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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    Busy? Want Facts? This Book Has It!

    Pros: Busy Mom's Guide to Family Nutrition is a really good book. The author, Paul C. Reisser, writes in a very clear and consise way. You never feel like you're "overlearning", and because of the easy question-and-answer format, it's easy to breeze past things you already know or easily find information later when you want to revisit something. I never felt like he was talking down to me, and the information was in-depth enough for me to easily understand without being too much. The book has a lot of information that relates specifically to the reader/mother of the household, but it also has a lot of good information about how it would relate to children as well as how it would relate to other members of the household.

    Possible Cons: Depending on what you're looking for, this book may not provide everything. Over half of the book is weight-loss and diet information (mostly for the mother), and it also includes information about how to help an overweight child. Again, depending on your personal preferences, the book also has a Christian religious slant with many mentions of God and prayer.

    Despite what I find as "cons", I do like the book, and I think it deserves a special spot on my shelves. I would have preferred less weight-loss information and more nutritional information, but I'm still very, very impressed with the book, and I truly enjoyed being able to read the book.

    Disclosure: I received a free copy from the Publisher in order to write an honest review about it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

    I had the opportunity to review all three of Paul C. Reisser's

    I had the opportunity to review all three of Paul C. Reisser's new 'Guides for Busy Moms'. Overall I was very impressed with this series but the ‘Guide to Family Nutrition’ was a little bit too nuts and bolts for me though. It looks at the science and nutritional side of foods and their makeups which was interesting and informative but not something I think I'll pick up again and again to reread. In chapter 4 it delves into the matter of controlling our weight and problems that may be faced with eating and diet. This chapter and chapter 6 on diet for children that weren't so scientific in their presentation. As a mom I was most hoping to get more of the practical application of all these facts, maybe in the form of recipes, or a list format of foods to avoid, what to look out for on labels, substitutions you could make. The information is in there but it is presented in such a way that I feel this book is probably the least successful in being a quick and easy go to reference. I feel like I would have to read through parts to find just what I was looking for or to even figure out what it is I'm looking for.
    I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing for the purpose of this review.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

    I just finished reading a great book called “Busy Mom&rsqu

    I just finished reading a great book called “Busy Mom’s Guide to Family Nutrition” by Paul C. Reisser, M.D., published by Tyndale House. It’s the kind of book that can be read in one of several ways:

    1. As a reference guide–just look up a certain chapter that you need information about

    2. As a homeschooling book–to teach your kids about nutrition

    3. To read it straight through and learn all kinds of things!

    I read straight through it this time, but will certainly get it out again in the future as a reference guide and homeschooling book. It was a fairly quick read, even for 186 pages. I really did learn quite a lot. I like that the book is written from a Christian medical doctor’s perspective. He gives a very balanced approach in explaining some of the latest trends, such as juice detox cleansing, Atkins/South Beach/Zone diets, and raw food diets.

    The book starts out with expaining “nutritional basics” such as the different types of fats and sugars, glycemic index, and which and how much of vitamins and minerals we need. He give lots of information about making healthy food choices and how to help overweight adults and children/teenagers lose weight.

    Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

    “Among the young, soft drinks–what some critics call ‘liquid candy’–are a major source of these calories. A typical 12-ounce canned soft drink contains the equivalent of about 10 teaspoons of sugar, yielding 140 calories.”

    “Very important parenting tip: Don’t encourage or exhort kids to eat when they’re not hungry, and don’t threaten to punish them for not cleaning their plates.”

    And where to get additional help for losing weight? Look to God: ”. . . realizing that we are powerless to manage the addition (whatever it is), and that we must turn the reins of our lives over to God daily in order to do so.”

    I’ve been helping my “fast” eaters to try to eat more slowly. I learned that it takes at least 15 minutes for your body to start “feeling” full, so if you eat quickly you might be ingesting far more calories than you really need!

    I would definitely recommend this book to any busy parent who is concerned about nutrition in their home. It will answer just about every question you have about the best foods to eat and how to manage weight loss that may be needed in your family!

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