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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Unknown (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984270000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984270002
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,545,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brett Blumenthal is bestselling author on A Whole New You: Six Steps to Ignite Change for Your Best Life (December 2012), 52 Small Changes: One Year to a Happier, Healthier You (January 2012) and Get Real and STOP Dieting! (December 2010). Brett writes frequently on her site - Sheer Balance (www.sheerbalance.com), regularly speaks at conferences, spas and wellness centers on topics of wellness, change and personal development, and is regularly featured on popular sites including: Huffington Post, Yahoo!, Shine from Yahoo!, Divine Caroline, Intent and Gather. She has also been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Spa Magazine, Stuff Boston, American Fitness, The METRO and Organic Spa Magazine. Brett has appeared on NBC, FOX and CBS, as well as on Martha Stewart's Whole Living Radio Show - on Sirius Radio, and Magic 106.7, Talk 96.9, and WBZ 1030 in Boston. She is a regular guest on Better Connecticut (WFSB - CBS, Hartford, CT) and MyFox - 25 in Boston.

She has over 20 years of experience in wellness promotion and almost 10 years experience in management consulting; including branding, change management, and training strategy and development for Fortune 100 companies. Brett has received numerous awards including: Shine from Yahoo! "Woman of the Year;" Divine Caroline's Love this Site! award; Intent's Best Healthy Living Site Award; and Healthy Heart from Nature Made.

Brett received her MBA from Johnson at Cornell University, where she graduated as a Park Fellow; she also earned her bachelors degree from Cornell University. She is certified by WELCOA (Wellness Council of America) and AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America).

Customer Reviews

This book makes nutrition so easy to understand and would be an asset to everyone's kitchen.
bt
If you are a regular person who just wants to continue to live their normal life, but make better decisions, and feel healthier then this book is for you.
David Wax
While most of the advice in this book seems based on good research you will probably find yourself picking and choosing from amongst all the ideas.
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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By David Wax on November 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
I will admit that I was a bit skeptical about this book when it first came out. I follow Brett Blumenthal's (the author) blog now and again as she has some really interesting articles about health and wellness. When I got her Newsletter announcing the book I was interested, but didn't know if I a book like this would help me. I am a pretty simple guy, and don't want to pay too much attention to my diet. I like to live healthy (exercise, no fast food, etc.) but I don't want to count calories, or live on someone else food (or food suggestions). Having faith and interest in Brett's work I decided to purchase a copy.

About 1/4 of the way through this book I found myself pleasantly surprised. This book is exactly as advertised. It is not some fly by night or prescriptive diet, but rather a set of simple rules to follow when making food and meal choices. Brett's rules are easy to understand and implement in my life, and most importantly she did not tell me what to do. Rather she gave me straightforward rules to live by, which have significantly altered my choices. Whether I am looking at those Potato Chips at the gas station, or deciding on what bread to buy at the supermarket Brett's advice continues to pop into my head and help me make better choices. Also, I have tried a number of the recipes (at the back of the book) now and they are great. I especially like the whole wheat calzones, and the whole wheat pancakes (if you get the chance to try either of them).

Since I have read this book a few weeks ago (and followed the rules in my own way) I have found that I have more energy, less extreme food cravings, and most importantly, I have lost 4 pounds. I look forward to following the "Get Real" rules, and continuing my weight loss.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Rosebud on November 16, 2010
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If you eat the standard American diet of pre-packaged processed foods, sweets and fast food, this book is a good beginning look at a healthier way of eating. But, for people who are already down the road, even a bit, this book has little to offer.

Using the catch words of "stop dieting" implies that following the recommendations in this book will automatically make you lose weight, which is not necessarily the case. One can overeat whole foods too; for people looking for clear guidance to slimming down,this book does not offer a clear enough road map.

For me, the most glaring omission is enthusiasm, motivation and encouragement. Maybe some wit or personal stories would be helpful. It is dry enough that I fell asleep twice while reading the 129 page book.

The section that sites studies that eating a less varied diet helped people stay thinner aggravated me. This is EXACTLY how to un-motivate someone to try eating differently! Even if it is true, for people looking for a new way to eat, telling them essentially to eat repetitively isn't going help them stay the course.

Lastly, the recipes aren't very interesting. Eating healthy, whole, organic, sugar-free foods can be, and is, more interesting than the recipes reflect. All in all, this book was a miss for me.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By James Mccloskey on November 8, 2009
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Brett Blumenthal's "GET REAL" and Stop Dieting eliminates much of the confusion and contradiction people hear about nutritional advice. By focusing on whole foods, fiber, lean proteins, and healthy fats, one can construct a gameplan to stay healthy. I learned some neat things -- such as quinoa being a complete protein, and which fibers are soluble. She taught me that spices can often replace salt and sugar with relatively few calories. I like the preferred brands chapter an awful lot, because it allows the reader to find the best items easily in the grocery store. And for those of you who love to cook, Brett includes recipe for every meal as well as snacks and dessert. Now that I've read GET REAL and enjoyed it, I plan on keeping this book closeby to make sure I keep on track with my nutrition and weight-loss goals. I highly recommend this book!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Power Women Magazine on November 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
Brett Blumenthal her best cookbook "Get real and STOP DIETING".. wow I know I needed to hear that! This book is unique in that it has many resources, tips and information for us women. For example, she tells us about good vs bad fats and omega 3's. She also teaches us how to read labels. I need a front row seat for that class!! One of the chapters that grabbed my attention the most was the "NO FAIL grocery list, or should I say the PERFECT grocery list. I know it is out there, just never knew it actually existed. Each Section gives us examples of the perfect food for that section. Not just veggies, but Fibrous veggies, perfect veggies. The list of course speaks on fruits, grains and starchy carbohydrates, protein and diary, fats, and even spices. Brett speaks also on her favorite items and the prefect recipes for cooking, baking and condiments. This cookbook is not your typical cookbook by any standards, it instead is a guide to how we should see our food, learn from our foods, and make better choices with our foods. This book is one of my favorites and I can not wait to try some of the recipes. Get this wonderful cookbook for the person in your life that needs this wonderful knowledge that will lead them down the correct path with foods.
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