Bond Brill has really put together a good self-help book. The first half explores what heart attack is and how our systems work. The second half sets us on track to change our eating habits to healthier choices. There have been a zillion diet/self-help books thrown at us over the years, some sound, some not so much … Atkins, the Zone, South Beach, Cookie, Mediterranean and more. So it takes a bit to convince me to read on when it comes to food and nutrition. A couple of things that made me read through her pages:
- She gives an excellent education on how our anatomy, organs and body systems react to food and why…and why the bad foods are really bad…and why the good foods are really good.
- She delivers a very good assortment of recipes (most were very appealing to me). Based on the Mediterranean Diet concept (fish, olive oil, figs, dark greens), she gives enough of a recipe base plus meal plans to get anyone started on eating right.
- Just as with a diabetic meal plan, you need mid-meal snacks, she sets those up for you as well (those could have been a bit more inspired, but everything else is quite appealing.)
- Because the cooking is fresh and simple, prep time for any meal is very little — about the same I currently spend on my meal prep at home — I can prep and bake a fish dinner with full-on veggies, quinoa/rice/couscous/pasta, etc in less than 30 min. I realize most people nowadays prefer to pick up something pre-prepared and pop it in the microwave for 10 minutes, but adding just another 20 can make a radical difference in your life.
My own food choices approach a more vegetarian/pescatarian diet every day. Ever since watching the movie “Food, Inc.” my eating habits have changed radically. My choices are mostly organic and locally grown produce, very little chicken and beef (and then, only free-range), and virtually no processed food. It’s been almost a year and not only have I lost fat (and weight), but I feel great and I’m convinced that this was the right lifestyle choice for my family. After months and months of persuasion, my daughter is finally starting to take a shine to a broader array of veggies, and defines some of the best smells in the world, as those emanating from my kitchen.
I’m including the Q&A sent by the publisher, because it is worth the read and may convince you to make some healthier eating choices, even if you aren’t a “self-help” book type.