Lessons
Gisele Bündchen's journey began in southern Brazil, where she grew up sharing a bedroom with her five sisters and bullied by her classmates. At the age of 14, fate intervened suddenly in Sao Paolo in the form of a modeling scout. Four years later, Gisele's appearance in Alexander McQueen's runway show in London launched her spectacular career as a fashion model, while also putting an end to the "heroin chic" era in fashion. Since then, Gisele has appeared in 600 ad campaigns, over 2000 magazine covers and walked in more than 800 fashion shows for the most influential brands in the world. But until now, few people have gotten to know the real Gisele, a woman whose private life stands in dramatic contrast to her public image. In Lessons, a work of deep vulnerability, courage and honesty, Gisele reveals for the first time what she's learned over the past 37 years that has helped her live a meaningful life--a journey that takes readers from a childhood spent barefoot in Brazil, to a internationally successful career, motherhood and marriage to quarterback Tom Brady.

Lessons Details

TitleLessons
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 2nd, 2018
PublisherAvery
ISBN-139780525538646
Rating
GenreBiography, Nonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography Memoir

Lessons Review

  • Gina *loves sunshine*
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book, I related to this book, I learned from this book and I think it's a great tool for women!!!! Especially.....young women and young moms that need some guidance on old school life! And there are soooooo many women who weren't taught the value of the simple things in life. That don't know how great it is to sit down and enjoy a meal every night with your kids....you don't realize the life lessons and personal benefits for every family member when we sit down, disconnect and hav I enjoyed this book, I related to this book, I learned from this book and I think it's a great tool for women!!!! Especially.....young women and young moms that need some guidance on old school life! And there are soooooo many women who weren't taught the value of the simple things in life. That don't know how great it is to sit down and enjoy a meal every night with your kids....you don't realize the life lessons and personal benefits for every family member when we sit down, disconnect and have real life, how was your day conversations!I really respected so much of what Gisele had to say, I appreciated her hard work, her devotion to family and quality of life. She focuses on nourishing herself through good food, exercise, meditation, etc, etc. She spent a lot of time talking about how she was raised, her early modeling career and her current marriage and children. Gisele mentioned quite a bit about anxiety and busyness and gave lots of tips for dealing and coping with it - that seems to be so rampant these days. I highly recommend this book!! If you like Gisele and Tom and if you can put aside the attitude that she can afford trainers, cooks, nannies, etc etc so of course her life is fabulous - she actually has a very helpful and down to earth approach to teach!!!
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  • Pam Gonçalves
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Alona Fil
    January 1, 1970
    At the end of the book I felt full of love and inspired. I found this book quite honest and tricky at the same time; so open and somehow closed; so practical and hard to adapt if you don't have additional help.Overall, it is just lessons that Gisele had throughout her life that helped, guided her to where and who she is now. This is her story. And she is not saying follow me, she says - build your own life the way you want it to be, step by step. Respect the mother-Nature, respect your own natur At the end of the book I felt full of love and inspired. I found this book quite honest and tricky at the same time; so open and somehow closed; so practical and hard to adapt if you don't have additional help.Overall, it is just lessons that Gisele had throughout her life that helped, guided her to where and who she is now. This is her story. And she is not saying follow me, she says - build your own life the way you want it to be, step by step. Respect the mother-Nature, respect your own nature, respect your partner's nature, protect and develop it.I feel that this book is for people who sees Gisele as a beautiful human being both from the inside and outside (like I do). For people who wants to look in the backstage (kinda) of Gisele Bundchen's and Tom Brady everyday life and learn from it useful tricks. For people who is looking for inspiration, changes and good piece of advises. P.S. if it is just for fun, if you just curious of lifestyle of the rich and famous, and if you have negative feelings about this couple, please don't waste your time and energy on this book. Go and do something more useful for yourself ;)
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  • Nsikan Akpan
    January 1, 1970
    Gisele has been my favorite supermodel since I was fifteen (I’m twenty-three now). For eight whole years I compared myself to her, and I always fell short. God tried to remind me: “I made you to be your own person. I have a unique story just for you.” I didn’t listen to Him. To some, this book may just be a cool thing that a supermodel did, but for me, Gisele’s words were the key to freedom from wanting so bad to be her. I’m not white, I’m not blonde, Im not Brazilian, I’m not 5’11-though I am 5 Gisele has been my favorite supermodel since I was fifteen (I’m twenty-three now). For eight whole years I compared myself to her, and I always fell short. God tried to remind me: “I made you to be your own person. I have a unique story just for you.” I didn’t listen to Him. To some, this book may just be a cool thing that a supermodel did, but for me, Gisele’s words were the key to freedom from wanting so bad to be her. I’m not white, I’m not blonde, Im not Brazilian, I’m not 5’11-though I am 5’10, pretty close, huh? Anyway, I’m not any of those things because I am not her.God entrusted me with being a beautiful, black girl with a full Afro and brown eyes.I’m grateful for Gisele’s honesty. I’m not sure if she’ll ever know how much her words have freed me from the chains of comparison and false perfection. Although knowing what I know about the prevalent racism in Brazil, it would have been nice for her to use her influence to address some of that. Maybe in her next book?
