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Women's Health Daily Fix: Your Guide to Healthy Habits for Good Nutrition Hardcover – December 9, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 227 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (December 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594868476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594868474
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,550,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ALEXA L. FISHBACK, MS, RD, maintains a private practice in Manhattan, specializing in both individual and group nutrition counseling for weight loss as well as for general health and wellness. She lives in New York City.


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It's a quick read, with lots of great ideas for snacks and meals.
Ashley White
The book has many good tips in it for women in all situations - not just working outside the home.
Lisa Shea
I recommend to anyone who is looking for a sensible way to live for the rest of your life.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The Daily Fix by Alexa Fishback is a guide aimed at working women to finding a system of healthy eating, healthy activity and healthy mental relaxation. The book has many good tips in it for women in all situations - not just working outside the home.

It's funny how some of the tips would have horrified women of 20 years ago, that they could even be brought into question. Alexa suggests we cook dinner at home at least ONCE a week. Our parents and grandparents would have taken this for granted! She says to get 7-9 hours of sleep a day, to walk at least 30 minutes each day, and to incorporate regular water drinking into your habits.

Alexa recommends we get 25-35g of fiber every DAY from food sources, not from pills. Most women don't even get half of this amount! Keep a daily food log for a few days. Just how much fiber are you getting?

She explains that while a food journal might seem tedious at first, by writing down your emotions and activities you can quickly discover ties between your emotions and what you eat - and find solutions which are less fattening. She tells you how to do this, and provides samples.

Remove all unhealthy snacks from your desk and home. Put out healthy snacks, so they're easy to see and eat. Add soups and salads into your meals - they fill you up without adding a lot of calories. For sweet treats, find things like sugar-free jello and ginger tea so you can soothe those cravings.

I'm a little suspicious of a book that says "the best part of every working day is getting out of the office". What kind of an attitude is that? I know MANY women who love their jobs and thrive in them. A job should be something you enjoy - not something you hate. How can hating your job be part of her recipe for a healthy lifestyle?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Fine on January 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a very useful book. While many of the tips and guidelines appear to be common sense during an initial read through, I find myself returning to specific chapters to answer health questions; every time I do, I learn something that is helpful and, more to the point, practical. Her writing is elegant and easy to read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R S Cobblestone VINE VOICE on March 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Alexa Fishback is a Registered Dietitian. Fortunately, she doesn't let that get in her way when it comes to delivering helpful, useful, and accurate information about diet and nutrition. You won't find any "pop-nutrition" here, and she doesn't throw nutritional minutiae at you. For example, I recently read (not in this book) that my risk for prostate cancer was high because I am over 71 inches tall and I am "not eating 5+ servings of tomato-based foods (spaghetti sauce, etc) per week." But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that risk factors include:

- Age: Men older than 50 years
- Family history: Having a father, brother, or son who has had prostate cancer
- Race: Black

It would be nice if there was somebody to help sort out this conflicting information. Fishback is a big help in this regard. Through discussing the biological basis of nutrition and dieting, and detailing specific case histories on behavior management, Fishback makes a convincing case that it is within the power of most of us to reach a higher plane of nutrition and fitness.

How can you argue with that?

The Daily Fix is a book designed for women. Fortunately, it is chock full of information helpful to both men and women, so don't let the "Women's Health" label keep you from reading it.

What I really liked about this book, besides its steering away from pop-nutrition topics like "cleaning out your toxins," is its focus on YOU as the change agent. Not diet pills, or wonder fruits, or starving yourself. Fishback won't have you go hungry.

Fishback starts right off with those very real obstacles to weight (and health) control:

- we have easy access to excess calories everywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Judith Sayland on December 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I applaud this little nutritional gem of a book - it is filled with accessible, interesting and wise guidelines, in a concise format.The authors words are encouraging and knowledgeable, without the additional baggage of so many "diet" books out there that espouse esoteric theories and their own personal "only" way to lose weight. This common sense, easily applied, nugget of a book would be so helpful to you. I am excited to have it by my side as I attempt to lose weight in a healthy and sane manner. Magic bullets are illusionary - buy this book and you'll find that good things come in small packages.
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By Arielle Fernandez on April 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Love this book it is perfect for working women it is easy to understand and there's little guides you can use
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By mrs.g on September 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. I am often overwhelmed by nutrition advice, but this book gives a very basic and easy to understand guide for the average woman. It is arranged so that it first provides you with information on nutrition, how to stock your pantry and refrigerator and so forth, and then it takes you through an average day and what food and exercise choices you should make (each meal has its own informative section). There is a suggestion at each meal for how many calories you should be taking in, and there are several suggestions and simple recipes for what to eat. I appreciated that all of this food was very "normal" and not the off-the-wall food items you have to dig through a health foods store to find. Besides food, there is also information about exercise and a few other tips, like how to eat well while eating out and traveling. Very useful guide for very normal women.
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