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Sweet Potato Power: Discover Your Personal Equation for Optimal Health [Kindle Edition]

Ashley Tudor
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Book Description

If you want to look good, perform at your peak and be in tip-top shape, you must choose smart fuel for your body, not the processed "food" found on the shelves of every supermarket. Many have turned to Paleo and a low carb way of
life to avoid the effects of these food impostors we were never designed to eat. Low carb diets, however, can leave you feeling as though you don't have enough gas in the tank.

Low carbs need to be smart carbs. Lucky for us, nature has given us the nutritious, delicious sweet potato. This super food gives all the benefits of other high energy foods with more nutrition and without spiking blood sugar. Plus, this humble tuber tastes great and is easily incorporated into your diet in seriously good ways.

Sweet Potato Power gives you the tools to run your own tests to determine the
diet rules that work specifically for you and your unique biology. Through self experimentation you can cut through diet mumbo jumbo, and let science and
your numbers speak for themselves to answer questions such as:

How many carbs should I eat to make me look, feel and perform at my best?
What foods spike my blood sugar the most and make me fat?
How do I eliminate craving?
How can I avoid mental fogs and post-lunch energy slumps?
How can I optimize my carbs with my athletic pursuits?
How can I get fit without getting fat?
What exercise is best for my body?
How can my kids become the most delightful version of themselves?
How can my doctor be a well-care provider instead of a sick-care provider?

Understanding a bit of science and incorporating new tools in your arsenal will make you an active participant in your health. Applying what you learn brings you closer to the ideal version of you. All of this and easy sweet potato recipes so you can incorporate this power food into your everyday life—making Sweet Potato Power a force to be reckoned with!

About the Author:
Ashley Tudor is a Design Strategist who focuses on innovation in health. She
has worked with Fortune 500 companies and small start ups to tackle tough
health-related issues such as creating dieting programs, designing strategies
to help food companies fight obesity, conceiving new medical devices for
primary care physicians, and developing online tools to help people use food as medicine. In recognition of her work, Mayor Gavin Newsom named Ashley one
of San Francisco's Top Innovators in Health in 2010.


Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Ashley Tudor is a Design Strategist who focuses on innovation in health. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies and small start ups to tackle tough health-related issues such as creating dieting programs, designing strategies to help food companies fight obesity, conceiving new medical devices for primary care physicians, and developing online tools to help people use food as medicine. In recognition of her work, Mayor Gavin Newsom named Ashley one of San Francisco's Top Innovators in Health in 2010.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2321 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing (April 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007U7C3FG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,630 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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179 of 181 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, short, sweet, and with surprising flavors April 29, 2012
By JB
Format:Paperback
Full Disclosure:
I've been eating a strict Paleo diet for 2 years, and am probably the biggest fan (maybe consumer too) of sweet potatoes outside the North Carolina big sweet potato lobby (which I assume exists).

Bottom line:
The book is a unique and playful blend of two genres - cook books, and Paleo diet books that stimulates the reader both in the kitchen, and to reflect on life habits. I've read just about every book about high carb, low carb, fats, calories, Paleo, Zone, and the like, and Sweet Potato Power really fills a unique spot. There are very few books out there that are bold enough to try to bridge the gap between the science of digestion, nutrition, evolution, and every day cooking, and wellness. If you are one of the 99% of us who doesn't read the encyclopedia Britannica for fun, but wants to understand the big scientific and nutritional rocks that affect our health and wellness, and put these into practice in the form of self-experimentation, and the most exquisite and thoughtful recipes around, then this is a great book for you.

Things that really stood out:

* Hands down the most definitive collection of delicious (and beautifully presented) sweet potato recipes around. I've eaten every form of sweet potato I can, around the entire world (literally 4 continents) from ben imo to the American "yam" // my personal favorite is the Satsuma Imo. Sweet Potato Power has introduced a versatility to my favorite food that has renewed it's place in my diet. I'm the kind of guy that will eat a baked sweet potato in my hands walking down the street for practical nutrition on my way to the gym. My wife is the kind of person that for some reason doesn't always want to eat sweet potatoes and bacon walking down the street.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Incredible Edible Sweet Potato! April 21, 2012
By Pon S.
Format:Paperback
As an Ultrarunner and CrossFitter, I have tried a multitude of powders and gels to fuel my workouts and help me recover from my long runs. These have worked well enough, but can be costly and full of preservatives.

Since reading Sweet Potato Power, I have incorporated a sweet potato a day into my diet. In just two weeks I have already noticed a difference. I'm less hungry between meals, have increased energy throughout the day, am less moody, and have faster recovery from CrossFit workouts and long runs. My wallet is happier too - because potatoes are inexpensive.

