A few weeks ago I received a copy of Joy Bauer’s new book, Food Cures:
Joy Bauer, MS, RD, CDN is the nutritionist for my favorite morning show, The Today Show. Her segments are always ones that I enjoy watching. When I was contacted about reviewing her book, I was super excited to start reading it!
As many of us know, what we eat strongly affects how we look and feel. For many people knowing what types of things they should be eating and the types of things they should avoid is a puzzle they have lost all hopes of solving
“Life is hard. Food should be easy.”
That is a quote Joy uses in the beginning of the book.
Food makes us nuts. A great point that Joy makes in the book is how many diets become popular because it allows us to look at food and eating in a new way. Think about it. From many popular diets over the years we have learned about calorie counting, “low-fat” foods and counting “carbs.” So it’s not a lack of information that’s available, it’s knowing what to do with that information. Also, in my opinion it’s knowing how to determine the right from the wrong, or what exactly is right for you as an individual.
Each chapter in this book includes information about a particular health issue (including: IBS, weight loss, cardiovascular disease, Celiac disease, PMS, memory, vision, diabetes, arthritis, and tips on healthy skin, hair, teeth, etc). Then explains how food, the environment and other factors that contribute to it; food to eat or avoid; what remedy’s might offer the best chance for curing or controlling symptoms and other lifestyle changes you can make to feel better.
Joy teaches you how to think like a nutritionist; and no matter what your personal health aspirations are, she has a terrific plan for you!
I thought the 4-step program provided in the book was easy to read and informative, it really did give you the tools to think and eat like a nutritionist.
I loved how she provided personal stories from her clients to make it more relatable to readers that have certain health concerns. Something I found over the years always helps to motivate others.
The recipes that I browsed through look delicious, and although I am not crazy about how much she pushes dairy products as part of the food cures plan, any vegan or vegetarian could easily adapt many of the foods for meat and dairy-free choices. With that being said, the flexible meal planning tools and grocery lists provide you with everything you need to make adapting a healthy easy!
Overall I really enjoyed Food Cures and learned a lot so far! I still need to delve deeper into the chapters, but am looking forward to doing so. I have many clients with many of the health concerned mentioned in this book, so I plan on sharing what I know in hopes of helping them further as they look to meet their goals and feel better overall.
Have you read Food Cures? What did you think?