The most-awesome, untraditional book review (ever) of “The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body” by Cameron Diaz. The full video of the Q&A session at The Book Revue is at the end of the article.
(Photos by John Milovcic)
“We go to school so we can read and write and get a job so we can buy food, so we can feed ourselves, but we don’t know what that means. We don’t know what nutrition means, we don’t know why we need physical activity.” – Cameron Diaz, The Body Book Q&A at The Book Revue
In case you missed it, Cameron Diaz is on a book tour to promote her latest creative endeavor, “The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body.”
I was at The Book Revue in Huntington, NY for The Body Book signing on Jan. 13 and Cameron Diaz was wonderful. The way Diaz gives a part of herself to others and the world is an inspiration. My love for her amiable, goofy laugh aside, Diaz’s love for movement and the human body is a fresh perspective women (and men!) should listen to closely.
“In this book, there is no goal to reach in 7 days or 30 days or 365 days. The goal here is forever. And what you will earn is measured not in pounds or inches lost, but in what you will gain.”
The Difference Is Diaz and How The Body Book Works
Diaz makes you want to care about your body and your health (something that is regularly sacrificed to other facts of life in 2014). There’s follow-through. In the United States—where gym-rat, nutrition-buff information is created ad nauseam—we have the tendency to cauterize our ideas of healthy behavior where as Diaz suggests we liberate ourselves and our bodies through understanding in order to succeed.
“It’s amazing how everything is connected. We all kind of know this intuitively […] The thing about the body is it wants to be strong and it will work with whatever you give it because it wants to survive. All it’s made for is survival. […] Try to understand that life is long if you’re lucky and you have a choice to do more good than bad.” – Cameron Diaz, The Body Book Q&A at The Book Revue
Although The Body Book is grounded in science, you can tell her heart is in this and without this personal drive—to grow the collective consciousness of personal health and make it a positive contagion in everyday life—I may try to convince otherwise. But I was there and I saw it in person. What separates Diaz’s book from the majority of the market is her ability to be a bridge between information and knowledge.
Information vs. Knowledge and the Human Body
Just as Cameron Diaz discusses the difference between appetite and hunger, information and knowledge have vastly different contexts. Information is a raw value; it’s the baseline for knowledge. Cameron Diaz is the bridge to knowledge in The Body Book.
I believe we need more people like Cameron Diaz in the health and wellness space particularly. As technology innovation continues to pave new ways for us to explore ideas, the body seems to be one of the most neglected privileges of our time. Don’t succumb to the nearsightedness of health and wellness. Diaz asked everyone at the Book Revue, “How can we be with our bodies so long and not understand how it works?” We need to get moving. I’ll leave you with this, from the Q&A session with Cameron Diaz at The Book Revue in Huntington:
“I want you to understand that your health is your responsibility—nobody else’s. No one else makes you healthy; no one else makes the choices for you to exercise, to eat right. Your body is your lifelong endeavor; it is with you from beginning to end. It’s the only body that you will have.” – Cameron Diaz, The Body Book Q&A at The Book Revue