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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Book Review: Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies

I wanted to try a different type of post today and review a cookbook that is recently on the shelves of your favorite virtual bookstore.  Flat Belly Cookbook for Dummies has the kind of grabber title that appeals to the populace, but the common sense and grounded science that comes from experts in the field of nutrition.
Here's what I liked about the book:
  • All three authors are RDs (Registered Dietitian).  Just as you wouldn't consider someone who simply has an interest in surgery to take out your appendix, so you shouldn't seek nutritional advice from someone merely interested in nutrition.  Go with the credentials.
  • Excellent instruction on the science behind the premise before you get into any specific eating plans.  I think it is critical that people educate themselves when making changes to their diet and health.  Knowledge is power, and power means change.
  • Not a one-size fits all.  There are different levels of recommendations depending on your health, motivation and ability to change.  
  • Large variety of recipes.  I love food and love to cook and because of that, I'm always seeking out something new and delicious.  The book is loaded with recipes that cover varying dietary restrictions from vegan to gluten-free.
  • Bonus cooking tips.  At the end of the book, there are some tips and recommendations listed on spices and cooking gadgets.  They really are trying to equip the reader not only for health, but culinary success.  
  • Avoidance of the "d" word.  I love that these dietitians recognize the dangers of a diet mentality and address the importance of long-term, lifestyle changes rather than quick weight loss that is doomed to fail.  
So if you're looking for some motivation, more knowledge, or simply a different source of healthy eating information, you might consider giving Flat Belly Cookbook a longer look.

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