Friday, March 4, 2011
The Real Food Diet Cookbook and a Give Away!
I was contacted by Dr. Josh Axe's people to see if I wanted to do a book review and give away one to you lovely readers. I love reading about health and food...so of course I said yes. 


The book is called The Real Food Diet Cookbook. Dr. Axe believes that you should not count calories, but you should count nutrients. I agree with that to a point, but that is simply my opinion. His idea on a healthy diet is to focus on the nutrient density of the foods you eat and not so much how many calories they have. He gives you a list of the top 30 nutrient dense foods, as well as his food pyramid of real foods. 


For someone that is trying to learn about nutrients and how to change their diet to a healthier one, this is a great guide to start with. Dr. Axe goes through all of the best fruits, vegetables, beans, meats, nuts and grains. He also talks about giving up refined sugars and what his thoughts are on the best sugar substitutes. You all know that I have not given up all sugar, but I do like my stevia and luckily, that is Dr. Axe approved. He explains everything to you in an easy to read manner with alternatives to the unhealthier options. 


He also guides you through proper cooking utensils and how to read product labels. He then leads you in to a section that guides you on eating less of the not so good stuff and more of the good stuff. Again, it is an easy to read guide, so you can see a side by side comparison of the foods he is exchanging out. 


The last part of the book is the actual recipe section and it is loaded with great, easy to follow recipes with a lot of colorful photos to go with most of them. 

The only part that I wasn't crazy about with the book is that Dr. Axe is trying to get you to understand this diet that he is introducing you to, but he doesn't give you the nutrient density information for the recipes. I guess he is telling you that if you are eating these foods than you are doing the right thing. 

So, I have a copy here for a lucky winner! All you have to do is leave a comment here telling me what you think about calorie counting vs. nutrient counting. I think they are equally important (as my blood test told me). Sorry, this is only open to the US. The give away will end Sunday, March 6th at midnight EST.

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 2:52 PM  
43 Comments:
  • At March 4, 2011 at 2:56 PM, Blogger radioactivegan said…

    I guess I agree with the book (and you) -- calorie counting is not so important, nutrient counting is (when we're talking about overall health. If we're talking about weightloss then I'd probably have a different answer). This book sounds very interesting; I'd be curious to read how he breaks it all down.

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 2:59 PM, Blogger Junghwa said…

    yes, i agree too!

    it is about the nutrient that really counts. feed your body what it deserves~

    the book sounds really great

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 3:00 PM, Blogger Rose said…

    I'm huge on counting fiber and protein, because pooping and building muscle are very important to me.

    Counting calories kind of makes me crazy though. I don't want to feel guilty when I eat a whole avocado.

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 3:02 PM, Anonymous sbronzi@hotmail.com said…

    I think to some degree they are both important. Everything in moderation :) Your body will probably get more use from 100 nutritious calories than 100 non-nutritious calories though!

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 3:03 PM, Blogger Andrea M Wernz said…

    I think they are both important - i do them both! otherwise i would be top heavy on carbs and low on protein and no where near a healthy calorie intake (or way over). Counting them both helps me stay healthy and balanced! and i would Love this cookbook!!

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 3:18 PM, Anonymous Kelly said…

    I am not going to lie...I like knowing the nutrition information in my food. Maybe that's a crutch but I still like knowing. Good thing I have recipe software to figure all that out...haha!

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 3:19 PM, Anonymous Averie said…

    I think both are important. Thanks for hosting the give away, Sarena.

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 3:23 PM, Anonymous Heidi @ Food Doodles said…

    I think both are important but I think a person who counts nutrients rather than calories will be healthier and possibly even have less weight problems than someone who counts calories and disregards the amount of nutrients.

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 3:45 PM, Anonymous RenĂ©e said…

    I think for those trying to watch their weight, calories are an important part of the equation, but for long-term diet, a diet mostly made up of real foods is the way to go :)

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 4:17 PM, Blogger Slow Panic said…

    I like the idea of nutrient counting. But I'm very uneducated in it.... Would LOVE to read this book.

