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Summer Reading: 5 Good Books About Healthy Eating

Do you have a vacation planned this summer?  Hopefully you will use the time to truly relax and spend time with your family and friends (Leave the BlackBerry home!!)  I like spending my down time on vacation with a good book – crime novels are my favorite.  However, you can also use the extra time to browse some great books that focus on healthy eating so that you will be ready to resume your diet plan after you return.

Hungry Girl Happy Hour:  75 Recipes for Amazingly Fantastic Guilt-Free Cocktails and Party Foods

In just about everything I write, I recommend “Hungry Girl” books.  I just love the way Lisa Lillen takes simple, easily available foods and turns them into healthy meals and snacks.  Her new book, while not one that you will sit on the beach and read from cover to cover, is a vacation must for creating lower calorie mixed drinks.  Alcoholic beverages contribute more calories than you think, especially some of the frozen drinks that are popular on hot days.  Use this guide to help create some cocktails that will not add on the pounds.

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

I highly recommend this book for anyone contemplating a vegetarian lifestyle or if you have an interest in the real impact of factory farming.  At times very disturbing, it has changed the way I will eat forever.  Eating Animals is also a book that you can read in chunks, which makes it great for vacation reading time.

Skinny Bitch:  A No-Nonsense Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous

Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin have written a no-holds-barred “wakeup call” to women who want to start eating better for both health and looks.  They promote a vegan diet based on whole grains, fruits and vegetables.  Most customers find this a very easy and motivating read.

Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth

Registered dietitians, such as myself, have long known of Geneen Roth’s work in the area of emotional eating.  Her latest edition, featured prominently on Oprah, focuses on one’s core beliefs about the food we eat in order to get to the center of the reason why we overeat.  After reading this, you may also be interested in Geneen’s other books, such as “Breaking Free from Emotional Eating” or “When Food is Love”.

Real Food Has Curves by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough

What did you have for dinner last night?  Did it come from a box or a can?  Much research today is focusing on the American diet that is full of convenience foods that are loaded up with sodium and preservatives.  Real Food Has Curves is a guide for getting off processed foods by offering the reader seven simple steps to learn how to be a better shopper for healthy foods to cook for the entire family.

(Note:  The links to the books above are to Barnes & Noble, but I do not have any affiliation with that company.  Also, many of the books are available on B&N’s Nook and Amazon’s Kindle, which both have lowered their prices for the summer so enjoy!)

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