Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks

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Overview

Join the edible (R)evolution!

You don’t have to give up junk food to eat healthy—just make smarter choices. Discover yummy alternatives to your favorite treats. Unjunk Your Junk Food is a quick and easy guide to:

• Healthy choices for the snacks you crave

• Savvy alternatives to conventional brands

• Tips for reading food labels and recognizing false claims

• Nutritious ingredients to look for and dangerous additives to avoid

• A tear-out Worst...

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Overview

Join the edible (R)evolution!

You don’t have to give up junk food to eat healthy—just make smarter choices. Discover yummy alternatives to your favorite treats. Unjunk Your Junk Food is a quick and easy guide to:

• Healthy choices for the snacks you crave

• Savvy alternatives to conventional brands

• Tips for reading food labels and recognizing false claims

• Nutritious ingredients to look for and dangerous additives to avoid

• A tear-out Worst Ingredients chart, and more

Now you can have your cake and eat it too!

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Editorial Reviews

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"So, your diet went well the first week of the new year. Maybe the second. But now, tempting snacks are starting to tempt. Pick up this little book by three "health and wellness advocates" whose website, NaturallySavvy.com, promotes organic living.

Reasons why you crave certain snacks - low blood sugar for cookies, low iron for salt - are among things you'll learn in this highly informative guide." —Newsday

"[Unjunk Your Junk Food] looks great - interesting, informative, easy to read, and best of all, fun! I know many people will use your book as their go-to guide when shopping for groceries. You've certainly made me more aware about the food that my children and I eat and the effects it has on our body and mind." Maria Shriver

"Unjunk Your Junk Food is a very attractive and informative book. For anyone embarking on the often daunting path of trying to clean up their diets, this book is a really fine place to start." —Alan and Suzanne Arkin

"Ever wonder why you can't just stop at one serving of junk food? Unjunk Your Junk Food will teach you how to break down and understand what those ingredients you can't pronounce do." —Kathy Wakile, The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist

"It is time to Unjunk Your Junk Food! This handy — and don’t-be-fooled-by-its-small-size masterpiece — of healthy alternatives to conventional snacks is packed with need to know “do’s” and “don’t’s”. If you like to nosh — and who doesn’t — it’s a must read!" —Bryce Wylde

Lisa Davis
There are so many things I love about this book!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451616569
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 12/27/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 202,438
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrea Donsky, B. COMM, is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) and Co-Founder of The Healthy Shopper Inc. Naturally Savvy Media. A natural visionary and successful entrepreneur, Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.).

Andrea has dedicated her life to sharing her passion for living a naturally and healthy lifestyle with the world, while helping to guide others through the confusing maze of twenty-first century supermarkets and fad diets. Andrea was already a successful retail product marketing manager before she took a leap of faith in 1998 and quit her job to pursue her passion. She enrolled in a holistic nutrition program and began to understand how food affected her body while learning about the benefits of a natural and organic diet.

The following year, she gathered all of her energy and together with Randy Boyer, the two launched their dream career by founding The Healthy Shopper Inc.—a coupon book for natural and organic products. Reaching more than 200,000 people a year, the Healthy Shopper, to this day, remains the only coupon book in Canada for natural and organic products.

Eight years later, lightning struck again and the pair launched www.NaturallySavvy.com, a sophisticated media company whose sole purpose is to educate the masses about living the lifestyle she truly loves. Since then, Andrea has established herself as a respected and authoritative voice in all corners of the health and wellness industry. She has appeared as a healthy living expert on news segments across North America which have aired on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, Univision, WGN, CTV, and CBC. Her voice has been heard on SiriusXM as a guest on Martha Stewart and Oprah Radio, and as a regular on “The Morning Jolt” with Larry Flick. Her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and newspapers such as Health, Shape, Newsday, Women’s Day, Men’s Fitness, the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and online at The Huffington Post, the Examiner, Reader’s Digest, MariaShriver.com, Wellness.com, and The Food Network. Andrea is proud to be the kind of mom who feeds her kids fish oil, flaxseeds, and seaweed.

Randy Boyer, B.A., has been a natural health and wellness advocate to the public for over ten years. Blending her enthusiasm for healthy living with a strong marketing background, Randy joined forces with Andrea to create The Healthy Shopper Inc. Combining brand loyalty and a core of supporting retailers, consumers across Canada follow them and look for their coupon book year after year. Following seven years of working in the natural and organic industry, her product knowledge of natural and organic products grew and thus Naturally Savvy was born – a user friendly, informative website educating and promoting a natural and organic lifestyle. A recognized expert in the industry, Randy has made dozens of television and radio appearances promoting her message that eating natural and organic and living a healthy lifestyle is the road to good health including The Michael Dresser Show, The Exchange with David Smith, and Health Radio Network with Barbra Alexander and NBC‘s KNTV with Laura Garcia-Cannon. Randy was recently invited to be a regular guest on the XM/Sirius radio show The Morning Jolt with Larry Flick.

