Book Review | Real Moms Love to Eat
Author: Beth Aldrich
I love food. Thank God my girls like to nurse long and hard or I’d probably weigh 200 pounds. Losing weight has always been an issue for me and so when I had the opportunity to review Real Moms Love to Eat: How to conduct a love affair with food, I couldn’t believe my luck. Um, yeah, sign me up!
While I’ve had this book for months, I happened to read it at the perfect time. Here in the great white north, we had ‘lucky for 4th of July’ weather–in March. Spring always makes me long for summer. I move more, eat lighter, anticipate fresh produce, and even exercise.
So during all this adjustment of the seasons, I read Real Moms Love to Eat. While I hoped I would like it, I wasn’t fully prepared for just how much I would like it. I received my review copy digitally purchased the paperback copy, I liked it so much.
Real Moms Love to Eat tackles food from a different angle than most modern diet books. It doesn’t tell you what you can or can’t have. Instead, she tells you some things to help you feel better.
Each week you have 5 tasks. In week one, for example, you are to eat a smoothie every day, drink 4 glasses of water, eat 2 green things, a red & yellow/orange thing with dinner each day, have some chocolate, and eat one serving of something you really want. Easy right? Every week is like that.
The first section is changing your diet. The second is making it permanent, including upgrading your kitchen. The third is a three week menu plan complete with recipes. While I won’t be using this as it stands, I’m looking forward to using the snack recipes to improve my current fare. I’m also betting that I can find some recipes to use up stuff in my CSA that I have no idea what to do with.
The thing I love most about this book is that it kind of has a Dave Ramsey feel to it. By that, I mean, she has you thinking about what makes you feel good and what you really love, things that feel like an indulgence. Then get rid of the mediocre “treats” in favor of eating really GOOD food, whether good for you or super indulgent. Kind of a eat like no one else, so you can eat like no one else feeling to it J.
The other thing I love about this book is that she gets you toward “real” food in manageable steps. If you have already been starting that journey, some steps will be easy. The only thing I disagree with is her use of soy. I’m kind of leery of the raw foods but only because I’m not a veggie person. It might take me another 10 years of baby-stepping to get there :)!
I love this book and recommend it to anyone who wants to eat better and wants to eat better food.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.*