It’s All About Habits, Not Diets














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  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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  • So, so happy for you and I’m glad this is now a resource!

  • Greg

    Does the book include men? I hope so – so many only talk to women.

  • Janet Helm

    Thanks Carlene, really appreciate!

    Greg, yes, the book includes a lot of men. I think you’ll find that it’s really valuable for me. I have some real-life stories from men, there are men experts interviewed, etc. So it’s just not talking to women. I do hope you’ll check it out. Thanks!

  • Greg

    I have it ordered!
    Thanks for all you do – for your integrity and wisdom – it is confusing out here!

  • Wonderful! Thanks Greg, hope you enjoy.
    And really appreciate your kind words!

  • Joe

    Congratulation on the book. I really appreciate your perspective and am glad to see that common sense advice is being promoted in the market place of what can be some rather crazy ideas.

  • Some of them are really very effective point for diet. Thanks.

  • Diet plays an important role in our life. Having a good diet alone could solve our problem especially when talking about losing weight. We need to consult an expert on what certain diet applicable to us. We cannot deny the fact that there are some individual who will consider immediately a certain diet without knowing if it can really give benefit to them.

  • Congratulations! Can’t wait to read it.

  • Its really great review to know about this information..Thanks a lot for sharing your post.

  • Common sense seems to be the answer. A bit of everything and nothing in excess?

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