Published by: Hay House UK (8th March 2016)
Eating healthy doesn't have to be complicated or confusing. But somewhere along the way, even the most health-conscious of us can become overwhelmed by the endless information and advice available to us, and feel tempted to give up. Eat Real Food takes things back to basics, and guides you to make simple but positive dietary choices that will increase your intake of Julie's 'Flexi Five' - the five healthy food groups that are most important for keeping your brain and body balanced and happy:
· Green leafy vegetables
· Whole grains
· Healthy fats
· Natural sweeteners
Julie introduces you to the superheroes in each of these different food groups, shares the best ways to prepare them, explains their nutritional benefits, and then provides a variety of imaginative ways to include these foods in your diet every day, whether you're at home or on the go. As well as delicious recipes, Julie shares how you can improve your health and increase your happiness with meditation, affirmations, simple breathing exercises and gentle yoga poses. You can have boundless energy and glowing health, you just need to give your body the food and attention it craves and deserves. It really is that simple!
Julie Montagu's no-nonsense approach to whole food, plant-based eating is quite refreshing in this rather overcrowded market. It seems that everybody is on a cleanse, doing a detox, clean eating or whatever the latest buzz word is, and Julie just explains things in simple English. No gimmicks, no hard-selling. The only reason I haven't given this 5 stars is because if you've read other books of a similar nature or have plant-based cookbooks already, there's not really any new information to be gained here. Having said that, the inclusion of breathing exercises and yoga poses may provide additional interest for some.
There aren't many recipes here, for those who were expecting a complete cookbook; this is more a book of wellbeing, with a few recipes added.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley and this is my honest review.