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Joy Bauer's Food Cures: Treat Common Health Concerns, Look Younger & Live Longer Paperback – April 3, 2007

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“If you think of food as the enemy, then you need to devour this book. Joy has compiled the total guide to ‘eating yourself healthy.' It's no surprise I call her the patron saint of no-nonsense nutrition.” ―Meredith Vieira, cohost of the Today show

“Joy wants to help you live longer. What better gift could you give the people who love you?” ―Ann Curry, news anchor/correspondent, Today and Dateline NBC

“Joy Bauer is the best nutritionist in the world!” ―Shaquille O’Neal

“Joy Bauer, a fabulous nutritionist, has produced a great resource for understanding the relation of specific components of a healthy diet to fighting common diseases of our Western civilization―diseases largely caused by our toxic lifestyle.” ―Arthur Agatston, MD, best-selling author of The South Beach Diet and The South Beach Heart Program

“This is one book that will change your life! Good nutrition is about more than diet and counting calories; it’s a lifestyle of healthy choices that could improve your body and help prevent or cure certain ailments. Joy’s step-by-step guidelines make for a hard-to-fail program that gives you the most out of what you eat―and yes, may even change your life.” ―Natalie Morales, cohost of the Today show

“I have nothing but the utmost respect for Joy and her work. For many years she has helped me and my family with dieting and nutrition. She is forever searching for new ways to improve health and wellness. She is a star in my eyes.” ―Tommy Mottola, music mogul, former chairman Sony Music Entertainment

“When it comes to questions about nutrition, Joy Bauer is your go-to source. She’s got all the facts, with great tips for healthy eating and living with a totally sensible, and more importantly, realistic outlook on all of it. In my experience, this is the woman―and now the book―with the answers.” ―Bobby Flay, chef/owner Mesa Grill, Bolo, Bar Americain, and Bobby Flay Steak, and author of Grilling For Life

“While reading Joy Bauer's Food Cures, I felt like I was visiting with Joy at her office. The book captures her real life persona . . . one of encouragement, humor, resiliency, support, genuine concern . . . and, above all, her ability to present realistic and practical options in achieving your personal goals and objectives!” ―Paul Carlucci, publisher, New York Post

“This is an easy-to-read, absolutely comprehensive, medically accurate guide to food as a body fuel. This book is a real contribution to the field--it explains the principles of nutrition and lays out the practices of eating for health and well-being. It is a gem.” ―Orli R. Etingin, MD, professor of clinical medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

“Joy Bauer has somehow made the impossible, possible. She makes smart eating, weight loss and now, in this book, preventative and curative health a reality. Joy's simple and practical steps are easy to follow, even for those who feel challenged in this area. Our family knows firsthand that success is inevitable when you listen to Joy.” ―Jessica Seinfeld, author and founder/president, Baby Buggy, Inc.

“Joy has written a superb, readable, and tremendously useful book that distills all her expertise into a volume I will use personally and give to all my patients. It's uniquely valuable.” ―Marianne J. Legato, MD, founder and director of the Foundation for Gender-Specific Medicine, Inc.; professor of clinical medicine, Columbia University; and adjunct professor of medicine, Johns Hopkins

“Joy brings the same thoroughness and understanding of nutritional needs to this book as she does to our high-performance dancers. Her expertise makes her an integral part of our wellness team at New York City Ballet.” ―Ken Tabachnick, general manager, New York City Ballet

“Wow! Joy has finally given us what we need. She has written a comprehensive, well-researched, easy-to-use nutritional guide for people who want to protect their vision from cataracts and macular degeneration.” ―Paul T. Finger, MD, FACS, clinical professor of ophthalmology, New York University School of Medicine, and author of The Macular Degeneration Network

“Joy Bauer has been the ‘go-to' nutritionist in New York for many years. This easy-to-read book captures her warmth, her humor, her clinical wisdom, and her vast experience, and gives sensible advice about managing your diet and staying healthy. It is a most-welcome resource!” ―B. Timothy Walsh, MD, Ruane Professor of Psychiatry, College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University; director, Eating Disorders Research Unit, New York Psychiatric Institute

“Reading Food Cures is like having an extended session with Joy herself. She offers intelligent, doable, and new solutions to the age-old question: What should I eat? Anyone who has ever held a menu, read a cookbook, or tried a diet will benefit from her wisdom.” ―Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief, SELF magazine

