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Simple Food for Busy Families: The Whole Life Nutrition Approach Paperback – March 1, 2009
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“Families tend to find themselves cocooning during recessions, and Simple Food for Busy Families: The Whole Life Nutrition Approach (Celestial Arts) is a practical guide for finding peace and health spending more time at home. As its subtitle suggests, Simple Food… is about how we nourish our minds as well as our bodies. To wit, authors Jeanette Bessinger, CHHC, and Tracee Yablon-Brenner, RD, CHHC, offer tips on spending quality family nights together—game and healthy pizza nights, for instance—with less computer and TV time. ...Bessinger and Yablon-Brenner make a strong case for consuming locally grown, seasonal foods and they simplify nutrition with explanations that make the subject digestible and relevant. But what ultimately makes the tips and recipes in Simple Food… so accessible is the underlying idea that its approaches (like eating seasonal foods) are, in the words of the authors, attuned to ‘the natural rhythms of life.’” —Energy Times (3/1/09)
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Top Customer Reviews
There's also a lot of comprehensive information about general healthy habits and easy things we can do to change our family's lifestyle. Nothing seemed to overwhelming or complicated - it's all about the basics.
What I like most about this book is that it's written by moms who express understanding about how demanding our lives are and how overwhelming change can seem. It does not patronize or preach - the tone is humorous and friendly while at the same time straightforward and motivational.
With that said, if you are looking for a cook book it is a little disappointing. Most of the chapters are dedicated to not only identifying poor diet choices but lifestyle and habits that affect health as well. Only the last few chapters are dedicated to menu/recipes. The recipes are in the form of tables where you can mix and match foods with side items, etc. I have to admit that I haven't used the tables once since I purchased the book.
I gave this book 4 stars because I think the authors are encouraging families to take charge of their health instead of passively accepting obesity as a genetic problem. Eating garbage and spending 10 hours of the day plopped in front of a TV and/or computer only leads to one thing -- chronic health problems that we are now seeing in 5 year olds.
If you want to make some changes in your lifestyle but aren't quite sure how to do so, this is a great book!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book explaining why we eat they way we do and why we should eat a natural diet full of veggies. Read morePublished 22 months ago by pjgemini
when a young family asks for nutritional cookbooks, I want to give them options. This is a wonderful way to experiment, and discover.....so affordable, and in great conditionPublished on October 2, 2013 by Char Maxwell
This book was everything I hoped for it to be. Every family needs this book! I can't recommend it enough!Published on September 16, 2013 by B. Mellen
Well written with good orgization, I learned a lot from this book. I would recommend it to anyone interested in nutrition.Published on May 12, 2013 by C. T. Crawford
This book is not a cook book, it is a "here's a suggestion for how to cook" book.
I've never seen a book about food that discusses meaningful daily routines in tandem... Read more
I received a book written by the Real Food Mom Founders called Simple Food for Busy Families. This book is packed with good information. I love how it is laid out. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Finamoon
This book changed my eating habits. I thought I was healthy before I read this book but it taught me so much about all the different healthy grains and legumes that I was missing... Read morePublished on July 7, 2011 by Smurfin