If I were really what I love to eat I’d be a fluffy warm doughnut drizzled in maple icing, or warm sticky buns rolled and rerolled in cinnamon and baked to an ooey-gooey-sticky mess that tantalizes the tastebuds. I’d be delectable pasta smothered in cream sauce, freshly baked bread, and birthday cake. In other words, I LOVE Carbs.
I’ve read Dr. Atkins book, and while I”m carnivorous by nature, I just couldn’t imagine giving up the bun to my burger, the toast with my eggs, or all of the deliciousness I just deemed myself worthy of being. Besides, we need carbs to generate energy.
Now authors, Ellen Kunes, Editor in Chief, and Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, Health Magazine have collaborated to bring The Carb Lovers Diet: Eat What You Love, Get Slim for Life to bookshelves. I received a copy for review.
First, I’d like to begin with the announcement that I love recipes. I love to read them, try them, indulge in them. This book has some great ones like Scallops with Southwestern Rice and Spanish-Style Shrimp with Yellow Rice, Black Bean Tacos, Sharp Cheddar, and Egg on Rye. The mouth-watering recipes are endless..okay, there are 85 recipes altogether. Each recipe has a breakdown of nutritional information, a photograph and highlights the CarbStar. It’s a fun read and planning a menu becomes filled with new possibilities.
For the record, I’d like to say that while I found The Carb Lovers Diet to be a good read and filled with some exceptional advice that I have incorporated into my daily life if the carbs you love are made from white flour (see my list of foods I love in the first paragraph) then this book follows the line of “if it sounds too good to be true” philosophy because these are not the carbs that are part of the diet. Bummer!
This book is inspiring as it highlights actual success stories throughout the book with encouraging statements and realistic results. You won’t find the Biggest Loser results in this book, most of the people featured lost ten pounds or less in a slow and healthy manner. As I travel my journey to healthier me, I understand the difference a 5-10 pound loss can make.
My son is a vegetarian and many of the recipes were delicious ways to incorporate his lifestyle choice into our day-to-day meal planning.
Chapter 11, focuses on correct portion size and had some valuable information provided in a chart.
While I believe a truly healthy diet is about incorporating balance and eating in moderation, this book offered some invaluable information on nutrition. It gave insight into carbs and was easy to implement into our existing lifestyle. My favorite part is the recipes. They are versatile, visually stimulating and I love that the book gives some fun trivia for conversation at dinner–“Bread made from rye, pumpernickel or sourdough is rich in Resistant Starch and fiber. One Swedish Study found that rye bread decreased hunger more than whole-wheat bread”.
The Carb Lovers Diet: Eat What You Love, Get Slim for Life is available through Amazon.
I received a copy of The Carb Lovers Diet from the sponsor in order to faciliatate an honest review. No other compensation was received. The opinions are my own and were in now influenced by the sponsor. Others experience may vary.