Guidelines for Healthy Eating
Rules for Healthy Eating – Free Ebook
Christianna Pierce, MA, RD, has released an excellent book that provides guidelines for healthy eating along with enough information to actually understand why some foods are good and others bad. This is not a recipe book and is in fact more than a rule book. It not only outlines an approach but explains the rationale behind the approach. This is done in English and not in marketing speak.
Christianna has a blog over at elegantsimplelife.com. Aside from being an excellent writer and an extremely competent photographer she is committed to food education. From the introduction to her guidelines for healthy eating ebook, Healthy Eating Rules;
I followed my passion for nutrition and became a registered dietitian over 30 years ago. I’ve been a vegetarian even longer than that and started eating a vegan, plant-based diet in January 2010. Throughout the years, I have become accustomed to friends and patients saying to me, often in despair, “Please, tell me what to eat!” Well-meaning people want to eat in a healthful manner, but get frustrated because of all the conflicting information coming at them from so many different sources
Christianna originally offered the Healthy Eating Rules ebook for sale but has since made the decision to make it available free of charge to everyone who wants a copy. The book is very readable but it is not dumbed down at all. I must admit that there were times when I was grateful for my time spent studying human physiology. There are some long words, specifically biochemical polypeptide molecule type ones but this shouldn’t put anyone off.
The information is offered up in small manageable chunks and what could have been a very dense and dry topic is managed with a very light touch by Christianna. This lightness of approach is further emphasized by the professional layout by Lynn Fang which is airy and really lets the subject breathe.
Much of the photography was done by the author and is in tune with the light minimal approach of the words and the layout. Christianna is very much into photography as anyone who follows her blog, Elegant Simple Life willl know. Her clean precise style suits the writing perfectly. Both of the photographs that accompany this post are from Healthy Eating Rules and were taken by Christianna.
The book does definitely have a point of view, said point of view being that if it is or if it comes from an animal it is probably nor doing the eater much good. Other take home messages are that processed is not good, carbs are OK, fat is bad regardless of whether saturated or not and too many or unpronounceable ingredient lists are bad. I enjoyed the section that dissected the idea that olive oil is good for us as that was definitely news to me.
Full disclosure: I am not a vegetarian let alone a vegan. I would happily be a vegan and am consciously working in that direction. The reasons for not taking this route to date is twofold, expense and availability of the good stuff. Diversity, a factor stressed in the book, would be hard to achieve here in our corner of the Midwest even if money was not an issue.
Christianna has been a registered dietitian for over 30 years and the knowledge gained comes through on every page of the book. Even though there may be room for disagreement on some of the specifics I feel sure that, if you follow the advice in this book, your diet will be a healthy one.
Healthy Eating rules is available from “Healthy Eating Rules” Free for Immediate Download completely free of charge and absolutely nothing is required in exchange. You do not even have to subscribe to Elegant Simple life, although you will be missing out if you don’t.
This is probably the most useful and best looking book that has been offered free and unconditionally on the internet that I have come across to date. Certainly the best set of guidelines for healthy eating. Download it – you will not regret it.