“Joy is exactly what you want in a nutritionist: compassionate, insightful, and incredibly knowledgeable about the latest diet research. Her new book, Joy Bauer’s Food Cures, is just like having a much-coveted one-on-one session with Joy; and she offers smart, effective and, best of all, easy-to-implement advice for every goal―from weight loss to beautiful skin to improved digestion. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants a step-by-step action plan to better their diet and get results without starving or sacrificing taste, thanks to several delicious recipes.” ―Caroline Schaefer, deputy editor, Us Weekly

“Joy's book serves up heaping portions of useful nutritional and general health information, coupled with lots of common sense advice and guidance. She spices it up with great anecdotes and recipes, written in a conversation style that makes this book a joy to read. I thought I'd just glance at the Weight Loss and Radiant Skin chapters, but each chapter was filled with so many goodies I could not put it down.” ―Marsha Gordon, MD, clinical professor, dermatology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

“Joy Bauer's Food Cures offers a welcome addition to my shelf of trusted books. It is a well researched guidebook for helping select the foods that will make and keep you healthy.” ―Evelyn Attia, MD, associate director, The Eating Disorders Clinic, New York State Psychiatric Institute, and associate clinical professor of psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

“Whether you are trying to lose weight, manage a chronic medical condition, or just feel better, nutrition expert Joy Bauer has detailed and targeted advice that will help. Grounded in the latest medical science, clearly explained and illustrated, and rounded out with dozens of user-friendly recipes, Joy Bauer's Food Cures is highly recommended not only for clinicians, but also for anyone pursuing a more healthful lifestyle.” ―Michael J. Devlin, MD, associate professor of clinical psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons; and associate director, Eating Disorders Research Unit, New York State Psychiatric Institute

“Joy Bauer's Food Cures is an extraordinary detailing of profoundly easy nutrition programs that yield dramatic results. Joy doesn't just play with generalities, she boldly details the way specific foods relate to specific medical conditions and diseases. Joy Bauer's Food Cures is a fun and easy-to-read book that delivers the critical facts for everyone!” ―Carlon M. Colker, MD, FACN, chief executive officer and medical director, Peak Wellness, Inc.

“Joy Bauer's new book is well-written, easily read, and is a great guide for eating properly. Her style and 4-step outlines make it easy for anyone to understand and to follow the programs. It is a great recipe for all of us to learn.” ―Phillip Bauman, MD, orthopaedic consultant for the New York City Ballet

“In a world crammed with crack-head nutritionists, Joy Bauer is a beacon of sanity. No joke―she saved my life.” ―Dany Levy, founder and editor-in-chief of DailyCandy

“As Joy says, ‘Eating is a piece of cake.' What she fails to mention is that it is only that easy if you have a clear, articulate, authentic, and authoritative guide like Food Cures. Joy makes eating and healthy living carefree and enjoyable. Dig in.” ―Deanna Brown, general manager, Yahoo Health

“Joy Bauer is an amazing food coach! Food Cures will connect the dots between eating well, feeling healthy, and really enjoying your life.” ―Vicki Wellington, associate publisher, Domino magazine

“The most comprehensive, easy-to-read book on life-changing nutrition, with the most up-to-date science. An extraordinary book, which will be a must-have for every one of my patients. Joy has changed how I eat, as well as how I treat.” ―Dr. Lorenzo Gonzalez, MD, faculty at the University of Miami School of Medicine, department of physical therapy

“Fantastic! A comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to live better and feel better. With topics ranging from having beautiful skin and a great smile to handling migraines or celiac disease, it gives realistic advice for everyone. Plus, the recipes and shopping lists remove all guesswork and are simple enough for anyone to follow.” ―Jeff Wellington, vice president, group publisher, Parenting Magazine

“Never before in history have we humans been able to shape our destiny―for good or for bad―to the degree we can today. With this liberating potential come responsibility and choice, what we do, how we live and, yes, what we eat. Joy Bauer has written a remarkable book. It outlines with clarity and caring professionalism a road map to better health. It is easy to read and amazingly easy to live by―all one needs is a touch of discipline―and that seasoning is under your control.” ―Maurice Tempelsman, chairman of the board/director at Lazare Kaplan International, Inc.

