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.
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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
Introduction: What Is Sexy? 11
My Story and Why You Need This Book 14
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
Natural versus "Natural" Foods 74
What Makes a Food Healthy? 78
The Bad Stuff 92
Laboratory Inventions 93
Seed Oils 109
Nature's Sexifying Powerhouses 114
How to Eat 133
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
Self-Determined Sex Appeal 297
Epilogue: On Your Journey 318
Resources for Further Reading 321
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
So far I am very intrigued by this book.
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.