Joyful Cooking in the Pursuit of Good Health:Restore and Heal Through Nutritional Balancing
JHF Nutritional Consulting, 2011 (2009)
Reviewed by Kelly Thunstrom
he subtitle of Joy Feldman's
Joyful Cooking in the Pursuit of Good Health
Restore & Heal Through Nutritional Balancing
'. Feldman is passionate about bringing her message of nutritional balancing to the masses; however, in doing so, one is not quite sure what type of book this is. Beginning as an informational tome about the proper things to eat and what our society has become nutritionally, and ending as a cookbook, where does this get categorized?
epending on what you believe, this will be either be right up your alley, or way too
for you. While a slew of studies have been done on the effects of nutrition on the psyche, Feldman goes one step further. While I'm sure no one can dispute the fact that we feel much better when we eat well, Feldman surprises her readers with WHAT to eat and not eat.
eldman is a big believer in the Oriental philosophy of
yin and yang
. Avoiding the
and focusing on the
is at the heart of nutritional balancing. She writes that '
It is important to try to avoid yin foods such as sugars, sweet juices, most fruit, nightshade vegetables (this includes eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and potatoes as they are inflammatory) and most uncooked food.
f course, one should avoid sugars, but avoiding fruit and some vegetables? Feldman also writes that raw milk is the best (not pasteurized) and to avoid all wheat, even whole wheat. Make your own decision on whether you believe in
yin and yang
. The recipes are easy to follow; however, I need pictures when I cook. I want to see what my
Spinach Lentil Soup
is supposed to look like.
eing from the education field, I can certainly agree with the fact that nutrition is everything. I could definitely see a difference in the afternoon between the students who had healthy lunches and those who had donuts and french fries. However, giving up fruit, pasteurized milk, peppers, whole wheat, and tomatoes is not the way to go (for me).
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