Friday, February 27, 2009

Eat This Not That for Kids by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding

I found this book for parents at my library by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding. This book is full of common sense eating advice and many surprises. I was shocked to learn that some things I considered good for me are not the best choices. The authors list good and bad or okay and better choices for many restaurants that kids frequent. They also give lots of helpful advice for parental nutrition as well. There also tips on grocery shopping and surviving the school cafeteria. The last chapter lists activities the whole family can do to shed unwanted weight and develop a healthy lifestyle.

Find a copy of this book and help your kids on their way to becoming fit for life.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

February Book Giveaway - Dominion by Randy Alcorn

Since February is Black History Month, Randy Alcorn giving away three signed copies of his novel Dominion. To enter for your chance to win, leave a comment on Randy's post by Friday, February 27. The winners will be announced in a blog post on Monday, March 2, so be sure to check back and see if you won.

I read Dominion (Deadline, Dominion and Deception share quirky, yet lovable characters) after some initial hesitation because the front cover gave me the impression that the book would be too intense. It was intense, but it made me consider some issues that I had previously chosen to ignore. Dominion delves into racial issues in a way that people of all races can learn from and appreciate. Randy develops his characters and story line so well that when you finish the book you may find yourself wishing you could continue reading. All three books are terrific and I highly recommend them. To learn more about Randy's books, check out his web site.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Flexitarian Diet by Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, LDN

I found this interesting book in the new books section at my library. The idea of eating less meat, but still having lean meat occasionally appeals to me. As I skimmed through the book I saw that they list the recipes as vegetarian and tell you how much meat you can "flex" into your diet. I plan to try some of the recipes and adapt them as they suit my needs.

The Back of the Book Says:

READY, SET, FLEX! If you'd like to have all the health benefits of a vegetarian diet - but can't imagine giving up meat... If you'd like to lose weight, increase energy, and boost your immunity - but can't stand following a bunch of rules and restrictions... The Flexitarian Diet is just for you!

I'm good at eating lots of whole grains and fiber rich foods, but I need to increase the vegetables in my diet. I used to have a menu that I followed and it really helped me stick to healthier eating rather than rummaging through the refrigerator and eating whatever I laid my eyes on first. I'm going to try to plan my menu around lean protein, grains and vegetables with occasional treats. One hint from the book says to brush your teeth immediately after finishing your meals eliminating the need for something sweet after eating. I definitely need to do that.

For more information check out the author's website.