Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Book Review: Foodist by Darya Pino Rose, Ph.D.

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My first EVER Book Review!  YAY!  When I got "Foodist" in the mail, I started reading the minute it was open – I was excited about new ways to create a healthier lifestyle. The first thing that struck me was how many times the author compares “grocery fruit and vegetables” versus “Whole Foods and Farmer’s Markets fruits and vegetables”. I don’t disagree that there may be a difference, but there's also a major difference in price. 

In NYC you have some more options available; for instance the Union Square Greenmarket does take EBT dollars, which helps families on tight budgets. In California, where the author lives, there are also plenty more farmer’s markets. But in many other places, families don’t have that kind of access everywhere around them. Despite this, I threw myself into the "Foodist" healthstyle (what the author calls the diet). It's not fair to review something if we haven't fully tried it right?

Quickly, I started seeing the impact in my own life. Soon, I was trading the pizza that turned up at work for the yogurt I had brought. And, I changed my yogurt from the “sweet and fruity” ones to one that is completely plain and I added muesli to control my sugar intake. We went out for a work function and after eating one not-so-good stuffed mushroom, I didn’t bother to try the rest of the passed appetizers when before I would have gobbled it up just because I was hungry!
John and I also began incorporating a ton of leafy greens into our diet.  It's not like they were lacking before but we are making a conscious effort now to have some green on every plate we eat.  In honor of Foodist I have 2 kale recipes for you this week - the Homemade Raviolis and a Kale Pizza (on Friday).  The other change we made about eating was doing so "mindfully".  I do believe that most of my eating is mindless.  John and I are talking and before you know it, that bag of pretzels or dinner or dessert is just gone.  Everyone, I'm sure has a moment where they eat something, look down, and think, wow done already?  The sad thing is, the rest of my day, I am very mindful of my actions.  I am even mindful planning dinner menus.  So, why do I eat mindlessly when food is one of the things I'm most passionate about?

We make the choice every day to take the stairs over the elevator or escalator but for the last few weeks I've also been walking to my work on the  11th and down from there each night.  I’m not saying that all these new, small choices enabled me to lose weight (they didn’t) but we both agree that we feel healthier making these kinds of lifestyle changes.  

Thus far, then, I’ve been successful at both breakfast and lunch makeovers (no more sugary yogurts in our house!). The one habit I did try to break which proved to be more difficult was my daily dose of ice cream. Despite the author’s suggestion of some “sliced strawberries” as a substitute, nothing satisfied that sweet frozen treat as my reward for the end of a day. I’m not done working on different ideas, but for now, the ice cream stays. 3 1/2 stars.

You can find Darya Pino Rose on her blog, Twitter, and Facebook!  To read more reviews, check out all the stops on the book tour HERE!


  1. You've certainly made some excellent progress in your own food decisions - way to go! I hope that your success grows as you continue to experiment.

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  2. I am getting this book from Amazon today in the mail. I can't wait to start reading it when I get home. A suggestion regarding your ice cream "fix" - have you thought about trying to make it from using just frozen bananas? Here's good link that has the recipe with 7 other variations.

    1. Hi Mandy,

      I hope you like the book :) I do love frozen banana ice cream...especially with some chocolate chips. Honestly, I make a lot of my own ice creams and I find that even just 2 tablespoons is okay to feed my "fix". I have also been switching to eating one sweet treat (usually a small piece of dark chocolate) after lunch so after dinner I just say to myself, I had my treat today...and then I move on!

      Hope this helps :)

  3. We went out for a work function and after eating one not-so-good stuffed mushroom, I didn’t bother to try the rest of the passed appetizers when before I would have gobbled it up just because I was hungry! spend your vacation essay


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