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Readers know Vendela from her work as a Sports Illustrated cover girl and as the face of Elizabeth Arden, but in this down-to-earth book she explains how she made the transition from supermodel to working mother of two. With warmth and candor, Vendela writes of the struggle of sleepless nights, the difficulty of breastfeeding her second child (a situation she had not encountered with her first), and the emotional postpartum roller coaster -- a far cry from the jet-set life most of us would imagine. She shares the lessons she's learned about keeping her relationship with her husband vibrant and finding some alone time for herself. She even admits to leaving the room every once in a while to simply let off some steam with "a quick scream in the hallway." Sounds like a regular mom, huh?
Well, she is a regular mom, and readers will find themselves relating to her immediately. But since it's her job to look gorgeous, Vendela is also the perfect person to tell readers how to get back into shape after giving birth and how to eat for good health and a better figure. In the fitness section, Vendela and her personal trainer recommend simple exercises that target the entire body, acknowledging that moms certainly don't have time to devote to specific areas. There is also advice on how to integrate exercise into the busy life of a new mom. The goal here is not looking perfect or even fitting into your prepregnancy clothes, though; the emphasis is on doing what makes you feel good about yourself and simply taking it one day at a time.
Most of us wouldn't dream of taking nutritional advice from a model -- especially when cooking for the whole family! However, Vendela's take on food is refreshingly sensible. She advocates treating yourself on occasion but cutting back in simple ways that will leave you trimmer and healthier. The recipes included are delicious and can be easily adjusted to accommodate finicky kids as well as moms watching their weight. As in the exercise portion of the book, the author urges readers to go easy on themselves!
Addressing both the emotional and physical needs of new mothers with intelligence, Vendela's passion for motherhood shines through. Model Mommy will help readers maintain their sanity and confidence while reclaiming their figures. (Karen Burns)