Healthy Eating For Life: An Intuitive Workbook To Stop Dieting Forever by Cara Harbstreet
This book isn't what I had expected. With the largest part of the title being "Healthy Eating for Life" I expected a balanced book about healthy eating. Instead this is a work book geared towards folks with an unhealthy fixation on dieting & food. I find it incredibly sad that so many people have eating disorders in today's day & age. Most so called food being offered to us humans can hardly be called food with how heavily processed it is & deliberately made to be addictive.
While this book isn't necessarily a bad book, it really does nothing for me personally. I find books that discuss how processed food is made & how conventional food is grown to be much more helpful to me so I can indeed, eat healthy for life. Because I am so disturbed by the garbage being called food, I quit my job & bought farm land so that I could grow & raise my own organic foods & fibers. Now it is my micro-business, my eco family farm. Knowing (or I should say experiencing) the extreme amount of back breaking labor that goes into growing & raising the foods we eat, starting it from a wee certified organic seed to see it grow taller than myself, to nourish &/or clothe me, I have a healthy respect & understanding of wholesome foods.
To be clear, I didn't mention all of the above to pat myself on the back or any other such self righteous nonsense. I love my sweets. I don't grow sweet sweets (I grow berries, apples, & peaches), so yes, I still will overeat my chocolate or whatever because well, yum! I mention all that I did because it is how I learned to eat healthy naturally. I cannot imagine a book like this would have ever brought me to my level of comfort not only in my own skin, but also around food (as a teen I had an eating disorder, as an adult I dieted so many times I cannot even keep count). Knowledge about food is what has given me appreciation & respect for food & this wonderful body I am honored to live in. Plus, when I eat nutritious foods that nourish me, I feel fantastic. That is such a reward. I am by no means a fountain of youth & health. I have an autoimmune condition & miraculously have found that eliminating certain foods has almost entirely eliminated my symptoms. While how I eat is called a "diet" it's not a weight loss diet, it's for healing. This too, is why this book doesn't work for me. Some foods for me are indeed bad with a capital B. This books tries to teach that there are no "bad" foods. For many that is probably true, but for others, there really are bad foods. To be fair, this book does lightly mention food intolerance's/allergies, but that light touch is feather light, as in barely there at all.
Personally, the only real use I see this work book providing is for nutritionists, dietitians, health coaches, etc. to provide to their patients (along with their educated opinions & skills) to help their patients find a way of life with food that works for them.
Overall, if you want, try this work book if you think it might help you. I also encourage you to really learn about your food. Knowledge truly is power.
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