Strength Sensei Bookshelf: Eat, Drink, & Be Gorgeous

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Eat, Drink, & Be Gorgeous

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Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous: A Nutritionist’s Guide to Living Well While Living It Up seems like the title of a romance novel or perhaps a self-help article you’d find in Cosmopolitan magazine. It’s far from it, and in fact, was a book Charles Poliquin strongly recommended to his female students and clients.

The author of this modern lifestyle book is Esther Blum. Blum earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition from Simmons College and a master’s degree in clinical nutrition from New York University. She is an excellent communicator and a media magnet. She has appeared on Dr. Oz and the Today Show and has been interviewed for major print magazines such as Time, In Style, Self, and yes, Cosmopolitan.

To be clear, Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous is not a weight-loss book. It’s a book about taking control of your social activities, such that you can have fun without sacrificing your health and looking gorgeous in the process. For example, drinking is discussed in Chapter 3: Drinking Gorgeous. Blum provides the calorie cost of many common alcoholic beverages so you can choose to stay lean with Michelob Ultra (95 calories) rather than getting screwed by a screwdriver (208 calories).

If annoying health issues such as cramps are cramping your social life, check out Chapter 5: Vitamin G: Gorgeous Supplements. Here Blum discusses the best supplements to get your party going at full steam, including supplement protocols to deal with acne, brittle nails, allergies, and, of course, hangovers. The following chapter, Gorgeous in Blue, goes a step further by offering natural methods to deal with emotional issues such as depression — comfort foods are examined extensively in this chapter.

Chapter 7: Gorgeous Questions and Answers provides bonus content by answering common questions asked by those who like to party. Here are some of the questions explored:

Q. Does eating at night make you fatter?
Q. Which vitamins are helpful when I can’t get enough sleep?
Q. Which are better for you, peanut M&M’s or plain ones?
Q. Is it true that caffeine and alcohol dehydrate you?

If you’re a hardcore party animal, you don’t have to stop with Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous. At the back of the book are useful books and websites that look more in-depth at many of the topics she covered. She also provides a quick reference glossary of many of the supplements she promoted in earlier chapters. Coach Poliquin’s college mentor Robert Crayhon, MS, CN, had this to say about Blum’s book, “At last! A superbly hip guide to staying healthy with cutting-edge nutrition. This book is a must-read.”

Esther Blum has written a fun, informative book written in plain language that deals with everyday issues affecting those with an active social calendar. It’s not the only nutrition book women need, but it’s certainly one they will want!

[Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous: A Nutritionist’s Guide to Living Well While Living It Up by Esther Blum can be purchased at]

Lead photo by Miloš Šarčev

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