Everyone has been on the diet roller coaster, eating healthy is not always easy. When you go into the grocery store there are thousands of items to choose from and who has time to look at the labels and figure out what’s healthy or not. If your like me a lot of the time you just eat whatever is quickest.
Personally I can say I don’t have a good relationship with food. I like doing yoga and taking long walks but when it comes to food I don’t care what I eat and I love junk food. I realize I’m a walking contradiction and I always say to myself that some day I will make the effort to eat healthier.
That being said recently I discovered the book Return To Food The Life Changing Anti-Diet by Sherry Strong. Sherry’s book looks at food differently then most diet books. Her philosophy isn’t to restrict the amount of food to eat, what she is trying to do is show you the right food to eat. One thing Sherry points out is that most of the packaged foods that you find in the store are not good for you. Anything with refined oils, sugars, salts, grains and chemicals should be avoided. Sherry points out that a good rule of thumb is that if you can’t make it in your own kitchen or if you can’t spell it, don’t eat it.
Sherry Strong acknowledges that it’s not easy to eat healthy with all the bad information out there. She then gives you a step by step method of improving your eating and gives you other ways to improve your life while pointing out that the first step is through proper nutrition. She talks about her own struggle with weight and tells you what foods to avoid and why. Sherry does a good job of making healthy eating sound like it’s not as difficult as you thought. She mentions going to farmer’s markets for fruits and vegetables and eating organic whenever possible and that we need to start eating like we use to 100 years ago.
Return To Food is like an instruction manual for changing your life. This book has some great recipes along with several beautifully drawn illustrations by the author. My favorite parts of this book was when she told the story of meeting someone from The Biggest Looser and said how she thought the show was perpetuating the opposite of what it claimed to promote. I also liked how she gave a list of ways to improve your sleep and told how food was processed and proved how it was bad for you.
Return To Food gives you all the tools you need to live a better life. Above all she points out that you can’t be a perfect eater but you can make better choices. As for me I thought there was a lot of good information in this book and I will be trying the recipes and eating healthier. At the same time though I wouldn’t be able to eat organic or drink nothing but spring water because its to expensive. She does address this in the book and makes some good points for eating locally grown food and even though I’m not ready to go all the way I will spend more time at the Farmer’s market and in the produce aisle.
The Return to Food is a Return to Love
by Food Philosopher Sherry Strong
Author & Illustrator of Return to Food – the Life-Changing Anti-Diet
When I first started teaching cooking classes in 1993 my school became a laboratory for observing human behaviour and health. An unexpected gift in teaching was that I learned as much from my students experiencing what I was teaching as they learned from me, perhaps more. I started to notice that when I used organic produce, they loved the food more and it took less to satiate them. I learned that when foods were in their natural state the body tended to self regulate eating them and when they were processed the body would eat more to compensate for nutrient losses. I also learned that the happier, more engaged and present we all were in the classes, the less important the food was.
My biggest lesson was that the social context in which we eat is as or if not more powerful than what we eat. When we are filled up with connection and love, it takes very little food to nourish us and when we are empty and lonely there does not seem to be enough nourishing food in the world to make us feel satisfied. We go to the cupboards, the fridge or a special hiding spot for our indulgence foods and look for the food that will make us feel that feeling that can take us away from an uncomfortable thought and emotion but that food no matter how nourishing or addictive cannot and so we try something else when the real solution is to follow the thought and the emotions they create to feel it and heal it.
The tools I’ve used with clients for over 20 years now and in my own journey is to learn to feel and through that heal. To return to the perfection and the magnificence you are as a creation of nature is about reminding yourself of this each day. This can be done through journalling, through looking in the mirror each day directly into your eyes the window to your soul and start to tell yourself you love yourself. It can be done through meditation or a walk in nature.
When we tap into the power of food that really is nourishing, share this with others and start a practice of gratitude for our body, the food the planet produces and literally how magnificent we are as a being, amazing things will start to happen. The Return to Food is simply a return to love of your body, those around you, the love of real food and this incredible planet.
Sherry Strong is a food philosopher, chef and nutritionist who has travelled around the globe to do diet and lifestyle makeovers, and has worked with celebrities, elite athletes, Fortune 500 CEOs, billionaires, and Jamie Oliver and his Fifteen Foundation. Sherry’s philosophies and simple strategies help people feel better and live their best life by developing a healthy relationship with food and their body. Sherry was the Victorian Chair of Nutrition Australia, the Melbourne Head of Slow Food, Curator and Co-Founder of the World Wellness Project Summit and founder of the Return to Food Academy where she teaches people to become Return to Food Coaches and Entrepreneurs.
Sometimes an impulse decision can start a whole chain reaction of events. This was the case with Rachel when she decided to use her computer skills to help find an abducted child. Her efforts bring her to the attention of an anonymous vigilante who keeps contacting her through email. The vigilante keeps emailing missions for Rachel to complete and each one gets more difficult.
Rachel finds that she is getting to deeply involved in a dangerous game. The computer hacking she is asked to do becomes more difficult so she enlists the help of friends. As the stakes get higher Rachel finds out without knowing it that she has been enlisted into a secret organization. Her next mission will be to prevent a war between Israel and Palestine.
I have to admit when I heard about D.E.M. Deus Ex Machina by Lee Ness I was apprehensive. Its a spy novel and it had a lot about computers in it. As far as reading goes, this isn’t what I usually like, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I decided to give it a shot because I thought it would be fun to read something that was different and it blew me away.
