I've got (perhaps) illusions of grandeur of owning a library with books floor to ceiling, with the obligatory ladder-on-wheels affair. But instead of old leather bound classics, mine shall be full of books on food *swoon*. And this book I shall be sharing with you today will be one of them. (P.S if you love the Hemsley & Hemsley book, definitely keep reading.)
Introducing Nourish: Mind, Body & Soul, a recipe-come-self-help-come-workout, health-bible lovechild of 3 lovely but reassuringly ordinary women. Each lovely lady is responsible for a section in the book; Amber on a healthy diet, Sadie on a healthy mind and Holly on a healthy body.
The foodie section is brimming with wholesome recipes that'll take you from morning through to pud. I love the brekkie/brunch section; they're full of inventive recipes like Pear Buckwheat Porridge and Som Tum Pollamai (a yummy Thai inspired fruit salad). The desserts are real, lip-smackin' good too. Healthier versions of all your staples; cupcakes, brownies and a proper whopper of a cake. My most well-thumbed pages, I think, are within the 'Toolbox'. Here you'll find the basics; sauces, dressings, dips, mayos and little accompaniments. Things like Nut Milk, Dukkah or Raw Date Syrup, delish. The Orange Blossom & Maple Syrup dressing is a winner.
Sadie's chunk is all for promoting a healthy mind. There's everything from meditation, yoga for different emotions (including depression which I find very interesting), breathing exercises, and a segment about natural beauty. There's a fab bit about different bath soaks and face and neck exercises to tone up your face. My mum's instilled in me the importance of facial massage and keeping those muscles toned and supple, so I'm all over this!
The last third is on your healthy body. A nice little intro and a bit of theory to get you primped and prepped for getting fit, with a useful couple of pages on breathing and form. Then in comes the big guns; a 4 week fitness plan. Bodyweight exercises, resistance and strength moves and of course some cardio. I'm yet to try it consistently but I'll give you updates!
I don't know how many ways you can say you love something, but in layman's terms, this book is fabbidy fab fab. For those interested in self-improvement, or at the very least, would like some imaginative, healthy recipes to call upon, I think this one will be for you; it's certainly a staple in my collection.