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No Whine with Dinner Makes Mealtime Fun for Moms and Kids

Do you ever wish you could invite a registered dietitian into your kitchen during mealtimes to peer over your shoulder and help you modify your favorite meals into healthier options for your family?

If you do, then Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD and Liz Weiss, MS, RD, of the award-winning website Meal Makeover Moms, have the perfect solution with their latest cookbook, No Whine with Dinner (M3 Press, 2011).

The book contains 150 recipes that were tested by their own families and offers advice on choosing “healthy basics” from the grocery store – from fresh fruits and vegetables to convenience foods like jarred pasta sauce and salsa.

“We don’t believe in ‘kid food,'” said Bissex and Weiss in the book’s forward. “All of our recipes are made with color and flavor in mind and incorporate nutritious ingredients into their essence.


Tomatoland Opens the Curtain on the Dangers of American Agriculture

Something is not ripe with the tomato industry, according to Barry Estabrook’s book, Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit. Estabrook examines the corruption and hardships of the red and juicy fruit that is often seen atop  many salads.

The fruit best known for being fresh in the summertime finds its way to the produce section each winter thanks to warm, sunny Florida weather. Estabrook writes that approximately one-third of the U.S.’s tomato supply comes from a state where tomatoes do not naturally grow. Florida’s environment is often difficult with a lack of nitrogen in the soil, insect pests, and bacterial and fungal diseases that can threaten the life of a plant. To make up for these disadvantages, tomato growers often spray the tomato farms with chemicals and pesticides, according to Estabrook.

These chemicals are very harmful to the hard-working tomato pickers and their families, who can get sick or have children with several birth defects. Not to mention these chemicals are extremely harmful to consumers, who may be at risk when ingesting the tomatoes. In addition, tomato pickers work very long and taxing hours in the brutal sun. The workers get no paid vacation and no benefits, and some have even been forced into slavery.


Wisdom to Wellness Explores the Emotional and Physical Health Connection

Maureen Minnehan Jones is the author of the new book Wisdom to Wellnes: HealingYour Emotional Sufferings so the Physical Healing Can Follow. Ms. Jones has worked in the healthcare field for over 38 years. Her career path began by working as a registered nurse but eventually evolved into the practice of more alternative and holistic healing methods.

Maureen contends that the occurrence of disease often has an emotional underpinning. She has developed a technique she calls the “Modus Operandi (MO) Technique.” This technique consists of 12 steps that serve to heal the emotional suffering which she believes to be instrumental in the healing of physical disease.

Ms. Jones firmly believes that disease is triggered by the body and everyone possesses what she refers to as “The Common Thread of Disease.”  This common thread consists of four separate emotional sufferings which are: resentment, anger, powerlessness, and a lack of love. It is the existence of all of these that together create a virtual “perfect storm” in which disease can be sparked by a particularly emotional event according to Ms. Jones.


Mark MacDonald’s Body Confidence Helps You Burn Fat Around the Clock

by Descygna Webb

Mark MacDonald is the creator and CEO of Venice Nutrition, an online program for fitness and weight loss. MacDonald has helped people improve their lives through nutrition and exercise for years, and his new book, Body Confidence, showcases the same elements of his extremely successful Venice Nutrition program. This book offers access to the three step system that unlocks your body’s potential

The program within Body Confidence is all about keeping blood sugar levels steady throughout the day. This program is also one that you can continue for the rest of your life to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle. Some of the healthy habits that can be learned include eating every three to four hours, proper nutrient ratios at meals and consuming the proper number of calories at each meal. You will learn what your current metabolism level is and how to reprogram it to burn fat around the clock.


Jillian Michaels’ New Book Unlimited Offers a Break from Her Norm

by Descygna Webb

Jillian Michaels is arguably the biggest name in the diet and fitness industry. She has made a name for herself by being a tough personal trainer featured on shows like Biggest Loser and Jillian Michaels’ Losing It. Jillian has helped countless people reach their fitness goals and transform their bodies. With that kind of success, she has also been able to branch into her own line of fitness DVDs, diet products, dietary supplements and she has written several books. It’s obvious that Jillian knows fitness. Her latest book, however, titled Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life, is taking a different approach than all of her other books. Unlimited offers readers advice and directions on how to build an exceptional life through many different avenues.

Jillian delves into the steps it takes to achieve your goals and she deals more with the emotional aspect of the process. This book is all about making over any area of your life that you are currently unhappy with. You can apply the advice given in Unlimited to several areas and make things happen that you previously may have thought weren’t possible. In this book, Jillian teaches you to get out of your own way and stop holding yourself back. Whether you are trying to leave an abusive relationship, go back to school, lose weight or achieve any other goal, she outlines the steps necessary to reach it.


