by April Murray, RD, Leila Page, RD
The first section talks about lifestyle changes like moderate exercise and eating healthy foods, but also places a strong emphasis on sleep as a way to lose weight because it balances your hormones and allows your body to rejuvenate itself while you rest. This section also explains how the metabolism functions and why it is such a factor in our weight.
I really loved how this chapter includes herbs and spices that you can include in your food, like turmeric to reduce inflammation, green tea to help lower blood sugar, reishi mushrooms to balance hormone levels. And there are vegetables and meats that help to boost the metabolism like beets, broccoli, salmon, eggs, and lentils.
The second section includes shopping lists, meal plans, and an exercise plan with light exercise like yoga and walking. The goal is to gently build muscle with light weight training and include rest days so that the body is not placed under too much stress. Each week has its own meal plan, shopping list, and exercise goals. The meal plans include three meals and two snacks for each day. The plans have easy to follow charts that will help to keep you on track!
This section ends with advice on how to write your own meal plan and stick to the new habits that will keep you healthy. There is also a blank meal plan chart to use for your own recipe planning.
The last section in this book is the recipes! The recipes are divided into sections for Breakfast, Seafood, Poultry and Meat, Vegetables and Grains, and Snacks and Sweets. Each recipe has a label at the top showing whether it’s Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, a 30 Minute or Less recipe, as well as whether or not it’s a whole meal in one recipe or whether you can plan on side dishes.
Ranging from simple recipes like Veggie Fried Rice to more complex recipes like Almond-Crusted Cod Fillets, and Pan-Seared Pork Chops with Mushroom Sherry Sauce, this cookbook has a wide variety of meals and snacks that are sure to appeal to anyone. The snacks include things like popcorn, trail mix, yogurt, berries, granola, and the healthy versions of Chocolate Peanut-Butter Cups and a Chocolate Zucchini Oat Pudding.
Truthfully, I’m not so sure that I want zucchini in my chocolate pudding, but it’s better than a diet plan with NO chocolate at all! haha! I like how they give you some good options that will resolve your cravings without ruining your diet.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.