Thursday, September 8, 2011

EAT ALL DAY - DRINK ALL DAY: A Never-Hungry way to get slim and stay slim

A Book Review of:

EAT ALL DAY - DRINK ALL DAY: A Never-Hungry way to get slim and stay slim

By D.G. Long

I decided to check out the Eat all Day - Drink All Day weight loss plan for a couple of reasons. Having been recently very successful in losing over 100 pounds, the natural way and not with surgery, I feel I have a pretty good insight to the world of weight loss. I’m always looking for new recipes, new ideas, and ways to enhance this new lifestyle. I’m also kind of at a “loss” plateau but still “losing” inches while exercising so I was hoping to find some new ideas for changing up our routine of eating a lot of the same old things.

This book intrigued me because it seemed like a simple approach to creating healthy recipes. Once I opened the first pages I realized not only was I right but the recipes were amazing. Filled with tons of great recipes, some of which I've put on my "regular recipes I make" list, the only disappointment I had was that the author only puts calorie counts. There is a reason for this, as the author's entire thought process on weight loss is a simple and truthful one to some extent. She believes losing weight is a matter of Calories In versus Calories Out. I do agree with her to some degree but unfortunately in today's world we should also be very conscious of the items we're putting into our bodies to the point that we at least can easily see things like fiber content, fat content, and so on.

I personally think if more nutritional information were offered for the recipes she could even sell more books to those on other programs that work for them. However, the author is adamant about it all being simplified to caloric intake and output so I fully understand why the book is written in the style it is written.

I love the fact that the author is "one of us" so to speak. She's not some doctor who weighs the perfect weight and has never struggled with weight issues but has read up on it all. She's knowledgeable because she's been there, done that and isn't ashamed to say so. You can always tell when a recipe book author who is targeting weight loss and healthy eating lifestyle change isn't a person who's ever really had to struggle with the issue of weight. Those books tend to be very formal, factual, and informational but often unrealistic in real life. Sure, who wouldn't love some gourmet eating but who has the time to not only whip up their "ideas" for weight loss but afford half the items they want you to buy?

Eat All Day's author is not only realistic but uses REAL food and doesn't take all day to create her recipes. I truly love the book. As for having to figure out the rest of the nutritional information (because I also like to know how much fiber ,fat and general nutritional info is in my food) it's not that big of a deal as I utilize the SparkPeople.Com recipe builder if I'm wondering. However, many of the recipes are so basic you just know that it's okay and either high in fiber, etc. and works with your new healthy lifestyle.

So exactly what's inside? Well, without giving it all away let me peak your interest with a few titles of some recipes offered. You can start your day with Mexicali Eggs, sip on a chocolate cheesecake shake, or enjoy an exquisite dinner with Bravissimo Chicken (sounds way more "foo foo" than it really is!) just to name a few. The book is divided into sections including drinks, salads, beef, seafood, and so on. You can find anything you want easily with the reference area both in the back of the book and the table of contents so you're not fumbling for that recipe you saw. The book is small enough to be handy, yet filled to the brim with real food ideas and recipes. Simply said, its simplicity is its best feature and that's not normally the way most weight loss books are. Perhaps that's why most weight loss plans are often tossed aside after just a few weeks or months.

The author has a bit of a sense of humor also, which once again justifies her ability to truly give good advice on how she's lost weight because she is very "real" in her approach. No matter what "diet" (I hate that word too and rarely use it) you're on or if you're just ready to take a no frills approach to losing weight, this book is a must for everyone's collection of recipe books. Real, down to earth, and quite yummy in content I think Ms. Long has nailed this recipe book perfectly. My only other "complaint" about the book? I'd love to see it twice its size!

Kudos to a great job Ms. Long. You've done well for those who are tired of complicated, full of crap systems to suddenly be thin. You're realistic approach is refreshing and your recipes delicious!