Healthy Epicurean Featured Book: Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat
Author: Esther Blum is a registered dietitian, holistic nutritionist, and author of Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous, Secrets of Gorgeous, and The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project.
Voted best nutritionist by Manhattan Magazine, Esther has appeared on the Today Show, FOX-5 News, ABC-TV, and Good Day NY. She is frequently quoted in Time Magazine, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, In Style, Martha Stewart Weddings, Bazaar, Self, Fitness, Marie Claire, Cosmo, and last but not least World Wise Beauty!
*See my first interview with Esther discussing her last book ‘The Eat, Drink and Be Gorgeous Project’ in the “Gleam’ department of this blog .
Lauroly Opening: I am thrilled to be back at this table with Esther Blum—wait this is not the Charlie Rose show its World Wise Beauty! But truth be told, I believe Esther belongs at Charlie’s table talking about wellness lifestyle for the modern woman. What I am really saying is Esther is smart—I mean really smart, and while her book covers are fun with catchy titles, the content of her books are extremely wise, comprehensive and educational. Didn’t have time to get a degree in nutrition or pour over hundreds of health books like I did most of my life? No worries because Esther’s books are a crash course in integrative nutrition, wellness lifestyle, and more. We can’t possibly know everything and this is why it is wonderful when experts like Esther write books for us.
I have read a lot of health books (not so much diet’ books) and I have never come across a book so comprehensive (without it being dry and boring) and entertaining at the same time. I became savvy about health and wellness through life experience with sick parents and managing my own issues which stemmed ironically from being a bad vegetarian. Good intentions but sloppy execution! Bad carbs (and there are good ones) became my enemy and I believe triggered other annoying conditions which have since been resolved. I am now what they call today a ‘pescetarian‘ for over twenty years. But maybe I am really a ‘cavewoman’!
Some of you will see Paleo and think “oh this is another Atkins protein driven diet book”. It couldn’t be further from the truth—but let’s find out by talking to Esther today and discovering what a Paleo Chic diet really is…
Lauroly Q- Welcome back Esther! There is so much I would love to cover from you new book ‘Cave Women Don’t Get Fat’ but I am going to try to distill from you the big takeaways and let our readers go out and purchase your book. I call it a health book but I guess it is a diet book because you do share step by step ‘protocols’ to get up to speed with your ‘cavewoman’ diet. I know there are many who want to lose weight so why don’t you tell us what the core principles are of the Paleo chic diet are and what the diet is not…
Lauroly Q- I mentioned in my opening about my being a ‘bad vegetarian’. An overabundance of the wrong kind of carbs was the problem for me. It takes work to be a good vegetarian and I was business traveling too much to manage it well. But in reality our entire society has experienced the same problem because of processed food manufacturing and the modern fast-food diet particularly high in carbs. A big part of your book focuses on helping us to understand carbs, protein and the importance of the correct ratio of the two in our diets. As you emphasize, the Paleo Chic diet is not about counting calories but it is about understanding how our bodies are designed to function well and thrive if we take care of it. Tell us more about clean eating and why it is so important to get this right…
Lauroly Q- I think of our body like a symphony orchestra with a large ensemble of instrumental players all working together to play a beautiful piece of music. Others might compare our bodies to a car because it too relies on ‘many parts’ working together to run efficiently and is also reliant upon fuel. What I love about your book is you cover the whole body system and all the ‘players’ that collaborate and work together in our body. When we talk about nutrition and diet, we have to understand chemistry, one of the key ‘players’ in our body’s system. This is a big subject in itself but you cover it so ‘efficiently” and well in your book. Let’s talk about stress, insulin, hormones and how they all interact with each other.
Lauroly Q- Chillax—I love it! Besides all the complex chemistry going on naturally in our own bodies we also have chemicals injected into our chemistry unknowingly. What I really like in your book “Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat” is how you cover modern lifestyle– from household products, to cosmetics, to technology. The fact is there’s so much coming at us in our modern lifestyle that we need to be living in a bubble to avoid them! What are a few important things we can do today to combat the potentially damaging chemicals we are exposed to?
Lauroly Closing: Thank you so much for joining us again at World Wise Beauty Esther. You can tell I am a big fan of your work! Anytime I see an expert who is very wise, relates well to people and can entertain my antennas go up way high. ‘Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat’ is a must read for anyone interested in being their ‘best gorgeously healthy’ selves.
I encourage all my readers to go ahead and get in touch with your ‘inner cavewoman’ which means essentially “eat to live’. You can tweak many of the suggestions you find in her book to fit your individual biology as well as your lifestyle. For more on Esther Blum sign up for her FREE tips on Living Gorgeously at www.livinggorgeous.com. While you’re there, be sure to visit her online store for some amazing swag! You can also follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LivingGorgeous and on Twitter @Esther Blum. And keep your eyes peeled for her upcoming 8-week online Paleo Chic Project, which launches on May 13, as well as her monthly membership program, Club Gorgeous.
Note: World Wise Beauty believes in bio-individuality and respecting an individuals values when it comes to their health. It is up to each of us to find the best diets for our own health and our own values. I like to present options and the best experts available in wellness culture to help you do that. The goal at WWB is to be wise and comfortable in our own skin. Always be your own guru when it comes to your health!