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I Tried Recipes And Yoga From Lorna Jane's New Book To See What It's Like

Ready to learn something from Australia's queen of activewear.

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If you're an Aussie who likes to be active, or even one who doesn't, I'm sure you've heard of Lorna Jane. Her name has become synonymous with activewear and yoga, and – if we're being honest – rich white ladies.

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I'm personally a fan of hers, because I'm a rich white lady who does yoga. I can't exactly afford all her stuff, but I've been known to blow way too much cash on a pair of leggings.

Anyway, LJ has just released a new book called Love You. It's a cookbook/life manual with a key takeaway: "love yourself."

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According to the blurb, it'll help you "experience your very own journey of self-love, self-discovery, and self-belief". It's about ~mastering your own potential~ and balancing everything you've got going on in your life, as well as stories from Lorna about starting and growing her business. Before reading it, I actually had no idea that she founded her own company and built it from the ground up herself.

It's basically got three elements: mental health, physical health, and food.

Think recipes, yoga flows, meditation guidance, and writing prompts, all mixed in with Lorna's personal tidbits.

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Anti-Bloating Tonic

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I'm not a fan of green juice in general – if I want a salad I'll just eat it. This recipe also is not your typical green juice, and the taste took a little getting used to. It's one of those drinks that you don't exactly make for the taste, but instead for the ~health benefits~. Also please note that I don't have a juicer, so I used a Nutribullet which made the texture... less than desirable. I did have this three days in a row and I can't say I noticed if it did anything to stop bloating. Maybe if you had it every day for a month it might have an effect but that doesn't sound ideal to me.

And if you hate apple cider vinegar, then stay away. You've been warned.

Difficulty: 🌿/5

Taste: 🌿/5

Lentil and Rosemary "Not So Meatballs"

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This recipe looked COMPLEX. I thought it was going to take me forever when I first glanced at it, but it was surprisingly simple. It just had a lot of ingredients. Luckily I had a lot of the spices already but I can imagine it'd be pretty costly to buy them all. The meat-lover in me cringed at the idea of a lentil meatball, thinking it'd be like a dry, sad falafel. They weren't the moistest things in the world, but when paired with the tomato sauce they were actually damn delicious. I served this to a friend who does not believe in zoodles so I put them on pasta instead, which I definitely recommend.

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Side note: WTF is a leek? I've definitely heard of them but I had no idea how to cook with them. Do you use the white bit? The green bit? Both? I ended up having to ask my mum and, for future reference, it's the white bit.

Difficulty: 🌿🌿/5

Taste: 🌿🌿🌿/5 (When compared to normal meatballs. As a standalone dish I reckon 4.5/5.)

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Coconut & Ginger Soup

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Holy crap this soup is so, so good. Like, SO GOOD. I'm going to be cooking this one for a while. The only annoying thing is having to cut up the veggies really thin, so my lazy ass just bought spiralised zucchini and pumpkin. Other than that everything's very straightforward and did I mention delicious?

Difficulty: 🌿🌿/5

Taste: 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿/5

Choc Hazlenut Spread

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I'm always wary of "healthy" versions of delicious, unhealthy foods. They never taste the same and you just end up being sad and unfulfilled. So I went into this thinking of it more as a hazlenut spread than a Nutella alternative. And considering the recipe doesn't call for the billion spoonfuls of sugar that's in Nutella, I had low hopes. WELL. IT WAS DELICIOUS. I tried it by the spoonful, and on toast, and highly rate both. I also took it into work to get it taste-tested by the masses and everyone approved. This was definitely a success.

Difficulty: 🌿/5

Taste: 🌿🌿🌿🌿🌿/5

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I found the yoga flows in this book to be really good. There's one for energy, one for jet lag, and one for relaxation. They might be a little overwhelming for a complete beginner, and potentially could be too easy for a yoga aficionado, but if you've been to a couple of classes then it's just perfect.

The exercise section had a couple of 20-minute bodyweight strength circuits. Personally I found them too easy, but I do weight training or HIIT circuits every morning so maybe I'm a little fitter than average and need something more challenging.

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The self-love sections of this book are kinda like every other feel-good thing I've read before but that's not to say they aren't worth reading. It's all about finding your passions, doing what you love, embracing the small things, and learning to overcome setback. There were a few exercises for goal setting, mindfulness, and gratitude which I found to be pretty beneficial.

So, what's the verdict?

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Even if you just get it for the recipes alone, I reckon it's a pretty great book. There's some other food in there I wanna try out, like a coffee protein smoothie and a delicious-looking breakfast bowl.

The yoga section is A+ and I'm going to try to incorporate it into my exercise routine as a good series of stretches. And I think there are definitely people out there who would find the self-love aspects helpful... if you keep an open mind about it. The whole book is a good reminder that health is more than just going to the gym and getting shredded.