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Sexy by Nature: The Whole Foods Solution to Radiant Health, Life-Long Sex Appeal, and Soaring Confidence Hardcover – March 18, 2014
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There’s no question that Stefani is a genius and a leading thinker when it comes to the empowerment of the female mindset and body. As an Olympic athlete, I rely heavily on my body to perform at its best day in and day out, and I am so grateful for Stefani’s nutrition advice. Plus, I absolutely love her outlook on what it means to be a real, sexy woman. (Taylor Ritzel, 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist)
Healthy, fit, athletic bodies and smart, happy, confident minds are sexy.But how are we to become healthy, fit, smart,and happy? Stefani Ruper has the recipe for sexiness: live a natural lifestyle. (Paul Jaminet, PhD, Author of Perfect Health Diet and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Evolution and Health)
Stefani is one of the boldest and most learned advocates of women’s health on the ancestral health scene, and she knocks it out of the park with this one. Packed with expertise on how to manage female-specific health issues, how best to lose weight in a female body, and how to do it all with confidence and self-love, Sexy by Nature delivers all the tools you need to achieve and maintain optimal health. (Robb Wolf New York Times bestselling Author of The Paleo Solution)
If achieving optimal health were as straight forward for us as it is for our male counterparts, there probably wouldn’t be a need for this brilliant book. But then again, when have women ever been accused of being simple? There is nothing sexier than a woman empowered by nature. I love this book! (Dr. Lauren Noel, Naturopathic Doctor, Hose of Dr. Lo Radio, and Founder of Shine Natural Medicine)
About the Author
Stefani Ruper is equally accomplished as an international go-go dancer, an Ivy League chemist, and a nationally renowned eating disorder counselor. She is the host of the first ever self-love podcast, Live. Love. Eat., the author of PCOS Unlocked: The Manual, and the author of Birth Control Unlocked: Your Body, Your Options, Your Guide. Stefani holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Boston University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in philosophy and dancing obsessively in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Sexy by Nature, by Stephani Ruper, is a well-researched, positive, organized, and holistic guide to women's health. She explains diet (a paleo approach tailored towards the specific needs of women in various stages of life) and lifestyle (exercise, sex, sleep, stress, and more) and gives the reader specific information, guidelines and tools in an approachable and easy-to-comprehend manner that is also grounded in science and practical wisdom. She helps the reader troubleshoot common health concerns, such as low libido, family planning, weight management, and PMS, in ways that are specific to the special needs of women. Throughout the book, she explores the importance of self-love and acceptance, and why they are so important to health and vitality for women. A thorough index makes finding particular information easy. Stephani comes across as a caring, intelligent and genuine person. I highly recommend this book for any woman, no matter where you are on your journey towards health and wellness. For me personally, I learned things that have helped me to heal physically and have compassion and patience with myself.
I first discovered Sexy by Nature when I saw the book recommended by a paleo blogger I follow. From the title, I wasn't sure what kind of book it was, though I recognized the author, Stephani Ruper, from her blog [...], and I remembered reading several excellent articles on hormones and female-specific issues there. After listening to Stephani on several podcasts, I realized this book was likely different from any other paleo or other health book I'd read. Within the first few pages, it was obvious that Stephani was offering a holistic, balanced and positive approach to women's health, and that she was someone I wanted to listen to and learn from.
Broken down into five distinct but connected sections, Sexy by Nature begins by looking at the old paradigms that permeate our culture and replacing them with new, positive ones that provide a balanced framework for how to approach health. This first section is titled Trailblaze, and I was sure that I could skip it, seeing as I was a well-educated woman who considers herself a feminist. I am glad I didn't, because I learned new things, and was led to new insights. Most profoundly, several parts of this sections helped me to understand myself as a teenager and young adult, and to have sympathy for myself during times of struggle. Old Rule #3 Punishment and its accompanying New Rule #3 Love particularly struck a chord with me, as Stephani wrote: "...there is no good reason to be hard on yourself. Your body does its best to be healthy and happy...Your body is always looking for ways to heal itself." After reading that, I found myself sitting up straighter, and in the days to follow, found numerous opportunities to be impressed with my body. Stephani framed the rules in a way that made it easy for me to connect with and apply to my daily life, and helped me to feel compassion towards myself.