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  • Jillian Leah
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 Stars:Ho-hum! I was really excited to read her book, but found it came up short. It was written very conversationally, but a lot of it felt like bragging and boasting. She does not acknowledge her privilege - from being a fair-skinned Brazilian to having the time to pursue all of the personal development imaginable. I liked reading about her connection to family values and some of her day-to-day rituals. I had a huge problem with how she dismissed modern medicine and anti-depressants. It was 2.5 Stars:Ho-hum! I was really excited to read her book, but found it came up short. It was written very conversationally, but a lot of it felt like bragging and boasting. She does not acknowledge her privilege - from being a fair-skinned Brazilian to having the time to pursue all of the personal development imaginable. I liked reading about her connection to family values and some of her day-to-day rituals. I had a huge problem with how she dismissed modern medicine and anti-depressants. It was a quick read, but I wouldn't recommend it.
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  • Sheri Hooton
    January 1, 1970
    I would give this book probably a 3.7 or 3.8.There was a lot of good stuff in here. From the ways Gisele's upbringing has shaped her and how she overcame some of her toughest struggles. I really appreciated all of that. I will say something that bothered me though, and if you don't identify as Christian then you probably won't care... but she talks about her Catholic upbringing and how one day she asked one of her teachers, how could the bible say an eye for an eye when Jesus's message is love. I would give this book probably a 3.7 or 3.8.There was a lot of good stuff in here. From the ways Gisele's upbringing has shaped her and how she overcame some of her toughest struggles. I really appreciated all of that. I will say something that bothered me though, and if you don't identify as Christian then you probably won't care... but she talks about her Catholic upbringing and how one day she asked one of her teachers, how could the bible say an eye for an eye when Jesus's message is love. How is that loving? And the teacher couldn't answer her. (which is kind of a problem if you ask me...but anyways). From that moment on she changed her thinking of faith and identifies more with a self-based faith. A lot of ideas in here are that she trusts her inner voice and promises it will never let you down *false, my inner voice has gotten me in lots of tricky places*. I wish I could just call her and answer her question- that Jesus came to fulfill the law that we never could. She was asking a old testament question and thinking it was at the same time as the new testament. Oh it hurts my heart that I can't tell her this. She does talk about God still in the book, but refers also to spiritual guardians that she and her children pray to. It's just really weird that she still has a faith life but that it's kind of shaped by her own ideas. I don't understand how a faith that is built solely on your feelings is more accurate than something that is considered the actual word of God but I know this is a very modern way of thinking for people. It's just not what I believe.Other than that, I thought her stories were sweet and I never realized just how much Gisele and I had in common. Who would have thought?! I was surprised to hear of her struggles with anxiety & suicidal thoughts- but also happy that she was brave enough to share those vulnerable moments and hope others will hear this and relate. Her story of Vida, her puppy, gave me tears as I was driving to work. Overall, I downloaded this book because I'm a Tom Brady fan and I'm always so curious to hear more about how they live. I find it fascinating and in line with the ways I try to strive to live my life and hope to grow into. She talks a ton about her family and how they've cultivated a culture of openness and learning in their home.I always thought Gisele would be a distraction for Tom Brady and after listening to this book I realize just how perfect they are for each other. I feel a lot of his success as of late can be attributed to the ways they seek to grow as people and how they encourage each other. It also sounds like we can thank Gisele for Toms crazy eating regimen, that I also believe has helped him be in the best shape of his life when most football players would have retired years ago. I apologize for the things I said back then. I was wrong. If you get the audio book, I will say, Gisele only does the foreword. So if you're a person that only wants to hear the story from the author in their voice, just a heads up since it's not specified on the audible page. I thought the narrator did a great job and at times I forgot it wasn't Gisele because she spoke so fluently the words that were written. An enjoyable quick easy listen.
