Review: Joy Bauer’s Food Cures

by laury on November 15, 2011 · 7 comments

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.

^an area my #mommybrain and I surely need help in!

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.

You can head over to Angela’s blog to see her review of the book or visit Joy Bauer’s website for more information!

Have you read Food Cures? What did you think?



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1 Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner November 15, 2011 at 7:57 am

I love being able to review new health/nutrition books! Looks like it was a great one!


2 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 15, 2011 at 8:59 am

Thanks for the shout-out Laury! I agree, now that I think about it, there is a lot of dairy included in some of the plans but like you said, a lot of room for flexibility too. Glad you enjoyed the book!


3 laury November 15, 2011 at 9:14 pm

You did a great review!


4 Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life November 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I have not read Food Cures, but it looks interesting. Since I have an interest in all things nutrition, I love reading about different meal plans, nutrition books and anything else that relates to food science.

Thanks for the review!


5 Morgan November 15, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Hey heeeeeey lady! I haven’t read this book actually. Looks like a good one though. It really amazes me once you have knowledge of how food can change your health, that more people aren’t educated further on it! Its actually really sad to me. I have always felt like everyone is so individual and unique, and that one size can’t fit all or feel great to everyone. it’s really kind of an art and trial and error to find what really works well for your own body I think the core information DOES apply to everyone though And then you can take that core nutritional information and knowledge and then make it your own. But most people have a hard time listening to their own body and not feeling blinded by all of the differing opinions and overwhelming amounts of info being put out their. There are so many misconceptions about nutrition (like getting protein, etc.) and also when it comes to fitness. I KNOW you must hear all of the misconceptions people have about “lifting heavier will bulk me out” or things like that which we know are not accurate at all. Great post and review chica! BTW, I just got a book for review, and you MUST get it! I don’t love everything I am sent which is why I don’t review much of it, but this book is so rad. Vegan menus and ideas for every holiday, and I saw some in their specifically designed for Jewish Holidays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. and I thought of you (I think you said your hubby is Jewish??) anyways, I think my readers are going to like it and it will be really helpful. 🙂 Have a great Tuesday beautiful girl! Give the Weezer a hug from Auntie Mo Mo!


6 laury November 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I agree with you!!! So true!!!

And tell me about the boook????!!! Sounds so good when will your review go up??? I need it!!! Yes Michael is Jewish and I would LOVE to see some holiday recipes! Especially for when Ella starts eating with the family I will need them!!!!


7 Alexa @ SimpleEats November 15, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I love Joy! I want to read this book really badly. She’s the best!


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