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"For the millions of Americans tired of hearing about 'what not to eat,' this book is a refreshing and enlightening guide to improving your health by adding delicious foods to your diet. Dave's simple explanations for why these foods are potential 'life savers' makes the book enjoyable to read, and the recipes bring the science to life on your plate."—Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Nutrition Director, Prevention Magazine


"This book gives you "food for thought" about ways to use food to aide digestion, decrease inflammation and even improve your mood. Dave Grotto's simple nutritional solutions for common health conditions can easily become a part of your overall wellness routine." —Robert Kushner, M.D., Clinical Director of the Northwestern Comprehensive Center on Obesity and author of The Personality Type Diet


 

About the Author

David Grotto, RD, LDN, is the national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, and president and founder of Nutrition Housecall, LLC, a nutrition consulting firm that offers personalized at-home and group dietary guidance. Formerly the director of nutrition education at the Block Center for Integrative Cancer Care in Evanston, Illinois, he continues his private practice. Grotto lives in Elmhurst, Illinois.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553386263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553386264
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,585,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Elizabeth M. Ward, RD on January 1, 2010
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I love Dave Grotto's take on living the healthiest life possible: enjoy the most powerful foods on the planet, with an emphasis on enjoy. With 101 Optimal Life Foods, Dave offers reliable information based on scientific evidence (a big plus for me, as a registered dietitian ) about why eggs are good for your skin; how pistachios help to protect your eyesight; and how eating salmon soothes aching muscles. Plus, he provides nutritious and delicious recipes (Winter White Bean Chili looks yummy!) so that you can easily prepare the foods that will help you get healthy, and stay that way.
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I have two major complaints with this book. #1 One of the main reasons this book was disappointing to me was the focus on recipes and specific menu suggestions. The entire second half of the book was strictly recipes and much of the first portion centered around suggested daily menus (For example...Day 1 breakfast: eat this, this and this. Day 2 Lunch: eat this, this and this). There wasn't enough focus on HOW and WHY certain foods can help combat various health concerns. Food suggestions are great--what I was hoping to learn--however it was presented as a detailed micro-management of daily menus. #2 The book seemed directed to people who currently make unhealthy food choices and want to begin more healthy eating. If you already incorperate good food choices in your diet, there is a lot of uselss information. Perhaps somebody who wants extremely specific direction and/or someone with little-no understanding of healthy foods may enjoy it more.
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I purchased this book hoping to find a list of 101 good foods that could in general improve my health. There is no straight-forward listing of those foods. The book is divided into chapters related to health conditions: here's what you should eat if you have acne, cold feet, migraines, insomnia, diarrhea, gas, arthritis, etc.

The same author has written a book called "101 Foods that can Save Your Life" and looking at the index and table on contents of that one, I see it's what I should have purchased.

This book only makes the most scanty passing references to cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. This book may have some good recipes in it: I need to try them. But overall the focus is for readers who are dealing with specific health conditions that are not the huge, cosmic, life=threatening ones.

It may be a decent family reference. I was disappointed and will probably donate my copy to the library at some point soon. My mission is to try to find the best and most helpful books for those with heart failure, diabetes, and cancer.
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i liked the book...i thought it would be more though. half of the book is recipes. i dont mind it but i wouldve liked more information on the foods for the different ailments. but overall its a cool book and its a starting point for my own research.
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David Grotto, RD, LDN is a registered dietician with over 20 years of clinical experience to help you live a healthier life. In Section One of his book, he shows how to incorporate optimal foods for what ails you - skin, circulation, pain, nervous system, excretory system, bones, and vision. David shares some statistics of the problem or disorder. He defines the problem or disorder and talks about the optimal life foods, supplements, and triggers for the problem at hand. A 3-day meal plan of the optimal food for each problem/disorder is provided at the end. Some of the menu items have a preparation time. I would suggest trying the meal plans on a weekend when you have time to fully prepare the menu. Some items can be made ahead of time, but some need to be made and eaten right away due to the fresh fruit and vegetables that are included in the recipes.

I tried 5 recipes from the book and most are now keepers. Raw Kale Salad with Lemon-Honey Vinaigrette, Chicken Thighs with Red Wine, Dried Plums, and Garlic, Quinoa Pilaf with Currant and Turmeric, and Christine's Baked Custard were my favorite.
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An overall good book. Useful if you have certain conditions such as insomnia, stress and anxiety, acne or other skin problems, migraines, gas, etc. and would like to find ways to adjust your diet in order to address these issues. In effect, I guess it helps you become less dependent on medication because food CAN be your medicine. And I agree with that.

There is information about the various conditions this book covers, plus recipes. I don’t feel that “101 optimal life foods” is an appropriate title, because there isn’t exactly one list of foods in here but rather, lists for each ailment.
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Probably a good book to get started on figuring out healthier eating. I will give it away to a client who needs to learn, so it was a useful 75 cent purchase for me at the used book sale!

I am always concerned when people push chocolate as a health food. Yes, chocolate I ma certain has amazing anti-oxidants but when we process it into the crap most people eat it in... truly, what is left? If people were eating small amounts of organic, fair trade, dark, raw cocoa chocolate there is probably much more nutritional value.

I have clients who sock away whole milk chocolate hershey bars thinking they are getting antioxidants. We need to be a bit more clear with information so people are better informed and not using the information in ways that are counter productive to their health.
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