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review 2014-10-20 00:00
The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor
The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor - Gina Homolka If you're ready for a more gourmet Hungry Girl, this cookbook is for you! Skinnytaste lightens up meals in innovative ways like Chocolate Cream Pie (made with Tofu), Chocolate Walnut Cookies (made with avocado instead of butter), Chili Verde (made with chicken and white beans instead of pork) and Lasagna (made with zucchini instead of pasta).

I agree with the author's suggestion to make a weekly menu plan and then shop for the ingredients because most people won't have these types of items in their pantry already. Most of the recipes have a lot of ingredients and will take more time than I have after coming home from work on weekdays. However, I'm looking forward to making several on the weekends. I particularly appreciated the notes regarding new foods like farro and her perfect pairings.
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review 2014-02-15 19:30
The 100 by Jorge Cruise (No rating)
The 100: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks - Jorge Cruise

I got this from the library and skimmed it. Maybe I missed something, but I fail to see how this isn't just another version of the Atkins diet. Protein and vegetables, as much as you want, but stay away from other carbs including fruit.  But then he says you can have two glasses of wine a day. Really?  Aged grapes are okay but fresh ones aren't? Again, maybe I missed something, but I was really disappointed after looking through this.

 

I was hoping to learn a few things and lose a few pounds, but I'm not giving up my morning fruit smoothie. Ever since I started having it for breakfast every single day, I get sick significantly less often.

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photo 2013-10-20 17:17
this would be the best thing ever
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review 2013-07-21 20:58
Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health
Good Calories, Bad Calories - Gary Taubes An interesting read that asks interesting questions about nutrition and diet and how come people who follow many of these diets don't seem to lose weight. This book points the finger at refined carbohydrates. Now I have issues with a one size fits all model of diet. I don't think that's how it works, but that's me. I think that different people react differently to different foods and that some of the diet models we're working with in our society are too generic, not based on people but on statistics and this book points out that those statistics are based on a bad model, on groups of patients who are of a type, and maybe a particular diet works for them but these things don't work for everyone. He points at people who eat more and are thin and then people who eat less than them and are larger. Due to my gluten intolerance (I get terrible gastric issues if I eat any form of gluten and this was tested accidentally by my husband) I have reduced a lot of my carbohydrates in my diet. This has creeped up over the last year or so, as has my weight, this book makes me think that maybe I should start taking more of my refined carbohydrates out and trying to also reduce my blood pressure. Now why do I have reservations about this diet? Because I don't think it's that simple. Because when I eat too much fat in my diet it doesn't agree with me, I know people who are very healthy on diets that are high in carbohydrates. I don't believe one size fits all but I do believe that there is something terribly wrong about the diet industry and what is presented as good to eat. It's worth wading through the pages if only to make you think about what we're told about foods and how science isn't always accurate when it does research because of researcher bias and the fact that sometimes the models are flawed. Honestly after reading this I believe that we're living through a huge research project that would be rejected on ethical grounds if it were actually formally acknowledged.
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