There are a plethora of sweet potato recipes in this book. The sweet potato cupcakes were blissfully tasty. I am looking forward to trying the sweet potato sports gel. I am running the Miwok 100K in two weeks and I plan to have the gels on hand and sweet potatoes waiting for me in my drop bags.

Sweet Potato Power is a 10/10 - a non-pretentious, intelligent, and accessible guide to take charge of your health.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was misled by this book's title. To be sure, it is an interesting book. As the subtitle tells us, it's about the Paleo Diet. As such it does a nice job of explaining the basics. As a sweet potato book it's more than a little thin. In fact, except for the recipes in the back of the book there's almost nothing specific about sweet potatoes or sweet potato nutrition. We're told that sweet potatoes are high in fiber and contain beta-carotene. That's true. What I had hoped for and didn't find was any in-depth exploration of what some people call a super food.

Beta-carotene is one of about 600 known carotenoids, many of which are a boon to human health. Carotenoids have been shown to possibly (I say possibly, because surprisingly little has been proven with nutrition) help with lowering plaque, helping eyesight, healthier skin and a host of other real and potential gains. There are other phytonutrients in the lowly sweet potato that look to be beneficial, too. Yet, about all we're told is that sweet potatoes have beta-carotene. And there's not even a mention that the best source of that nutrient comes from dark yellow or orange sweet potatoes. White ones have little. In fact, the entire sweet potato specific nutrition information contained in the book could be found in a 5 minute Google search.

The book covers mostly insulin response and the associated health problems that arise when the insulin system gets messed up. This is helpful information and addresses one of the biggest health problems faced by much of the industrialized world. However, sweet potatoes are just a plot device. The paleo diet is the real star of the story. Oh, we get references to the lowly vegetable in phrases like, "Eat healthy carbohydrates, like those in the sweet potato," and similar platitudes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scientific and Simple! April 25, 2012
By Lina
Format:Paperback
Loved this book! The information is both interesting AND presented REALLY well! Not only do you learn a ton from reading, you can learn a lot by DOING. There are some really fun/interesting/important experiments to be done throughout the book that help you better understand what's going on with YOU. Paleo is a great template, but this book goes beyond general recommendations and puts you in the driver's seat. Also worth mentioning -- some incredibly delicious recipes in the back!Definitely a worthwhile read and not like any book out there!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everything you didn't know you didn't know about the orange spud.
Published 8 days ago by Donna Apperson
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't look here if you're looking for a cookbook
I picked this book up because my wife is a vegetarian and I am not, so finding something that she'll eat is a challenge for me. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jon B.
5.0 out of 5 stars a lot more than sweet potatoes!
I expected a book claiming magical powers for sweet potatoes and got a book that goes much further than that. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Herbert A. Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet offer
It's a brilliant, beautiful and eminently readable book about how to track and optimize your health. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Raisa Portland
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet read
Like a sweet potato, this book is the perfect blend. I love how she explains hormonal and dietary systems in an easy to read, easy to digest and how she provides an outline for a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Violeta Breitbart
5.0 out of 5 stars Has great information and some tasty recipes
Easy to read and informative book with some great information and tips on trying to eat healthier. All of America should read this book and learn about insulin and the role it has... Read more
Published 14 months ago by JimLahey
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet!
Lots of good information about smart carb sweet potatoes. I use this as a reference and recipe resource book. I like the book form better than on my Kindle; I bought both.
Published 14 months ago by Lois
4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty Paleo Treats
This book offers some delicious sweet potato based recipes that are ideal for those who are following a paleo or gluten-free style diet. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Krissy J
5.0 out of 5 stars Bless the Humble Sweet Potato
Great book, tasty meals, and easy to use. These recipes are a far cry from the marshmellow encrusted potatoes at Thanksgiving.
Published 18 months ago by M. Hook
4.0 out of 5 stars More than a cookbook
I thought this would be mainly a cookbook. It is half (or more information) about nutrition, carbs, how to monitor/reduce your carb intake, inflammation and replacing the starchy... Read more
Published 19 months ago by VickiUCF
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Ashley Tudor is a Design Strategist who focuses on innovation in health. Find her on the web #ashleytudor, http://www.facebook.com/SweetPotatoPower, or www.sweetpotatopower.com. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies and small start ups to tackle tough health-related issues such as creating dieting programs, designing strategies to help food companies fight obesity, conceiving new medical devices for primary care physicians, and developing online tools to help people use food as medicine. In recognition of her work, Mayor Gavin Newsom named Ashley one of San Francisco's Top Innovators in Health in 2010.



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