FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.
I have recently had the opportunity to read and review the book, Slimming Meals That Heal, written by Julie Daniluk, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. This is an excellent, well written book that is full of valuable information pertaining to food allergies, hormone imbalances, inflammation, weight management and how they all link together. In the book, Julie’s focus is on a plan that she calls “Live it” as opposed to a typical diet which very rarely works (she explains that concept too). Her Live it plan is a plan that encompasses body healing dietary changes that will last a life time. The book is logically divided into three parts; Part 1 -The Science of Weight Loss, Part 2 -The SMTH Program, and Part 3 -The Recipes.
In Part one, Julie provides detailed information about many of the common foods that we eat today and how they contribute to health issues such as inflammation and weight gain. In part two, she lays out the details of her five step Slimming Meals that Heal (SMTH), or as she calls it the Live it plan. This section is full of easy to read charts to help the reader gain an understanding of foods that cause inflammation, as well as other charts that will helpto build an anti-inflammatory kitchen. Part three, which takes up the second half of the book is loaded with delicious and easy to prepare recipes including breakfast, salads, main meals and snacks. My favorite recipe is the one for the Salad Bars, which are savory snack bars made from shredded vegetables and seeds. Unlike packaged protein bars they are not loaded with sugar, and they are filling.
Here is a picture of the salad bars, made with shredded beets, carrots sunflower and flax seeds.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking to “clean up” their diet even if there are no food sensitivities, allergies or weight issues involved. The various charts and diagrams throughout the book make the plan easy to follow.