Friday, 9 January 2015

Be Body Beautiful by Lucy Mecklenburgh : Book Review

Well this is a first for A Yellow Brick Blog, a book review! I purchased this last week from amazon after spotting people talking about it on twitter and immediately wanting to check it out for myself.
I always loved Lucy on TOWIE and even though sometimes I wanted to shake her and say what are you doing? I always found her to be pretty genuine and definitely a likeable 'character'!
Since leaving TOWIE I think we've all seen the transformation Lucy has made from Essex glam girl to fitness fanatic and I have been fascinated with her journey every step of the way.

 Lucy story seems different to alot of other "weight-loss celebs" - Lucy was never fat, she was never big... she's probably never even been above a size 10, but her fitness and total life overhaul seems genuine, healthy and really achievable if you put enough energy and effort into it.

Her book Be Body Beautiful : My guide to a healthy, happy new you - is a real page turner and not your usual celeb auto-biography.
This isn't about loosing weight, it's about changing your lifestyle and the way you think and feel about food, exercise and the way you live.
 Yes, we do hear snippets about Lucy's life from childhood up until now and how she's got to this point but it is also full of tips, motivational advice, yummy recipes and amazing exercise routines and ideas.
Normally when I look at "healthy eating" books and recipes I sit there and roll my eyes at the extravagant ingredients, 1000 different steps to make it and normally think to myself... where in the hell am I going to find that? But this book is full of easy and attainable concoctions that have got me really excited!
There are meal plans for you to follow for weeks on end, which help you make a healthy change slowly but surely and great lists of foods for you to avoid and encourage! I love the no-no's lists!
Some of the recipes I am looking forward to trying out include :  
Raw Chocolate Mud Shake
Banana Berry Smoothie
Antioxidant Blend
Purple Porridge
Salmon & Scrambled Eggs
Spinach, Apple  & Walnut Salad
Chicken, Strawberry & Kiwi Salad
Green Soup
Beef Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries
Beauty Bowl
Healthy Fish Pie
Avacado, Chocolate & Strawberry Mousse
Dark Chocolate Shake
Berry Crunch
Lucy also shares her favourite exercise routines and even includes a six-week challenge for both diet and exercise to help give you that needed kick up the butt! Lucy also talks, confidence, body, fashion and self-esteem. She's brutally honest and I'm looking forward to finishing the parts I am still yet to read.
This book is all about a permanent transformation which I something I am really striving for.
I want to make my body a healthy both on the inside and out and get out of my rut of junk food binges and exhaustion.
If you're looking for some motivation, ideas and support whilst trying to become healthier and happier this is definitely something you should pick up - even if you aren't a TOWIE fan (it's literally nothing to do with it!)

Thank you Lucy!
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  1. I've been looking to get this for a while too! It looks really good. The recipes look so delicious!
    Sass x

  2. I really want to get this, sounds so good! I had a flick through the other day whilst I was in Tesco and I was so impressed with the recipes included x

  3. Seems like a great book with lots of tips. I think her body is amazing, might have to buy a copy of this x

  4. This book sounds amazing. I am about to go on a health kick so I might have to get this book. I think it would really help, especially as it includes everything I could need x

    Mapped Out | Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle

  5. I've never watched TOWIE so I didn't even know who this was, but after reading your review and seeing the snippets you've posted, I'm suddenly really interested in this book!

    I love what you said about rolling your eyes at ingredients in typical healthy living recipes, they don't make healthy living attractive at all! Glad to see a book that's more accessible :) xo

  6. I really want to read this book. I love the brand Lucy has created and I think it will really be helpful to a lot of people. Some of the meal ideas look super tasty!

    Amanda / Amanda's Escape

  7. Her body is amazing, hopefully this book will be helpful for you.


  8. Thanks for sharing as I am going to pick this up now with amazon next day delivery haha I am desperate to check out the recipes xxx

    Blonde Of Carbs

  9. Ooo the raw choc mud shake sounds amazing! Need to invest ASAP X

  10. I debated buying this but was worried that it would be too TOWIE for me. Thank you for reviewing it - now I don't need to worry about that at all!
    Beth x

  11. I'm buying this in a few weeks, and I can't wait! :D

  12. This looks really interesting. I didn't even know Lucy had a book out, thanks for sharing x

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