Book Review: Strong is the New Skinny by Jennifer Cohen and Stacey Colino

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Book Review: Strong is the New Skinny by Jennifer Cohen and Stacey ColinoStrong Is the New Skinny by Jennifer Cohen, Stacey Colino
Published by Crown Publishing Group on 2014-09-16
Genres: Diet & Nutrition, Diets, Exercise, Health & Fitness, Motivational & Inspirational, Self-Help
Pages: 239
Source: Blogging for Books
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LEANER, STRONGER, FITTER...FASTER Sick and tired of hearing what's wrong with you and your body?  You're not alone.  It's time for a new conversation--and a new plan for treating, feeding, and moving your body in ways that build on your strengths inside and out. Strong is sexy. Strong is powerful. Strong is achievable.  With STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY you can say goodbye to body-bashing and physical faultfinding, and instead learn to embrace, not just how it looks, but what your body can do--from pushups to pull ups and box jumps to rope climbs, nothing is out of your reach.  Strong Is the New Skinny offers a reality-based diet, lifestyle, and fitness program (the

My Thoughts

I’ve read a few diet books in my day. When I was in the military I really got into being aware of not only what I do to but also what I put into my body. Diets can be just as crazy as drinking a ton of soda though (Pepsi, you kill me but you’re so yummy!). So, what’s a gal to do?

The Skinny!

Strong is the New Skinny is one of those books that starts slow but has a ton of information. Not only is it about eating correctly but also about exercising and lifting weights. There’s also a self assessment that helps you to determine exactly where you are at with fitness. I have to admit I did not like this at all since I am way behind where I thought I would be! But it did help me to open my eyes and to be honest with myself.

The Meals:

Week one was a detox week but not as crazy as some of the detox weeks I’ve read about. The meals are doable but also sound yummy. I also just recently bought a small bag of hemp seeds which I have to say, I am really excited about! If I can find them in this little town, they can be found anywhere!

Sample Menu:

Breakfast: Make a shake with 1 cup of chopped spinach leaves; half a handful of fresh parsley; 1 cup of kefir or greek yogurt; 1/2 cup of pitted tart cherries, blackberries, or raspberries; 1 tablespoon of chia or hemp seeds; a dash of coconut water (for extra flavor); and a handful of ice cubes. Blend until it reaches a smooth consistency, then drink up!

Snack: A cup of tea and an apple

Lunch: A giant salad with lots of different greens (as much as you’d like), 1 cup of cooked lentils or edamame, 1 cup of chapped apple or jicama, a sprinkling of chia or hemp seeds, and a dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar or lemon juice and olive oil.

Snack: A cup of tea and 1 cup of tart cherries or blackberries mixed with 1 cup of plain greek yogurt or kefir.

Dinner: 4 to 6 ounces of baked, broiled, or grilled salmon or lake trout, 1/2 cup of cooked quinoa or amaranth, 1 to 2 cups of kale or swiss chard sauteed in a tablespoon of olive oil with some chopped or minced garlic.

By week four the meals aren’t quite as intense since you’ve detoxified your body. The are still very healthy but a bit easier. For instance lunch could be:

A bowl of white-bean soup, half  a sandwich (turkey on rye bread with lettuce, tomato, and mustard), jicama chunks on the side.

Pretty much a normal lunch for anyone. For me I would have to cut out the soda for the lunch and add more fruit. That’s not that much of a change really. I think the detoxifying weeks are the hardest to get through but with a menu like what is put forward here, it really isn’t that hard.

The Exercises:

Amazingly, in this not overly huge book there are a ton of different exercises! There are exercises with and without weights, stretches, and HIIT’s. I just recently got into doing HIIT’s. It’s High- Intensity Interval Training. Basically you take a few exercises and kick your own behind for a full minute or two and then rest for a minute, and then do it over again! These HIIT’s are 10, 20, and 30 minutes. These are amazing for getting your heart rate up and to keep the guess work out this book has the order to do the exercises and HOW to do the exercises!

In short:

This has a little of everything for everyone. From the beginner, or someone like me that has some knowledge but needs to know how to put all of this together! It’s for everyone.







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