I finished reading [Using real food and real science to lose weight without dieting] by Darya Pino Rose, Ph.D. Darya also writes on Summer Tomato, one of my favourite blogs.
Foodist is about living life the healthiest you can and learning how to do it. Forget crash diets or crazy gimmicks, this book explains why learning to love what you eat is just as important as not taking indulgences out of your diet.
While reading the book, I made many changes to my life. The first one being that I dropped Weight Watchers. Weight Watchers was very good to me and I lost a lot of weight using the program. I don’t want to pay money every month and count points. I think it was great while I was learning to eat less but it’s time for me to learn when my stomach is full on my own now. Darya writes about eating mindfully and how to teach yourself this skill. We have also been getting bi-weekly CSA vegetable baskets. These have plenty of different vegetables to experiment with, like turnip tops.
I love the chapter where you learn about dealing with eating less in different social situations. Darya also explains how to “look like you’re drinking a lot without drinking a lot”. Each chapter starts with quotes, my favourite being from Beavis and Butthead, “I don’t like stuff that sucks”. No nutritional book would be complete without a “that’s what she said” joke. (I really am laughing out loud right now)
The book backs up it’s claims with science. Darya has her Ph.D. in neuroscience and her bachelor’s degree in molecular and cell biology. She doesn’t have wild claims. Everyone knows that vegetables are good for you and we should be eating more of them. She teaches you how to love them by preparing vegetables in different more appealing ways. This also means changing your thinking about your least favourite veggies.
If you haven’t already, pick up and read it. Solid nutritional advice with a bit of humour.