A few weeks ago I was invited to a book launch in NYC for Nadya Andreeva’s first book titled Happy Belly. To be honest, it really didn’t take much persuasion for me to decide that I had to be at this event after I read the following part of the initial email.
Studies shows 91% of women suffer digestive issues, such as bloating, cramping, and irregularity, which hinder their daily lives… Nadya Andreeva has helped thousands of women get back in touch with their bodies and heal their persistent digestive issues through her proven formula. Healthy Belly brings her philosophy to millions of women around the world.
Seriously? I RSVP’d within moments. The event was great, but the real knowledge came from the book that she so graciously included in each gift bag. Before I get into the facts on the book, can I just call your attention to her dress above? So fabulous! And after seeing her legs…I felt the urge to sign up for one of those unlimited 30 day yoga passes in NYC….but back to the book! It’s all broken down into 4 sections. PART 1: Digestion – The cornerstone of health + PART 2: What creates an unhealthy gut?
These 2 sections educate the reader on the body and the digestive system as a whole. Like any anxious reader, looking for a cure for their ailments, I wanted to get right into the “how”, but Nadya really takes time to explain the “why” and “how did it get this way?” In fact, within the introduction she was very forward and outlined exactly who this book is for and the overarching theme is that you have to have a desire to change your body from the inside out in a natural, non restrictive, and gentle way.
One of my favorite takeaways from these sections had to do with food combining. In short, the simpler your dishes, the easier it is to digest. To me, this means that my plate should not look like I am having Thanksgiving dinner with a plethora of options scattered on my plate. The more things that your digestive system has to break down, the harder it has to work. When your gut has to work extra hard. it takes up energy that you could use at work, in school, at the gym, with your family, ect ect. I never thought of my gut being a cause for lack of energy due to improper food combining. Later in the book, she also includes detailed charts covering the proper food combinations.
PART 3: Happy Belly Journey + Part 4: Resolving Specific Issues
Nadya believes in the power of visualization to aid in reaching your goals, and I can see exactly why. In Chapter 16, The Key Components of Healing, she asked the reader to write a love letter to their body. I personally did this exercise (here) and it really made me re-evaluate how I treat myself. I’ve had so many ailments in the recent years, that are probably due to stress, but this letter helped me realize that I need to take responsibility for the way I feel and do everything in my power to protect and love the body that I have been given.
The second half of the book is also where Nadya explains Ayurveda (Ayur = life,Veda = science or knowledge). Ayurveda has principles and healing practices for reaching the ideal state of health that is balanced between our environment, body, mind, and spirit. There are simple practices like having warm lemon water in the morning before consuming any food to more complicated mixtures of herbs and spices to achieve optimal health.
I immediately adopted the practice of having warm lemon water in the morning and lighter meals in the evening. Within a week, I felt less bloated and “lighter”. Nadya never says to eliminate an entire food group, but she asks you to listen to your own body to see what makes you feel better. During this time, I experimented with limiting my intake of sugar, dairy and gluten…and I felt even better.
If you still have questions about specific symptoms, Nadya goes into bloat, constipation, supplements, gas, and detoxing in great detail. This is one of the few books that I have read that does not spare any details. If you have a question about digestion or Ayurveda, this book has the answers in an easy-to read format. I would also recommend this book for anyone that feels that they want to “feel better” through a healing diet that allows you to customize the “plan” to suit your specific goals and/or symptoms. This book is currently being sold on Amazon, so…. yea… go get it here. And head over to Nadya’s blog to learn more!
Have you heard of Ayurveda?
Do you practice yoga?
What is your morning routine?
Thank you Happy Belly book for working with Manifest Yourself for this sponsored post! – As always, all opinions are 100% my own.