We all know Kate Hudson as the ultimate Rom-Com star, but she actually has some smart things to say about life, health, and loving yourself.
Kate Hudson is a mother of two boys (like me) and extremely busy (like all of us!) I follow her on social media and like millions of others, I’ve fallen in love with her easy, down-to-earth beauty and attitude. Sure she comes from Hollywood royalty, but she still has that effortless cool that makes me want to be her friend. So, I thought I’d give her new book,Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body, a shot, and I was pretty impressed!
In this book, Kate talks about her lifelong journey to become healthier through nutrition and exercise, and her everyday tips to stay centered through meditation and personal reflection. Her ideas aren't exactly groundbreaking; in fact they are refreshingly simple. Here are some other reasons I love it:
Ayurveda is an ancient, holistic approach to wellness, which can be complex and confusing. Kate breaks it down with quizzes, checklists, and real-life solutions for the three body types, or doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha). Maybe she’s oversimplifying, but I believe she is bringing the most important concepts of this complex practice to the mainstream.
She doesn't preach
Throughout the book, Kate reminds us that her preferred exercise may not be effective for all body types, and her favorite health foods might not work for everyone. Instead of preaching her own brand of nutrition or fitness, she encourages readers to go back to their own “drawing boards” to see how different behaviors affect individual mood, health, and physical comfort.
She spends time on mental health
In my opinion, this is where many traditional diet and exercise books fall short. Kate spends several chapters modeling how she keeps track of the feelings, moods, and sensations that come up in daily life and how she adjusts accordingly. She also gives some awesome practical advice for incorporating meditation into daily life.
She openly admits her faults and her failures
True to the self-health form, Kate presents a recommended weekly chart with fitness and eating tips at the back of the book. She prefaces by saying this is only an "ideal," and that most weeks she falls short. This is the highlight of the book for me: forgive yourself, knowing you've done your best, or as Kate puts it: “You don't have to be perfect. Pretty Happy is Pretty Good.”