“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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