‘Soul Surfer’ Bethany Hamilton Seeks to Help Girls Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle With New Book (Video)


From magazines to the big screen, young girls are bombarded with images about the perfect body in today’s society. Professional surfer Bethany Hamilton is hoping her new book will help young girls focus on what is more important: maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Hamilton inspired millions with her story of faith and determination after losing her arm in a 2003 shark attack. In her new book, Body and Soul: A Girl’s Guide to a Fit, Fun and Fabulous Life, she shares some of her core experiences with mind, body and spirit.

“My heart behind ‘Body and Soul’ was really to encourage teenage girls, and now that I think about it, girls my age and women of all ages to make healthier choices in their daily life,” Hamilton told CBN News. “You kind of look at the health of our country and there are girls that have eating disorders. They think they have to look like this girl or that girl. I wanted to shed light in that area.”

Diet and Exercise
As a pro athlete, Hamilton’s advice for developing a healthy lifestyle begins with an organic diet. In her book, she talks about how to portion your food like a pro and the importance of natural foods, especially fruits and vegetables.

“Just stay away from processed foods, artificial ingredients, hydrogenated oils, which is often in fast food and candy,” she said.

The book includes a seven-day meal plan and favorite recipes, including the smoothie she blends up every morning.

“I love the blender and I love being able to make my own green shake in the morning,” Hamilton said. “I’ll start with spinach in it or mango and banana, and I’ll do almond milk. Almond milk is my go to. I don’t do much dairy.”

In addition to diet, Hamilton said another key is staying active. Her book includes workouts developed especially for young girls.

Ranging from lunges to what she called “the duck walk,” most of the exercises can be done anywhere, and she said they’re also fun to do with friends.

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Angela Zatopek

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