Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mom Energy by Ashley Koff and Kathy Kaehler

Mom Energy is packed full of information. Some of it is quite scientific to gain a deeper understanding of how the body uses energy and the impact that the lack of energy has on health. The rest is strategies for making lifestyle changes that will increase your energy level. Nothing in this book is a quick fix for energy. The only way you are going to see results is if you are willing to put in the effort to make taking care of yourself and your energy levels one of your priorities.

The quiz to determine how what your energy level is was an eye opener for me. I knew I was tired most of the time but didn't realize that I was quite as bad off as I am. I wish there had been more questions on the second quiz for determining Energy Profile as I felt I fit into several categories based on the limited questions. These profiles are helpful throughout the book as they are used to identify key strategies that will be most helpful. The Energy Matrix profile in Chapter 3 was also a huge eye opener for me. I found that section to be extremely helpful in determining the best place to start getting my energy back on track.

The authors address the usual suspects when dealing with energy: diet, exercise, and sleep but they also include organization and scheduling. I had never thought of this as being something that affected my energy before but now I am seeing how much time I waste by not having a schedule (or basic routine) and knowing what is ahead each day. Taking time for yourself is another big area that moms often give up to take care of their families.

There are no recipes in the book but what to eat and what not to eat is thoroughly addressed. The authors do seem to advocate vegetarian protein sources but I believe that is a decision each woman must make for herself. Supplements are addressed but I was happy to see that specific brands were not pushed at all.

The authors provide some basic exercises in an appendix but the chapter on exercise is more of a general overview on why it is important to fit it in, how to schedule it into your day, and the best types of exercise to get your metabolism moving.

Overall this book is truly packed with information even if some of it is a repeat of what you have already heard (as most diet, exercise, and self-help books tend to be). There is a lot to get through and it is not a quick read because you need to take time to digest the information and figure out how to implement the suggestions in your life. If you are looking for a quick fix or aren't interested in the science behind your body's use of energy, this book probably isn't for you. But if you have an interest in knowing how and why things work and are willing to put in effort to make lasting changes, this book could help you get your energy back up.

I received a copy of  Mom Energy: A Simple Plan to Live Fully Charged from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for providing my honest review.

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