Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Simple Food for Busy Families

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Book Review - Simple Food for Busy Families

About the Book
Are you too busy to feed your family home-cooked food? Confused by the latest nutritional news? Struggling to help your kids stay healthy, active and balanced? Whole Life Nutrition is a much-needed antidote to the S.A.D. - our Standard American Diet and lifestyle of fast food and faster entertainment. Designed for parents of school-aged children, this book clearly and simply lays out how to nourish your family and create balance in your home life while keeping up with your full and busy days.
You'll learn how to reverse common cravings, imbalances and ailments and experience a comprehensive new approach to modern family cooking - one so simple and intuitive that even readers who are afraid to boil water will be dishing out quick, delicious, nourishing meals in no time. With clear, practical lifestyle guidelines, the inside scoop on many nutrition issues, and endless simple meal options, this book is one-stop-shopping for getting your family's health on track.

About the Authors

Jeannette Lee Bessinger, owner of Balance for Life, LLC and co-founder of, is a board certified health counselor and mother of two teens. An award-winning lifestyle and nutrition educator, Bessinger developed a nutrition- and cooking-based obesity prevention program for Head Start parents and toddlers with a grant from the American Academy of Pediatrics. With a grant from the Rhode Island Department of Health, Bessinger helped design a citywide obesity prevention/intervention plan for families.
Designer and lead facilitator of a successful hospital-based lifestyle change program, she acts as a consultant and speaker to public and private groups and coalitions working to improve the health of schools and cities in the U.S.  Her simple, practical approach has helped hundreds of women successfully meet the challenges of imbalanced health and nutrition with hope and grace.

Tracee Yablon-Brenner is a registered dietitian, board-certified holistic health counselor, owner of Nutrition is Healing, co-founder of, and mother of two girls. She completed her internship in dietetics at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center, and is American Dietetic Association trained in childhood and adolescent weight management. Yablon-Brenner is a member of the American Dietetic Association and Pediatric and Diabetic Practice Groups, the American Botanical Society, the Haworth School Wellness Committee, and Action for Healthy Kids. 

My Take on the Book
This book is a treasure trove of nutritional information for any family. The authors break down the myths as well as are coloring outside the lines to be able to get you (the reader) to see the light about fat and how it is effecting you and the people around you. The book has many great recipes, but actually there is more great nutritional information that many families are lacking in their homes and in their diets. In this book the authors focus on whole foods, quality protein, good fat and fiber, which we all know are good for us.

This book guides families into learning more about what they are eating and working to transform a larger societal culture to deal with. So, in this book you will be able to find some great, simple recipes. At the same time though, there are many other great resources are these people try to share with us. One of my favorite sections looks at healthy foods and what they are known for, how to prepare, cut and when to eat it. Also, in looking at the sections again, I noticed that after general information there is a that provides a recipe for that element.

As a member of a busy family, this book is definitely one that will make my life easier as I try and make better choices for healthier meals for my family!

The book was a great one and one that I would highly recommend!

If this book sounds like on that you would like for your own family you can find it on Amazon!

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