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Run Fat Bitch Run by Ruth Field

Following on from yesterday’s dismal attempt I guess it is appropriate to talk about Run Fat Bitch Run by the Grit Doctor aka Ruth Field

I bought the book on the same day as I bought Eat Nourish Glow. It was one of those “you bought this; we thought you might also be interested in this…”

I can tell you now, this book won’t get me running as the “set up time” is too much of a commitment… I can spare 30-60 mines for a cycle ride or a run but not the 90 minutes or more it would take to do the initial “walking the route” but I am leaping ahead of myself.

The books aim is to get people out running including people like myself who don’t believe they are capable or running. It takes as its start point the idea that the biggest hurdle to running is actually leaving the house. Once you get into a routine of leaving the house and make yourself do it at least 3 times a week then you can slowly build up your stamina and your ability until you can run at least 5km…

You start by choosing a route, preferably circular of about 4-5km. You get to know the route and when you are comfortable with the route you gradually start running and walking it and gradually you end up spending more time running than walking.

The book is big on being tough with yourself. About stopping making obstacles as to why you can’t do it and find solutions to the obstacles.  It emphasises that by just leaving the house it’s a win. Every run is a win whether you performed well or not. Be tough on yourself but not hard.

After talking about running generally and how to get started it then has sections on post baby running and nudging it up a bit to marathon running.

The book takes a fun, tongue in cheek approach to just getting you out there. It can be gently bullying and is definitely no nonsense. Either this approach will appeal or it won’t.

The section on dieting and weight loss is similar to the section on running – in short stop making excuses, only you are in control of what you eat and either you want to be thinner or you don’t.

As far as diet is concerned the rules are broadly the same as Eat. Nourish. Glow namely get rid of bad habits towards food and develop good; throw temptation out of the house, drink more water; eat vegetables; with an emphasis on the fact that movement should happen first rather than the diet…

This is probably the most important point because lets face it most of us find it easier to tinker around with the diet (a not doing, a negative) than to get out an exercise (a positive act).

The list of 7 deadly sins is very similar to Eat Nourish Glow too. Sugar is bad. Avoid processed food. No more snacking.

There is a reasonably good section on motivation but by and large the book is not saying anything new but is saying it in a slightly different way.

Although I am not going to be using the book in order to get me running I am applying the philosophy to the cycling as there doesn’t seem to be anything out there similar for flabby wanna be cyclists like myself… there is no-one writing books encouraging people just to get “on yer bike” and pedal. The majority of cycling literature is either travelogues, improving your training techniques or biographies of cyclists…not very inspirational…

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Eat. Nourish. Glow. By Amelia Freer

I first came across Eat Nourish Glow on another blog (link). I wasn’t particularly interested at the time as it seemed just another one of the recent crop of books by thin, well groomed young ladies of a certain socio economic group extolling the virtues of thinly peeled vegetables (a la Hemsley and Hemsley)… so I ignored it. I ignored it again when I saw it on offer with the Book People.

However when it crossed my Amazon search results page when looking for a gluten free cookbook for a colleague to cheer her up (she’d just been put on a no gluten, no caffeine, no alcohol regime following major surgery) and the Kindle edition was on sale for £0.99, I thought lets give this a go.

(The Colleague incidentally got the Hemsley and Hemsley book and loves it. As I do, having benefitted from the colleague sharing “sesame bliss balls” with the rest of the office).

On my first read through I decided my instincts were right and that it was not for me. I am not a great believer in cutting anything out, not totally, except perhaps those things you don’t actually like eating. However on the second read it seems she is not recommending cutting things out, just that you might like to do so if these things are contributing to you feeling less than well.

This is not a cookbook. There are very few recipes. It is more a manual for living. The book is divided up into her 10 rules for creating a healthy way of life and discussion of how to put this in practice.

The rules are nothing you probably haven’t come across before. The emphasis is on breaking bad habits and creating new habits; drink more water; move more; do a kitchen detox to get temptation out of the house; portion control and eat to feed hunger not because you are bored; Ban snacking, don’t constantly graze; eat your 5 a day; eat less process food.

I don’t disagree with her rules it’s just that I am doing a lot of this already or as much as I can within the confines of family life. The issue I have is that like a lot of books it doesn’t take account of how hard it can be to follow such rules when you have to take other people’s dietary needs into account.

In some respects it is the same as a lot of other books. “This worked for me.” But it doesn’t give enough consideration for the fact that there are more in the target audience than single girls whose past preferred way of drinking tea is to add a lot of sugar to it… (I am not sure that tea and coffee drunk without milk or sugar is an evil and probably won’t cause an insulin spike!)

On the whole it’s an ok book. It’s not advocating anything outrageous and it certainly doesn’t annoy me quite as much as “I quit sugar does…