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  • Yoric
    January 1, 1970
    Simplicity is what comes to mind when reading this book.We may be surprised how much importance a model gave to "discipline" in her life.Her philosophy of life is nice to read, as it is more about being responsible, taking action, being positive, thankful...Then we realize her "success" in modeling was not by chance. But by attitude, as other successful people usually state.Her 4 steps to success: Clarity, focus, dedication, humility.She did write this book as she would give advice to her childr Simplicity is what comes to mind when reading this book.We may be surprised how much importance a model gave to "discipline" in her life.Her philosophy of life is nice to read, as it is more about being responsible, taking action, being positive, thankful...Then we realize her "success" in modeling was not by chance. But by attitude, as other successful people usually state.Her 4 steps to success: Clarity, focus, dedication, humility.She did write this book as she would give advice to her children, or to her younger self.I think we all should do.
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  • Carolina Magalhaes
    January 1, 1970
    I was drawn to this book because I read an article about it and I thought it was very brave of Gisele to talk about having panic attacks and suicidal thoughts. Most people go through tough times and it is really important to take the “bad” (wrong) idea people have from mental diseases (that happen, like the physical ones; and if addressed properly can be healed, like the physical ones).The whole book is a brave and loving statement of someone who believes in growth as a person and love as the an I was drawn to this book because I read an article about it and I thought it was very brave of Gisele to talk about having panic attacks and suicidal thoughts. Most people go through tough times and it is really important to take the “bad” (wrong) idea people have from mental diseases (that happen, like the physical ones; and if addressed properly can be healed, like the physical ones).The whole book is a brave and loving statement of someone who believes in growth as a person and love as the answer. There are lots of good advice in it. Really lots.This being said, I believe sometimes the author forgets to mention that she has a very privileged life that makes it so much easier to follow all the practices she does. This doesn’t erase the fact that a good advice is a good advice.I
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    Que mulher maravilhosa! Sem dúvida, é muito inspirador ler esse livro e conhecer um pouco mais do lado pessoal da Gisele. Mesmo depois de tantas vitórias e sucesso, ela continua sendo a mesma pessoa simples de sempre. Adorei saber das histórias da infância dela, ver o carinho que tem pela família e pelo nosso país. As fotos que ela compartilha desses momentos são a coisa mais linda! Se alguém acha que vai encontrar imagens de catálogos e capas de revista, está enganado. A intenção dela era justa Que mulher maravilhosa! Sem dúvida, é muito inspirador ler esse livro e conhecer um pouco mais do lado pessoal da Gisele. Mesmo depois de tantas vitórias e sucesso, ela continua sendo a mesma pessoa simples de sempre. Adorei saber das histórias da infância dela, ver o carinho que tem pela família e pelo nosso país. As fotos que ela compartilha desses momentos são a coisa mais linda! Se alguém acha que vai encontrar imagens de catálogos e capas de revista, está enganado. A intenção dela era justamente nos mostrar a vida pessoal, os momentos descontraídos com os filhos e marido, os cães, as lembranças de Horizontina, contato com a natureza, dentre outros. Eu não tinha a menor ideia de todas as dificuldades que ela enfrentou com depressão e ataques de pânico. Dá pra imaginar o quanto deve ter sido assustador passar por tudo isso enquanto sua carreira estava a todo vapor. Me emocionei muito no capítulo dedicado à cachorrinha Vida! Realmente só quem já teve um animalzinho sabe o quanto nos apegamos a eles e o quanto se tornam nossos melhores amigos e anjos da guarda.Embora as lições que ela compartilha sejam comuns em livros de auto-ajuda, eu gostei muito da forma que foram escritas. Pude mesmo sentir todo o carinho e dedicação que teve nesse projeto, realmente querendo levar uma mensagem positiva para os leitores. Super recomendo!
