I expected the recipes to be good (after all, Julie co-hosts the cooking show, Healthy Gourmet on the Oprah Winfrey Network) but an unexpected surprise was the abundance of useful information. Not only does it cover what inflammation is, the causes and concerns it leads to if untreated, but also how your emotions play a huge role in your health and healing. She dedicates a full chapter to Emotional Pain, which is by far the most vital part of the book. As Julie states, “If you’re not committed emotionally, then you won’t be willing to follow through with the necessary changes.” She’s right. Our beliefs drive our behaviour. If you are not willing to identify the limiting beliefs that are holding you back (e.g. healthy food doesn’t taste good, I’ll change my diet…tomorrow) and work on modifying them, your success will be limited and unsustainable. There are some great tips on handling emotional eating included, many that I have been using for years now with great success.
In addition, there there are menu plans, modifications, substitutions to cater to your particular diet, food journals and various charts to help you along the way.
If you are looking to reduce inflammation, illness and allergic reactions (which are both types of inflammation) or you just want to improve your diet without compromising on taste, I highly recommend picking up your own copy of this book. It will help you achieve better balance, one bite at a time.
By Aimee DuFresne