“It never ceases to amaze me that Joy continues to make it easy and clear for me to understand the world of nutrition. She simply knows how to keep it real.” ―Laura Geller, renowned makeup artist, working mother, and educator

About the Author

JOY BAUER, MS, RD, CDN, is the founder of Joy Bauer Nutrition in New York City and can be seen regularly on the Today show as well as other national television programs. Joy is the nutritionist for the New York City Ballet and writes a monthly column for Self magazine. Joy is also the official nutrition/diet and weight-loss expert for Yahoo's millions of readers. She lives in New York City.

Carol Svec is an award-winning health writer and author of four previous books. She lives in North Carolina.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594864667
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594864667
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.3 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. McEwan VINE VOICE on May 11, 2007
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If you are just starting to think about food as a "drug" in terms of how different foods can affect your mood, health and overall well-being, then this book is for you. Joy Bauer provides a good, basic overview of certain key foods and how they can keep you healthy or, if you have a particular health problem, how various foods can either calm or exacerbate your condition.

The format of the book is useful in that it suggests specific foods to seek out and to avoid for different health situations. For example, there is a chapter that discusses arthritis and delineates which foods are likely to help you control inflammation. There is another chapter on moods, with information on which foods tend to promote depression and which tend to promote a general sense of well-being.

Because of this "disease-oriented" format, however, the book does at times seem repetitive, as the same food (spinach, for instance) is discussed in many different places throughout the book. Thus, Food Cures is not very useful if you just want to check out a single food or group of foods, since you will have to skip from page to page and will probably end up reading the same information in several different places. Another thing that I found irritating is the large size of this publication. It is awkward to hold and quite heavy, even though it's paper bound.

Nevertheless, Food Cures is a solid reference guide written in easily understandable language for the average reader. It is worth buying if you don't have a lot of other nutrition books in your personal library. If, on the other hand, you already own a few books by people like Andrew Weil or Barry Sears, then I recommend that you pass on this one.
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What defines good nutrition?

Nutritionist Joy Bauer is well known through her role as the nutrition expert for the Today Show. She has written a reference guide to how the food that you eat can and does affect your health. The book is divided into six sections: First, is the introduction to the author and her health practice. Second, losing weight contains an introduction and break down of the process of losing weight. Third, looking great deals with eating to help keep your skin, hair and smile all looking brilliant. Fourth, living long and strong talks about ways one can change their eating habits to help with cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and degeneration of bones, muscles and memory. Fifth, feeling good talks about what you can do to help problems with your mood, migraine headaches, PMS, insomnia and celiac disease. The sixth section smooth sailing breaks down how to correctly read nutrition labels, Joy talks about her good food picks, and you can find references on the subjects covered in the preceding chapters of the book here.

Each chapter is laid out in an easy to reference way. The author starts each by introducing the subject, using her knowledge as a nutritionist. She uses examples of stories of her patients and what they did to work through their health issues, and talks about food changes and supplements you can add to your diet. Next, she breaks the process of implementing the food program into your life in four steps. Step 1, start with the basics gives you a quick run down of things you will need to do to help along your health goals. Step 2, your ultimate grocery list gives you a comprehensive list of the foods you should be including in your new eating habits and is very helpful for stocking your kitchen and pantry.
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I'm sorry, but I have to STRONGLY disagree with the reader Erica below who said this book was not a good resource regarding the health/nutrition connection. If Shaquille O'Neal and the New York City ballet in addition to the editor of SELF magazine have gone on record singing Joy's praises, I think I'm going to believe there is something to this. I have several health issues where diet and exercise are the MAIN ingredients in being able to manage the symptoms. Because of this, I brought this book to my Doctor to make sure that the information given within the pages would work for me. He reviewed a few of the food plans that pertained directly to my issues, and I left his office with a double thumbs up. I immediately began following the food plan that Joy set forth and already I notice a REAL difference in the presentation of my symptoms. From the grocery lists to the various menu options and recipes given, in addition to the easy to understand explanations of how what you eat affects your body, this book has become an invaluable tool to me in managing my health. Knowledge is power, and Joy certainly delivers in this book.

This is superb, comprehensive, easy to understand guide to managing your diet and staying healthy, and frankly, I've already purchased additional copies for friends and loved ones who I know will benefit from this as I have. This book is like having a nutritionist with you at all times. I now have the ability to take control back over my body, and as they say, the proof is in the pudding. 10 lbs already down!! And the best part yet, she makes it so easy.

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