says - manifesto, we should all follow that. This book should be our guide to eating healthy. In fact, I have started telling people about what I read here. About not needing protein, drinking milk and walking. All we need are vegetables and fruits. Tea in the morning and red wine at night.
A friend of mine commented on a recent photo and pointed out that I am thinner. I realized I am, though I still need to work more on getting my waist smaller. I credited the positive change to eating pomelo a lot. Like with every meal. We have a friend who has pomelo trees overbearing with fruits in their backyard in the province. When we visited, we took about half a sack of those mouth-watering and juicy fruits.
I give this book five cups of tea and five glasses of red wine. I want to be a part of this movement of eating healthy and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I want to be able to travel more and try new things. Go on more adventures like rappelling down caves, jumping from waterfalls, sky-diving and more.
I am glad to know that my diet has not been that bad. Not needing any meat at all is a great thing. I can live without them. On the other hand, I love pastries and I want to find out how to make them healthy. I am learning to bake and I always hate putting butter when I am baking. Hopefully, C.J. will come up with a book all about healthy desserts, cakes, ice cream and cupcakes.
For all those who have been battling weight and body issues like forever, read this book. This will enlighten you. The best thing about this book is that it tells you what would best work for you. You can tailor your own way to lose that unwanted weight. Whatever works for you. This book will just point you the way and tell you what your body needs to facilitate slimming down in your own pace and in your own terms.
Thank you again C.J. English for the copy. We can get started on this healthy revolution. Lead the way!
The most successful long-term weight-loss programs are not designed as one-size-fits-all. The best weight-loss plan will fit you like a red carpet dress-taped, pinned, and hemmed to fit your every curve, bulge and imperfection.
- C. J. English, WTF Am I Supposed to Eat? -
Release Date: December 20, 2016