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  • Katerina Galkina
    January 1, 1970
    I read an advanced reading copy of this book, and while it's not the best book I read by a famous public figure, I did enjoy reading about some of her tips and tricks regarding self care and meditation. I still think that the book was in many ways redundant and repetitive. Prior to reading this book, I didn't know much if anything about Gisele Bündchen, besides the fact she was and still is a very hyped-up super model.
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  • Chloe Crew
    January 1, 1970
    Reading about her life was interesting for the first half of the book. I did enjoy reading about her modeling, family and was quite inspiring how she dealt with her anxiety. However, towards the second half of the book I wasn't so drawn and struggled to finish it. Some of her points were good but at times it seemed naive. She's had a great life with lots of experiences and is a hard working woman.
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  • Nancy Safar
    January 1, 1970
    Surprisingly a good readThis book was informative, back to basics, thoughtful and grounding, Gisele has her feet planted firmly in the ground and is an inspiration for all of us, notably women of all ages.
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I've always liked Gisele because she's pretty, she loves the environment, and she dated Leonardo diCaprio in his prime. She was a celebrity before social media made celebrity more accessible, and reading this book made me really think about the mystique of supermodels (which, in my opinion, don't really exist anymore.) I love reading and watching shows about the fashion industry. It fascinates me. Gisele doesn't really reveal anything about the industry that I didn't already know, but the way sh I've always liked Gisele because she's pretty, she loves the environment, and she dated Leonardo diCaprio in his prime. She was a celebrity before social media made celebrity more accessible, and reading this book made me really think about the mystique of supermodels (which, in my opinion, don't really exist anymore.) I love reading and watching shows about the fashion industry. It fascinates me. Gisele doesn't really reveal anything about the industry that I didn't already know, but the way she described her "character" for modeling was extremely interesting, and made me realize why she's one of the greats. I also appreciated learning that Gisele is kind of a hippie and I think I would really love hanging out with her doing yoga in Costa Rica. A lot of the advice in this book is basic, and a lot of it is kind of hippie dippy, but for some reason it didn't annoy me. I assume it would probably annoy a lot of people. I was actually impressed learning more about what drives and motivates one of the most successful women in the world. The chapter with the story about her dog, Vida, made me cry. Stories about people's favorite animals dying will basically always do that, but this one was truly special and touching.This book definitely won't be for everyone, but I didn't delete it from my Kindle after finishing it, because I actually liked a lot of what Gisele had to say. I will probably revisit some of the chapters after I purchase a lot of sage and crystals and listen to my inner voice more after a meal of fresh local produce.
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  • Christina
    January 1, 1970
    I love Gisele and still love Gisele... but her book was a reminder how imperfect us mere mortals are compared to her supermodel, superhuman, celebrity status. It also came off to me as very preachy - as though where she is, IS exactly where we want to end up. I mean she DOES have the ideal life, so I get it, but it completely missed the mark in terms of us experiencing her grit and struggle, all which was necessary to achieve this enlightened state of mind she claims to be in. You just can't hav I love Gisele and still love Gisele... but her book was a reminder how imperfect us mere mortals are compared to her supermodel, superhuman, celebrity status. It also came off to me as very preachy - as though where she is, IS exactly where we want to end up. I mean she DOES have the ideal life, so I get it, but it completely missed the mark in terms of us experiencing her grit and struggle, all which was necessary to achieve this enlightened state of mind she claims to be in. You just can't have one without the other. She really did figure it all out at such a young age, which is amazing, but I would have really liked to hear more about her struggle getting to that "elevated" or "perfect" state of being. She brushed over her panic attacks and the negative aspects of the fashion biz and didn't allow me to walk beside her in her experience and in my opinion, that didn't resonate at all, though I can sense her efforts to be genuine and authentic. She had such great family, what about those of us who didn't, how can we be inspired? I felt so inspired in the beginning when she talked of discipline, but after that it fell short. I read the rest as that this is the way I'm supposed to be - that you can't have happiness unless you achieve this and do this. That being said, she is a beautiful creature - clearly inside and out. I just didn't love her book. It didn't inspire me as much as I had hoped and she is in SUCH a grand position to inspire us all.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I have never really paid attention to Gisele, or Tom Brady, but I ended up watching the 73 questions from Vogue and she seemed like a pretty decent person. (I was mostly amazed by their Boston home.) It's hard not to sigh at her current zen state of family and work, but she has earned every penny of it. Living on her own and working 350 days a year starting at age 14? Oh my. She is inspirational, and maybe tomorrow I will make better decisions. (But how am I not supposed to snack and sit on the I have never really paid attention to Gisele, or Tom Brady, but I ended up watching the 73 questions from Vogue and she seemed like a pretty decent person. (I was mostly amazed by their Boston home.) It's hard not to sigh at her current zen state of family and work, but she has earned every penny of it. Living on her own and working 350 days a year starting at age 14? Oh my. She is inspirational, and maybe tomorrow I will make better decisions. (But how am I not supposed to snack and sit on the couch all day while reading her book?)
