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Sexy by Nature: The Whole Foods Solution to Radiant Health, Life-Long Sex Appeal, and Soaring Confidence (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 18. März 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)

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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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Finally, Paleo adapted for WOMEN 25. März 2014
Von Nessa - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
About a year ago, I stumbled onto Stefani's blog while attempting to solve a hormonal issue I was having from maintaining a strict Paleo diet. When I found out she was writing a women-specific book, I was excited to read it.

For a science-centered book, _Sexy by Nature_ is very easy to read, especially compared to other ancestral health science books like _Perfect Health Diet_. The language is plain, and there are a few diagrams when appropriate to better demonstrate concepts. I read large portions in single sittings, whereas that's usually difficult for me when the material is technical.

The book is divided into five sections, which do seem a bit disjointed (the only negative thing I can say!). The first section was a set of "Old Rules" and a new set of "Nature Rules" to replace them with. This section wasn't very useful to me, but that's largely because I've been following an ancestral health approach for 3 years now, and it was more focused on debunking conventional wisdom--something I've already bought into. If you're new to ancestral health, though, the first section can be very useful background.

The second section focuses on eating the right foods, and Ruper does a good job explaining exactly how each food benefits a female body in particular--its effect on hormones, fertility, etc.. The third and fourth sections were the best sections in my opinion. They focus on lifestyle changes beyond nutrition and how to overcome specific problems such as acne, infertility, and PMS. Having followed the advice for PMS, I can tell you IT WORKS.

The final section focuses on loving yourself. One of the things that sets this book apart is that Ruper doesn't just give you a diet and a means of healing your body. She also focuses on giving you the mental and psychological tools to deal with the changes your body is making, and to love your body regardless of whether or not it meets an ideal set by yourself, another person in your life, or the media/society in general. True healing for women is two-fold: physical and psychological, and this book seeks to offer you tools to heal in both ways.

I highly recommend this book for any woman who has seen success with a Paleo/Primal/PHD way of eating but has some lingering issues. Or, really, for any other woman at all. I think it's going to become my go-to gift for all my female friends.
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Good, but fact check please! 28. April 2014
Von M.J. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
Ruper has a lot of great things to say, particularly to those who are new to the Paleo scene, or still need some convincing. Eating whole, natural foods that our bodies were designed to eat is absolutely the way to go for every aspect of health, and current scientific studies are bearing this out. As others have noted, the book could do with a great deal more practical rather than philosophical advise - I recommend It Starts With Food, if you want a more practical introduction to Paleo. (http://www.amazon.com/Starts-Food-Discover-Whole30-Unexpected-ebook/dp/B008C20TDG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1398707766&sr=1-1&keywords=it+starts+with+food)

I find it very unfortunate that more nutritionists and dietitians are not being trained this way or promoting this philosophy. Although it still angers me greatly, I can understand the FDA and other large-scale organizations not promoting these guidelines - obviously they are lobbied to present the information that their lobbyists (read big food, big pharma) want them to present. But educators and individual nutritionists are not widely promoting Paleo yet either, and I believe it is a simple matter of pride. They don't want to admit that the guidelines they gave their students and patients for decades was wrong. They need to get over it because it is not about them, its about helping people lead better, healthier lives. Science is a field that is constantly changing, and the ideas that were controversial decades ago are now proven and the things we accepted then are now proven wrong. We need to be promoting the facts and ideas that are supported by current scientific evidence, not just anecdotal evidence or someone's opinion.

