3 out of 4 stars
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Many people have found themselves in need of professional help to shed off some weight and to maintain a healthy body. Jennifer L. Whitfield, a fitness coach who once had to struggle with her unhealthy eating habits, shares the tips that have worked for her and her clients through her book, Celebrate the Struggle. In the foreword, Whitfield noted that “I spare no dignity, pride, or unintentional offense in this real-life compilation of my most surprising discoveries as a personal trainer/nutritionist and fitness enthusiast.”
The book consists of twelve well-written chapters. In every chapter, the author gives a detailed account of one or more factors that have worked for her and her clients. In the last four chapters, she gave recipes for healthy meals. They include recipes for dinner, desserts, and snacks.
I loved the author’s positive attitude towards weight loss. When one gets a wake-up call to change his/her dietary habits, things can be a bit blurry and scary. Throughout the book, she made the wellness journey sound very achievable. Instead of being ashamed of his/her body, the author urges the reader to embrace the situation and to set realistic goals. She tells her audience “There’s nothing wrong with dreaming and planning big, but our goals have to make sense for our own bodies”.
My favorite part of the book was the chapter on “Every bite every sip”. The author takes the reader through the different dietary habits that hinder people from having a healthy body. I enjoyed learning about the “dysfunctional food relationships” that some people have. My favorite quote was: “With every bite and every sip, we’re either feeding disease or fighting it.” You will be amazed to know that a simple phone setting helped Whitfield and her family to eliminate some unhealthy foods they had fought hard to avoid.
The book is not without a downside. As a professional food scientist, I felt that some of the terms that the author used when describing the composition of different foods could be a bit cumbersome for the readers to comprehend, especially readers who do not have a solid background in food and nutrition. The heavy technical terms could make someone put the book down before getting to the other parts that are simple to grasp.
The author encourages her audience to use Hiit (High-intensity interval Training) as an effective way to do away with body fat. As I read the entire chapter dedicated to this particular technique, I hoped to see a step-by-step procedure on how to go about it. Sadly, the author tells the reader to “Google videos and see what interests you and suits your particular level of conditioning.” Sometimes, people buy books to stay away from Google. It would have been great for the author to provide what works for her and her clients (since this is what the book is about).
I give Celebrate the Struggle 3 out of 4 stars. I did not give it a lower rating because I loved the author’s positive approach to the wellness journey. Because of the two issues that did not meet my expectations, I felt that the book did not deserve a higher score. If you have embarked on a wellness journey, this is a book for you. Readers who enjoy reading about the fitness stories of other people will find it useful. This book may not appeal to people who have deep knowledge about fitness and nutrition. It was professionally edited.
Celebrate the Struggle
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