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  • Miranda Head
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book. I will probably try to read it again in 5 years because it’s one of those books that can affect you at every stage of life. She has a keen awareness about herself, society, and the earth and she tries to impress upon the reader the importance of knowing how to be aware of all things in our lives. Thankful for such a successful woman to share her story. I learned a lot.
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  • Gabriella
    January 1, 1970
    maybe this is a biased opinion because i've always admired this woman, but this was a great read. some of the things she said really touched me and it felt like something i needed to hear.
  • Leticia
    January 1, 1970
    Mega leve de ler e tão autêntico e simpático como eu acho a autora 😉
  • Isabella
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 para ser más justa.
  • Hagege
    January 1, 1970
    Amazing book. I really love all the lessons of this book. I recommend it!
  • Kayo
    January 1, 1970
    Author seems well grounded, despite the wealth and notoriety. Interesting book.
  • Devon
    January 1, 1970
    Reading this book was like recharging my battery. I love the positive message and life affirming lessons that Gisele shares in an incredibly honest, straightforward way. This is not a book about modeling, but about an intelligent woman who has achieved great success, and the many important lessons she has learned along the way. There are many insights into her life that I think will change mine for the better. Most importantly, she shares how she practices meditation and breathing to handle the Reading this book was like recharging my battery. I love the positive message and life affirming lessons that Gisele shares in an incredibly honest, straightforward way. This is not a book about modeling, but about an intelligent woman who has achieved great success, and the many important lessons she has learned along the way. There are many insights into her life that I think will change mine for the better. Most importantly, she shares how she practices meditation and breathing to handle the challenges of life, and that she openly discusses how she has had serious low points in hers. Not many people are brave enough to share these truths, and I think this book really gets into some serious topics that many people may not have known about Gisele before now. I could read this book again and I am sure I would gain more from a second time through, as it is full of wisdom and valuable advice.This book would be a perfect gift for a recent graduate, a new mother, a person embarking on a new business, a new job, or anyone looking for support for a positive transformation in their life. Lessons is proof that Gisele has not become so successful by luck, but by incredible discipline, hard work, and mental toughness. She is truly an amazing woman. I would recommend this book 100%!
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  • Tafny Lais
    January 1, 1970
    O livro é muito atraente, gostei da leitura rápida e leve. No início, se vc tiver uma auto estima baixa kkk vc se sente um pouco mal pq ela, além de ser a TOP model, também faz mil coisas (inclusive pilotar helicoptero). Mas no final (também no decorrer do livro) ela da varias dicas de como vc viver melhor e priorizar as coisas na vida. Recomendo :)
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  • Guilherme Yoshioka
    January 1, 1970
    Ao se despir e revelar o seu verdadeiro eu, Gisele deixa as portas abertas para, ao menos, espiarmos tua trajetória de um viés mais pessoal. Certamente ‘Aprendizados’ traz muitas reflexão e muitas proposições legais. Com uma escrita leve, fluída e inspiradora, o livro emociona e nos faz ir ao encontro do nosso eu.
