Book Review – “Eat to Live”

Posted by Jennifer (The RD)

Overall, this book had some wonderful advice.  It really advocates a change in lifestyle.  IT IS NOT A DIET.  Who can argue with the fact that increasing the nutrient density of your meals is health promoting?  The basic premise is that if you carefully choose a diet with lots of whole, unprocessed fruits, veggies, and grains, and dramatically increase your intake of plant based as opposed to animal proteins,  you can significantly reduce your weight while preventing or potentially reversing obesity related diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  The format is very strict, and I am not sure what percentage of the readers can adhere to such a regimen, but it makes good, sound sense and it is pretty hard to refute it.

There is just one criticism that I have.  The book recommends a protein intake of .8 gm/kg of body weight.  However, over the past few years, literature has supported an increased intake of protein during the aging process due to our loss of ability replete any losses in lean body mass as early as age 30.  This means that some literature supports an intake beyond .8 gm/kg, especially during illness that is accompanied by poor appetite and wasting syndrome.  Although the author may not agree with this research, it would have been nice to hear his opinion on the subject.

Also, I wanted to add that there are some recipes in the back of the book.  That was a great bonus!

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Blissful Bites

Posted by Jennifer (the student)



Blissful Bites by Christy Morgan is essentially a vegan cookbook. Since I am always looking for tasty ways to add more plant-based meals to my diet I was intrigued. The beginning of the book gives a good overview of basic cooking techniques, tools and pantry basics. The recipes are creatively organized by type of meal and season.

So far I have only had a chance to try a couple of the recipes. The first recipe I tried was the Southwest Tofu Scramble. This recipe is very similar to a recipe I already make. This version has the addition of mushrooms and zucchini, which I thought was a good addition.

Next, I tried the Un-Tuna Salad. This recipe uses chickpeas in place of tuna. Personally, I like most anything with chickpeas and this recipe was no exception. I will make this often.

Some of the other recipes I want to try are: Pan-fried Tofu with Carrot –Ginger Sauce, Basil-cashew cheese Sauce and Pear Almond Coffee Cake. This cookbook is all about healthy, unprocessed, whole food cooking. Anyone looking to experiment with plant-based cuisine, this book would be a good addition.

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Book Review – The Secret

The Secret

Posted by Jennifer (The RD)

A few weeks ago, a friend told me that he really enjoyed watching the documentary on “The Secret.”    Basically, the “secret”  of life is based on the law of attraction.  The things you attract to your life are a reflection of your own thoughts.  The things that you think about most supposedly appear as your life.    So, getting back to my friend…he stated that since he started to think more positively about things and visualize how well his day would flow, everything seemed to fall into place.  Traffic seemed to be better on his way to work, and his most hectic work day turned out to be a piece of cake.  Since he had tested the theory out on himself, he told me that he had set other goals for himself.  One of them pertained to health.  Hmmm….this is when I thought I would read the book and see what all of the hype was all about, especially the health segment.  So, after reading it, this is what I found:

  • I really do think there is some link between what you think about and what your thoughts may bring to you.  I have seen patterns in my own life that have truly mirrored my own thoughts…good and bad.  I won’t elaborate here, because it is just my opinion.  You will have to read for yourself.
  • If you are looking for evidence based citations/references, you will find none. The book was written in “testimonial” form.
  • The health section discussed the importance of focusing on perfect health.   There were testimonials about people healing cancer through laughter and positivity and losing weight through visualizations of a slimmer body.  Here are my personal thoughts:  the book seems to focus on positive thinking.  Although I am not sure about all of the claims made in this book,  I do believe that a lot of good can come from positive thoughts.  Positive thinking can spur us to eat better, exercise more, be kinder to others, etc.    And if the claims made in the book are also true, that’s a BONUS!

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Forks Over Knives

Posted by Jennifer (the student)

My interest in food and healthy lifestyles led me to see the documentary “Forks Over Knives.” Since I enjoyed the documentary so much I wanted to read the book. The book parallels the documentary about the benefits of a plant based diet and it contains 125 great recipes.

Most of the recipes are quick and easy. I‘ve tried a couple, “Rip’s Big Bowl” and “Yamadillas.” I like both dishes and plan to try many more.

The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in incorporating more plant-based meals in their diet. This book would be a good introduction to plant-based meals.

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