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If you are ready to make a life change for the sake of better health, look no further than this simple, no-frills guide to healthy eating. In the pages of Get Real and Stop Dieting!, fitness instructor and wellness expert Brett Blumenthal cuts through the chaos of fad diets and scientific mumbo jumbo to demystify healthy eating once and for all. After decades of experience in the health and wellness industries, Blumenthal has zeroed in on five simple “Get Real” principles, nutritional tools founded in cold, hard facts. The principles are accompanied by the “Get Real” toolkit to make implementing them easy and effective. Plus, Blumenthal provides forty pages of healthy, satisfying recipes—from whole-grain pancakes to rich chocolate clusters—to help readers launch their nutritional makeover. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated. Now, thanks to this easy-to-implement diet and nutrition program, you too can be inspired, empowered, and motivated to live a healthier, happier life.

From Get Real and Stop Dieting: Chicken Piccata

Chicken Piccata is, by far, one of my favorite dishes for easy and satisfying entertaining. Spices are what make this dish so tasty: capers, lemon, rosemary, thyme, and parsley combine perfectly to create a wonderful flavor that will have your guests wanting seconds! (Makes 4 Servings)


  • 4 cups diced small red potatoes
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 3 tablespoons rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons thyme
  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 pound chicken breasts (four 4-ounce breasts)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth—low sodium
  • 1/4 cup capers
  • 1/8 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 3 cups asparagus—ends snapped and cut
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley


Potatoes. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread a single layer of red potatoes evenly in a baking dish. Spray with a very light coating of canola oil. Evenly sprinkle rosemary and thyme over top. Bake for 45 minutes, misting them with oil and shaking them every 15 minutes to ensure they cook evenly. Five minutes before serving, broil potatoes to get them extra crispy.

Chicken. Mix whole-wheat flour, salt, and pepper and spread evenly in a shallow dish. Beat eggs in a wide bowl. Dip each breast into the eggs and then coat with a thin layer of wheat flour on all sides. Pat off excess flour. Spray bottom of pan with 2-second spray of canola oil cooking spray. Set on medium heat. Add breasts to pan and cook until outsides of breasts are light brown (approximately 2–3 minutes on each side). Transfer to a platter and keep warm. Using same pan, spray another 1-second spray of canola oil and add garlic. Cook for 30 seconds. Add chicken broth, capers, lemon juice, and cooking wine, and bring to a boil. Add chicken and put thin slices of lemon over chicken. Cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes.

Asparagus. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add asparagus and cook until bright green. Remove from pot and drain. Run cold water over asparagus. Serve potatoes, asparagus, and chicken together, and sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of parsley on top for presentation.

From Get Real and Stop Dieting!: Angel Layer Food Cake from Heaven

A slice of this cake will remind you of heaven! I love making this dessert for guests because it is easy, delicious, and beautiful. It’s also low in fat and offers a bit of protein. It is a great way to end a fun-filled evening with friends—just get ready for lots of compliments. (Makes 12 Servings)


  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour or whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 12 large egg whites—room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons almond extract
  • Angel food cake pan
  • 2 1/2 cups Truwhip topping*
  • 1 kiwi—peeled and cut crosswise into 1/8-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup strawberries—stemmed and cut lengthwise into 1/8-inch slices 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 small banana—cut into 1/8-inch slices


Cake. Preheat oven to 325°F. Blend whole-wheat flour in food processor until very fine (if using whole-wheat pastry flour, you don’t need to do this). Sift together finely blended flour, ¾ cup of the sugar, and cornstarch in a bowl. Set aside.

Beat egg whites, salt, and cream of tartar until they form soft peaks. Gradually, add remaining ½ cup of sugar and almond extract, and beat until mixed. Gently fold in flour mixture, one third at a time. Pour into angel food cake pan and bake for 1 hour or until cake is springy when poked. Remove from oven and invert cake to cool. Allow it to cool completely before removing from pan.

Decoration. Defrost Truwhip in refrigerator for 4 hours prior to decorating (do not microwave). Once cake is completely cooled from baking, remove from pan and cut in half to create an upper layer and a lower layer. Using a spatula, evenly apply a layer of truwhip onto the top of cake’s lower layer.

Take a portion of the kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, and bananas, and place into truwhip to create a single layer of fruit. Place upper layer of cake on top. Use rest of truwhip to evenly coat sides and top of cake. When done, use remainder of kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, and banana to decorate cake on the top and sides, creating a beautiful, colorful, and tasty dessert.

Store any unused portion in a sealed container and refrigerate.

* Truwhip is an all-natural whipped topping that has zero trans fats, no hydrogenated oils, and no GMOs, making it a better product than other whipped toppings.


"Where other books offer quick-fix dieting fads, Brett Blumenthal offers a refreshing approach to healthy eating as a lifestyle. Whether you've been dieting for years or are already on a path to healthy living, Get Real is a fantastic resource that's relevant for a lifetime." --Lauren Mackler - Bestselling Author of Solemate: Master the Art of Aloneness & Transform Your Life

"Get Real is a refreshingly pragmatic and easy guide to leading a healthier lifestyle. It's the 'diet book' for people who hate diet books!" --Andrew Brooks - Founder, Gnu Foods

"While many people want to lose weight and try a wide variety of 'fad diets,' most dieters fail at dieting or regain the lost weight once they achieve their goal. Get Real and Stop Dieting! offers a no nonsense approach to a healthy lifestyle that will make a huge difference to anyone who follows its precepts. Ms. Blumenthal has done a superb job of demystifying the subject and presenting, in lay terminology, facts and strategies that make healthy eating understandable, possible and...yes...even enjoyable." --William H. Koch, M.D.

"Brett Blumenthal's approach to a healthier and leaner body is presented in a straightforward, no nonsense way. Get Real and Stop Dieting! shows you how to 'keep it natural' while keeping it simple!" --Pete Cerqua - Author of The 90-Second Fitness Solution

"Insightful, clear and concise! Brett Blumenthal's Get Real and Stop Dieting! is a wonderful guide to better health." --Alex Ong - Author of Mind Your Own Wellness
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (December 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935597299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935597292
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #788,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brett Blumenthal is bestselling author of 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). Her next book 52 Small Changes for the Mind, is due to be released December 8, 2015. She regularly speaks at conferences, spas and wellness centers on topics of change and wellbeing. Her writing is regularly featured on popular sites including: Huffington Post, Yahoo!, GalTime, 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. She is a regular guest on Better Connecticut (WFSB - CBS, Hartford, CT) and MyFox - 25 in Boston.

She has 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).

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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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44 of 47 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
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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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