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  • Sandy Larivee
    January 1, 1970
    I throughly enjoyed the book. Her interpretation and experiences in life were interesting and thought provoking. A different kind of biography that gave you insight into her life past and present as well as a refreshing outlook on life. I came away inspired by her suggestions and viewpoints.
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  • Traci Bild
    January 1, 1970
    I was surprised by how good this book was, I really enjoyed it and it was full of practical information that is incredibly useful!
  • Megan Rich
    January 1, 1970
    Couldn’t get past the fact that she cured her panic attacks in a matter of months. Could not relate.
  • Kassandra Reinhardt
    January 1, 1970
    Some good stuff in there but overall a bit bland..
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    You MUST read this book. Seriously it’s great
  • Katrina Sark
    January 1, 1970
    1 – It All Starts with Disciplinep.26 – Humility allows you to grow from your mistakes, to know that everyone and every experience can teach you something. In my experience, it opens the doors to a bigger, more meaningful life. p.28 – I wake up every morning anywhere between five am and six am to the “ocean” sound on my phone, which sits on my bedside table in airplane mode. It’s a soothing way to begin my day. The sound of the water and the breaking waves fills me with a deep sense of peace. Al 1 – It All Starts with Disciplinep.26 – Humility allows you to grow from your mistakes, to know that everyone and every experience can teach you something. In my experience, it opens the doors to a bigger, more meaningful life. p.28 – I wake up every morning anywhere between five am and six am to the “ocean” sound on my phone, which sits on my bedside table in airplane mode. It’s a soothing way to begin my day. The sound of the water and the breaking waves fills me with a deep sense of peace. Also, I don’t leap out of bed unless the kids wake me up before the water sounds begin. Instead I like to relax into the process of waking up, as if I’m tiptoeing in warm water. I stretch a little; take a few long, deep breaths, followed by a few minutes of appreciation for my life and my cozy bed. After letting the dogs back in, I meditate. I light a candle, get into lotus position, and close my eyes. It doesn’t really matter if you cross your legs. What matters is sitting with your spine straight so energy can flow. Sometimes I meditate to figure out the answer to a question. Or because I’m confused about an experience and need insight. p.29 – Other times my goal is just to find peace or inner calm. p.30 – my preference is to do my workout soon after waking up, since my day gets busier as it goes. If I’m working out at home, I put on my Bluetooth earphones and go to the elliptical while listening to a book on tape, or sometimes I’ll listen to the audio of a YouTube video on a subject that fascinates me – say, a series about ancient Egypt or Greece. p.31 – After meditating and working out, I drink a glass of lukewarm water, about eight ounces, with half a slice of lemon squeezed into it. It helps flush out the digestive system. As I sit my lemon water, I’m busy making my children’s breakfasts and school lunches. I believe strongly in the old saying “let food be thy medicine” and I take nutrition seriously. For lunch I’ll pack Benny and Vivi hummus or lentil soup or leftover rice and beans. I’ll add diced cucumber, avocado or chickpeas to the rice to liven it up. Breakfast is often hectic, with kids chattering, dogs roaming, and a tight schedule. I often make Benny and Vivi gluten-free toast with almond butter and honey, or eggs with sliced avocado, or a bowl of cut-up apples and berries with coconut yogurt. Before breakfast, Benny and Vivi do their chores benny feeds the dogs (I’m the one who puts the food in the bowls, otherwise Benny would feel sorry for them and give them too much), and then he and Vivi set the table. After breakfast the kids put their dishes in the sink. I finish cleaning up the kitchen counter, since I like leaving rooms as tidy as I found them, plus, as I said before, I can’t think straight if I’m in a messy environment. Then I eat my own breakfast. Often I finish off my kids’ leftovers, or drink a glass of green juice with celery, cucumbers, half a red or green apple, turmeric, ginger, lemon juice, and sometimes kale or beets, or I have avocado toast. p.32 – the truth is, I think looking good and having good skin has more to do with what you eat, how you live, and how you feel. (Having a good dermatologist can also help.) I do think that I look my best when I eat healthy, exercise every day, drink plenty of fluids, and get the rest that my brain and body need. Our insides reflect our outsides, and vice versa. p.37 – It’s up to all of us to capture time, to give it meaning, and to be present and appreciative for every moment we’re alive. This is why