Published by Sasquatch Books on December 16th 2014
Genres: Memoirs, Non-Fiction, nutrition
ARC provided by BookSparks
This power-foods healthy-living guidebook will inspire readers to eat well, lose weight, and embrace food as medicine. “Food as medicine” is a powerfully healing way to eat and was embraced by nutritionist Jennifer Adler as she recovered from a malnourished childhood and adolescence. Part power-foods cookbook, part handbook for healthy living and eating, and part memoir, Passionate Nutrition provides digestible information, tips, and techniques for how to find your way to optimal health. She focuses on abundant eating (as opposed to restrictive eating), and explores what she calls “the healthy trinity”—digestion, balance, and whole foods. Adler guides and encourages readers to shift their diet to achieve this desirable balance, introduces power foods we should all eat, and provides healthy ways to lose weight, along with simple recipes to optimize health. With her personal story interwoven, readers will be inspired to embrace the healthy power of food.
I don’t read food books. I don’t because I don’t cook. What? There, I said it. Just because I don’t cook doesn’t mean I don’t care about what I eat though. The thing that appealed to me about this book was that it was suppose to be a memoir. At some point, I wanted to study nutrition. I thought this would be a nice what-if book for me. I thought it might have some advice on how to eat better and a life story to go along with it. This book was so much more for me. Passionate Nutrition was a wake up call. I am buying this for my Mom and my sister.
Jennifer Adler tells her story. It isn’t squeaky clean. She is honest and writes conversationally about her battle for better nutrition. She speaks with passion about her quest to fix what ailed her. Her journey with food is horrifying and inspiring. She talks like someone who knows things can’t change overnight. She speaks about her own cheats and things she won’t compromise on anymore. She is someone I would love to meet and thank for letting me in on what may be wrong with my diet and how easy it would be to fix things. I have suffered with digestion issues for years. I am anxious to put her ideas into practice and see if it helps. If nothing else, this book makes me feel better about why I eat the way I eat and things I have been doing right with food.
Even if you don’t subscribe to all of Jennifer’s theories, her book is easy to read. Anyone could glean some helpful information from this text. I didn’t feel bad about the way I eat after reading this. Jennifer is careful not to offend the reader, but meets you where you are. She has done a lot and her honesty is so refreshing. She speaks as someone with a passion to help people stop beating themselves up and really enjoy food. This book includes recipes, lists of foods with the top nutritional benefits, a breakdown of what nutrients are really important for better health, ways to achieve a better diet, ways to rid guilt from eating, ways to improve intestinal health, and personal stories to keep all that entertaining. I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it for almost anyone.
About the Author
JENNIFER ADLER is a Certified Nutritionist in the State of Washington, an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University, and co-founder of the International Eating Disorders Institute. She holds a Master’s of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Counseling and a Graduate Certificate in Spirituality, Health, and Medicine from Bastyr University. She was trained at the School of Natural Cookery in Boulder, CO. She lives on Bainbridge Island, WA.
JESS THOMSON is a Seattle-based freelance writer and cookbook author who has written for Sunset, Cooking Light, Edible Seattle, and Seattle Met magazines.