Today, find out what Joanie thought of my book, Real Food for Rookies, and see if you've ever been in a position to feel “cornered” about real food, too…
By Joanie Blaxter, founder of Follow Your Gut.
Did you know that:
- A majority of Americans want to eat ‘healthier,” but are unsure how to start, and
- 87% say that taste is the most important determinant of making that transition.
(Source: Americans want to eat healthier, but aren't sure how.)
Kelly's Real Food for Rookies is the right book at the right time.
Despite her years of experience as a health coach (or perhaps because of it), Kelly hasn't forgotten what it's like to believe that Cheez Whiz is part of an actual food group. And, no judgment, if you want information on how to transition to eating healthier, her book, Real Food for Rookies, has it organized in step-by-step spades.
6 Snappy Real Food Comebacks!
I don't know about you, but I get so tired of the snide comments made when people see how different the food is that I bring to events. Not only have I never been good at coming up with in-the-moment retorts, but also, unfortunately, I'm often still stewing about coulda-woulda-shoulda when I get home.
Dealing with this kind of subtle conflict over the years has dampened my enthusiasm for going to potlucks, even (ok, I admit it, especially) family events.
That's why I credit Kelly's “Six Excuses for Not Eating Real Food” with preventing me from being known as ‘the family dropout.'
Kelly outlines all the typical roadblocks to eating healthier that folks throw out verbally and then responds to each one with insight and balance – the perfect answers!
Now, I not only feel good about how I respond to people “dissing” my healthy dishes at parties, but, even better, these neutral, uplifting conversation starters are helping me find allies in my family. (Besides, once they taste my real-food-better-for-you-dish, they're always pleasantly surprised anyway.)
Chapter 16: “6 Real Food Recipes Your Family Will Love” (Kelly Isn't Kidding!)
From ‘chicken nuggets' to easy homemade soda pop, where was this book back when my 8-year-old was begging for the same food her friends ate?
Kelly is tops at teaching how to turn ‘junk food,' family favorites into ‘super' food. Included, of course, is where to affordably buy everything you need for the recipes.
After your family inhales their favorite meal, prepared Kelly-style, their only question will be, What did you do to make it taste so good? Just smile. You don't have to tell them it was healthy too.
For any beginner browsing Chapter 16 for those six, easy starter recipes who comes to recipe #4, homemade ice cream – consider that this may be the best recipe to start with. Why?
First of all, every time we buy ice cream, we're feeding ourselves and our kids antifreeze and who wants that?
Furthermore, ice cream made with your own ingredients is not only an easy, fun project for young ones, but also a nutrient-dense, SPECTACULARLY DELICIOUS, not-just-for-dessert dessert. All it takes is following Kelly's instructions and an investment in an ice cream maker (Think $30 and up.)
But the really big bonus?
Once you taste Kelly's ‘real food' ice cream, there's no going back. Your family will be hooked for life.
So hooked, that – Betcha ten bucks! – any skeptic will be returning to that chapter on “Real Food Recipes Your Family Will Love” to try another ‘healthy' favorite. And then another. And another.
The journey of thousand miles begins with one step. (Lao Tzu)
4 Invisible Ways Eating Poorly Affects Us
I know, I know. It's HARD TO BELIEVE that switching from conventional to real food could actually make any difference in how you feel.
And yet, despite being a family who thought they “didn't have any health issues,” when Kelly's three-year-old went through a near-miraculous and totally unexpected behavior improvement simply through basic improvements in his diet, that was actually only the beginning of the positive ripple effects this family noticed.
You don't think your conventional diet affects the way you and family feels? Then read Kelly's personal story in Chapter 10, “Real Food Obstacle #1: Motivation” as well as the multiple testimonials from her readers.
Above are just three examples from her book, I really could go on. I haven't even touched on all the easy-to-read charts and lists, designed to quickly answer your questions. Overall, I just can't say enough about how practical this book is for the average American who wants to eat ‘better.'
This was a post by my sweet friend, Joanie Blaxter, now a regular writer around here!
Joanie has been in sales & education in the natural foods & products industry since the early 70’s, with her most recent six years spent as a vitamin specialist in a health foods store. She has also been the Ventura, California chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation since 2010.
For health consultations Joanie can be contacted here and her past articles are located here.
Disclaimer: Neither Joanie nor I are health professionals! Use what you read here for your own research and then consult with a natural-minded doctor or health professional you trust to find what is best and right for YOU. Read my entire disclaimer here, and also note that there may be affiliate links in this post.