Real Food Has Curves: How to Get Off Processed Food, Lose Weight, and Love What You Eat
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Real Food Has Curves: How to Get Off Processed Food, Lose Weight, and Love What You Eat

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Dumping the fake stuff and relishing real food will make you feel better, help you drop pounds, and most importantly, take all the fear out of what you eat. Does that sound too good to be true? It isn’t—despite the fact that lately we’ve given up ripe vegetables for the canned stuff; tossed out sweet, tart orange juice for...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Gallery Books (first published 2010)
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Kristine
this book rang true as far as to the "sane-ness" of a plan.

The book is outlined as follows:
1. Learn the secrets to satisfaction
2.Make Informed Choices
3. Relish What You Eat
4. Detox your palate from useless salt, fat, and sugars
5.Take the Long View
6 upgrade your choices
7. treat yourself well.

Although none of the recipes really stood out to me, the overall ideas of the book are things I would like to embrace. One headline read "Real Meals to Help Us Forget Deprivation Diets" - don't forget to enga...more
Lori
I learned a number of new things… We hear a lot about the using/getting more whole grains in our diets, and the horrors of high fructose corn syrup. This book goes beyond what's in the news and gets into greater depth on both grains and sugars - providing definitions and descriptions of the processes that create the products we see in the grocery store and on food labels. Additionally, they touch on some of the food additives, and what their alternate uses are – I don’t want to spoil the surpris...more
Anne
May 03, 2011 Anne added it
Trying to join the wholesome food movement. Where does frozen pizza fit in?
Cheryl
Loved this. I have been talking about it all the time I have been reading it to everyone. It has many recipes, but what I find helpful is the information and how to look at food differently so you can eat better. Reading labels and putting all food in one of 4 categories between real food and not real food. The goal to get away from the not real food with preservatives and additives as much as you can. Getting back to the most basic form of the food and if not available, the next best. As well a...more
Go2therock
I've been looking for a book to give my daughters. As young women, ages 15 and 17, they are in the early throes of self-analysis. We all get there sooner or later. Unfortunately, this game of body comparison is so stacked against a girl ever establishing a positive and healthy self-image, it's worse than the tables at Vegas (not that I've ever been there, but it seemed like a good metaphor.)

In my search, what I've found is book after book that seems decidedly geared to feed those obsessions and...more
Laura
This isn't really a diet; it's a way of encouraging people to get back to eating 'real food'. Generally, when that happens and people make sensible choices, weight is lost. Also, it can add real enjoyment to our lives. The book is very easy to read, and both authors are very knowledgeable about food. The recipes don't provide calorie counts, but generally seem moderate. They're easy to follow and generally pretty easy to prepare, though many of them have more ingredients then I'd like for someth...more
Ruthie Jones
This book is fabulous! I love that the authors (Mark the writer and Bruce the chef) recognized their own unhealthy eating and worked towards fixing it (the book is filled with short examples of their own experiences). This book gives practical advice with a note of humor, and there are several recipes to try out. I have already begun to make changes in my attitude as well as in my pantry. I spent an extra hour at the grocery story yesterday because I was reading labels. Making informed choices i...more
Jodi
This book was much better than I expected and wasn't all just a rehash of the things we all already know about avoiding processed foods.

It shows you why eating real food is not difficult, and is certainly not a sacrifice and why the things you make using real ingredients will taste so much better and be far more satisfying. When your food is more satisfying, you'll eat less, the authors explain.

The book is also full of simple recipes, and lots of basic information abvout which oils to use and ho...more
Robyn Vines Smith
I really enjoyed this book because it actually had information that I didn't know. It really laid out the things that make foods "not real" food, or processed food. I feel like I have a much better grasp of what to look for when shopping, and I also understand more about how processed foods affect the body. The book promotes an appreciation for real food -- it urges you go stop and enjoy it. To quit eating on the run, quit eating junk and to learn to appreciate food.
This book is not about a "die...more
Linda
This isn't a diet book, although I suppose you could turn it into one. Weinstein and Scarbrough do a great job pointing out the differences between variations of a food that take it from real food to not so real food to almost food to yuck. It's not cheap and it's not the most convenient way to eat; in fact, they make the point that it's not a lack of time that causes people not to cook and eat well, it's a lack of effort. The recipes that I tried were quite good and not too time-consuming. You'...more
Beth
This book was very well-researched and went beyond just the basic "eat more veggies" and "high fructose corn syrup is bad." Yes, those things are said in here, but there's much more to it.