Lisa Tsakos is a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner (R.N.C.P), a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.), and the Chief Nutrition Expert (C.N.E) for Naturally Savvy. As Naturally Savvy‘s C.N.E, Lisa is a major contributor and minor partner to the website, overseeing the Nutrition 101 section. Through moderating several forums, Lisa continually communicates with readers, answering their questions and acting as a trusted resource for “all things nutrition.” She also contributes monthly articles to Tribune media as well as The Healthy Shopper website and e-newsletter. Lisa teaches nutrition at private schools and colleges including the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, the Transformational Arts College, and Centennial College, and has been featured on the Discovery Channel, Tribune Media, Toronto Life Fashion Magazine, NOW Magazine and various trade publications. Lisa has taught natural food cooking workshops and authored several books including: Cooking for Nu-Vitality; The Weight Battlefield and contributed to at least 20 text books on the subject of nutrition used by schools across the country. Lisa‘s Nu-Vitality (Healthy!) Weight Loss Program has guided employees at corporations and organizations across Canada to lose thousands of pounds. Lisa personally lost 50 pounds fifteen years ago through a natural diet (not by fad dieting or using weight loss gimmicks), inspiring her to help others discover the benefits of a healthy diet. She lives with her health conscious husband, a former professional volleyball athlete and coach, and child.

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  • Posted December 22, 2013

    I admit that as I went into the reading of this book, I figured

    I admit that as I went into the reading of this book, I figured it would be a nice read, but it wouldn't change my thoughts about eating. I like organic and natural foods, but I figured that what I normally eat couldn't be that bad. After all, I am a pretty health-conscious person, and I lost a lot of weight several years ago and kept it off.

    Was I ever wrong! As I read this book, I was blown away by how much I did not know about healthy eating! I had no idea that so much bad stuff was hidden in foods that I eat on a regular basis. I enjoy eating snack and dessert foods, but it was amazing to discover how misguided my eating choices were.

    While I do not buy into everything in the book (I have no problem with some artificial sugars such as sucralose), I am keeping this book as a good guide. I have found that I have been checking the ingredient lists of everything I consume (even our vitamins), and I have been surprised to discover that things I figured would not be healthy were, and things that I thought were healthy weren't. I plan to try a lot of the items discussed in the book.

    I love the fact that there is a glossary of ingredients in the back, and there are reference websites for the snacks discussed in the book. I was most amazed by the fact that food manufacturers insist on using trans fat, but because there is less than a half gram per serving, it is hidden! You have to read the ingredients in order to discover that it is included.

    I look forward to reading more from "Naturally Savvy" in the future. I can only hope that one day they will publish a cookbook. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

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    A great reference guide for anyone wanting to eat healthier.

    This book is a great reference guide for anyone looking to recognize food ingredients that are bad or harmful while also wanting to learn about healthy food options and alternatives. In Unjunk Your Junk Food the first chapter helps you recognize and identify ingredients on food labels. These ingredients include fat, sugar, calories, fiber, enriched, fat-free, lite and light, low cholesterol, low fat, no added sugar, no salt, and many others including organic terms. Chapter two goes into more details on fats, protein, fiber and vitamins and minerals found in foods. Chapter three concentrates on the worst ingredients in food, which include sugar, sodium, food additives, artificial flavors and more. In the book, you are also presented with a chart listing red ingredients, those which should be avoided and yellow ingredients, those one should use with caution.


    The main part of the book has comparisons regarding specific food items. With unhealthy products on the left side of the page, compared to a similar healthy alternative on the right side of the page. For easy reference each comparison contains a bad choice seal, naturally savvy seal of approval, ingredients, thumbs-down, thumbs-up, thumbs neutral, savvy pick and an honorable mention. At the end of the book you can find a glossary and a list of naturally savvy approved brands.

    I found the product comparisons very interesting and I gave a search through my own pantry and fridge looking for unhealthy ingredients on labels. What I did find was pretty surprising. One item I took a look at closer was Miracle Whip, which at first does not look to bad considering its list of ingredients is short. However I found it contain the preservative potassium sorbate which is used by many food companies to extend the shelf life of products. Potassium sorbate is another one of those ingredients the FDA lists as safe yet for those who are sensitive sorbates have been linked to asthma, skin rashes and diarrhea.

    This book makes it easy to spot-identify food ingredients at a moments notice. One highlight for me is how calorie counting is not as important as being aware of ingredients listed. I found that some food and drinks, although they contain more calories, are actually healthier options than others that may be lower in calories. This left me wondering why companies place the calories at the top of the list to begin with.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Fantastic Guide Book for Healthy Eating - A Must-Have

    I just finished reading this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is very similar in style to the 'Eat This, Not That' series but totally different as far as content goes. This book focuses on the ingredients of a product rather than the fat and calories. The first three chapters discuss healthy eating and list the worst ingredients found in junk food. There is a glossary at the end of the book that lists all the ingredients found in this type of food (which I've been using to go through the products in my kitchen) and a list of recommended brands that the authors approve (which helps me to pick the good from the bad products). Truthfully, I never really thought twice about the kind of junk food I eat (if I like the taste, I'll eat it) but after reading this book I now know there's a huge difference between one flavored potato chip and the next one as well as candy, chocolate, ice cream, etc. The best part about this book is that it spans all packaged food and not only junk, so I will make sure to bring it shopping with me (it's pretty small and can fit easily into my purse). I bought the book because I'm trying to eat healthier and lose weight. It also makes a great housewarming, teacher or holiday gift. I highly recommend it.

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