28 Dec

Review: Real Moms Love to Eat

Posted by Jenna, Under reviews

When I attended Power of Moms earlier this year Beth was our host, and she asked me if I would be willing to review her book, due out in January, titled Real Moms Love to Eat.  It sounded interesting, and I liked the things she said in her presentation at the retreat, so I agreed.

I feel the book can be summed up with this quote from the book:

Your food affair shouldn’t be a one-night stand or gluttonous binge… Instead it can become a lovely, long-term, balanced, nurturing-because-it’s-rational relationship.

I’ve spoken in the past about books like Intuitive Eating and When Women Stop Hating Their Bodies, and I felt like Beth took some of those similar principles, added in a touch of a green/localganic approach, and broke it all down into a plan that goes about 3 months and should help you shape your approach your food and leave you feeling a whole lot better about yourself in the process.

It’s a book broken down into three parts: during the first six weeks you’ll spend time of thinking about what you like/dislike and focusing on subtle changes, then four weeks of making larger lifestyle changes related to food, and  the third section is a 3-week meal plan with recipes. Each week you focus on doing five things, which helps create an easy transition. This time of year, all of us are moaning and groaning about how much we overate over the holidays and how THIS IS THE YEAR that we are going to finally make lasting changes. As I read this book for the review, after yet another day filled with baking cookies and eating candy delivered by the neighbors, I kept thinking how appropriate this book is for me. I think maybe it might be something some of you are looking for as well?

A few of my favorite weekly assignments:

Make a list of your 10 favorite foods (at this moment).

Eliminate processed foods and create excitement with gourmet salts.

Make a list of dysfunctional foods you crave. Replace those foods (she includes lots of suggestions and advice here).

A chapter on going raw. (Something I’d be interested in trying during the summer.)

Progression from drink 4 glasses of water, to 5, to 6, to 7, to 8, to thinking about the kind of container you are drinking it out of.

How to get your family to help in the kitchen.

Tips for going out to eat and navigating the buffet.

Easing into vegetarian eating.

 

Likes

Written in conversational style -I like this b/c she’s a real woman (with three boys) sharing what works for her.

I like that it forces you to do a lot of thinking and analyzing about your own preferences. What do you actually like? How can you incorporate those things into your life?

An entire page breaking down different types of salt! Great resource.

I want to print out the pages on the different reasons behind cravings (and how to deal with them) and hang them in my kitchen.

The last section has a meal plan I would actually follow! All whole, real foods. Everything isn’t necessarily “in season” but during the winter months I shop at the grocery store and buy out-of-season anyway, so this is a good time to give it a try.

Excited about recipes like Balsamic Broccoli Salad, Eric the Trainer’s Protein Bomb (a new way to eat tuna that doesn’t involve mayo!), Energy Kale Salad, Butternut Squash Quinoa, Warm and Nutty Cinnamon Quinoa (a possible breakfast for the baby?),  Tasty Chilly Lemon-Shew Cookies, Foolproof Lentil and Barley Soup, Pancetta Pea Soup… And I’ll stop there before I list everything :)

Dislikes

Dislike the pushing of products that I know are sponsors of her book/tour without disclosing the connection. Maybe the connections were forged after the book was written? I don’t know, I guess it’s best to take specific branded product recommendations with a grain of salt.

Probably the thing I disliked the most was what I considered to be the overuse of adjectives. I don’t talk this way or write this way, and it’s not something I personally like. It won’t turn me off from working through the book, but it does break up the flow of the text for me.

Some name dropping throughout.

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Overall, I liked the book. It seems like it could be the answer to the plateau I’m experiencing, and I plan to begin the program with the New Year to see if it can jump-start my stalled weight loss.  The Real Moms Love to Eat website has a blog, as well as some book reviews from other bloggers. If you’d like to join me, I plan to start the program on January 3rd, the day the book comes out. You can pre-order here, and Beth actually gives away one free copy each week. I’ll be talking about my progress on the That Weight Loss Challenge Facebook Group. Based on the reading I did for this review I started drinking more water each day, and my lips aren’t as dry and I feel better overall. That’s why I want to do the program from start to finish, because I think Beth has created a program that will subtly nudge me toward the small changes I know I should make, but haven’t figured out how to stick with.

 *Beth kindly provided me with a pre-copy of her book, pictured above, for this review. 

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  1. I’m not usually one to read books on food/dieting but this one has my attention. I had my son 9 months ago and haven’t lost any more weight since he was about 2 months old – still 12lbs up from pre-pregancy and 20ish from my feel-good weight. I’ve set a goal to lose 20ish pounds in the next 3 months (by my son’s 1st birthday) by working out and tracking what I eat. It almost seems like fate that you posted this today and it fits so well into my 3 month goal to lose weight and get into shape. I have a hard time meal planning and avoiding junk food and I know I need to make a switch in our diet.

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  2. Thanks for the honest review! I always appreciate your reviews because they feature the good and the not so good. This book does look very interesting.

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  3. This looks like something I should read. We’ve been slowing changing the way we eat, going more and more vegetarian and less processed foods. Thanks for the review!

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  4. I don’t have a problem with the concept of this book, in any way, but the author looks…very, very thin. I hope that’s not unkind – it certainly isn’t intended to be. It’s just a little concerning for me.

    Another book that helped me really rethink the way I eat is Bethenny Frankel’s first book, Naturally Thin. She definitely has some issues with her eating, and the book comes off a bit commercialized, but she really helped me be more intentional and thoughtful with food I put in my mouth.

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    Gwendolyn Reply:

    I agree with Non-Mommy she does look a bit too thin and it worries me also.
    I have a family member who is a size 0-2 and has struggled with gaining weight all her life, including an exercise disorder that turned into self-abuse. I guess I just want to say that too much of a good thing (exercise in her case, love of sweets in mine) can be a bad thing. What helped her (and me!) was to find the root of why we were struggling with our weights and talk it out with a professional. Right now I’m down 15 pounds, she’s up 12…we both have a while to go to find a good balance (I’d like to drop 4 more sizes, but my doctor says I’m fit right now so I’m learning to love my curvy body, work on eating better, and exercise more often; she’d like to be able to exercise healthily without relapsing, gain 2-4 pounds more healthy weight, and learn to like more proteins) So the point of my rambling is that sometimes it takes outside help.

    Currently I’m using Cooking Lights 12 healthy habits to gradually encourage healthy eating in my home. My husband rebelled a bit at first but now he walks far more often than I do and it’s not a full dinner without a salad covering half our plates. He also can’t stop raving about the homemade wheat bread I’ve started baking (homemade bread is awesome!!). We love the program so much I think we’ll do it again this year.
    I applaud anyone who can just drop into a new healthier regimen, unfortunately I need something a little more gradual and that’s why this yearlong CLHH program is working for us…and they have recipes, so less struggle writing a menu.

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