Friday, October 19, 2012

Review: Get Real and Stop Dieting! by Brett Blumenthal

“Generations ago, eating was much less complicated. We tended to shop more often at markets that provided fresh, locally produced foods. Families ate together, and most meals were cooked and eaten at home. Today, with the prevalence of packaged convenience foods and easy access to cheaper food in restaurants, our waistlines are expanding and our wellness is declining rapidly.”

In today’s high-speed culture, sensible human nutrition has been sidetracked by convenience foods and fad diets. Attempting to cut through the hype can be overwhelming for anyone, even when you have the best of intentions about adopting healthier eating habits and committing to long-term wellness. Fortunately, wellness expert Brett Blumenthal has created a straightforward diet and nutrition program to demystify the secrets of healthy eating once and for all. She identifies five simple principles, founded in fact, that can easily be applied in everyday life. Her “GET REAL” toolkit outlines tips on establishing proper portion size, shopping smart at the grocery store, and making healthy substitutions in cooking, along with advice about exercise, hydration, and stress reduction. And with forty pages of simple, satisfying recipes at your fingertips, you can jump-start your nutritional makeover the tasty way, at breakfast (Mushroom and Asparagus Egg-white Omelets and Pleasantly Surprising Whole-grain Pancakes), lunch (Spinach, Raisin, and Chickpea Salad with Chicken and Farm Fresh Italian Calzones), and even dessert (Grandma’s Chocolate Clusters and Summer’s Over Apple Crumble).

Hailed as “the ‘diet book’ for people who hate diet books,” GET REAL and STOP Dieting! will inspire, empower, and motivate you to live a healthier, happier life.

Received for review.

While this is a small book it provides all the relevant information in a clear, concise manner. It really doesn't need extra pages to get its message across.

The author, who is female by the way, presents her five simple rules of healthy eating in a friendly, accessible way in the first part of the book. The rules are common sense and easy to follow and can be adapted for all diets - including vegetarians.

The second and third portions focus on how to follow said rules in real life and a series of recipes that adhere to the rules.

I was actually quite impressed with the author's no-nonsense style and her ability to cut to the heart of the matter without psychobabble or faux science.

The shopping lists could be helpful for some, but most readers should be able to apple the rules and maintain their normal shopping establishments.

The recipes left a bit to be desired. They were a bit on the crunchy granola side for me, but they give one a jumping off point at least.

All in all, I would certainly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a non-diet diet book for real people in the real world.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


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