making a big deal out of little moments matters a lot to me. Stretching my body the moment I wake up. Being conscious of my breath. Lighting a candle. Meditating. Singing with my kids on our way to school. More than anything, these moments are about appreciation. My goal is to be present. To feel and experience my life deeply, even if what I’m feeling overwhelms me or sometimes makes me burst into tears. p.39 – Joseph Campbell once wrote, “you become mature when you become the authority of your own life.” p.43 – As far as I’m concerned, any attack on nature is an attack on all of life. 2 – Challenges Are Opportunities in Disguisep.68 – A wise friend of mine once told me something I’ve never forgotten. Gisele, he said, you have to give people the dignity of their own process. 3 – The Quality of Your Life Depends on the Quality of Your Relationshipsp.80 – Comparing yourself with another person is pointless. Why? Because all of us have something special to offer since each one of us is unique. If you spend time comparing yourself with someone else, the only thing you’re doing is setting yourself up for disappointment and failure. You won’t ever feel good enough. p.82 – Kabballah, which is a philosophy I studied for a while, has a concept known as “Bread of Shame.” It says that people need to do the work of transformation in order to earn the light. If we are over-giving or doing something for a person that they have not earned, we are giving them Bread of shame. If we take more than we give, then we are consuming Bread of Shame. p.83 – In particular, I enjoy being around people who inspire me and bring out my best. People who are kind, intelligent, and compassionate. I also don’t like beating around the bush. Be direct – I can take it. I hope I give back these same qualities to my friends. Time is the biggest gift any of us is given, and we all have a limited amount of it. The biggest gift we can give anyone is just that – our time, our love. p.88 – If anyone isn’t treating me right, whether it’s a friend of one of my sisters, my response is always the same: I am only going to be in relationships that are loving and respectful. When you are ready to resume a loving, respectful relationship, I am happy to talk to you. If you’re not ready yet, it’s okay, I will be here when you are. 4 – Our Thoughts and Words Are Powerful – Use them Wiselyp.108 – If your thoughts are positive, your words will tend to be positive, too. If your thoughts are negative, your words have a higher probability of doing harm, even if that was never your intention. Once we say something, we can’t take it back. Saying things that are negative and damaging can hurt beyond that particular moment.p.118 – The next morning I sent Tom a brief email telling him I was only willing to be in a relationship that was based on love and respect, and that I looked forward to us talking whenever he was ready to speak to me in a loving and respectful way. A day later, we did just that. 7 – Take Care of Your Body So It Can Take Care of Youp.189 – For breakfast, I’ll drink a glass of green juice. If I’m having my period, I’ll often just do beets and lemon for extra iron and vitamin C. If I plan on doing a heavy workout, I make myself a smoothie using either fresh or frozen berries, a spoonful of cacao powder, hemp seed, flaxseed, chia seed, and a splash of coconut milk. Sometimes I add a banana or a spoonful of homemade almond butter or protein powder. I also take vitamins and carry a small pack of them with me whenever I travel. p.190 – Twice a week, I make a point bot to eat anything until lunchtime, even if I am working out. I always feel incredibly energized from this mini fast. It takes a lot of energy for our bodies to digest the food we eat, and I think it’s a good idea to sometimes give our digestive system a rest. I especially find that a liquid fast helps me when I get sick, when my body wants just soup or tea. I occasionally devote a month a year to going completely sugar-free, which includes fruit sugar and the sugars from any grains or alcohol. I’m also a big believer in small portions, especially as I get older. Food is meant to energize us, not make us fall asleep. That’s why my lunch typically consists of a salad, with seed crackers and avocado, or a bowl of soup containing chickpeas and many different vegetables. Another favourite lunch, especially in the summer, is homemade spring rolls, with tahini sauce for dipping. Spring rolls are easy to make. I combine one or two slices of apple and avocado, chopped cabbage, and some shaved carrots and cucumber, and roll them up in a sheet of rice paper. Two or three rolls are usually enough to satisfy me. They are light, perfect, and delicious, especially with the sauce. I can literally drink tahini sauce, it’s so delicious. Acknowledgementsp.321 – My dad was right when he told me that if you ever feel unclear about anything, write it down and it will all start to make sense.
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