Sunday, August 7, 2011

Book Review: Joy Bauer's Food Cures

I was pleased to have been given the opportunity to review Joy Bauer's new book Food Cures. The tagline is: Treat Common Health Concerns, Look Younger & Live Longer.



She starts out with her motto, "Life is hard... food should be easy" and I couldn't agree more with her!

The book instructs you to calculate your activity factor and calorie calculations. This will help you find the best match for your body, activity level and goals you want to achieve. From there you can start to get an idea about how many calories you should be consuming every day.

Each of Joy's meal plans fall into the 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day range. She suggest eating every 4-5  hours to help keep your body happy and in a digesting mode. Also to eat protein with every meal, as it can boost your metabolism.

She offers customized menu plans for each condition discussed, but also allows the individual to develop their own menu plan, by using her formula.

Each of the health concerns she outlines has a four step plan:

  • Step One: Start with the basics - which outlines the general considerations regarding the condition/health concern you have
  • Step Two: Grocery List - this is a list of foods from which you can "shop" from in order to create your menu plan. Or your shopping list when you do go to the grocery store. 
  • Step Three: Going Above and Beyond - steps you can take to maximize your results, or minimize your condition (depending on what you are trying to accomplish)
  • Step Four: Meal Plans - one of the core values of Joy's plan is meal planning, this set's you up for success when you can plan ahead. She also offers many options of planned meals for you. (It's like she's done the work for you!)
I like that she has the four step plan and that she outlines it for every health condition she has listed in her book, It's pretty set forward and easy to follow. It's also easy to substitute something different just by following her outlines for healthy eating. 

And if you go over to her website, you will find a host of other information, what I love about her website is the recipes, and how she has the nutritional information already there for you as well as what "conditions" it's good for. 

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All in all, I think that the book is a great tool to add to one's weigh loss tool chest, but also takes into consideration other health conditions, like type 2 diabetes, insomnia, celiac disease and having healthy hair just to name a few. 



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the product mentioned above for free for review purposes. 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 FTC.

1 comment:

katdoesdiets said...

Hadn't heard of this book. Very interesting. I definitely agree with her that meal planning is important.

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