With New Year’s Eve only a few days away, a lot of us have our New Year Resolutions on our mind. We will supposedly wake up January 1, 2013 and though it falls on a Tuesday, (who ever started a diet on a Tuesday), we will pop some blueberries in our mouth, grab our gym bag and hop in the car to the nearest gym.. With all the best intentions in the world, it rarely works out that way. What’s another six days until Monday January 7th?
Having this scenario played out many years before, a group of friends decided we’d arm ourselves with the knowledge we need to make 2013 a successful, healthy year. We met twice a month in October, November and December. We all picked two different books to read and review. The topics were nutrition, veganism, diets, lifestyle change and health.
After discussing such books as, The Vegan Girl’s Guide to Life – Elliott, Melisser , Vegan for Life: Everything You Need to Know to Be Healthy and Fit on a Plant-Based Diet – Norris, Jack, Messina, Virginia, Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous, and The China: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health by authors – T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell II. and Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss – Dr. Joel Fuhrman, we agreed that that the book Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss by Dr. Joel Fuhrman made the most sense. It seemed to incorporate everything we read in the other books, a bit less about vegan lifestyle and teaching the idea that the more nutrient-dense food you eat, the less you crave fat, sweets, and high-caloric foods wins our vote. Ideas from Eat to Live were very easy to incorporate. A bit of planning ahead was needed for those who do not want to eat lunch in a restaurant.
A good point to remember after reading Eat to Live is that when food is refined and the macronutrients are removed from nature’s natural packaging, they assume disease-causing properties. Second, green vegetables ran away with the title and legumes and fresh fruits took the next two places.
The tool we needed was a steamer to make brown rice and vegetables at the same time. When we arrived home from work, we could put our rice and vegetables in the steamer and go about our business. It turns off and doesn’t burn, so it’s ready when we are. We all used the microwave to make quick sweet potatoes after reading about their delicious nutrients.
Eat to Live: The Amazing Nutrient-Rich Program for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss book is highly recommended.
Lois Trader – Community Advocate – Lifelong Health