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Eat the Yolks Hardcover – February 25, 2014
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About the Author
Liz Wolfe is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP™) certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association who is passionate about dismantling widespread nutrition myths and discovering the truth about food. She works with individuals, businesses, and nonprofits to develop nutrition programming based around real, whole foods, and she documents her personal adventures in cooking, nutrition, and homesteading on her much-loved blog, CaveGirlEats.com. When she’s not enjoying fresh eggs from her free-range chicken flock or hanging out with her goats, dog, or husband, she’s serving as ambassador for her favorite nonprofits: Steve’s Club National Program, which provides athletic training and mentorship to at-risk youth; and The First Twenty, an organization dedicated to improving the long-term health of America’s firefighters.
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For one thing from this book, I learned there are people out there who pay attention to complete versus incomplete proteins. It has been 50 years since talking about that went out of style.
There is an explanation of ATP which is easier to understand for a lay person than the complicated explanation in nutrition courses.
I learned that the fat soluble vitamins act synergisticly. That has been known (and ignored) for probably 60 plus years about B vitamins, but I did not know it about oil soluble ones. I should have known.
Somehow I had missed in my reading that there are vitamin D receptors in every cell throughout the body. Well, for heaven's sake! No wonder we keep discovering things we need D for - above and beyond seeing to it our bones get their calcium.
In other words, don't let the breezy conversational style of this book put you off. We can all learn from it.
This is the book I've been waiting for, the perfect way to introduce a curious person to a real food lifestyle. I'd recommend Practical Paleo for any kitchen as a reference guide and recipe inspiration or Cate Shanahan's work for those who just really need to see "MD" after the author's name, but this is the book for the hook. This is the book for the friend who is jumping on a plane for a business trip or the busy mom who has 15 minutes to read while her kid is in dance class. It is concise, but every word counts. The approach is totally relatable, fun to read, and beautifully executed. This is absolutely THE book to get people to understand why I eat so much bacon and get militant about where my meat comes from.
As an educator, I love how this book encourages people to toss the rules and truly understand health and nutrition. I also love how it puts "paleo" in a positive light, but isn't rigid paleo propaganda. This is so necessary while paleo is shifting more to the mainstream- teach and learn, don't just listen and follow.
At some point in our nutrition-and-health improvement journeys, which I presume you are on simply by the fact that you’ve picked up this book, we’ve likely figured out that we were misled or misguided somewhere along the way. Make no mistake about it, I too fell victim to the hype. You know what I’m talking about here, right? I’m talking about the “eating fat will make you fat” / “you need eleven servings of heart-healthy whole grains daily” / “anything made from soy is a health food” hype. If you didn’t know that was hype before, you will now.
I was right there with you for many years, chowing down cereal made of seven whole grains on a mission (to kill you) with soy milk (it must be healthy, right?!), fat-free yogurt (sweetened with aspartame), nonstick cooking sprays (but they’re low-fat!), and calorie-free sweeteners (that were “naturally” sweet). That is, until I saw the light.
For each of us, that “light” comes in a different form. If that light hasn’t already been turned on for you, then you’re in for a real treat. This book—and Liz’s take on nutrition in general—will be that for you. And if that’s the case, I am stoked for you. You are going to get your world flipped upside down and sideways while you learn exactly what is true about the food you eat every day. You’ll probably be smacking yourself upside the head when you realize that you’ve been fighting your instincts on what’s right and wrong about nutrition, and you will definitely be ready to stop the diet-food-and-calorie-cutting madness.
This book will set you free from the 100-calorie-pack-filled world of edible foodlike substances that cry “healthy” on the package but are slowly making you sicker and sicker as you eat them. Yes, it’s that dramatic. The impact that food has on your health is that serious. It’s a good thing Liz, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTPTM) certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association, has a seriously hilarious way of explaining it all.
Allow me to back up for just a moment, because I haven’t known Liz my entire life, contrary to what our podcasting banter may imply. I was introduced to Liz Wolfe when listening to a podcast that was part of a (short-lived) series created by Hayley and Bill Staley (of The Food Lovers Kitchen and Make It Paleo fame) called “The Food Lovers Dish It.” Liz was the featured guest on one of the episodes they recorded—and right away, I loved her voice.
Now, when I say that I loved Liz’s voice, I mean both her audible voice and her way of thinking and presenting her opinions. I should tell you that I was feverishly on the hunt for a podcasting partner at this exact moment, so much so that I pulled my car over while driving on a busy highway to shoot Hayley a text and ask for Liz’s contact information. That was the beginning of the end, some might say—and I mean that in the absolute best way possible.
That was several years ago now, and I’ve since not only convinced Liz to record a weekly podcast with me (the “Balanced Bites” podcast, which ranks in the top Health shows in iTunes), but also (literally) dragged her on the road with me to meet folks across the country and teach them why “everything you know about good nutrition is wrong”—and, of course, exactly how to get it right.
Through the development of the podcast and our seminar curriculum, I have seen deeper into Liz’s passion and vigor for the Truth About Food (which could easily have been the title for this book, but that doesn’t pack the same vitamin D–rich punch as Eat the Yolks). She wants to know more than just the biochemistry of nutrition; she wants to know the social and historical implications of the changes in our food supply—and what those changes have done to our long-term health.
Liz has a real knack for connecting with her readers (and our listeners and workshop attendees) in a way that is unlike anyone I’ve ever met. She isn’t just hilarious; she is also darned smart about nutrition. Her passion for all things myth-and-truth-related when it comes to, oh, let’s say the history of how the heck we started eating margarine, for example, has driven her to tirelessly research the foundations of it all. And she’s able to turn around and tell you the story and actually make it interesting—injecting it with her signature wit and sense of humor—so that you leave the room never wanting to eat margarine again (and likely slapping it out of your spouse’s or sibling’s hand, too!).
In Eat the Yolks, Liz takes us step by step through nearly every dogmatic, scientifically unsound, and anti–“real food” notion that so many of us have been hung up on for years. She sheds light on the errors of those well-intentioned ways with compassion (she’s been there too, folks) and wit. Liz explains why we need to eat fat (including saturated fat!), cholesterol, and even salt. (Bacon, yes! Steak, yes! Egg yolks, oh heck yes!)
Perhaps you’ve been bored to tears in the past by long, epic tomes that aim to educate you on the political and nutritional mess of what we’ve been told to eat for the last several decades. Or maybe you’ve read some real-food-centered books, but they were filled with overly science-y jargon or a rigid approach or way of eating that didn’t leave you feeling empowered—or you quit reading partway through because you were flat-out bored. Well this, my friends, is the book for you.
Pour yourself a tall glass of home-brewed kombucha, whip up a nice frittata, and get ready to be edu-tained from cover to cover. And, for the sake of all that is decent in this world, you had better eat those yolks!