When I first got interested in nutrition, I started reading a lot. I read lots of books and I read lots of blogs, and the first thing I learned was this:
nutrition bloggers tended to go seriously overboard.
Their passion is commendable, and I'm grateful that they're willing to take the time to share their experience and ideas. But when someone says that there is just nothing better than "eggnog" made with water, cashews, and sea moss instead of milk, eggs, and sugar...well, that's a little much for me to swallow! :) There is an "all or nothing" mentality in the world of nutrition bloggers that can be pretty overwhelming, especially initially.
But maybe you're interested in healthier eating, like I was. And maybe you'd like to find a way to improve your family's diet without your family rebelling and refusing to eat anything you cook! Maybe you'd like to find one or two information sources that condense a myriad of nutrition websites into one easy-to-read format.
If so, you'll want to keep reading, because I get to give away a copy of an e-book that does just that!
I've been reading Kate's blog, Modern Alternative Mama, for some time now. I like her style and I like the topics she writes about - everything from nutrition to healthy pregnancies to "hot topics" like TSA body scanners. I don't always agree with her, but that keeps things interesting! :)
Kate sent me a complimentary copy of her new e-book, In The Kitchen: Real Food Basics, and asked me to review it. Since this is the first time I've ever been asked to review anything at all, and she's one of my favorite bloggers, and reviewing things makes me a for real blogger (right?) I was more than happy to oblige. Actually maybe I danced around my living room a little bit.
In The Kitchen: Real Food Basics, is aptly named. Kate's goal is to give you a basic understanding of real food nutrition, without overwhelming you with all the details. If you've been studying nutrition for a year or two, as I have, you might find it somewhat lacking in specifics, studies, and footnoted research. But those just starting out will appreciate the conversational style and simple "let's get you started" ideas.
Your family will appreciate Kate's recipes. No sea moss to be found here! Rather, Kate gives you adapted versions of classic, yummy staples: chicken soup, meatballs, biscuits and gravy, pizza, chocolate chip cookies. ("What?" you say, "I thought this was supposed to be about healthy eating!?") And it is! Really! You'll just have to read the book! ;)
To be honest, I don't agree 100% with everything in it. Kate is heavily influenced by Weston A. Price, which I am not. She believes in sprouting all grains and using them less frequently than I do. And I have to admit that I'm not brave enough to try kombucha yet, although she swears by it! But overall this is a fine introduction to whole, real foods.
And one lucky reader gets to win their very own copy! I'm making entering easy, because I hate complicated giveaways. So all you have to do is leave a comment here, telling me one thing you've changed recently in pursuit of better nutrition.
UPDATED to add: the giveaway will run through January 2nd, and I'll choose a (random) winner sometime on Monday the 3rd.