My Choose This Cookbook

Food: Nutrition

By: // December 29, 2010

Life is about choices. But you don’t have to make a choice between loving food and being healthy. My new cookbook, Choose This, is features delicious and nutritious recipes made with real food—even those that will satisfy your sweet tooth!

I am so excited to share my new cookbook with you because it’s for people who love to eat. I know I do! But it’s also for people who want real food with real ingredients, not tasteless diet food. And the best part? This cookbook embraces your busy schedule because the recipes are simple!

When it comes to your health, one of the easiest ways to start making changes is to pay attention to what you eat. You may not realize it, but a few small changes in the way you cook and eat could start you on a whole new path to better health.

We all make choices every day—some good, some bad. But Choose This: Delicious Recipes Made From Simple and Nutritious Ingredients, is about helping you to make good choices about clean and healthy eating.

Being a health and fitness expert as well as a mother of three teenagers, I am constantly preaching about good nutrition and healthy habits.  It’s important to me to help my clients feel great and help my family stay healthy.  I always say, “Eat better to perform better.”  You will perform better on the job, in your relationships, in your activities when your body is working at its top potential.  You truly are what you eat!

It comes down to knowing what to choose and what to lose. With some practice, making good food choices will start to come naturally; it will become a lifestyle!   I believe that education is the key….so every recipe has a “choose it” ingredient to help you understand food and the nutritional qualities of different foods.  I’ll give you ideas for food swaps so you can continue to make more mindful, meaningful food choices.

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I have been talking about “clean eating” for the last two decades.  My definition of clean eating is choosing foods that come from plants, animals or trees….in other words real foods as close to their natural state as possible.  Things like fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, low fat dairy and lean meats, poultry and fish.

I’m not preaching perfection—striving for perfection usually leads to disaster. I’m the first one to order a dessert at a fancy restaurant or indulge in a glass of wine at a party.  But the key word for me is occasionally and on a daily basis, I try to make food choices for myself and my family that are wholesome, healthy, nutritious and delicious.

Your health is all about choices—to have more energy, eat healthy food.  To lose weight, shave calories from your daily food plan.  To save time, try my recipes….none of them take more than 30 minutes of prep time.

In the words of the late French author, La Rochefoucauld, “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.”  So choose to lose and enjoy some artful meals!

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