Now, there is one aspect of Ruper's book that I take exception to, and that is the misinformation and misstated facts that she uses in the book to support her premise. She doesn't need them! There are so many facts to support Paleo, and yet she uses these. Did anyone fact check this before publication? It makes me very skeptical when I read a book and an author can't do simple math, or makes very obvious misstatements, because then I think, "Well, what else did she misstate? That maybe I was not knowledgeable enough to pick up on? And what about the people who will go around spouting this stuff as facts when it is not?" Let me give you some examples:

"According to a survey conducted by Vegetarian Times in 2008, about 3 percent of American adults are vegetarian, and 59 percent of them are women. That's 150 percent the number of men." (Chapter 1)
- Actually, if the US has a population of about 314 million, based on the 2012 census, and 3 percent are vegetarian, that is about 9.4 million. Of those, based on Ruper's statistics, 5.6 million are women and 3.9 million are men. Women then make up 144 percent the number of men. This may seem a trifling difference, but it is important to state facts accurately, and not to overstate them just to strengthen your argument. She could have just as easily said "That's NEARLY 150 percent the number of men."

Later in Chapter 1: "More evidence that confirms this hypothesis can be found in the animal kingdom. Is cancer, heart disease, or obesity found in the wild? No. Are there autoimmune conditions? No. Crooked teeth or cavities? No. Acne? No."
- This paragraph set off so many red flags it was hard to know where to start. First, cancer, in many forms, is found in the wild. So is heart disease. While extremely rare, obesity is also a possibility for wild animals. They certainly get autoimmune diseases, since those are genetic. They also sometimes have crooked teeth and cavities, although acne is unique to humans due to our skin structure. I won't go into detail on these, since you can Google them yourself if you are interested. Granted most of these conditions occur at a much lower rate in the wild that they do for animals in captivity and certainly for modern humans. Again, however, Ruper overstates the facts (unnecessarily) to strengthen her position.
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This book is a big old fiesty, flirty, fiery hug of self love <3 18. März 2014
Von Stacy & Matt, the Paleo Parents - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Stefani is a wealth of knowledge about women’s health, and we can’t get enough of her personal style when it comes to learning to love yourself and your body through positive thoughts as well as whole foods. She’s feisty, flirty, beautiful and not afraid to challenge women in the best way possible. I love that before she’d even written this book she helped me to better appreciate my body for what it can do, what it has done and what it is for – rather than what it looks like. She also gives the best hugs and generally makes you feel awesome… and that’s what this book is. Stefani has figured out how to give every person that buys this book a giant hug, tell them they’re awesome and help them love themselves – what could be better?! – Stacy

BLOG REVIEW:
“Sexy by Nature provides the keys to…
A naturally slim waistline; clear, radiant skin; vibrant energy; a pain-free menstrual cycle; a ravenous libido; lifelong youthfulness; fertility; birth control; self-love; sex appeal; and fearless confidence.”

Sign me up. Am I right, ladies?!?

In her book, Stefani Ruper empowers women with a clear, five-step program to health and sexiness. As a woman on my own path to health, I am always looking for that connection to other women that share my journey, my struggles, and my successes. Stefani writes in a way that is friendly and smart. I really enjoyed the layout of the book, and found the five steps to be easy enough to implement, and radical enough to challenge my perceptions of beauty and confidence.

The Five Steps:

Step 1: Trailblaze

I love this step. Stefani takes the “old” rules of being a woman and throws them out the window. She challenges us to let go of the ideal of beauty that bombards us on every billboard and in every magazine and TV show. She counters that confidence is sexy, that self-assurance is sexy, that being “unashamedly YOU” is sexy. She then throws out the notion that women should restrict ourselves (our calories, our choices) to achieve these impossible beauty ideals. Furthermore, she asks us to stop punishing ourselves when we don’t meet these expectations. Instead she implores us to nourish and love ourselves; that our bodies aren’t meant to live at war with our sense of self. If we are nourishing our bodies and accepting of ourselves, we will be in harmony, which leads to great health. But how do we get there if we’ve listened to all the experts, followed the diets, run like hamsters on the treadmill, taken all the prescriptions, and bought all the potions and creams that society tells us will unite our body and self? Stefani says, question everything. Question these old rules and listen to our bodies. That the heart of real health is listening, loving, and nourishing our bodies naturally.

