“Re-challenging and Reintroducing FODMAPs” by Lee Martin, MSc, RD

This review was originally published on Nutrition411.com.

About the Book fodmapcover_resized
The book,  Re-challenging and Reintroducing FODMAPs: A self-help guide to the entire reintroduction phase of the low FODMAP diet, guides readers through the tricky re-introduction phase of the low FODMAP diet. The author, Lee Martin, MSc, RD, writes from a perspective of having completed the diet himself as well as researched the low
FODMAP diet extensively at King’s College London. The book is divided into two sections, the first being the re-challenging phase to determine which FODMAP-containing foods and in which quantities are likely to trigger symptoms, and the second being the reintroduction phase to work tolerated FODMAP foods back into the usual diet. Charts, tables, and flow charts that describe the process and FODMAPs found in foods are included to enhance the narrative.

Dietitian’s Review 
While the low FODMAP diet is relatively new, it is gaining traction and renown as a method to manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, due to the youthful nature of this diet, there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the diet and just how to go about it. While eliminating FODMAPs from the diet is straightforward (albeit difficult), the re-challenging and reintroduction phases can be unclear and tough for patients and clients to understand. This book does an excellent job of specifically targeting those trying phases of adjusting to an individualized, IBS-friendly diet.

Lee Martin, MSc, RD, provides an excellent, concise book full of structured guidance. The content is well-balanced with easy-to-understand tables and flowcharts. Practical suggestions for applying the information are discussed in the book as well, effectively bridging the gap between research and pragmatism. Not only does the book explain the scientific aspects of FODMAP re-challenging and reintroduction, the mental component is addressed when the author suggests investigating whether symptoms following consumption of FODMAP-containing food are related to the food itself or the thought of the food. The disclaimer explains that the book is based on current research and clinical practices at the time of publication in October 2015; however, no references to research papers are provided.

This book is one which I will highly recommend to patients and clients who have IBS and plan to follow a low FODMAP diet. I would, however, encourage those following the advice in this book to obtain a food scale, as the serving sizes of some foods are listed by weight versus volume. Additionally, I would suggest that readers read the entire book first so that they have a clear idea of the process before embarking. As brevity and clarity are strong suits of this book, reading it in its entirety is a quick task.

This thorough guide is available in paperback on  Amazon for $17.99 or on Kindle for $7.65.


“The Real Skinny: Appetite for Health’s 101 Fat Habits & Slim Solutions” by Julie Upton & Katherine Brooking

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This review was originally published on Nutrition411.com.

About the Book

Penned by Appetite for Health’s founders and dietitian bloggers, The Real Skinny: Appetite for Health’s 101 Fat Habits & Slim Solutions provides practical tips and explanations to combat common nutrition roadblocks and misconceptions. From a collection of information about quantities of ingredients are needed for various prepared volumes, to a list of treats that yield 80-120 calories, the focus of this book is to provide suggestions for small changes that can be easily incorporated for big long-term results.

Backed by research, Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD, and Katherine Brooking, MS, RD, exhibit their experience in providing easily-applicable tricks to make positive changes for good nutrition and physical activity an integral part of anyone’s lifestyle. To that end, the book includes nutritious recipes for all meals to help those who are faced with the seemingly ever-present question, “What should I cook?”

Dietitian’s Review
The Real Skinny is a valuable book in that it teaches about the “doing” side of nutrition instead of just the “knowing” side. As a dietitian, I regularly talk with patients who say, “I know what I need to do, I just don’t do it.” This book is packed with handy suggestions to integrate good nutrition and physical activity into daily life. Rather than providing a diet with rules and labels of “good” and “bad,” lifestyle guidelines are the key component of The Real Skinny: Appetite for Health’s 101 Fat Habits & Slim Solutions , which are categorized into different chapters making it easy for readers to find those particular habits with which they struggle, and the “slim solution” that immediately follows. The book is a quick and easy read with a tone that encourages and motivates the reader.

“Intuitive Eating” by Evelyn Tribole & Elyse Resch

When something you read has had a major impact on you, it’s pretty easy to tell. You notice that you look at things a little differently. Suddenly, you’re making changes, even tiny ones, because of that influential piece of writing.IntuitiveEatingcover

“Intuitive Eating” is the anti-diet book written by two Registered Dietitians, Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. These two professionals describe their clients’ negative experiences with diets that served as the basis for the development of a new approach to healthy eating: the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating.

Throughout the book, Tribole and Resch describe in detail each of the 10 Principles. These principles are centered on the idea that humans instinctively know how and what to eat. Recognizing one’s own physical and psychological state as it relates to food highlights reasons for eating and making food choices that are not predicated on the vital need for nourishment to survive. The book guides the reader in cultivating the skills to make the right choices for the right reasons.

As a nutrition student and Registered Dietitian-to-be, I have heard many opinions and philosophies from professors and mentors in the field of nutrition. Some are fans of dietary supplements, some prefer organic foods, some promote hyper-strict adherence to specific dietary guidelines. My own educated opinions were geared toward a moderation approach, choosing primarily nutritious foods but also allowing for enjoyment of foods with less nutritional value. “Intuitive Eating” not only verbalized my feelings about food and how to approach it, but took the concept even further by providing a “how to” in the form of the 10 Principles.

I would (and have!) recommend this book to everyone. From nutrition and health professionals, to individuals who want to improve their health, to those who just want to simplify their diet, this book is absolutely a worthwhile read. Well-written and easy-to-read, “Intuitive Eating” is fit for a top spot on everyone’s list of books to read.

For more inforiginalintuitiveeatingprosormation about the book and authors, plus a preview of the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating, visit http://www.intuitiveeating.com/.

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