Book Review – Balancing in Heels

Book Review

Balancing in Heels: My Journey to Health, Happiness, and Making it All Work by Kristin Cavallari

This year marks the first of many months (hopefully) that I can accomplish my goal of reading one book a month from the Book Challenge (see all the deets for that Here)
2004, was an interesting year, it was my senior year of highschool. I intentionally didn’t take the SAT’s (too much pressure) and was trying to figure out how to tell my mom I wanted to take a year off before going to college. It was a weird time. A time of realization and heavy decisions that would shape the rest of my life. WOAH. Pump the brakes, that’s still a lot to think about even now, almost 13 years later.
During that time, I just needed a break. Imagine that, a 17 YO needing a break from no real responsibilities. As such, MTV was my refuge. 2004 was a time when (in my mind) reality television became the It thing. Obviously, it’s been around for awhile, but I feel like it really blew up or maybe that’s when it started to register on my radar.
 So, in comes Laguna Beach. The “reality” show based in Laguna Beach, CA a posh suburb in Orange County,  centered around the daily lives and interaction of 6 handpicked high school students.


If you are not familiar with with who Kristin Cavallari is, she used to be on Laguna Beach and The Hills (MTV circa 2004-2010) and she was everyone’s favorite b****. She was a wild and unruly teenage, who only cared about one thing, herself.
Fast forward seven years and she’s thirty, has 3 children under the age of 5, is married to a professional athlete, has a successful shoe line, just announced she is doing her own jewelry line, and she eats clean. That’s a big change from the wild child that she used to be.
The first chapter focuses on her time on reality tv. It’s almost painful to hear from a person who lives its perspective. Lots of those moments that we (the public) craved or loved, weren’t genuine and were pieced together. What?! Reality TV isn’t real?! I know it’s not real now, but then?
She talks in great detail about realizing a lot of her acting out came from deep insecurities. She talks about finding love and realizing that she didn’t want to settle because she knew it wasn’t right, leading to the engagement being broken up. Also, she talks about how it strengthened her relationship, and forced them to examine and change some things.
There is a little something in this book for everyone. It’s well written and provides advice on love, self esteem, establishing positive and healthy relationships, fashion tips, and recipes! One the things I identified most with (and mainly why I wanted to read the book) was her relationship with food.
There was a time when I pretty obsessed with low calorie foods, not realizing or paying attention to the ingredients (or the amount of sodium) in those pre-packed death traps. I’ve made a more conscientious effort to make healthier choices. I cook with all organic and non GMO foods and have gotten rid of packaged foods. And recently, I had to stop drinking/consuming cows milk ???. But my tummy and my skin are so much happier, so it’s been worth it.
KC has a whole chapter devoted to her relationship with food, how she cleaned up what she put in her body, and how it’s affected her life. She shares some recipes that I’m looking forward to trying. She goes into detail about the marked difference she felt holistically after changing her eating habits, and while she’s not perfect she, “… aims to stay on track 80 percent of the time, and the other 20 percent I eat what I want.” It’s all about balance.
In the fashion chapter, KC shares her staple pieces that every woman should have, dressing for your body type, and really wearing what makes you feel good (versus wearing what’s trendy), with pictures of course! There is also her take on pregnancy, exercising while pregnant, and general health tips.

My Review

My favorite quote from the book,

“I live my life for me, not for how people want me to be.”

Well, fists high on that one. That is a mantra we can all get behind!
The book was a good read! Not too many pages, good content, and quality photos.Do you remember when I talked about being young and sitting at the park in the sun? Well, there was no park involved but I definitely found some sun and time to read this book! It didn’t take long, and she kept it to the point. It was a very reflective book, which I can appreciate. I was able to finish the book over the course of 5 days (a chapter each day). It was an effortless read that I was able to digest easily.
If any of this sounds interesting or are areas of improvement for you, then I recommend this book. I prefaced that our lives are drastically different, but at the core of it all, we are both still women. It was a good read overall! You can find the book Here or Here if you are looking to read!
I hope this book review has been insightful and that there weren’t too many spoilers! What book are you reading this month? Share in the comments below!

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