I’ve been a big fan of the healthy eating blog, Summer Tomato, for the past two years. Along with The Nutrition Diva, Summer Tomato has been one of my go-to resources for trustworthy nutrition info. What I like about these two ladies is they both use science to back up their claims, they have a very balanced and non-extreme stance, they don’t buy into nutrition fads, and they recognize and celebrate food for what it is, not just as nutrients.
So, when I heard a couple of months ago that Summer Tomato creator Darya Pino got a book deal, I was excited. Her book came out in May and is called Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting (my Amazon Associates link). It’s written through the lens of weight loss, though it’s really about lasting lifestyle changes for your health. But I think it’s smart that it’s marketed as a weight loss guide–that’s going to help Pino get her message out. I would have never went on my own health and nutrition journey if it wasn’t for the fact that I was trying to figure out how to lose a little weight a few years ago.
The book doesn’t just talk about food. It covers a lot of topics that is part of the bigger picture that so many other health and weight loss experts neglect to mention–things like psychology and willpower, the importance of cooking your own food, mindful eating, non exercise activity thermogenesis (what I call “moving”), and the challenges of eating healthy in different social situations. A lot of what she writes about sounds like common sense but it’s all very solid advice. Besides, I think we all need a dose of common sense, considering all the fad diets and weight loss myths that are still floating around.
If you’ve never read Summer Tomato, I highly advise you to pick up a copy of Foodist. It’s probably one of the most trust-worthy and comprehensive guides to weight loss lifetime of healthy eating. It’s chock full of practical advice that works without stupid shortcuts or gimmicks, and it’s a well-written and well-organized book. If you’re already a loyal reader of Summer Tomato, a lot of stuff will sound familiar but I think there’s enough fresh content to justify getting the book. It’s also nice to have her philosophy and research nicely summarized in one place.