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The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook: Whole Foods Recipes for Personal and Planetary Health, Second Edition Perfect Paperback – October 19, 2007

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About the Author

Alissa Segersten received her Bachelor's of Science from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. She is the previous owner of a Personal Chef business in Seattle, Washington that successfully addressed the health and lifestyle needs of many families with her delicious, healthy cooking. She is currently a cooking instructor, empowering people with cooking skills and knowledge of whole foods so that they may reconnect with the pleasure in eating delicious, nourishing food.

Tom Malterre received both his Bachelor's and Master's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and is licensed by the state of Washington as a Certified Nutritionist. Tom empowers people through classes, seminars, and private counseling with his insight and depth of knowledge on the biochemical interactions within our body and their relationship to our diet.

Whole Life Nutrition is located in beautiful Bellingham, Washington and offers Nutritional Counseling, Cooking and Nutrition Classes, Health Food Store Tours, and Support Groups to supply the necessary life skills needed to make lasting, positive change a reality. For more information, visit WholeLifeNutrition.net or visit their popular recipe blog, NourishingMeals.com.


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  • Perfect Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Whole Life Press; 2nd edition (October 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979885906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979885907
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (194 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ali is an extremely talented whole foods chef, and master of user friendly recipes, one who definitely should be writing cookbooks. Tom is a walking encyclopedia of up to date nutrition information. If you are going to own one cookbook, this is the one to own. These recipes have benefited my family so much-I don't know what I would have done without them!

My daughter is gluten intolerant, and we also avoid dairy products-this book makes it so easy to eat delicious food, special diet or not-you will eat better than you ever have! Be sure and use the handy pantry list for shopping...I have given several as gifts-always very well received!!!

The chapters are as follows:
Part One: Introduction
1. Welcome
2. How to Use This Book
3. What's up with Gluten, Dairy, and Eggs?

Part Two: Eating Whole Foods
4. The Basics of a Whole Foods Diet
5. Organics, Your Health, and the Planet
6. Diet and Global Warming
7. Making the Change
8. Sample 7 Day Whole Foods Menu

Part Three: Your Whole Foods Kitchen
9. Stocking Your Whole Foods Pantry
10. Essential Cooking Equipment
11. Definition of Cooking Techniques

Part Four: The Recipes
12. Breakfast
13. Fresh Breads & Muffins
14. Soups
15. Fresh Salads and Vegetables
16. Whole Grains
17. Vegetarian Main Dishes
18. Fish, Poultry, & Meat
19. Dressings, Dips, & Sauces
20. Nutritious Desserts
21. Scrumptious Snacks
22. Delicious Drinks

Part Five: Appendix
Measurement Equivalents
Food Allergy Substitution Charts
Hidden Food Sources of Gluten
28-Day Elimination and Detoxification Diet
Introduction Solid Foods to Infants
Useful Resources
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I am a difficult patient
I don't give up
I keep trying
I keep looking for answers
I keep an open mind
I know the answer may come from anywhere
-"chance favors the prepared mind" Louis Pasteur
I collect exceptional physicians
creative, think-outside-the-box docs
I always ask "Why?"
I always ask "How?"
I have high expectations
I don't accept less than 100% function
I expect an answer

Who would have thought the answer was in the food I eat?

Since the late '80's, perhaps for my entire life, I have struggled with physical and mental illness. In 1997, depression, mood swings and debilitating chronic fatigue overwhelmed me.

For ten years my Psychiatrist and my husband kept me alive.

By 2006, I had the mental illness medically controlled and had resigned myself to spending the remainder of my life managing the chronic fatigue by living five hours a day.

Beginning late in 2006, my doctor recommended I look at the food I eat, and find a good Nutritionist. I said, " What? Food cause all the different problems I am dealing with? I find that hard to believe." But, I am always looking for an answer, and I had nothing to lose but a non-functioning life, so I committed to the process 100%.

I was fortunate that the Nutritionist's Elimination and Detoxification process was included in the newly published Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook. The book also included recipes WITHOUT foods I would soon discover made me ill.

Within twelve days of beginning the Elimination and Detoxification process, the mental issues and the fatigue dramatically diminished.
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I was very pleased to see this second edition of the Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook come out, since I have been a loyal fan of the first edition for a year (and my copy is looking very appreciated)!

The reader will find the first eleven chapters of this book filled with well-written current information about why eating whole foods will improve your health and how to make the change. The authors have carefully spelled out how to stock your kitchen, basic cooking techniques and introductions to foods you may not be familiar with.

I have begun using this book as a text for my wellness and nutrition classes. It has been well received by people who know that they should eat better but don't know where to begin.

And the recipes...mmmm, delicious! I own many "health food" and "natural cooking" type cookbooks, and these are by far the most flavorful and simple to prepare recipes that I have found. It's all in the liberal use of the seasonings.

I especially appreciate the gluten free/dairy free options that are a necessity for my family. And I am hooked on "Tom's Fruity Medicine Chest Smoothie"; who ever thought that something that green could taste so good?

Thanks to Alissa and Tom for this gift of fun cooking and better health!
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I didn't realize when I purchased this cookbook that it was primarily a gluten-free cookbook. I read the line on the top about it having gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free recipes, but my primary reason for getting it was the whole foods aspect. I wanted simple recipes that used local, in season fruits and vegetables. I definitely got much more than I bargained for!

Between this book and the purchase of a Vitamix (highly recommended, even though expensive), I now consume 5 times as many green vegetables as I did before. Being primarily vegetarian, that says a lot. I tended to eat lots of vegetables before, and now I eat lots more. This is good. As a mother of four children, Ali Segersten doesn't really have time to have recipes that take all day to prepare. Most things are fast and yummy, once you get into the groove of cooking like this. I've owned this book for a year and have cooked probably 3/4 of the recipes and some of them are weekly staples (not to mention keeping up with the recipes on their blog). When beets are in season, I can't get enough of the balsamic beets. Who knew beets could be so yummy? I have one toddler (and feel as if I have four) so cooking healthy food has to be fast. I also want her to grow up with healthy eating habits.

Without even having a clue about it, I've probably been gluten sensitive my entire life. Pregnancy seems to have triggered it to be more noticeable, since I started having digestive problems after the birth of my daughter (and a bit during pregnancy too, though it's hard to sort out what's normal with pregnancy and what could have been sensitivity to gluten). I've heard of dairy allergies, and all sorts of other allergies, but gluten? Who is allergic to gluten? Well, it turns out a lot of us are.
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