It’s All About Habits, Not Diets

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It’s official.  I’m proud to announce that the book I’ve been working on for the last year with the editors of Cooking Light is being released!  You can buy it here on Amazon (and I hope that you do!)

I’m so proud of this book.  It’s such a reflection of my nutrition philosophy and the approach I try and champion here on Nutrition Unplugged.  Perhaps you’ve read my blog’s mission.

My mission:  Helping people cut through the clutter and focus on the fad-free facts about nutrition.

What I believe:

  • Nutrition is too often mired in myths, misinformation and misery.
  • Food should be enjoyed, not feared.
  • Some nutrition claims and evangelists should be viewed with a skeptical eye.
  • Nutrition is a science, not a point of view.
  • If something sounds too good to be true — it usually is.
  • No single food is the downfall of the American diet — or a savior.
  • Taste and health can happily co-exist.
  • It’s important to eat what you love and love what you eat.

Well this book puts those principles into action.  It’s the culmination of the 12 Healthy Habits program that began in Cooking Light magazine and on CookingLight.com.  The emphasis is on health, not weight.  No foods are forbidden, and eating is revered as a source of pleasure, not guilt or regret.

You’ll find an action plan with tons of road-tested tips and delicious recipes to help you meet 12 different goals:

1. Cook at least three more meals per week.
2. Eat a healthy breakfast every day of the week.
3. Eat three servings of whole grains a day.
4. Be active for 30 minutes a day, three times a week.
5. Eat three servings of vegetables each day.
6. Make seafood the centerpiece of two meals a week.
7. Increase healthy fats and decrease unhealthy fats every day.
8. Go meatless one day a week for all three meals.
9. Add strength training at least two times a week.
10. Reduce the amount of sodium you eat every day.
11. Find strategies to help you eat less without thinking about it.
12. Be mindful, purposeful and joyful each time you eat.

Throughout the book you’ll find some inspiring stories from real-life folks who have successfully made changes, along with some terrific advice from some of the country’s leading experts and many of my favorite nutrition bloggers, including Liz Weiss and Janice Bissex of the Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen, Regan Jones of The Professional Palate and Marsha Hudnall of A Weight Lifted.

This won’t be the last time you’ll hear from me about the book.  I’m just getting started.  I do hope you enjoy it, and my wish is that it will rise above all the new diet books that will be flooding the market for the New Year.  After all, to truly change your life, it’s about habits, not diets.

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