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Eat, Drink, and be Gorgeous: A Nutritionist's Guide to Living Well While Living It Up Hardcover – August 13, 2007
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It's quite possible to have your cake and eat it too, argues dietitian-nutritionist Blum in this bubbly, vivacious approach to living well the healthy way. Avoiding dietary absolutes and encouraging readers to make gradual changes in their eating habits rather than drastic ones (which are often hard to keep up), Blum's sensible guide is sure to resonate with young women. She makes compelling arguments for choosing organic foods-going so far as to list the top 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables-and extols the virtues of grass-fed meat and dairy. An informative chapter detailing alcohol's specific effects on women (including calorie counts for a long list of beers and cocktails) enable readers to make the most of their nights out without paying for it later. Troubleshooting suggestions offer relief from the symptoms of everything from hangovers and herpes to smoking cessation and premenstrual discomfort. Rounded out with chapters on dietary supplements and depression, as well as a Q&A for frequently asked queries-"What kind of prepared foods (i.e., frozen dinners) are actually good for me?"-Blum's guidebook complete guide to women's health is an encouraging, smart and sisterly volume that deserves a place alongside other trusted go-to resources.
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"Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous is filled with sound nutritional advice on what to eat and drink and how to repair the damage when our good intentions slip. A delightful book, as entertaining as it is educational." Nicholas Perricone, MD
"You've heard people talk about the 'feel-good book of the year'? Well, Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous is the 'feel gorgeous book of the year'!" Karen Salmansohn, author of Hot Mama and How to Be Happy, Dammit
"For a more compassionate, flexible and trustworthy guide, check out Eat, Drink and Be Gorgeous by registered dietician (and go-to nutrician expert) Esther Blum. Not only is Eat, Drink fun and funny, it's actually encouraging, sensible and written with the average (change-averse, willpower-deficient, sweet-toothed) person in mind." —Publishers Weekly, December 10, 2007
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Esther Blum, MS, RD, says don't worry, be happy.
This book says, in brief, that you can have your cake and eat it, too. However, there is no way, at all, that her book gives appropriate guidelines for dropping 50 pounds and keeping them off. More attention is given to preventing hangovers than the benefits of fiber in your diet, and even more space is given to edible and non-edible functions of food in enhancing sexual performance and enjoyment.
This is a nutrition book?
Blum believes she has better suggestions for the USDA food pyramid than the nutrition experts paneled to provide these recommendations. She keeps commenting on her A-list clients, who clearly want to hear what they want to hear. No coffee or other caffeinated drinks... no artificial sweeteners... no good reasons.
Now the material from a nutritional basis isn't all wrong. It's just... focused into weird areas... the spa treatment to make you feel good mentally. Remember the obesity crisis?
This is "pop-nutrition" for the Sims.
The author summarily labels broad categories of food "toxic" or "poison," including potatoes, bread, alcoholic beverages, milk, cheese, margarine, sugar, wheat, soda, and coffee, to name a few. Any lip-service for moderation in the first chapter is undermined by the extremism of her vocabulary throughout the rest of the book.
Also, there's not actually a three month plan anywhere in this book. Between this and the moderation issue, the book was not at all what I was expecting from the title, free preview, and glowing reviews.
As a teetotalling vegetarian who doesn't have herpes or a yeast infection, there was almost nothing for me in this book. The book advocates a diet rooted primarily in grass-fed beef and wild Alaskan salmon, without acknowledging that some people might have ethical (and/or financial) concerns with eating this way on a daily basis.
The formatting is off, as lists that presumably appeared in text boxes in the paper book spring up mid-text in the kindle version.
This book does have two yummy-sounding mocktail recipes, but I could have found them by doing a Google search. Otherwise, I found there was really nothing here but unsupported blanket statements peppered with condescending "girl talk."
Ester's approach is quite well rounded; she condones just a few foods (diet sugars) but teaches moderation with a really funny tone.
Mark Houston MD, MS, FACP, FAHA
Associate Clinical Professof Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical School
Director, Hypertension Institute and Human Nutrition
Saint Thomas Medical Group and Hospital
Author of "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Hypertension"
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It is well organized, cute, hilarious and helpful but I thought it would tell me stuff I did not already know :/ It...Read more
Simple! And with a nutrition background personally , I can say that her advice is reasonable and sound!
So much interesting!! The writter have a great humor, it's nice.