Published Dec 1, 2014
Softcover, 220 pages
Reviewed by Maria Fragapane, BSc. Kinesiology
Just recently, I borrowed a book from my good friend Laura Fabiani entitled Return to Food: The Life Changing Anti-Diet written by Sherry Strong. Although I have a night table with a stack of books that I intend to get through, I was drawn to take it. I believe it was the word "anti-diet" that intrigued me. With over 20 years experience in the field of kinesiology, I have seen way too many clients attempting to diet and fail. This, simply because most dietary short-term goals never cross over to true lifestyle changes. Understanding this problem is one thing but having the tools to create real change is something else. Sherry Strong's book is one such powerful tool.
The first thing I did, besides contemplating the title, was turn to the recipes towards the back of the book. Within the next few days I proceeded to make the "Apple & Carrot Cool Slaw ", " Quinoa, Kale & Parsley Salad" with "Glory Dressing" and " Zuudles" with my very own "Return to Food" inspired avocado dressing! I then fed them to my children, which incidentally are as picky as they come when it comes to vegetables. They LOVED these recipes! I think the raw, fresh, crunchy components mixed in with a healthy dressing did the trick! This was a great start and a real incentive to get through the book.
Reading this book was like going through a journey. A journey about things that I believe most of us know instinctively but have suppressed as a result of the industrialized world that we live in. Sherry's ability to acquaint the reader through simple words and lovely, quirky illustrations to what she calls "Nature's Principle" , where nature tells us what we are meant to eat, when to eat it and how much, was an eye-opening experience for me. Eye-opening, not because it was a totally new concept, rather because it was a logical, old, natural concept that I had been trained by an industrialized food system to forget about. As I read, I felt a sense of strength and empowerment for me, for my family and for my clients.
My plan is to read this book again, as I have placed sticky tabs on a good portion of the pages. Perhaps my friend will forget she lent me this wonderful, life changing book...
Note: This book is rated G and suitable for all readers.
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Sherry Strong is a food philosopher, chef and nutritionist who has travelled around the globe to do diet and lifestyle makeovers, and has worked with celebrities, elite athletes, Fortune 500 CEOs, billionaires, and Jamie Oliver and his Fifteen Foundation. Sherry’s philosophies and simple strategies help people feel better and live their best life by developing a healthy relationship with food and their body. Sherry was the Victorian Chair of Nutrition Australia, the Melbourne Head of Slow Food, Curator and Co-Founder of the World Wellness Project Summit and founder of the Return to Food Academy where she teaches people to become Return to Food Coaches and Entrepreneurs.
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