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Book review: Pretty Happy

I’ve always really loved Kate Kudson, so when I heard she’d written a book I just had to read it. It seems every celebrity is now writing a book about health (Kristin Cavallari, Khloe Kardashian, Alicia Silverstone, Jessica Alba…) but this is the first one I was actually excited about. Here is my review.

To me, Kate Hudson is a huge role model. I LOVE her, espcially her personality. I feel like she’s one of those women who isn’t extremely beautiful in the classical sense, but she has such an addictive personality (and she’s always smiling) that it makes her gorgeous. She always looks good and makes it seem effortless. I always love a woman who looks amazing because of who she is, not just the way she looks. That’s how I feel about Kate Hudson (not knowing her at all, of course).

Pretty Happy: Healthy Ways to Love Your Body

Anyway, earlier this year Kate wrote a book, called ‘Pretty Happy: Healthy ways to love your body’. I read it over the summer and I quite enjoyed it. Unfortunately, it’s not all that different from other celebrity ‘health books’, in that she highlights the importance of self-acceptance, healthy food (lots of veggies) and exercise. In her book she focuses on four pillars: having an intuitive relationship with your body (1), eating well (2), awakening your body (3) and mindfulness (4). These ‘pillars’ are nothing new, in fact they are very much in trend right now. Nothing I hadn’t heard or read before.

Ayurveda: The three doshas

Throughout her book, Kate writes about food, being yourself, accepting yourself, letting go of negativity and putting yourself first. Early on she also introduces which I thought was the most interesting part of her book: the three doshas, which are derived from Ayurveda (a system of alternative medicine which originated in India). I had personally never heard of Ayurveda, and I was immediately sceptical, but I found reading about the three doshas quite interesting. Basically, Ayurveda accounts for differences between people: both in their personalities, their bodily functions, and any other characteristics that make someone unique. According to Ayurveda, there are three types of people (three ‘doshas’): Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

In short, a Vata is physically thin, and quick on their feet: they move fast, walk fast and even talk fast. They tend to be changeable and like to swim, run, dance and change it up. A Pitta has a medium build, with big eyes and healthy glowing skin. Pittas like order and tend to be driven, competitive and efficient. They don’t like to waste time, so their workouts are effective and to the point (Kate Hudson writes that she is a Pitta, by the way). A Kapha is slow moving and thick bodied with a larger build and they put on weight easily. They move slowly, talk slowly and don’t like to change their routines. In order to feel like they’ve had a good workout they need to sweat.

Different people have different needs

If you want to know more about the three doshas, just Google it. There’s a lot of information about it on the internet, too much to write down here. I took a test in the book and found out I am bordering between a Vata and a Pitta (I recognize myself in both, so I guess that’s accurate). Kate writes that we all have some degree of each body type in all of us, and that we can shift depending on how active we are, what season it is or how healthy we are. Whether I believe in it or not, I like the distinction between different types of people and their different needs. Not everyone likes the same workouts, for instance, and they don’t have the same effect on everyone either. Finding what suits you (workout-wise, but also food-wise, work-wise, everything-wise really) is so important. Like I wrote in yesterday’s post, we’re all so different and we’re constantly changing and evolving as people. What worked for you last year may not work so well this year. Just listen to yourself and trust that you know what’s best for you.

The drawing board

Besides the three doshas and Ayurveda, Kate shares many of her own personal routines that keep her balanced, happy and healthy. One of those is the use of a drawing board, which is kind of like a mood board or vision board. This drawing board is used to track your feelings, thoughts, questions, fears and goals. This too, is nothing new, and to be honest it irritated me a little. It keeps coming up in every chapter, with some exercise for you to use your drawing board. I mean, I find it hard to believe Kate Hudson has the time to write down (on a regular basis) how she feels, what she eats, her mood, when she last exercised, etc. Maybe it’s just me, but these sort of exercises seem a little childish to me and also a little annoying. I could have done without the drawing board.


pretty-happy-5What I did love was the whole layout of Kate’s book. I loved the beautiful photographs of her (although some are a little strange), the inspirational quotes and the tests throughout the book you can take to analyse yourself (although not always accurate). I really enjoyed reading ‘Pretty Happy’ and am going to read more about Ayurveda, because it really got my attention. ‘Pretty Happy’ is a good beach read, or light weekend read, but don’t expect too much from it. It’s fun, light and doesn’t force anything on you. The overall message is self-love and self-acceptance, and I fully support that. If you love Kate Hudson, like I do, this book is definitely worth reading.

Emmelyn X

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