An Adventure in Exercise Books Make Fitness Fun for Kids

Most kids spend hours every day immersed in technology, online in chat rooms or playing games on gaming systems. This lack of exercise has had a negative affect on the health of our children, with obesity rates higher than ever and with the current generation projected to be the first to die younger than their parents.

Children’s fitness innovator Len Saunders has been working with children for close to 30 years, trying to fight childhood obesity.  He has hosted the Project ACES event, where millions of children exercise simultaneously the first Wednesday in May.

Now, Saunders has a new, younger goal in mind: the preschool to third grade set. He has written a new book series called An Adventure in Exercise, starring Joey the Kangaroo and Spunky the Monkey. The children can read and interact with the books while they have fun exercising with each page. This one-of-a-kind book has garnered much praise from teachers and parents alike. Children enjoy the kid friendly illustrations, and the rhyming appeals to children of all ages. (more…)

Read It Before You Eat It Helps You Decode Food Nutrition Labels

If you bring along your calculator and dictionary to the grocery store in order to decode food nutrition labels, your trip just got a little lighter and hopefully a lot healthier.

Registered dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix did all health conscious consumers a tremendous favor with her latest book, Read It Before You Eat It: How to Decode Food Labels and Make the Healthiest Choice Every Time. This book, which is compact enough to place in your purse, serves as a guide to help you navigate your way through the mysterious and challenging world of food label reading.

Recent studies have shown that being a wise consumer plays a significant role in choosing between a seemingly healthy health food and a genuinely healthy health food. And accurately reading food labels not only determines what we put into our grocery carts, but it also greatly impacts our health. (more…)

New Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook Looks Sinfully Delicious

If you’re a fan of Chef Devin Alexander on Twitter, the adorably personable chef behind many of the Biggest Loser cookbooks, then you might have caught her feverishly posting all summer about a top-secret project that had her whipping up a bounty of desserts in her Manhattan Beach kitchen. Well, the mixing beaters are cleaned and she managed to keep her fit figure throughout the course of her culinary inventions, and she can now safely announce what she’s been hiding.

This fall, the newest creation from Biggest Loser will release The Biggest Loser Dessert Cookbook. Inside you’ll find more than 80 sweet tooth-tempting treats created by Chef Devin. Following rules given by Biggest Loser to keep the desserts as wholesome as possible, Chef Devin has created a book full of all-natural ingredients that will satisfy and tempt as well as they will keep you on track.

A sneak peek at some of these new Biggest Loser dessert recipes have whet our appetites and will no doubt have people anxiously awaiting the book’s release. (more…)

‪Sexless Marriage the Cure for Obesity‬ in I’m With Fatty

It was for Edward Ugel anyway. His new book I’m with Fatty: Losing Fifty Pounds in Fifty Miserable Weeks releases tomorrow, Tuesday, August 24. It’s the comical, self-deprecating look at his need to lose 50 pounds, after getting a CPAP for his sleep apnea, in order to literally save his life, and as he says, “so his wife could see his face when she refused to have sex with him.” ‬

‪He weighed 263 pounds when he got started, or rather, Ugel likes the lighter way 119 kilograms sounds. Instead of looking at the daunting task of losing 50 pounds in 50 weeks (just inside of a year), he decided to focus on losing 2.28 ounces each day. It’s a good lesson for others seeking weight loss – don’t look at the mountain in front of you, look at the small part that you can actually obtain in this moment.‬

Watch our video interview with Edward as he discusses the task of educating his young daughters about a healthy body image, the polarizing nature of weight in the U.S., a man’s perspective on weight loss, and how he was petrified to write the book.

‪Ugel says the turning point wasn’t an unsightly photo from a family vacation, something that typically prompts a person’s recognition of their weight, but instead it was his wife recording him while he slept, and hearing the “deafeningly ‬horrible” sound of his snoring, which prompted him to have to start sleeping with the CPAP machine. He’s not preoccupied with his appearance, but rather more importantly his life, and being around for his roles of father, husband and even a foodie. (more…)

Dr. Joel Fuhrman Shows How to Live Disease-Free

Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Dr. Joel Fuhrman is a board-certified family physician and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods. As one of the nation’s leading experts in nutritional medicine, he has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The Discovery Channel, and more. Dr. Fuhrman is the author of the bestselling Eat to Live and his latest release, Eat for Health.

Eat for Health not only guarantees permanent weight loss, but that you can reverse diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, asthma, headaches, allergies, and much more.

DietsInReview.com had a chance to speak with Dr. Fuhrman about his two-book set and his scientifically-tested nutritional program. Here is an excerpt of that conversation.