I tire of eating.
I also tire of grocery shopping, deciding what to make, cooking it, cleaning it up and starting it all over again the day.
Sometimes I just want someone else to make all the food decisions so I don’t have to.
So DK’s Eat Better Live Longer Understanding What Your Body Needs to Stay Healthy by Dr. Sarah Brewer and Juliette Kellow, RD ($25.99) came at a great time. It has made me excited for cooking and eating again. Plus, I have been considering going vegetarian: not real vegetarian, but not eating meat at every meal.
And I think this book may also help with that as well.
The front of the book features information about how to live healthy longer including the importance of the usual suspects – sleeping and exercising as well as decreases stress and increases happiness.
It also includes various eating habits from countries with a high rate of centenarians as well as their eating habits.
The end result, says the doctors, is if you want to live healthy longer you should be swapping red meat for fish.
“People aren’t necessarily vegetarian but fish takes pride of place at the dinner table, with meat featuring only now and then.”
The book features a four-week meal plan that gradually helps you turn to a plant-based diet with a large breakfast. Unlike other plans I have read (and laughed at), this one is doable and actually looks like it would taste delicious and be filling, although I confess I will NEVER count how many celery sticks filled with nut butter I will eat as a snack. Ridiculous.
The next section of the book offers the recipes found in the meal plan, some with pictures, some not, but all of which sound pretty delicious and use ingredients that I have in my house. They also offer substitutes, which is always nice and makes following more likely.
Each recipe also tells you the positive benefits of the recipe such as helping gut health or the brain. I eat a fruit salad more mornings, although at an event I had slivered almonds and it was a lovely addition and one that is recommended in this recipe.
I am also looking forward to trying the breakfast tortilla, although I am not certain I would be putting tuna in it. I don’t think I can do fish for breakfast. There are lunch and dinner recipes and each chapter has lots of information about various foods and its health benefits.
The end of the book talks about how the body changes with age and how food can counter-act that.
My aunt is a big fan of cookbooks, reading them like novels. With the information in Eat Better Live Longer, I, too, will be turning back to this book to read over and over.
To eating. And to health.
A copy of this book was provided by DK for an honest review. The opinions are my own.