Your 21-Day Guide to Sustainable Weight Loss and Optimal Healthby Cat Smiley
OK, for the good stuff. It is a user-friendly book. Truly, there is nothing new in this book. Yes, it fits a busy lifestyle, as well as food choices (diabetic, kosher, vegan, halal dietary choices). The book is simply laid out, and if you stick to it for the 21 days, it will give you a chance to change your diet and eating patterns. I think it takes a lot longer to change one's eating habits, but this is something we all have to wrestle with. This is only a start.
What I like about the book are the menus, and the shopping lists, that will simplify those living a busy life. Personally, our lifestyle is pretty slow and simple, being retired, but I'm sure young people would like this plan.
What I've learned about living, habits, lifestyle and nutrition, is simple: get good nutrition, simple foods, less meat, more plants; exercise, get outdoors; change up your menu every four days. What isn't simple is finding the motivation, the self-control for new habits.
I have a couple of problems with this book. Let me begin with the title. The use of hyphens for compound adjectives is sadly lacking, generally. This book title perpetuates this love for bucking the rules. Secondly, we capitalize titles in English. It shows the importance, reveals the blood, sweat and tears that goes into a book.
With so many self-publishing, it would seem that they are ignoring the rules of written English. I want a self-help book that show that the author has credibility. This means that they are educated, and have listened to their teachers, or at least understand that there is a standard English. If you cut corners on accepted practices, where else are you ignorant? I presume she has done her research on nutrition, but she runs a fitness retreat.
Also, let me get this off my chest, this trend towards anti-gluten is driving me nuts. So many have specific allergies or food intolerances, and all of these recipes and eating guides are not based in facts, but the current trends by foodies. Vegan is a choice, and one I understand, yet there are many of us who like to eat meat. With hubby unable to eat yeast, dairy or eggs, it severely limits our menus. To further add veganism, non-gluten, et al, means we are missing something out in our diet. Already managing his cancer issues, we must balance proper nutrition.
The book includes all single-portion recipes and every meal shares the following benchmarks:
About the Author
Cat Smiley, is an award-winning body transformation specialist and owner of Canada's popular weight-loss retreat for women, Whistler Fitness Vacations (The Planet Friendly Diet is the official nutrition plan for her retreat). A former world-class skier, Cat has been named as Canada's top trainer three times by the International Sport Science Association, and is a renowned body transformation specialist.
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New Society Publishers
$29.95 US / CAN
Original Trade Paperback
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