In the second section, Nourish, I was impressed with the breadth and depth of discussion on healthy foods, as well as the biochemistry behind them. For me, the 'why' was important, and once again the information was well-organized and accessible. I already knew from other books, articles and most importantly *my own experience* that a paleo diet (grain-, dairy-, sugar- and legume-free diet) was the most healthy framework for food I could have. And I knew the 'why' behind the diet - but the way Stephani shared the information was different, and helped me to see the cross-connections between food, immunity, mental health and hormones, and why I want to continue avoiding grains, seed oils, processed food and significant amounts of sugar (even natural sugars). Her explanations on what foods to eat included a guide to helping you figure out if dairy may be a problem for you, and a large section devoted to how you should eat.
This section could be particularly important for women, since we have a disproportionate amount of disordered eating habits (to say nothing of eating disorders) compared to men. Stephani coaches you on how to balance your meals without counting calories or ratios. In fact, she specifically tells you not to be concerned with calories or strict ratios, and instead focus on hunger and satiety cues from your body. There is also guidance on how to navigate the world outside your kitchen, as you take your new way of eating to work and on vacation. Stephani reminds you again to not restrict or punish yourself, and that if you have or have had struggles with disordered eating, emotional eating or any other unhealthy relationship with food, to consider seeking additional help.
In the third section, Live, Stephani outlines her 10 S's - which I think of as 'beyond food'. The first S, stress, is the one that hits home for me personally right now. She details how stress negatively affects your body, digestion, hormones and immunity, and then discusses multiple strategies for dealing with stress. Other S's include strength and sprinting (how to exercise), sex and sunlight. Stephani also stresses the importance of 'striving' - finding purpose in your life and setting goals. There is a lot of information in this section, and again, it is written with women and our particular needs in mind. I haven't included as much on this section, because I have not yet explored it beyond a quick read, save for the section on stress.
The fourth section is titled Overcome and addresses some specific health concerns and how to troubleshoot them. But right up front, Stephani encourages you to seek the help of healthcare professionals you trust, and reminds you that the body is interconnected. Topics covered include energy, family planning, energy, skin health, PMS and more. For example, in the section on weight management, she first explains how weight gain and fat loss work in the body, then explores the fat needs of women in particular, for fertility, hormone balance and production and metabolism. Then she gives many different avenues for healing metabolic dysfunction that are specific to women. I particularly like how each health concern is organized into sections, allowing the reader to skim for pertinent information, or read in-depth.
The fifth and final section, Strut, is all about self-love, embracing empowered womanhood, and self-actualization. This last section should not be dismissed as 'feel-good fluff' - the entire book Stephani has been professing the importance of self-love and its role in health. Here, she implores us to break down negative thoughts, have patience with yourself on your journey, praise your body, and to love your body and your brains, and to love yourself as a inherently worthy creature of this world. She talks about sex appeal being an inside-out system, and that it starts with us as women feeling sexy before we can be sexy. And by sexy, Stephani means confident, self-determined, and self-loving - not so much clothing, BMI and makeup. Her 'sexy tips' include accepting and forgiving yourself, meditating, body awareness, practicing gratitude for your body, and eating well.
Finally, Stephani pours a bit of her heart out to you, the reader. She is empathetic and supportive, and reminds you that you are worthy of self-love and good health, and that there is an entire community of women on a similar journey (there is!!) who will support and guide you, and lend a listening ear. Stephani Ruper is an invaluable, positive part of this community, and her book Sexy by Nature is an important resource for any woman who is seeking better health, vitality, and healing. I whole-heartedly recommend Sexy by Nature and believe that it will be a well-read and frequently-referenced part of your bookshelf.
(Oh, and the well-done index isn't glamorous, but is important for when you find yourself wanting to know more about a topic!)
Physically, I've lost 20 pounds since I read the book/started paleo and I have more energy than ever before. I still drink beer and have cake on friend's birthdays but Stefani's philosophy is not one of guilt over our slip ups but rather acceptance.
Far more important to me in the end though was the last section of the book. I'm not going to lie, for me it was an emotional roller coaster, but one ride I needed to get on in order to overcome years of issues with self confidence. I came out ok with who I am, flaws and all. Learning to embrace myself the way I am altered my world view. I know a lot of this sounds cliche and it's all stuff we know we should know. But loving yourself takes work and for me at least it wasn't as easy as flipping a switch. This book provided my the framework to put the work in and guidance on how to continue striving toward self-acceptance.
Bottom line: I really cannot recommend this book enough, no matter who you are or how much you like cornbread.
If you already know the paleo principles of eating, about a third of the book will be old information. I most appreciated the particular attention given to thyroid and hormone imbalances and related issues; that information is not something I've seen covered in depth outside of fertility blogs.
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Caring, nourishing and full of helpful guidance for any women young or old to feel free to embrace her feminity