Have you ever decided to make a change to your nutrition and then balked at the amount of things you could no longer eat? I have totally done that, so I look for easy ways that I can get healthier food into my family. We’re working toward that totally healthy bit, but for now steps in the right direction are important for us. My husband’s dad has also had some health problems, and he’s been making lifestyle changes to be healthier, and Unjunk Your Junk Food is a totally perfect tool for him on his road to better health. The totally understandable explanation of what foods and ingredients are making us unhealthy plus the easily searchable “directory” of junk food and healthier alternatives combined with the super helpful tips provided make Unjunk Your Junk Food by the creators of NaturallySavvy.com and excellent resource and stepping stone to a healthier diet.
I’ve read more than a few diet and nutrition books in my time. Something about being a perpetual learner and a mom makes me investigate a lot. Plus, I have a husband who swore up and down that he didn’t NEED to eat vegetables… so I am usually digging up a source about something.While every book tells you what you can and cannot eat, not every book is written in a way or presents the information in a way that is easy to read and understand. I really enjoyed the explanation part of Unjunk Your Junk Food because it was written in a totally understandable way. Even though I read the bit over several different reading sessions and days, the information stuck with me. That doesn’t happen with information that’s tough to digest! Using the “Scary Seven” I poked through my pantry to check labels. I didn’t really have any “healthy” food that surprised me, but the junk foods I did have certainly scared me! The straightforward writing and easy explanations were both detailed and understandable, which made the book an excellent read.
Following the summary of good nutrition and why they recommend avoiding certain ingredients, there is a superb collection of junk food choices, arranged by type, including the best and worst choices for that particular food. I call this my “directory” of junk food. It’s super easy to search – even when you’re standing in the grocery store with 2 kids under the age of 4. In my book, that means it stands up to the test of “is it easy” pretty well. I’ll be honest – I fully expected that the choices they listed that were best would be super expensive or something that just wasn’t available locally. I live in a rural community – we have a chain grocery store (Kroger) and Walmart in our town, and that’s the limit of our food selections. I was pleasantly surprised (ok, completely shocked, if you must know haha) to see that not only did I recognize the names of the foods, but they ARE available locally. Wild, I know! Having an easy to read directory of junk food choices with worst and best options of foods that are actually available where I shop makes this an extraordinary reference for me and has definitely changed my shopping habits – now I take the book to the store with me!
With the nutrition explanation section and the directory, you’d think that’s a pretty awesome book right there. But there’s more! You’ll notice on the directory pages that there’s a ton of information. I think my favorite part of the book is actually the tips that are shared on the bottom right of the directory pages. Here’s an example:
“Why is chocolate poisonous to dogs? Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, members of a class of compounds called methylxanthines. In animals, theobromine can induce cardiac arrhythmias and seizers.”
I love having information like thatat my fingertips – especially with an almost-4 year old who has found the joy in asking “why” about everything (yes, he did ask why he couldn’t give chocolate to the dog!). And I do mean everything. So now I finally have that answer for him! Keeping the tips and facts throughout the directory was my biggest takeaway, and definitely makes Unjunk Your Junk Food not only a helpful read, but also an interesting one!
I really enjoyed reading Unjunk Your Junk Food, and I’ve already been recommending it to friends and family through impressing them with my new fact knowledge, showing them the directory with different options, and explaining to my husband the nutrition information. The writing is just what you’d expect from the women over at NaturallySavvy.com – in-depth enough to give you the information you, but definitely not stuffy. I feel completely comfortable recommending this book to anyone who is interested in a healthier diet and recognizes that we can’t always cut out all the junk food! And did I mention is the perfect size to stick in your purse when you head out to the grocery store?
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book so that I could write my review. My opinions are honest and my own.
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