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Meals that heal inflammation by Julie Daniluk

posted 6 May 2015, 03:25 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 13 May 2015, 10:24 ]
I’ll be honest. When I was choosing my next book to review for Hay House, it wasn’t the title of this book that caught my attention. It was the fact there were over 120 healthy recipes included in the book. On the day it arrived I flipped straight to the pictures and was pleased by what I saw. Twists on two of my all-time favorites, kale chips and kelp noodles were among the beauties I was inspired to try. Sadly not all recipes have a photo companion (small tear) but they sound so delicious and the ingredients so healthy that I couldn’t help but be intrigued to see how they turn out, such as the Sweet Potato Frittata and the Puffed Quinoa Bars. Perhaps I’ll be posting some pictures myself of these dishes in the near future. If you are a meat-eater reading this, know that there are healthy real meat options included too. While I personally will not be making them, I thought you might like to know.

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.

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