As many of you know, I started Jeanette’s Healthy Living as a place to share foods that I was preparing for friends with cancer in the hopes of helping to nourish and help them through the healing and recovery process. As time has passed, Jeanette’s Healthy Living has evolved to include foods I’ve made for the youngest of my four boys, who was found to be allergic to a laundry list of foods almost a year ago, as well as other healthy recipes I’ve made for my family. You see, I believe that healthy whole foods can help prevent and cure some diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes 2, gastrointestinal diseases, and cancer. I also believe that foods prepared a certain way can make the healing and recovery process faster and easier.
I’ve cooked for friends who have undergone radiation and chemotherapy, as well as friends who were recovering from surgery. I’ve cooked for my youngest son, who was doubled over in pain about a year ago, and is now fully recovered. I’ve learned that not only are the nutrients that the body takes in critical, but the form in which it is presented can also mean the difference between someone eating and not.
Today, I am pleased to present my review of Joy Bauer’s Food Cures, a comprehensive guide for anyone trying to achieve certain health goals, or anyone trying to prevent or manage disease through their diet.
First of all, I have to tell you that when I received my copy of Joy Bauer’s Food Cures and took an initial skim through it, I knew I was going to love it. I have yet to see a book laid out in such an easy-to-follow format, written in lay man language yet obviously well-researched (with lots of scientific references to back up all this information), chock full of meal ideas and recipes.
Joy Bauer is a familiar face on NBC’s Today Show, as the Nutrition and Health Expert, and regularly shares tips on practical healthy food choices. Her site provides tons of useful health and nutritional information, including the ability to search for food cures by health conditions or disease.
I am a huge fan of Joy Bauer because she brings scientifically proven nutrition facts down to a level that I can understand and apply on a practical day to day basis (and if I can understand it, I know you can too!). I found Food Cures immediately inviting, with the first chapter entitled “Welcome To My Office.” Joy makes eating healthy easy. As she simply states, “When it comes to good nutrition, it’s so easy to go from being totally motivated to feeling utterly defeated. It doesn’t have to be that way…food should be the least of your worries. Eating is a piece of cake. Really.”
In Food Cures, not only does Joy offer up quick tips that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine, but she segments her book by health goals/issues, e.g., Weight Loss, Looking Great (Beautiful Skin, Healthy Hair, Feeding a Beautiful Smile), Cardiovascular Disease, Arthritis, Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoporosis, Vision, Memory, Mood, Migraine Headaches, Premenstrual Syndrome, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac Disease, and Cancer Prevention. With this comprehensive list, many of you can probably relate to at least one of these health goals or issues.
For each of these health goals/issues, Joy provides a 4-Step Program to help you achieve your health goal, prevent disease, or to treat one of these health conditions. Joy breaks these steps into “Start With The Basics,” where she offers some quick and easy tips/steps to get you started, “Your Ultimate Grocery List,” “Going Above And Beyond,” which are additional things to try if you want to do everything you can to reach your goal, prevent disease or treat a health condition, and “Meal Plans.”
I have to say that what touched a chord with me immediately was the section on Cancer Prevention, a topic near and dear to my heart. In Food Cures, Joy points out that scientists estimate that only about 5% of all cancers have a genetic origin….about 35% of cancers are related to nutritional factors…30% of cancers are thought to be related to tobacco use, and the remaining 30% are attributed to all remaining factors, including bacterial and viral infections, pollution, radiation, and occupational hazards. Some foods can damage body cells, setting them up for precancerous changes, while other foods protect cells from damage. Cancer prevention depends on knowing the difference.”
Although we may inherit a tendency to develop certain cancers or other diseases, I truly believe that we can do our best to prevent and cure disease through the foods we eat.
Joy Bauer’s Food Cures is a nice balance of scientific evidence and data (I’m an analytical person by nature) and practical advice (yes, I’m also extremely practical), so that we can practice clean healthy habits every day easily. Joy has an upbeat, inspirational tone throughout her book, and if you follow her on facebook and twitter, you will feel the same vibe. She truly cares about helping all of us stay healthy so we can enjoy life to the fullest.
As a teaser, I made Joy’s gluten-free Gingerbread Muffins, just in time for the holidays. I can only attempt to describe the warm, gingerbread aroma that filled my house when I made these the other day. My little guy (who is a picky eater) devoured one fresh out of the oven and had another two the next morning for breakfast (I warmed them up and they were as good as fresh out of the oven).
And now for the Giveaway! (This Giveaway is now closed)
I am super excited to have a copy of Joy Bauer’s Food Cures as a giveaway today. I know the winner will be thrilled (and even if you don’t win, consider asking for a copy for the holidays or giving one to a loved one this holiday season - they will appreciate it, trust me).
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Disclosure: I was provided a review copy of Joy Bauer Food Cures. However, the opinions stated in this post are solely my own.