Jolene Hart’s book, Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty Inside and Out should be a staple on everybody’s shelf. It should actually be a mandatory read in schools, but I’ll get into a rant about which books should be mandatory reads in schools in another potential blog post, some other time.
I’d consider myself a pretty healthy eater. I never, ever forbid myself from junk food and a couple of glasses of wine, but generally, I’m proud of my food intake. However, I will admit, before I read “Eat Pretty”, I had no idea what some of these foods were doing for my body. For example, I knew that coconut oil was a “good fat” and that bananas help with digestion, but that’s pretty much the extent of it… I also am one of those people that will throw everything into a blender and feel accomplished afterwards, knowing I took in all of my fruit and veggie intake for the day.
So it’s really convenient and useful to have a book that gives you ALL of the explanations and beauty benefits of these ingredients that you’re always consuming.
My favorite part of the book is when Hart gives you the ultimate breakdown of the beauty benefits of certain foods. IE: Watermelon has iron that helps maintain healthy red blood cell production, arugula can help protect cells from DNA damage, and cacao is just the ultimate treat for your complexion to help block wrinkle formation. You get the idea.
Anyway, if you’re looking for a fun and helpful read, go for this. It will help inspire you to make changes or at least give you some helpful insight to what you should be consuming on a day to day basis. For newbie health nuts like myself, consider this book to be your first step in the right direction!