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 4:18 PM, Blogger Nobel4Lit said…

    I think that if you focus on nutrients, you wouldn't be eating so many "empty calories," hence lessening your need to count them!

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 4:23 PM, OpenID whatkateiscooking said…

    I switched from calorie counting to focusing on nutrients- not necessarily counting nutrients, but being more aware of them :)

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 4:41 PM, Anonymous Michele said…

    I don't know much about nutrient counting but would love to learn!

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 5:03 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    I saw this cookbook on another blog and am really curious about it (even though I'm not big into following recipes for most of my cooking).

    I don't really calorie count for my daily diet. I think there may be a really generaly running estimate in the back of my head, but I do try to basically cover all my bases and call it a day...

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 5:08 PM, Anonymous JeolsliesMomma said…

    Awww... why can't Cananda be included :( I think a bit of both is the way to go, but if you had to pick one, nutrient counting... I started not eating anything very processed and primarily vegan, and lost almost 20 lbs in 2 1/2 months.

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 5:31 PM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    Oh my gosh, this cookbook sounds like it would be perfect for me right now. I'm always stressed about calories since I had to gain weight. This would help me focus on nutrients which is what I'm supposed to be doing at this point. What a fantastic book!

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 5:32 PM, Anonymous Lauren @ Spiced Plate said…

    totally equally important -- 100 calories of a milky way bar is different than 100 calories of olive oil or 100 calories of lentils -- all have different nutritional makeups. I want to know everything about the food I eat, so I love when cookbooks include tons of nutritional information.

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 5:33 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    Interesting. I guess I can see the point - if you're eating super healthy, nutrient dense foods, then you're probably less likely to overeat, thus no need to count calories.

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 5:35 PM, Blogger Cara said…

    I think overall, counting nutrients is more important than counting calories, but you want to be balanced out. There are a lot of calories in healthy foods, but instead of focusing entirely on the calories, we should be weighing the pros and cons

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 6:12 PM, Anonymous Christin@purplebirdblog said…

    I don't count either per se, but I try to include nutrient-dense foods for most of my meals!

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 7:49 PM, Blogger Fallon said…

    I count calories and I find it helps me to stay focused on clean eating and not to go overboard. I know my portions because I learned how to count calories. I track them on livestrong.com and it will show me how much fat/carbs/protein/sugar is in a meal. So I know my next snack or meal I need to up my fat or protein. So at the end of the day everything is balanced!

    This book sounds like something I'd enjoy and maybe I can stop counting calories!

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 7:57 PM, Blogger Kelsey said…

    you can delete this post since i know im not eligible to enter but i just wanted to say that ive heard some great reviews of this book and theres quite a lot of buzz about it. what a fabulous giveaway!!

    xoxo

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 9:15 PM, Blogger Libby says: said…

    I try to aim for nutrient counting. Eat the rainbow!

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 10:10 PM, Anonymous Jess@HealthyExposures said…

    Looks like a book with lots of useful information, and a viewpoint I stand by, too. I can't say I count anything, but I definitely side with the nutrient-counting theory while acknowledging that both are important, if that makes sense? I try to keep nutrients in mind, but can't say I make a point to count them, either.
    Thanks for the great review and hosting, Sarena!

     
  • At March 4, 2011 at 10:32 PM, Blogger Megan said…

    What a great giveaway! I'd love that book :) (especially since I JUST posted today about making healthier snack choices!!)

    I am aware of calories, and approximate calories in any given food, but I don't count or stress over the calories I consume. If you're going to focus on one or the other, focusing on getting all your nutrients is much more important!

     
  • At March 5, 2011 at 7:50 AM, Blogger Becky said…

    I haven't tried just nutrient counting, BUT my initial reaction soley based on my own body is no, no, no. I need to count calories consumed and burned because it seems like I so easily gain weight. But hey I'd be willing to try!

     
  • At March 5, 2011 at 8:28 AM, Blogger Alicia Marie said…

    deep in my heart I know nutritent counting is the smartest, though when I find something that is low calorie, even if it is high in sodium, I will choose the lower calorie option.

