Sexy by Nature: The Whole Foods Solution to Radiant Health, Life-Long Sex Appeal, and Soaring Confidence

Sexy by Nature: The Whole Foods Solution to Radiant Health, Life-Long Sex Appeal, and Soaring Confidence

by Stefani Ruper


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In Sexy by Nature, female health expert Stefani Ruper outlines five easy-to-follow steps that heal you and make it impossible not to love the skin you’re in. This book is a must-have for any woman who wants to be healthy, sexy, and free.

Women’s health is more complicated than men’s health. How often is this important fact given adequate attention in the health and fitness world? Almost never. To the joy and empowerment of women everywhere, Stefani Ruper’s Sexy by Nature finally delivers what they’ve needed all along to achieve their health and weight-loss goals.
Modern culture insists that the only way around female health problems like acne, PMS, and stubborn excess weight is to wage war against them with gym memberships, calorie counting, and restrictive diets. But it doesn’t have to be hard, frustrating, or an uphill battle. It can be the easiest, most fun, and most exciting journey of your life. How? By letting nature do the work for you. As a product of nature, the female body has specific needs. When those needs are not met, health problems ensue. When they are met, the body heals, energizes, and becomes sexy on its own. Sexy by Nature provides the tools and inspiration you need to meet those needs, to overcome health challenges, and to become the radiant, confident woman you were born to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628600155
Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing
Publication date: 03/18/2014
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Stefani Ruper is equally accomplished as an international go-go dancer, an Ivy League chemist, and a nationally renowned eating disorder counselor. She is the host of the first ever self-love podcast, Live. Love. Eat., the author of PCOS Unlocked: The Manual, and the author of Birth Control Unlocked: Your Body, Your Options, Your Guide. Stefani holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Boston University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in philosophy and dancing obsessively in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Introduction: What Is Sexy? 11

