Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Nutrition at Your Fingertips

Friday, May 21, 2010

Book Review - Nutrition at Your Fingertips

About the Book
Nutrition is as vital to good health as it is complex to understand. With thousands of supplements to choose from-and ever-shifting study results-a registered dietitian offers here a guide to: nutrition’s latest findings; detailed explanations of vitamins and minerals; information on fats, carbohydrates, fiber, and proteins; daily requirements; health weight evaluation and management; food labels; meal planning; and combating disease through nutrition.

About the Author

A leading national nutrition expert, Elisa Zied has helped thousands of people enjoy healthier lives through her work as a consultant, writer, author, and speaker. By making nutrition and fitness accessible, practical, and fun, Elisa helps people find pleasure, satisfaction, and balance in their lives by eating nutritious, delicious food and staying active and fit. Elisa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, and from New York University with a master of science degree in clinical nutrition. She has been a national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for nearly 6 years, and is a recipient of New York State Dietetic Association media excellence award. Elisa is also certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise.
“Elisa Zied is one of America’s finest registered dietitians.  She has an incredible ability to educate and inspire consumers and clients toward healthier lifestyles with her practical, easy and doable advice.”
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD – Award winning journalist


Elisa’s natural ease on camera and off has made her a regular and sought after source for producers and journalists for nearly 15 years. She is a great communicator with a warm and approachable style that resonates with individuals and the public at large. Her common sense approach to real-world situations and her ability to cut through the clutter has provided the media and audiences alike with solid and dependable information about food and nutrition as well as practical real-world strategies to help people attain a healthier lifestyle.
Just some of Elisa’s media appearances include CBS’s The Early Show, NBC’s Today Show, and various national and local programs on ABC, MSNBC, FOX News Channel, The Food Network, and Lifetime. She is frequently quoted in print publications including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, People, Glamour, Shape, Redbook, Parents, Parenting, Fitness, O, Self, Oxygen, and Men’s Fitness, and online publications including WebMDHealthDay, and


Elisa is a regular contributor to’s “Chew on This” column, and  She’s also added guest blogger on to her resume. Elisa has also written freelance articles for several publications including Parents, Woman’s Day, and Weight Watchers, and was a contributing editor for both Redbook and Seventeen. Elisa is also the author of Nutrition At Your Fingertips (Alpha Books/Penguin, 2009), and co-authored Feed Your Family Right! (Wiley, 2007) and So What Can I Eat?! (Wiley, 2006) with Ruth Winter. Elisa has also written many letters to the editor that have been published in the New York Times, Time magazine, and U.S. News & World Report.
Elisa earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a master of science in clinical nutrition from New York University.


Elisa is thrilled to be a speaker at the upcoming Food For Your Whole Life conference on June 7th and 8th in New York City, headlined by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. David Roizen, Dr. David Katz, and several distinguished health and nutrition experts. Elisa’s talk for professionals, held on June 8th, will cover the unique nutritional and health issues of teenagers. Elisa was also the keynote speaker at two recent Wiley Faculty Network regional conferences for nutrition educators. In her talk called ”Dietary Trends and Hot Topics in 2010,” she discussed the National Sodium Reduction Initiative, menu/calorie labeling, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, diet books, and the soda tax.


Elisa enjoys a busy and active life in New York City with her husband Brian and two sons, Spencer and Eli. Playing tennis, newcomb, baseball, and going skiing, bowling, or ice skating with her boys are some of her favorite activities. She also loves to take long walks, jog, and weight train regularly (and to spice things up, tap dance, too). She also makes sure to satisfy her sweet tooth with a little bit of chocolate each day.

My Take on the Book

I found this book to be a treasure trove of valuable information! It was like being in the gym talking to the nutritionist, but having it in my own home! I loved some of the lists and forms that the book provided to help you to plan the correct diet for your needs and it helped you to set appropriate goals. I have seen a number of dietary books, but this book was different than the others and it takes more of a teaching role, helping the reader to change habits and plan for a healthier future.

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