     
  • At March 5, 2011 at 9:40 AM, Blogger Liz Dean said…

    I think nutrient counting is very important, and more so than calorie counting...to a point. So I agree with you...and it makes sense...if you are eating nutrient rich foods, usually you are full faster and consume less calories, but I don't think that a person should follow the mentality that if they are counting nutrients, then it doesn't matter how many calories they consume. :)

     
  • At March 5, 2011 at 10:25 AM, Blogger Emily said…

    Thanks for the review, Sarena! I tend to agree with you - calorie counting isn't the most important thing. I tend to focus on nutrients over calories - even though there may be fewer calories in something like a handful of gummy bears, I'll go for the almonds... I guess it depends on the person and what their health and diet situation is.

    Hope you're having a great weekend!

     
  • At March 5, 2011 at 6:54 PM, Anonymous goatgirl said…

    I think both types are important, but that we are already getting to be calorie-savvy; we need to be aware of WHAT we put in as well as how much...

    thanks for the giveaway!

     
  • At March 5, 2011 at 7:29 PM, Blogger Lindsay and James Cotter said…

    I've heard such great things about that cookbook! I always go for nutrient counting versus calories. I feel so much better that way!!
    LC

     
  • At March 5, 2011 at 8:19 PM, Blogger moonsword said…

    Nutrient counting is more important but I usually keep calories in mind. It's important to remember that every body is different! Nutrient recommendations are exactly that...recommendations. My body may function better on a high-fiber, low-protein diet...your body may function on high-protein. You have to read the research, listen to your body and use common sense.

     
  • At March 5, 2011 at 11:08 PM, Blogger Lexi Cotcamp said…

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  • At March 5, 2011 at 11:11 PM, Anonymous chrysta said…

    Awesome book! Im on the fence...I still think you have to be aware of calories to a point. I think you can go to far with it..I think a balance of the two is good. As long as your aware of how much your eating and the quality your ok.

     
  • At March 6, 2011 at 9:00 AM, Blogger Heather said…

    I don't know. I guess I'm in the fence. Calorie counting is good, but it can also be addicting. I think they're both important, and it depends on what you're ultimate goal is. However, nutrients are what does a body good!!

     
  • At March 6, 2011 at 1:33 PM, Anonymous Lexi said…

    I don't really believe in counting calories, but I do believe we should portion sizes and not over or under eating should be a factor taken into account.

    On the other hand, I definitely believe nutrients should be closely watched. Especially for vegetarians, I think it's important that proper nutrients are being obtained :)

     
  • At March 6, 2011 at 2:33 PM, Anonymous helen @ helennaturally said…

    I have been a clean eater for a while now, and I will quickly tell anyone that calorie counting is out. As a clean eater, calories do not matter. It is all about the nutriets that we put in our bodies that matter the most.

     
  • At March 6, 2011 at 3:10 PM, Blogger Gina said…

    I feel like nutrient counting is a bit more important. Everyone's body needs different things. In terms of weight loss though, calorie counting is very important.

     
  • At March 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM, Blogger Ryan and Heather said…

    I feel both nutrient and calorie counting are important. I am trying to learn more about the nutrient counting and would love to read a new cookbook!

     
  • At March 6, 2011 at 3:47 PM, Anonymous Heather said…

    I feel both nutrient and calorie counting are important. I am trying to learn more about the nutrient counting and would love to read a new cookbook!

     
  • At March 7, 2011 at 8:30 AM, Blogger bfinch said…

    I have counted and carbs and points more times than I can count (lol) and have finally realized that the true secret to being healthy is to listen to my body and eat foods that are fresh, tasty and full of all that is good for my body. Moderation is very important, but once you get used to it feeding your body nutritious foods, it really does start to crave them.

     
  • At March 7, 2011 at 8:33 AM, Anonymous Carrie said…

    I have counted carbs and points more times than I can remember and at some point I give up because I just HATE to count. In the past few weeks I have started to listen to my body and feed it foods that are tasty and fresh. To my surprise, my body actually can crave salads and fruits and not oreos!

     
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