Step 2: Nourish

As someone who has been Paleo for nearly three years, this step made complete sense to me. I’ve been living it for a long time. But Stefani does something really wonderful in this section; she explains nourishment in a way that is both scientific and approachable. She explains different types of diet and the pros and cons of each. She starts with the basic question, “What is natural?” and debunks the claims that packaged foods can be natural. For a woman who has struggled with the Standard American Diet and tried to lose weight through prepackaged meals, low-fat snacks, and “diet” foods, this step will be incredibly enlightening. From gut health, to sugar, to macro nutrients, Stefani explains how foods affect our bodies, our immune system, and our reproductive health. She carefully explains the bad and the good. Stefani not only tells us to focus on the quality of foods, but the appropriate ratios and quantities. She focuses on avoiding restrictions and emotional eating, but also being tolerant and forgiving when we make a less-than-stellar choice.

Step 3: Live

I know that this is the step I struggle with the most. I’d venture that the same holds true for most women. Our ancestors got plenty of exercise and sleep, ate when hungry, got enough sunlight, and lived simply. The modern woman lives anything but a simple life. But Stefani points out that we are capable of designing our own life, and making these things a priority will result in greater health and happiness. Stefani outlines the aspects of our lives that contribute to overall health. From stress, to sex, to sunlight and strength, Stefani gives us the reasons to prioritize these aspects of our life, and the means to do so.

Step 4: Overcome

I think this is an incredibly helpful section. Stefani puts the power in our hands. She advises us to find the issue we would like to address (weight-loss, fertility, menopause, energy, libido, pain) and explains the issue, the possible resolutions, and the steps you can take to overcome the problem. She empowers us to partner with doctors or health professionals to work on these issues. She implores, “Don’t expect perfection, but expect kick-ass results.” With this she again releases us from that perfectionist behavior. Overcoming obstacles on the way to being Sexy by Nature may take years of diligence and forgiveness, but it’s well worth it.

Step 5: Strut

Stefani brings all the work from the previous steps into step 5. We’ve changed our outlook and our relationship with food, made progress on the obstacles that have plagued us. We’ve learned to do so with love and acceptance of our bodies. Now, in Step 5, Stefani lays out the three components to being fully Sexy by Nature. She explains how self-love, self-determined sex appeal, and fearlessness will give us the power to love the skin we are in. We will follow the path to “self-loving sex goddess.”

Like many women, I struggle with self-confidence and self-love. But after reading Stefani’s book, I’m aware of my negative self talk and unhealthy habits, and I’m actively trying to change them. I’m also learning to forgive myself and to accept my body. Thank you, Stefani, for a smart and powerful guide to optimal health for women!
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Timeless, postmodern, and majestic self love 20. März 2014
Von GargantuanDan - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Even though it is somewhat needless to say, I will say it anyway: Stef Ruper’s Sexy by Nature is a breath of fresh air. In a post-modern world of hyper-consumerism and post-fad opinions on health, diet, sex, and gender, Sexy by Nature effortlessly demonstrates the basic tenants of the philosophy of life - happiness, while engaging in the hotly debated, contemporary subject matters of sex appeal, phytoestrogens, female libido, hormonal balance, and contraceptives. Ultimately, Ruper advocates for a woman’s agency in achieving the health, happiness, and sex appeal she wants: “Sex appeal lives in the space between you and the people around you. But it starts with you. It has to.” And by empowering women, Ruper becomes the knowledgeable and empathic guide to every woman’s journey to happiness, and what she elucidates and engenders in her reader is majestic. A great read that I will undoubtedly recommend to numerous female friends of mine. Thanks, Stef!
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Book of the year 18. März 2014
Von Kate - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe Verifizierter Kauf
Thanks to Stefani's work, I have regained my fertility after a 6 year struggle with PCOS. She taught me the importance of focusing on psychological & emotional health as well as physical health. If you are going to buy one book this year - here it is.
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