We don’t need to be instructed to eat apples instead of potato chips. What we need is someone to inspire us to eat well and to show us just how powerful eating that apple can be. This person must be a trusted voice, one that can calm the informational clutter instead of adding yet another discordant voice to the pile.
Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian, one of the public’s most trusted sources of nutrition information. In Un-Junk Your Diet, she teaches readers about anti-inflammatory dieting in a way that’s engaging, funny, and approachable.
This book begins with a call to action to help shake up perceptions of what food means to our bodies and illuminate all the ways that marketers co-opt healthy eating messages to coerce us into choosing food that is unworthy. In addition, an in-depth look at the fundamentals of nutritionwith a splash of myth bustingstrengthens readers’ abilities to resist the latest nutrition headline and continue making healthier choices.
Because there is no one right way for every individual eater, Nielsen offers a brief exercise in self-discovery before providing four distinct plans for becoming healthier. They range from the gentle and gradual to the two-week kick start that appeals to both detox seekers and vacation slimmers.
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About the Author
Desiree Nielsen is a registered dietitian who spends her days motivating others to live their most vibrant lives with the power of whole foods. She is a speaker, media spokesperson, creator of desireerd.com, and owner of a successful private practice in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. Desiree enjoys living the anti-inflammatory life with her husband and young son.
Table of Contents
Introduction: It's Not One Size Fits All … (aka How to Use this Book)
Part 1 Food for Thought
1 Overfed and Undernourished 10
2 You Are What You Eat: A Nutrition Primer 26
3 You Are What You Absorb 53
4 Confused Yet? Steering Clear of the Cult of Nutritionism 74
5 Fight Inflammation with Your Fork! 85
6 Stock Your Anti-inflammatory Arsenal Deliciously 113
7 Start Where You Are 134
Part 2 Un-Junk Your Diet Eating Plans
8 101 Food Swaps and Easy Additions to Make You Healthier Forever! 156
9 Leaving Room for Chocolate: the 80/20 Approach 175
10 Stuck in the Muck?: A Fourteen-Day Kick-Start 184
11 A Twenty-Eight Day Anti-Inflammatory Menu Plan to Make Your Life Simple 194
12 Supermarket Smarts 201
13 Whole Foods for Life 214
Part 3 The Recipes
14 Let's Eat! Whole Food Plant-Strong Recipes for Life 228
Photo credits 272