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A Good First Step On Your Healthier Lifestyle Ladder29 mai 2012
Christina G. Donato
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This helpful book by Paul C. Reisser, M.D. was not just for busy Moms, but also Dads, and for that matter anyone who is looking to become healthier. Busy Mom's Guide to Family Nutrition is a great overview for someone who has become confused by the latest fad diets, best-selling way to lose weight, etc. etc. All of us have heard of Dr. Phil's diet book, the Hollywood diets, injection diets and so many more trends in nutrition. Just turn on Dr. Oz during the week and you will hear as many as five or more ways to lose weight in just one show!
While I do not consider myself a beginner in the area of nutrition and health, I did appreciate several aspects of this book. Chapter One "Nutritional Basics" addressed sugar and how sugar in its various forms affects our bodies. I learned much about what glucose is and how sugar can cause the whole body to become imbalanced. My husband and I quit eating and/or drinking sugar a year ago, and so I really appreciated the author explaining the alternatives to pure sugar. Having kicked the sugar habit, I no longer crave sweets and if I attempt to drink a sip of soda, I get a belly ache. So, I know getting healthier and losing weight can truly begin with cutting sugar out of your diet. For that reason, I applauded the inclusion of the sugar discussion in Chapter One.
While this book heeded the mandate to treat your body as a temple, ( this is the official book of The Focus on the Family Physician's Resource Council, USA) it was not a book only for the Christian market. No doubt, this book would easily be embraced by the secular market.
This book is a gentle approach to a healthier lifestyle. I appreciated the easy way the author summarized raw food diets, Biblical diets, and paleolithic diets. I do adopt many aspects of raw food diets and Biblical diets. I believe a healthy lifestyle begins with balance. God gives us a sound mind to make the best decisions for our health. I have experienced better health as a result of taking ideas from the different buffets of diets. I enjoyed this book because the author did not ditch any of the three but mentioned highlights and low lights of each, thus allowing the reader an intro into each and the opportunity to become a diet Berean.
I had a few criticisms of this book. I understood this book to be an intro to better health and a great place for someone seeking better nutrition. I felt it would be more beneficial if the book were more substantial in length as I feel having a dictionary of sorts or a manual to pull off a shelf as needed would make this book more necessary. Also, the cover led me to believe I may receive recipes as well, thus causing this book to earn a space in my kitchen bookshelf next to my cookbooks. An additional chapter could have included modern new kitchen gadgets with a sampling of easy recipes for these kitchen gadgets addressed to a Mom or Dad on the go.
This 186 page book may be a one time read just because the reader gleans everything in one read and then does not need to refer to it again. Possibly the author did intend this book to be passed along as opposed to shelved and referenced. I just felt the reader reading it and keeping it might cause the reader to be accountable. For me personally, my most important books become dog-eared and highlighted. I also write in notes, in pen for good measure. Those books worthy of my scribbles remain a long time in my library. They become necessary spokes on my good health wheel. I consider these books to be long-time friends. I had hoped that this book could be more of a nutritional primer that would be passed through the generations.
This book I will happily pass along to a friend who is a busy Mom and a person who needs to start at the ground floor to better health. A "been there and done that" dieter who needs a fresh approach - - my friend will no doubt glean much from Busy Mom's Guide to Family Nutrition.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Focusing on Family Nutrition2 mai 2012
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Being a mom to three growing boys is an adventure in itself. I am positive that they eat more than I do as a running mom... even as a breastfeeding running mom! These boys are always eating. This mom is always trying to find new and healthy treats, snacks and meals to fuel their growing (always hungry) bodies.
This is where I get excited to share with you a new book by Tyndale that focuses solely on family nutrition. Because parenting isn't always easy... and nutrition nowadays is a huge topic of interest.
The Busy Mom's Guide to Family Nutrition has lots of topics on nutrition ranging from weight loss plans for YOU (parents) as well as for your children (if they are overweight). The book includes ways to get your family to eat healthy food - to get out of the processed (junk) food rut!
Like most healthy lifestyle books, this nutrition guide shares basic principles to eating well (p41). These basic principles include:
* Do not eat too much * Go easy on the added sugars * Gravitate toward whole-grain foods, rather than those made from refined processed foods. * Eat lots of veggies & fruits * Choose your source of fat and protein wisely * Learn to read nutrition labels
With almost everything you need to know to care for your family available on the Internet or at the library these days, how do you sort through the wealth of information available? How do you narrow down your web search? And how many pages are in that reference guide? It can be overwhelming to look for specific information. The information you need is at your fingertips in the practical and easy-to-use "Busy Mom's Guide" series.
