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The High-Energy Cookbook: Good-Carb Recipes for Weight Loss, Health, and Vitality by Rachael Anne Hill, with photography by Nicky Dowey (Ryland Peters and Small) Rachel Anne Hill, book nutritionist and fitness expert, asks readers whether they want to

  • lose weight and keep it off?
  • increase their energy level?
  • improve their overall good health?
  • reduce food cravings?
  • reduce their risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes?
  • lower their cholesterol?

Most people eat too many over-processed and refined carbohydrates in such forms as bread, cake, cookies, and breakfast cereals. As they digest, the sugars they contain are released into our bloodstream too quickly causing energy levels to plummet, waistlines to expand, and cholesterol levels to soar.

The High-Energy Cookbook is based on a nutritional approach to good health. The core of this approach is the glycemic index (GI), a measure of how quickly the energy from a carbohydrate is absorbed into the bloodstream. If the energy from a food is absorbed quickly, it has a high GI. Eating a large amount of high-GI foods is not recommended if one wants to lose weight, lower their cholesterol, or increase their energy level. Low-GI foods, or good carbs, on the other hand, are known to have beneficial effects on overall health and aid in weight loss. So if readers are trying to lose weight, out go white bread and baked potatoes and in come most fruit and vegetables, legumes, and basmati rice.

Hill shows readers how to cut down on those quick energy release foods, as well as saturated fats, and how to replace them with a healthy, good-carb diet based on low-GI foods, unsaturated fats, low-fat proteins, and fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This a nutritionally sound approach, which has none of the dangers of many of the low-carb diets popular today. Hill offers a huge selection of easy, delicious recipes for breakfasts, lunchboxes and snacks, quick lunches and suppers, and entertaining dishes, all of which take 20 minutes or less to prepare.

The High-Energy Cookbook explains in clear language why eating the good-carb, low-GI way is beneficial to everyone, not just those who want to lose weight. It gives  practical advice on how to incorporate this approach into the daily diet, including what to buy in the supermarket and what to choose when faced with a restaurant menu. With over 60 low-GI, low-fat recipes, there is plenty of inspiration for cooking the healthy way every day.

Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook (Third Edition) by Nancy Clark (Human Kinetics) While couch potatoes grab headlines for their poor eating habits, active people may share many of those same habits. Whether exercising to improve performance, body shape, health, life span, or weight, any activity must be balanced by a proper diet. Unfortunately, with such busy, stressful lives, many people don’t know how to develop an eating plan they can stick to.

Nancy Clark, a registered dietitian specializing in nutrition for sports and exercise, weight management, wellness, and the nutritional management of eating disorders, has counseled everyone from casual exercisers to competitive athletes.

The third edition of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook combines solid nutritional guidance with smart food choices to manage stress, lose body fat, build muscle, and boost energy. Designed to help active readers make nutritious food choices, she includes realistic sample meal plans and suggestions for smart eating on the go. The new version of Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook also includes updated nutrition facts, expanded weight management advice, customized eating plans for specific workouts, 75 recipes, information on supplement options, and commentary on today’s fad diets such as the Zone, Atkins, thermogenics, and Ultra Slim-Fast.

Part I – Eating Strategies for High Energy

Topics include: A Plan for Good Nutrition, Healthy Choices Make Healthy Bodies, Better Diets Begin with Breakfast, Meals to Fight Stress and Fatigue, Snacks for Cravings and Energy Lags, Fueling During and After Exercise, Loading Up on Carbohydrates, and Pumping Up with Protein

Part II – Balancing Weight and Activity

Topics include: Targeting a Healthy Body Fat Level, Bulking Up without Adding Fat, Losing Weight without Starvation, Eating Disorders and Food Obsessions

Part III – Winning Recipes

Recipes include: Breads and Breakfasts, Pasta, Rice, Potatoes, Vegetables, Tofu, and Beans, Chicken , Turkey , and Seafood, Beef and Pork, Beverages, Snacks and Desserts

Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook has been a trusted resource for years. The new material in this edition ensures that it will continue to be a preferred source fitness enthusiasts and athletes turn to for reliable nutrition and weight management advice.

Food Lovers Weight Loss Cookbook compiled and edited by Carolyn Land, from the editors of Health 0848727983 (Oxmoor House) is music to my ears. Listen to this music: according to Carolyn Land, registered dietician, “It is possible to love food and be thin at the same time.” You open the front cover to four full-color, full-page pictures: Linguine with Sauteed Shrimp and Coconut-Line Sauce, Lemon-Poppy Seed Cake, Tabbouleh Cobb Salad, and Peppered Flank Steak with Chive-Buttermilk Mashers. Now that’s my kind of weight-loss cookbook!

Balancing strategies for losing weight (Part 1) and recipes to satisfy your love for food (Part 2), Food Lovers Weight Loss Cookbook is two books in one. Part 1 includes: finding your healthy weight, making workouts work for you, making peace with your cravings, and celebrating your love of food, and Part 2 covers appetizers, breads, desserts, fish, meatless dishes, meats, poultry, salads, sides, and soups and sandwiches. Recipes are set up in three columns per page, and most pages have three recipes on them.

