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Eat Your Way To Happiness Book Review

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 Posted by Rita A

Here is a great book to help get more happiness from the foods we eat. Eat Your Way To Happiness written by Elizabeth Somer M.A., R.D. details that healthy eating is a lot easier than you may think.


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 format of the book is easy to read. In the introduction there is a self assessment quiz to determine if you eat like a happy fit person. My results... I need help. Each chapter outlines one of 10 diet secrets to get you to your fit self. The chapters make sense. It starts with choosing real foods and limiting processed foods. There are some real foods that should be limited. By eating 75% of real foods you are already eating better.

The chapter I found the most interesting is secret 2 follow the 1-2-3 rule for a healthy breakfast. I skip breakfast quite frequently and to read how important it is to our systems to eat a healthy breakfast was awakening. The 1-2-3 rule is one to three servings of a high quality carpohydrate, 2 servings of fruits, and one protein. The chapter details each serving. I liked the one minute breakfast ideas for grab and go nutrition.

The other diet secrets explained in the book are:
Choose Quality Carbs
Adopt the 6% Solution
Sprinkle it with Super Mood Foods
Embrace the good fat
Get Smart with Supplements
Choose the right thirst quenchers
Indulge in the right vices
Eat right at night
and of course exercise.

Here are some meal ideas from the author:

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.

It alls sounds delicious and easy enough to prepare. Healthy and scrumptious.

I found the information in Eat Your Way To Happiness very interesting to read and easy to understand. It certainly makes a lot of sense. The details are very well explained and almost textbook in nature. What is lacking for me in this book is motivation. It does read like a textbook with fantastic information and nutritious ideas, but for me I need some more motivational persuasion. There are some personal stories included where people have had good results. I know what I am supposed to do I just need more push to do it. I will continue to read Eat Your Way to Happiness and if I can change one thing at a time, I am on my way to better health.

Eat Your Way to Happiness
Product Details
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Harlequin (November 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0373892071

Many thanks to Julie for providing the review copy.

Disclosure: I received a gratis copy for this review. No monetary compensation was offered or accepted. The opinions above are my own. Others experience may vary.