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17 November 2009

Eat Your Way To Happiness by Elizabeth Somer : A Book Review

Title: Eat Your Way To Happiness
Author: Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D.
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: November 1, 2009
Paperback: 276 pages
ISBN: 978-0373892075
Genre: Health and Fitness/Diet


About the Book:

Are you satisfied with your weight? Do you have enough energy to make it through the day? Do you consider yourself a happy person? All of these things are related, and your energy, mental clarity, mood and, of course, waistline are all directly connected to what you eat.

In Eat Your Way to Happiness, you'll learn that healthy eating is a lot easier than you may think, and that making a few simple changes to your diet can have amazing results. Discover:

* The 1, 2, 3 combination of breakfast foods that will keep you energized all day.

* Which carbs and fats to eat and why the right ones will help elevate your mood and decrease your weight.

* The 12 super foods that pack an added punch for boosting mood and slimming your waistline.

* Nutritious foods that have been scientifically shown to tweak brain chemistry so you feel calmer, happier and more energetic and more likely to stick to your diet.

* The amazing studies showing that chocolate and wine can help you live longer and more happily.

And much more!

My Review:

Eat Your Way To Happiness is an extremely well conceived book which explains the way behind healthy eating and sets out to help the reader live a healthier life. The book is divided up into twelve chapters, referred to as secrets, each one laying out the why and how of the chapters topic. The twelfth secret sums everything the previous eleven detail and is followed up with an easy to follow 14-Day Kick Start Diet for a Good Mood, which I have not tried, but probably need. Somer follows up the 14-day meal plan with a delightful selection of recipes, a detailed appendix to help the reader have a quick reference to real foods and a well as an easy to use index Somer packs a lot of nutritional information as well as delicious sounding recipes into an easy to read book.

From the Author:

10 Day's Worth of Mood-Boosting, Waist-Shrinking Lunch Ideas
by Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D.,
Author of Eat Your Way to Happiness

1. Wrap It: Fill a Mission Life Balance flour tortilla with 2 ounces of turkey breast meat, 1⁄2 cup shredded romaine lettuce, 2 tablespoons grated carrot and 1 tablespoon low-fat Caesar salad dressing. Serve with a glass of 1% milk and a piece of fruit.

2. Salad Fixings: Top 3 cups of baby spinach and/or romaine lettuce with 1⁄2 cup berries, 1 tablespoon pecans, 1⁄2 cup broccoli florets, 1⁄3 cup kidney or black beans and 2 tablespoons low-fat dressing. Serve with 100% whole-grain bread and a slice of low-fat cheese.

3. Pocket It: Fill a 100% whole-wheat pita with 1⁄2 cup black beans, 1⁄4 cup grated carrot, 1⁄4 cup chopped cucumber, 1⁄4 cup diced red peppers and 2 tablespoons light Italian salad dressing. Serve with Rachel’s yogurt and a glass of 100% juice.

4. Burgerville: Top a 100% whole-wheat burger bun with a vegetarian burger, 2 tablespoons low-fat crumbled feta cheese, 1⁄3 cup baby spinach leaves, and 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard. Serve with a piece of fruit and a glass of 1% milk.

5. Chicken of the Sea Sandwich: Top 2 slices of 100% whole-grain bread with 2 large romaine lettuce leaves and a mixture of 2 ounces drained, water-packed tuna, 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 tablespoon fat-free mayo and 1⁄4 cup diced celery. Serve with a side salad or piece of fruit and a glass of soy milk.

6. Take-out Desperado: If you must go, then order a kid’s cheeseburger, a side salad with fat-free dressing and apple dippers, or Wendy’s Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich (hold the mayo), a carton of low-fat milk and a Mandarin Orange cup.

7. Soup ’n’ Sandwich: Have a bowl of Campbell’s Healthy Request Savory Chicken and Long Grain Rice soup and add extra frozen vegetables. Serve with fresh fruit and a grilled cheese sandwich made with 2 slices of 100% whole-grain bread, low-fat cheese and cooking spray instead of butter or oil.

8. Veggie Broil: Cut in half and toast a 100% whole-grain English muffin. On one side, put 2 tablespoons mashed avocado, 1⁄4 cup alfalfa sprouts, 1 thin slice red onion, 1 teaspoon sesame seeds and 2 teaspoons low-fat ranch dressing, and top with 1 ounce grated, low-fat cheddar cheese. Place under broiler and heat until cheese bubbles. Remove and add other side of muffin to form a sandwich. Serve with tomato juice and a side salad or fruit.

9. Campfire Crunch Sandwich: Mix 2 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese with a dash of lemon juice, lemon peel, 2 tablespoons dried tart cherries, 1⁄4 cup grated carrot and 3 tablespoons trail mix. Pile onto a slice of 100% whole-grain bread, spread evenly and top with second piece of bread to form a sandwich. Serve with 1% milk and a piece of fruit or a salad.

10. Bagel Sandwich and Slaw: Spread 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard on half a 100% whole-wheat bagel; layer red onion, cucumber, red pepper slices, spinach leaves and low-fat cheese; and top with the other half of the bagel. Serve with broccoli slaw made with broccoli-coleslaw mix, low-fat coleslaw dressing and dried cranberries.

The above is an excerpt from the book Eat Your Way to Happiness by Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D.. The above excerpt is a digitally scanned reproduction of text from print. Although this excerpt has been proofread, occasional errors may appear due to the scanning process. Please refer to the finished book for accuracy.

Copyright © 2009 Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D., author of Eat Your Way to Happiness

About the Author:

Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D., author of Eat Your Way to Happiness: 10 Diet Secrets to Improve Your Mood, Curb Your Cravings, and Keep the Pounds Off, is a registered dietitian and author of several books, including 10 Habits That Mess Up a Woman's Diet, Food & Mood and Age-Proof Your Body. She is a member of the editorial advisory board of Shape magazine and editor in chief of Nutrition Alert, a newsletter that summarizes the current research from more than 6,000 journals. She appears frequently on NBC's Today and other national television shows. For more information visit her website.

I would live to thank FSB Media for supplying me with a copy of this book. My review was in no part influenced by my receiving a free review copy.



bookjourney said...

I really enjoy books like this. While I dont always eat like I should I really try to normally keep a balance of healthy eating and exercise happening in my life.

I have a friend however that is going through exactly what you describe here in the first paragraph. She is unhappy with her weight, her life, everything... her eating is out of control and she admits this freely. I am trying to get her to go and work out and do things with me but she is usually too tired.

Good review. This looks like One I should pick up.

reviewsbylola said...

I NEED this book!

sumanam said...

Jennifer, as always wonderful review. I have a award for you in my blog.

sumanam said...

Jennifer, as always wonderful review. I have a award for you in my blog.

Lori said...

Great review, Jennifer. I have this book waiting to be read and your review has got me jazzed about it!

Stephanie said...

Sold! I want to buy this book. :-)