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Lots of Great Meal Ideas
on February 5, 2007
This book is not only a cookbook, but a meal plan and guide as well! For people like myself who desire to eat a well-rounded, nutritionally dense diet that is not overly calorie laden, this book is perfect.
The meal guide that is presented in the beginning of the book is so easy to use. It suggests healthy breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks (3 on most days) that accomplish the goals I mentioned above, all while keeping your blood sugar steady throughout the day. The menus suggest a nice combination of recipes from the book, convenience products and whole foods. It is very easy to use in that you can exchange meals from one day to the next to tailor your own tastes.
The recipes that I have tried have all been excellent! They are mostly very easy to prepare. The only ones I have not cared for have been the salad dressings. There is a tremendous variety in the types of foods used and suggested so that your taste buds will never be bored.
The one thing I have found, however, is that the menus do not provide enough calories to keep me full through the day. They typically range from about 1400 to 1550 calories a day, which would ideally result in a pound per week weight loss since that is about a 500 calorie per day cut from the average woman's diet, and 3500 calories make a pound (500 * 7 days). Honestly, I needed more, though. I was starving before dinner every day. I finally started doubling up the afternoon snack and was much more satisfied, and that still amounted to enough of a calorie cut for me to still lose weight. A man using this meal plan would most likely want to add more calories to it.
Mostly, however, I just love how healthy the eating plan is. No "diet" foods, just nutritionally dense foods to give you what your body needs to operate optimally. I do recommend this book to anyone who would like to eat healthy and just needs to be shown how, or anyone who doesn't have to time to plan a completely balanced menu everyday for themself.