In the beginning I was a little confused as to what was going on because the action moved so quickly. We start with an abduction with Rachel deciding she has to do something, then we see that Rachel’s actions have brought her to the attention of someone who is extremely dangerous. This all happens in a few pages, then we get into the mystery of who is giving Rachel strange tasks via email to complete and what do they really want from her.
The first half of the book I was trying to guess who the person was that was giving Rachel things to do. Right when I felt I had it figured out the story goes in a completely different direction and goes from a mystery to a fast paced action novel. D.E.M. Deus Ex Machina has everything you could want in a book. The characters are fascinating and full of surprises and the story never gets boring. This book starts with a bang, slows down to let you have a vested interest in the characters then takes you on a roller coaster ride. This novel has a perfect plot and is a well told unpredictable story.
Another thing that amazed me about this book is all the computer terminology in it. Lee Ness must have a lot of computer experience or did a lot of research because he gives a lot of information that went over my head. I enjoyed it because I felt I was learning while I read. The best part of the book is the characters in it. No one was what they seemed to be and the relationship between the main 4 characters changes throughout the book. There is never a dull moment in D.E.M. Deus Ex Machina and I found myself thinking it would make an excellent action movie. If you love spy novels, this one is great one. I saw on Lee Ness’s website that he is currently working on a sequel so I’m happy to see that this will be a series. Give this book a try you won’t be disappointed.
Sade Evans has it all, she is rich, beautiful and every guy would be happy to have her. Appearances can be deceiving though, beneath the surface she is not the happy person that everyone would expect her to be. She may have the best clothes and everything else most people dream of but she has an abusive father and a step mother who turns the other cheek.
Sade finally decides that she has had enough and kills her father and step mother making it look like an accident. After the deed is done her world starts to get brighter, she finds happiness and a new boyfriend. But the past doesn’t always stay buried. Little by little people start to get suspicious and slowly her world starts to fall apart. Now Sade is trapped in a nightmare of lies and betrayal and it looks like she will never get the perfect life she was after.
Sade Evans by Tonne Odom is like reading a television soap opera. It has everything a soap should have, sex, betrayal, beautiful people, drama and a little mystery. Usually I shy away from books like this but this one was coming from a new author and I wanted to give it a shot. Generally I couldn’t relate to the characters, they seemed unreal and the way Sade and her friend Tia are described in the beginning I instantly disliked them. The author makes mention that the first thing a guy would think of when they saw Tia’s lips was oral sex and with that I thought this isn’t the right book for me. Also I found myself thinking the parents couldn’t be that bad and someone probably would have found out about the abuse and told the media long before Sade decided to kill them.
Despite my feelings on the characters I kept on reading and enjoyed how the story was told. Reading Sade Evans you get the feeling that Tonne Odom knows how to tell a good story and his writing will get better in the future. If you’re a fan of romance, mystery and soap operas, you will like this book. It’s the kind of story that you would see as a Lifetime movie of the week or maybe on ABC family. I think Tonne Odom shows a lot of promise as a new author and I would be interested to see what he does in the future.
The late 1960s was a tumultuous time in American history. The Vietnam war was in full swing and several young men went off to war and didn’t return. One of those men was Duff Cowan who left behind evidence suggesting that he was part of a secret operation and his death may have been a homicide. Two of the people affected by his death were his sister Lacey and his best friend Brady Nash. Despite Lacey’s protests, Brady enlists in the army and heads to Vietnam to find the men responsible for Duff’s death.
Brady becomes one of the best snipers in the Vietnam and works his way into the secret organization that cost Duff his life. Little by little Brady discovers that not everything is as it seems and it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys. Brady finds himself involved in a world of spies, double agents and he sees that the lines between good and evil are blurred.
The Gomorrah Principle by Rick DeStefanis is more than a war-time thriller. This is also a story about love, friendship, loyalty and morality. I’ll admit right away that I’m not a big reader of war stories but Rick DeStefanis had me hooked from the start. The beginning of the story focuses on Brady and you get to learn about his feelings towards Duff and Lacey. Then we find out about what happened to one of the people who went away to war and came back. At this point you feel like you know Brady personally and you’re concerned for him as he goes on a journey that he feels he has to take.
The Gomorrah Principle is a masterpiece with strong characters and an exciting storyline. I enjoyed how Brady worries about loosing his humanity as he has to start killing people and how he still hopes that some day he can go home and have a normal life with Lacey. I liked that we also got to hear Lacey’s story in this book, I felt it added more depth to an already complex story. A good war story should also be about the people soldiers leave behind and this one gets into how Lacey is affected by Brady’s absence.
Another thing I liked about this book is how it shows that people on both sides of the war have their own agenda and everyone is a shade of grey. In one of my favorite scenes a Vietnamese woman says that this is a civil war and America should not be here. She goes on to say she is leaving the country because she is not sure she can trust anyone on either side of the conflict. I loved that this story looked at the war from the Vietnamese perspective as well as the American prespective.This novel leaves nothing out showing how the soldiers in the war felt and how the people effected by it felt. We also get a vivid description of what it’s like being a soldier under attack. Rick DeStefanis spent time in the armed forces and describes the fighting in vivid detail from his own experience. Even if you don’t like war stories you should read this book anyway because it’s a good story period.