I had no idea when I became a registered dietitian that I would do a fair amount of health writing in my career…..but I have been fortunate to be involved in some great writing projects! Here are a few of my books I would like to share with you…
Here’s my latest book, just published December 2013!
My latest work is a book I authored with Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief and chief content officer of Reader’s Digest called 21 Day Tummy. The 21 Day Tummy Plan is designed for the person who desires weight loss but ALSO suffers from common digestive symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or reflux. Liz and I included ground breaking science-particularly in the area of gut bacterial imbalance and the impact on the human body- and included more than 50 delicious tummy taming recipes (all reduced in FODMAPs) and full of real foods–from a plant not made in a plant!
We tried the 21 day plan on 12 testers and everyone lost weight and experienced improvement in their digestive symptoms. Two of the testers went off long term PPIs (heartburn medications). The book incorporates the low FODMAP diet and boosts nutrients associated with anti-inflammation or GI benefit: turmeric, ginger, monounsaturated fats, low FODMAP fiber, and is calorie controlled and emphasizes our daily needs of magnesium, a nutrient 69% of Americans are deficient in. Does a low FODMAPs help people lose weight? Perhaps. Alterations in gut flora play a role in how we extract calories from our food, enhance inflammation, alter how our intestine moves… BUT the low FODMAP part of the diet in the 21 Day Tummy was added to help manage bloating, gas and common irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. IBS is estimated to impact 1 in 5 Americans! And is a growing problem in many Westernized countries. Readers are instructed to be screened for celiac disease (blood test) and are also clearly instructed that removing FODMAPs is not encouraged for the long term (FODMAPs are innately healthy foods) and are walked through the challenge phase of the low FODMAP diet to find out what foods are their potential triggers.
Buy the Complete Idiot’s Guide book!
Here is my latest book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Well with IBS alpha, 2010. This book is my introduction to IBS including the new FODMAPs approach which has helped so many of my clients feel so much better. Yah!
Buy the book!
I coauthored this book in 2008. Real People Need Real Food contains all the essentials to feeding your family right including: label reading, grocery shopping, mindful eating, exercise, and of course, lots of great family-friendly recipes!