I absolutely love Clean Eating Alice, so when I found out she was bringing a new book out, I had to get my hands on it. The book costs £14.99 but, so far, has been worth every penny. The book is great to dip in and out of, as well as sit and read if you’re looking for a bit of motivation.
Starting with her own fitness journey, the book takes you through Alice’s favourite recipes, exercises (broken down into fat-burning HIIT workouts, weight training workout and home workouts), motivational quotes, recovery tips and FAQ. Each section is easy to follow with really helpful pictures and diagrams to help inspire your workout. Beyond simply just giving you different recipes and exercises, the book is full of information to geek out on and scrub up on your scientific understanding. I find this really valuable as it makes me feel more confident and informed before I give something a go. The book is really focused on encouraging education and Alice shares some of her favourite books and podcasts within if you want to expand your knowledge.
Without giving away too many spoilers, here are some of my personal highlights in the book! Firstly, the book has a section all about maintaining yourself progress and practising self love on your journey to fitness (and just in life generally). This is a super important part of the journey I think a lot of guides seem to forget about a little bit. It’s okay having loads of focus on how to achieve your goals but you also need to know how to keep them.
Next up, recipes! I don’t usually by recipe books as I never really follow them. Since I have started tracking my macros, knowing what (and how much) stuff I am putting in my food has become super important and so these recipes have been fantastic. I will also readily admit that uni makes me a very boring cook and I tend to have the same meal every single day. These recipes have certainly helped add a bit of variation to my meals. My favourite breakfast would have to be the homemade guacamole on toast. I am a sucker for savoury in the morning and this was super easy to make and set me up nicely for the day. I haven’t tried any of the lunch recipes yet but at lot would be great for prepping in advance which works well for me! I think my first one will be the spicy chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and avocado wrap. Not only does the picture look really good but wraps are really easily transportable so will be great when I’m travelling in and out of uni. My easy snack favourite so far is, without a doubt, the energy balls. I hadn’t been able to find a recipe for energy balls without nuts in until these. They are super tasty and really easy to make. Again, dinner I haven’t tried yet but I was sold at the word ‘prawn’ in the warm king prawn, wild rice, sun-dried tomato and aubergine salad. This looks incredible and I am a sucker for seafood so this is definitely on my list of things to make!
In terms of exercises, the book has over 80 different things for you to try out! A lot of these I am already doing (it does seem to be tailored for beginners in some parts), however, a lot I have never heard of and I really appreciate the section on home work outs because it’s not always possible to hit the gym. So as not to waffle too much, I won’t go through my favourite exercises (you’ll have to take a look yourself) but I do want to talk about the introduction to the section. As previously mentioned, the book is great tool for educating yourself and has clear diagrams helping you to understand the body. Crucially, there is also a section on training safe, which is really important. I will admit, even after months and months of training, I do sometimes let this slip and so it’s great that this book has a reminder with clear guidelines.
The book ends with a super handy section, helping you to customise your own workout. Alice also highlights to importance of a positive mental attitude and reflects on mindfulness at the end of the book – a really important thing to remember. The focus on the mental and not just the physical is something I cannot praise this book for enough.
I would really recommend getting yourself a copy of this book, whether you’re a beginner or have been at it ages. Not every single page is going to be useful to you but there are so many tips and tricks that you’ll definitely learn something new. Fitness is different depending on each person so it is really important to make sure you’re informed and this book is a great tool to help you on your way.