Using a question-and-answer format, Busy Mom's Guide to Family Nutrition provides bite-sized pieces of information, including nutritional basics, the skinny on fats, interpreting food labels, exploring popular diet plans, and much more. Improve your family's health quotient with the quick reference material found inside, and enjoy your healthy family!
Disclosure: I received the above book for sole purpose to read, enjoy, learn, and review. No compensation was received. All opinions are my own.
basic26 avril 2012
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(Sigh) Well, I feel like I'm going to be disloyal to Focus on the Family with this review. This review is for the book Busy Mom's Guide to Family Nutrition by Paul C. Reisser, MD and is a book which is an "Official Book of the Focus on the Family Physician's Resource Council." In the foreward the author states that this book is a smaller version of a previously published more complete book.
So. . .my first impression of the book, upon receiving it. . .it looks like one of those books you find in the check-out line in the grocery store. Not the tabloids, but those little "meals in 5-minutes" type books, you know what I'm referring to? The table of contents shows a book of only 6 chapters. The book covers such themes as sugars/carbs/proteins, etc; reading nutritional labels, weight, diets, eating plans, etc.
As I read through the book I kept feeling like yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Nothing new, stuff I've read bunches of times in magazines, books, newspapers even. Honestly, this book is written for the "busy mom" but I'd say most "busy moms" probably know this stuff already. Maybe we don't always use the info we have read, but we've read this stuff before.
I did think this book would maybe be helpful to a teenager, someone who hasn't looked into these topics before, maybe.
There was one quote I liked in the book, one which I've read elsewhere also, but I'll give this book credit for it. On page 55 when talking about the various forms of veggies, they state, "Ultimately the best forms of fruits and vegetables are those that you and your family will actually eat." Great pragmatic view--now that sounds like a word of wisdom (or comfort) for a busy mom :) .
So. . .to wrap this up. . .I say save your money on this one. You can probably pick up the same info reading magazines while you're waiting in the dentist's office and the myriad of other places you wait as a "busy mom".
I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale Press for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review
Good introduction to nutrition4 octobre 2012
Randy A Brown
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If you want to learn about nutrition The Busy Mom's Guide to Family Nutrition is a great place to start. While there is a lot of information on the web and in various magazines about nutrition this book brings together the basics in one easy to understand book. It is written in a question and answer format and covers topics like: defining nutritional terms, understanding nutritional labels, purposes and sources of vitamins and minerals, and common sense approaches to losing weight. The weight loss sections of the book include figuring out what a proper weight should be, contributing factors (both controllable and non-controllable) to obesity, and practical solutions for all ages from toddlers to adults. I particularly liked the advice for evaluating diet claims and the explanations of the different types of fats, carbohydrates, and sugars. I have read quite a lot about nutrition and found this book to be mostly accurate, practical, and in keeping with a Christian viewpoint. It is not so "Christian" as to be offensive to those of a different worldview. Those who have studied nutrition quite a bit won't learn new anything except possibly an easy way to explain things but this book should be useful for everyone else.
Especially since it is marketed as "quick answers for moms on the go" it needs a better index to make answers to specific questions easier to find. Also while I know obesity is more common than eating disorders or being underweight, I wish this book had at least mentioned these two nutrition related subjects.
Tyndale Publishing provided this review copy for free. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review.
Overview provides starting point for further research15 juin 2012
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Busy Mom's Guide to Family Nutrition is a brief overview of nutritional topics: controlling sugars, what vitamins are essential, weight management, dieting, and helping children with weight problems.
What does this book have to offer that you can't just get off the web? Nutrition is a vast topic so there's quite a bit to wade through and evaluate. Rather than being a complete guide to anything, this book briefly addresses topics that arise when trying to plan meals for families and when trying to evaluate what is/isn't healthy or helpful for raising healthy children. It provides the vocabulary and concepts that are useful for doing deeper research.
I have a basic knowledge of most of the bigger topics in this book (gained from pediatricians, nurses, and reading web and magazine articles). However, I found the discussion on sugars and sugar substitutes useful and I refer back to it often as I navigate the changing nutritional labels on packaged foods (though I tend to avoid sugar substitutes more than the author advises). I also found the history and comparison of different diet trends fascinating (Pritikin, Atkins, Raw Foods). That chapter is useful for evaluating diet claims.
Is this a useful book? Yes. Is this an essential book? Hard to say since this book is poorly indexed and you have to dig through each chapter to look for answers. It is, however, a good overview and would be useful as a starting point for discussing nutrition with your (or your child's) doctor.
Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complementary copy of this book.