|About the Book|
Would you like a quick and convenient way to eat a healthy diet? This short book describes in detail the daily diet that the author follows, a diet that is quick and convenient, affordable, delicious, satisfying and healthy. QUICK AND CONVENIENT TheMoreWould you like a quick and convenient way to eat a healthy diet? This short book describes in detail the daily diet that the author follows, a diet that is quick and convenient, affordable, delicious, satisfying and healthy. QUICK AND CONVENIENT The book sets forth a diet that relies heavily on frozen vegetables and a microwave oven. Radically simple recipes (requiring only a few minutes to assemble, heat and clean up) are provided for each daily meal. The goal is to make healthy, high-nutrient meals as quick and easy to prepare and clean up as preparing a TV dinner or picking up a bucket of fried chicken. Convenience is critical. Industrialized countries have witnessed an explosion of unhealthy convenience foods and fast food restaurants over the last several decades. The trend is projected to continue in spite of the poor nutritional quality of much of the food. As the Cleveland Clinic says on its website: Most convenience foods on the market today are laden with saturated fat, sodium and sugar and provide little to no nutritional value. For busy people who dont want to spend time preparing food, fast food may seem like the only practical alternative. This book offers a better alternative. Two great inventions, frozen vegetables and microwave ovens, make a diet that is both healthy and convenient possible. Frozen vegetables preserve nutrients, taste and texture without the use of chemical preservatives. The vegetables are already washed and cut, greatly simplifying preparation and reducing preparation time. Frozen vegetables are those rare convenience foods that are also health foods. AFFORDABLE A shopping list of foods (with store names, brand names, package sizes and prices) is provided. The prices of the foods on the authors diet were compared at the four largest U.S. food retailers (Wal-Mart, Kroger, Costco and Safeway) in 2013 in Denver. The cost of the diet the author follows is quite reasonable, about $7.00 per day. DELICIOUS The daily diet includes nuts (almonds, walnut), vegetables (many frozen), fruit (apples, bananas, berries, oranges and raisins), beans and other foods (oatmeal, vegetable juice, coffee, tea...). For variety, dozens of delicious, whole foods are suggested as substitutions or additions to the diet. SATISFYING Many processed foods are stripped of nutrients and fiber, and have oil and sweeteners added. These foods may cause a roller-coaster of high and low blood sugars, resulting in hunger, obesity and type 2 diabetes. The book recommends high-fiber, whole foods that fill you up and keep you satisfied until the next meal, a satisfying diet that can be followed for life. HEALTHY The book discusses the diseases most likely to kill us and summarizes some of the major food studies (the Adventist health studies, the China Project, the World Health Organization diet nutrition report, the World Cancer Research Fund and others) that recommend foods to eat and avoid to prevent heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, dementia, diabetes, obesity and other diseases. Fortunately, many diseases can be prevented or even reversed with a healthy diet. MOTIVATION The threads of habit are too light to be felt until they are too strong to be broken. Knowing an easy way to eat a healthy diet is only part of the battle. The final section of the book provides ways to stay motivated to follow a healthy diet until it becomes automatic and habitual. Online videos, DVDs, readings and other strategies provide powerful reinforcement of the benefits of a healthy diet.