My Story and Why You Need This Book 14

1 Trailblaze

Old Rule #1: Beauty Conformity 25

Nature Rule #1: Celebratory Uniqueness 27

Old Rule #2: Restriction 29

Nature Rule #2: Nourishment 37

Old Rule #3: Punishment 39

Nature Rule #3: Love 41

Old Rule #4: Warfare 45

Nature Rule #4: Harmony 46

Old Rule #5: Bandages 47

Nature Rule #5: Healing 50

Old Rule #6: Unquestioning Ignorance 53

Nature Rule #6: Investigation 59

Old Rule #7: Sexism 64

Nature Rule #7: Female Empowerment 66

The Takeaway: Out with the Old and In with the New 69

2 Nourish

Natural versus "Natural" Foods 74

What Makes a Food Healthy? 78

The Bad Stuff 92

Laboratory Inventions 93

Sugar 95

Grains 98

Phytoestrogens 106

Seed Oils 109

Nature's Sexifying Powerhouses 114

How to Eat 133

3 Live

Stress 156

Sleep 165

Standing 170

Sprinting 173

Strength 179

Sex 185

Sunlight 188

Spirit 192

Settling 195

Striving 199

4 Overcome

Energy: Be Vibrant 206

Weight Management: Be Slim 217

Skin Health: Be Radiant 229

Menopause and Aging: Be Youthful 239

Fertility: Be Fruitful 245

Family Planning: Be Protected 257

Libido: Be Ravenous 266

Cramps: Be-Pain-Free 269

PMS: Be Calm 274

Mental Health: Be Happy 278

5 Strut

Self-Love 284

Self-Determined Sex Appeal 297

Fearlessness 308

Epilogue: On Your Journey 318

Resources for Further Reading 321

Notes 323

Index 326

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Sexy by Nature: The Whole Foods Solution to Radiant Health, Life-Long Sex Appeal, and Soaring Confidence 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
CaitlinIles1 More than 1 year ago
Short version: Stefani is a wonderfully unique voice in the women's health world. Her approach to healing is based upon self love and care, proper nourishment, and complete fulfillment in all aspects of life, body, mind, spirit, and soul. This book is a beautiful combination of what Stefani does best: teaching women that in order to fully heal they must work with, not against, their bodies and gives us the tools we need to do so! Long Version:  Her whole book is founded on the Sexy by Nature Golden Rule: Your body is a natural body, with natural needs, that, when loved properly, loves you right back. And all her dietary and lifestyle recommendations are predicated on that assumption. Her book is divided into 5 parts or steps to achieving radiantly sexy good health, all of which come together to create a beautiful and personalized diet and lifestyle. Part 1, Trailblaze, is great and involves replacing seven previously held rules on what it takes to achieve a healthy and fit body with smart and achievable rules. These include Beauty Conformity vs. Celebratory Uniqueness, Restriction vs. Nourishment, Punishment vs. Love, Warfare vs. Harmony, Bandages vs. Healing, Unquestioning Ignorance vs. Investigation, and Sexism vs. Female Empowerment. I loved her analyses and deconstruction of the old rules and her reasoning behind incorporating these new, loving, and health-promoting rules into your life. Part 2, Nourishment, covers the basics of nutrition, which are the foundation of the Sexy by Nature diet plan. Her recommendations are pretty standard fair in terms of what the ancestral health community recommends for dietary guidelines, though her emphasis on ensuring adequate carbohydrate consumption for thyroid health is something fairly specific to her focus on female hormonal health. She also focuses quite extensively on establishing a diet that is focused specifically on female nutrition goals, which includes eating more regularly, higher carb intake (at least 100g/day), and listening to your body’s hunger and fullness signals. This section is easily digestible (heh heh) and Stefani clearly and concisely explains her reasoning behind the inclusion or exclusion of specific foods. Part 3, Live, goes into more detail about specific aspects of our lifestyle that go beyond food but that play a hugely important role in our overall health. She covers the effects of stress, sleep, standing, sprinting, strength, sex, sunlight, spirit, settling, and striving. I loved this section because sometimes people get so caught up in focusing on the food that they forget hot many other wonderful things it takes to make up a truly fulfilled and healthy life. Here’s a quick little gem from her section on settling: True happiness comes from mindset, relationships, feeling comfortable in your world, and building a meaningful live. It does not come from the frenetic parts of Western existence—busyness, perfectionism, and the acquisition of stuff. The word settle has a lot of important meanings here. It means to simplify your choices and your life. It means to prioritize appropriately. It means to be calm. It means to let the dust settle naturally and let life flow without trying maniacally to control outcomes or achieve goals. It means finding peace with your body, spirit, and life and accepting things as they are. It doesn’t mean giving up on dreams; it means pursuing those dreams mindfully. (197/8) Part 4, Overcome, offers some fantastic suggestions for dietary and lifestyle interventions to help women manage issues such as weight gain, PMS, poor skin health, infertility, low libido, cramps, and low energy. She does a wonderful job of explaining the root causes of many of these issues and how diet and lifestyle impact the development or management of them. It’s super informative with enough science for us nerds but explained clear enough that even without formal science or nutrition training you will walk away with tons of tips and tools to help you rebalance and nourish your body fully and completely. Part 5, Strut, is all about self-love, confidence, inherent sexiness, and flaunting your fabulousness to the world. This angle of Stefani’s approach to women’s health is one of the major reasons I fell in love with her writing. She encourages us ladies to embrace our natural bodies exactly where they are and recognize that if we feel imbalanced or suffer from PMS or excess weight it’s not because our body is working against us, but because she is trying to do her very best to keep us alive with what she’s been given. Recognizing this fact is one of the first steps we need to take in order to achieve true and lasting healing and Stefani is a master at raising the battle cry for women everywhere to love themselves just as they are. You are the one who determines how sexy you are. (296) All in all I definitely recommend this book to practitioners and clients alike, as I think there is tons of fantastic information about female hormones and exercise, the dangers of perfectionism on body image, and self-love in addition to all the great stuff on diet and other lifestyle factors.
anderwayne More than 1 year ago
So far I am very intrigued by this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though I am no expert I have been reading health, fitness and nutrition books for 40 years and this book by far is the most compelling. Not only does Stefani detail the nature of the female body but goes on to urge women to forget about old body image norms, create self acceptance... to love your body and it will love back with glowing skin, energy, exciting libido, abundant hormone health and a lifestyle that radiates the health and confidence we were meant to possess.