This isn’t my usual review post because a) it’s a non-fiction book and b) it’s a diet book. But don’t let that turn you off. I do say in my blog tagline that “I read, here, there and everywhere.” Usually about once a year I get motivated to eat healthier and shift some winter weight and I buy a book to help this happen. This usually corresponds with the Australian summer coming with a vengeance and swimsuit season once again rearing its ugly head.
For some strange reason, I always choose to start these things before Christmas at a time when it’s just countless social events, eating and drinking and being merry. Sometimes I wish I lived in the Northern Hemisphere so that this time of excessive eating could be hidden under coats and bulky jumpers.
Anyway, back to the book review. This year I picked up The 8-week Blood Sugar Diet by a UK doctor named Dr Michael Mosley. You may recognise his name from The 5:2 Fast Diet series which was another book of his that I followed which helped me to lose six kilos in 10 weeks through fasting (eating what I wanted 5 days a week–within reason–and fasting for two days a week by eating only 500 calories). Continue reading →
I didn’t realise my mojo was missing until I came across a book called How To Get Your Mojo Back. Written by Dr. Ginni Mansberg, it is aimed squarely at women who are feeling stressed or finding it difficult to find balance in their life. This book feels like sitting down with a very knowledgeable, sympathetic friend who will nag you back to good physical and emotional health. It covers stress, weight loss and exercise, sleep, relationships, sex, husbands who won’t help with the cleaning, balancing work with raising a family, how to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails and even includes tips on how to avoid constipation! It’s a woman’s one-stop advice shop.
As a single person, reading about the problems of harried working mothers made me think that I have it pretty good. Seriously, how do they do it? Still, I suppose my mojo has been slightly dented by life lately, and while I am back on track at the time of reading this book, this is certainly a good resource to give me that extra boost.
Here are some of my favourite pearls of wisdom from the book*: (*Apologies for going all Oprah on you all.)
“You can’t change the wind, you can only set your sails.”
Dr Ginni goes on to write: “… railing against the things you can’t change is nothing but a waste of your precious energy … You need to get on with life – and that means dealing with what is unchangeable and adapting to your new reality.”
So true and sometimes so hard to do.
“When you can’t see a large-picture tranquility and happiness, put one together with tiny patches of happiness from your day … the feeling of the sun on your face, the sound of children laughing, the smell of fantastic coffee or a cake store … Don’t let even one little thing fly past without seizing it and making sure it sinks into your soul and adds a patch to your happiness quilt.”
Also, very good advice. Although Dr Ginni would probably not advise me to continue my current habit of buying a slice of banana bread, smelling it and then gobbling it all up. Cake always makes me happy.
And one of the best ways to get your mojo back – making time to do something you love. Writing this blog and getting back into reading has definitely brought a spring to my step. Or maybe it’s the banana bread …