Somehow Americans have lost their way in regards to the food we put in our bodies. Convenience has won out over nutrition and pleasure. Not only that, but we've fooled ourselves into thinking those convenience items taste good, when they really have very little complexity and are just pumped full of preservati...more
Natalie
While this has a lot of good information in it, I have high doubts that these authors love their food. At times it is almost like they are trying to convince THEMSELVES that it is better to eat the healthy foods. Very different from other books I've read where the authors have an obvious passion for the food they make and eat. It did say they were in their 1st year of changing habits and it seemed more of a baby step book if you know nothing about what is healthy or not and if you don't know how...more
Danica
I thought this book was pretty good. I like it more in theory than practice. I found myself thinking as I read a lot of the recipes, "don't have that tool," or "don't know how to do that." So I think it's a larger learning curve for an ordinary person as opposed to a chef. I also found that a lot of the ingredients are pretty expensive. So I love the idea of the book and would like to make some of the recipes, but I don't think it's very practical for me. Still, I very much appreciated the chart...more
Laura
For a person that struggles with weight, head aches and other problems, I have searched and searched for a non-diet that helps me acheive my goals. This book is wonderful at explaining how bad processed foods are and why you shoulf not count calories, but instead listen to your body and eat as much natural REAL food as possible. Have tried some of th suggestions and boy am I feeling good for the change. There are some nice recipes, but the information was exactly what I was looking for.
Fullfaun
Can wait to try the REAL chocolate pudding recipe.
Patricia
A good companion to some of the other "real food" books I've read recently. This one takes us back to the basics - appreciating what we eat. The look, smell and feel of food, and taking the time to fully appreciate its taste. The book includes some wonderful charts. Too bad I checked it out from the library, as they would make a great reference.
Cindy
This book brought similar ideas as the Mediterreanean Diet -- essentially whole foods, less sweets, less junk and processed foods and a better you. I really enjoyed it. It seems a wonderful way to take back your life and appetite. Now, if they could do a version for my kids to get them off of chicken nuggets and mac and cheese, I'd be thrilled!
Tanya
Jul 04, 2012 Tanya added it
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I would like to try some of the recipes in this book. I liked the mantra about saying, "yes" to more vegetables. I have long encouraged this as a dietitian and getting back to less processed food is a message I've been touting (though not always practicing) for years, especially with kiddos in the house.
Katie
Jun 11, 2011 Katie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I thought this book was a solid way to address the issue of eating. Instead of vilifying food or a food, it takes a good look at what we're eating and what is food and what isn't, as well as where we end up adding all kinds of sugar, salt and fat that we don't taste but makes us sick and/or fat.
Tana
This book has some good advice and recipes. As with most books that promote "clean" eating, I find that it nearly impossible for me financially and time wise to feed my family of five a clean diet. I want to, but I can't afford it! But I guess every little bit helps, right?
Dana Washington
This book really gets you thinking about what real food is, what it tastes like, how it's prepared and how little of it we actually ever eat. Very much motivates you to make positive changes to your diet without being preachy. Includes some flavorful yet simple recipes.
Molly
It was okay. Some interesting food for thought (omg, I wasn't going for a pun, don't judge me!), but pretty much like any other "non-diet" diet book out there. Eat better foods- I think we all know that, by now.
Alison
A wonderful book (if a little scary, will put you off processed food forver), and funny in many places. Down to earth advice even if it is american, and has loads of interesting recepies in it.
Janis
Very interesting book. It has really made me think about what is in the food I'm eating. Many of the recipes sound good but I have not tried any yet.
Myra
Decent, but nothing new that hasn't been said. Eat real food (not processed food), pay attention and enjoy what you eat, etc. Some decent recipes to try.
Sheri
Easy to read, very engaging and might even make me want to cook again! Want to cut out all the junk in my diet anyway and this book is a good start.
Aspasia
Explains the true meaning of real food and fresh food. Full of simple ways to get off processed junk food that is consuming America.
Deb
A good refresher about nutrition and fueling your body with the right foods. Overall I liked it and have tagged a few recipes to make.
Hien
Great book with good reciepes. I wished I bought the book to keep it as a reference.
Pam H
I just picked this book up and am excited to begin reading it!
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