BOOK REVIEW|The Champagne Diet by Cara Alwill Leyba

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The Champagne Diet 
by Cara Alwill Leyba
(Passionista Publishing, June 13, 2013)

I’ve been totally stalking this woman, Cara Alwill Leyba for like a year now. She’s a life coach, author, and fellow blogger who I discovered on Instagram and she earned my follow by consistently adding inspiration to my feed. She’s become my bff (in my head) ever since she convinced me to join Snapchat; I literally wake up and go to sleep to her empowering & motivating messages daily and we have so much fun together. And she just knows me oh so well and got me a book for Valentine’s Day: The Champagne Diet. Go, bes fren! Ok, she gave it to everybody free for the weekend.

Cara gets to the core of the not so obvious reasons many of us struggle with weight loss and keeping it off, but The Champagne Diet is not a diet book as the title may suggest. Cara gives you some easily digestible facts about eating clean, but the meat of the book and the questions she poses force you to dig for the underlying emotional aspects of your weight loss struggle; this allows her advice to apply broadly to anything weighing you down even if you’re not looking to shed pounds. The same feelings that show up on your hips may very well be what’s keeping you stagnant in a failing relationship, your unfulfilling job, and all the other heavy sh*t we just love to carry with us.

Bag lady you gon’ miss your bus/you can’t hurry up/cause you got too much stuff.

The Champagne Diet is the guide that should have come in a gift set with Erykah Badu’s Bag Lady back in 2000. At a little over 100 pages, it’s definitely worth your 2 hours to kick-start the mindset you’ll need to unload and live your champagne life. Ok, so there was an instance when Cara had me like “girl, bye” with a piece of advice that seemed a little out of touch and impractical to me, but I’ll let it slide because I understood her logic behind it; overall her message and instruction were on point. You’ll be running for a mani-pedi, drinking apple juice out of a flute, and ready to tackle your new year resolutions (for real this time) when you finish this book. At least that’s what happened to me.

Pack light, yall,

~1st Noëlle

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