The Editors of Health reveal:

  • 6 vital secrets to weight loss

  • why you shouldn’t count calories

  • 10 easy ways to control portion sizes

  • 4 weeks of delicious menu plans to get you started

  • a total plan for healthy weight loss and over 350 guilt-free recipes

  • And those six keys to weight loss are

  • A diet is not the answer.

  • Carbohydrates and fats are not bad.

  • Stop counting calories – think portion size.

  • Fruits, veggies, and water are your best friends.

  • Celebrate the good foods.

  • Make the commitment.

The two most important messages of Food Lovers Weight Loss Cookbook are “Limit portion size,” and “Make peace with your cravings.” This book delivers recipes to satisfy our love of food. And that’s music to our ears.

Great Health Food for Strong Bones: 120 Delicious Recipes Using Calcium-Rich Ingredients by Fiona Hunter, Emma-Lee Gow (Firefly) One in three women and one in twelve men over the age of 50 have osteoporosis. This book shows how to protect and improve bone health through diet and weight-bearing exercise.

Great Health Food for Strong Bones offers:

  •  Practical advice for choosing and using the best possible ingredients

  • Delicious recipes that are rich in calcium, and many that are low-fat, too

  • ideas for energy-packed tasty breakfasts

  • Easy-to-prepare hot and cold lunches, light snacks, soups and starters

  • Family-friendly meat, fish and vegetarian main courses and delicious vegetable accompaniments

  • Nutritional analyses for all recipes

  • Information on the current Recommended Daily Allowances for calcium

Great Health Food for Strong Bones offers delicious contemporary recipes that contain the vitamins and minerals vital for building and maintaining healthy bones. So whether you’ve been advised by your doctor to increase your calcium intake, are an active athlete, have received an osteoporosis diagnosis, or you just want to help protect your and your family’s health, Great Health Food for Strong Bones makes eating for strong bones pleasurable and easy.

The Everything Low-Carb Cookbook (Everything Series) by Patricia M. Butkus (Adams Media Corporation) I couldn’t imagine going low-carb, me, the pasta freak?, until I read The Everything Low-Carb Cookbook. But whether you want to decrease the number of carbohydrates you consume because you are on a special diet or because you want to lose weight, this book, starting with clear explanations of the way carbohydrates work in the body, can help you see that it is possible without sacrifice.

Are you one of the millions of people who continue to struggle with an addiction to high-carb, high-sugar meals and snacks? If so, The Everything Low-Carb Cookbook presents healthy and delicious alternatives to your favorite pasta, bread, cookie, and cake recipes.

Featuring hundreds of easy-to-prepare dishes from Marinated Grilled Steak Strips to Chicken Skewers with a Spicy Island Marinade,  The Everything Low-Carb Cookbook is the only cookbook you need to reduce your carbohydrate intake. Chapters include easy appetizers, recipes with less than five ingredients, French, Italian, Mexican, fusion, salads, soups, sides, lunch, comfort food, breakfast, desserts, weekend meals, and entertaining.

The book not only rates recipes as low- to no-carb and low- to moderate-carb, The Everything Low-Carb Cookbook helps you create the perfect meal suited to your specific dietary needs and tastes. 
Features include:

  • Dinner recipes with an Italian flair, such as Chicken Cacciatore

  • Asian meals, such as Beef Teriyaki with a Mixed Vegetable Stir-fry

  • Entrée salads, such as Arugula Salad with Grilled Beef Medallions

  • Sumptuous stews, such as Pacific Coast Seafood Stew

  • Fabulous omelets for breakfast flavor, such as the Crabmeat Omelet

  • Full meals for holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve, Christmas Day, and 4th of July 
    Including dietary information such as calorie counts, fat grams, carbohydrates, and proteins for each recipe,
    The Everything Low-Carb Cookbook, written by a chef, will have you not missin’ your carbs and slimming down in no time!

    The Everything Dieting Book: Quick and Easy Ways to Lose Weight and Feel Great by Sandra K. Nissenberg (Everything Series: Adams Media Corporation)  Are we really going to take that extra weight off? And feel great doing it? Who are we kidding? The odds are against us, but if we’re going to, this book is going to give us the advice and motivation that we need. The Everything Dieting Book boils it down to a healthy approach to eating a variety of foods, balancing food choices, and doing so in moderation.

    Have you tried every fad and crash diet that’s been advertised—only to find that they don’t work? The Everything Dieting Book helps you determine the best diet that will work for your individual health concerns. Registered dietician Sandra K. Nissenberg provides sensible information about nutrition and exercise, giving you the tools you need to lose weight safely and effectively. Including several health-conscious recipes and a daily diet journal, The Everything Dieting Book helps you develop a fun and encouraging dieting experience.

    The Everything Dieting Book explores such dietary issues as:

  • Assessing calorie levels of snacks and meals

  • Burning calories with household tasks


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