Good Decisions…Most of the Time is an adventure into the foundations of nutrition and the inner workings of your body, where even the smallest change can bring about a dramatic shift in how you look and feel. From the psychology of food to nutritional nuggets, Good Decisions will guide you down your own hallway of life, increase your ability to self-govern effectively around food, and teach you how to be in tune with your body and what it needs.
What You Will Learn:
• The foundations of nutrition
• How to deal with powerful emotions and cravings
• Which foods increase mental clarity
• How to eat to increase energy and vitality
• Which foods pack on the weight
• Which foods decrease sex drive
• How hormonal imbalances affect sleep, energy, and mood, and how you can use food to bring hormones back into balance.
Good Decisions will take you on a five-step foundational journey through the art and science of nutrition where you will learn:
1. BLOOD SUGAR REGULATION AND THE NO-SUGAR CHALLENGE. Before you can lose weight, regain mental clarity, or increase energy, you must bring blood sugar irregularities back into balance.
2. DIGESTIVE HEALTH. You could eat the healthiest diet on the planet, but if you are not digesting your food and absorbing nutrients, it will do you no good.
3. MINERAL BALANCE. If your minerals are not balanced, your body may steal precious minerals from your bones. Ensuring adequate intake and absorption of minerals is paramount to bone health and athletic performance.
What really sets this book apart is that each chapter ends with “The Psychology of Food.” Tips, tools, and exercises that empower you to deal with powerful emotions that arise around food. After all, creating an eating plan is only half the battle. Implementing that plan is where this book excels.
Brooks also presents readers with the No Sugar Challenge—I admit I’m not brave enough to take it, but I appreciate what she’s advocating since I have been slowly cutting down my own intake of sugar. I also appreciate that she dismisses a lot of myths, such as that losing weight is just about counting calories. As she states, “This information does not bode well for overweight Americans addicted to sugar who have been told for the last thirty years that in order to lose weight, all we need to do is exercise and decrease our caloric intake. Calories in, calories out, is a mantra that has been repeated for decades. But 100 calories from vegetables function in the body completely differently than 100 calories from a sugary piece of cake.”
Perhaps more important even than all the nutrition information in this book is how Brooks makes us look at our relationship with food. In the sections titled “Psychology of Food,” she asks us to look at the reasons why we overeat and the role of self-esteem and judgment in our relationship with food. In the “Feel the Life That You Are” section, she encourages us not to use food to fill whatever void we may feel in our lives. As she states, “certain individuals who don’t have anything exciting in their lives may be more vulnerable to things that give them a dopamine rush. Food can be one of those things.”
There’s so much in this book, and I think it will benefit anyone reading it, whether read from cover to cover, or used as a reference book that you skip around in. Even if you read it from cover to cover, you’ll be going back to it again and again for its advice and recipes. From understanding why the body needs quality fats, to how to ensure adequate digestion, to discussions about what cans and plastics are good to buy and store food in, there’s something for everyone. That Brooks has the courage to point out the flaws in the bottled water industry alone deserves applause.
Like everyone else, I want to enjoy my food, but even more, I want to enjoy a long and healthy life. I picked up several tips in this book to help me improve the quality of my life and make good decisions...most of the time. I encourage you to read it and do the same.
Danielle is sensible about her methods of teaching good nutrition and good health and that is why she succeeds so heartily in this book. Just a scan of the chapters shows how she supports and elucidates matters most of us either avoid or remain ignorant: Simple carbohydrates and the no sugar challenge, Sweet alternatives, Complex carbohydrates and digestive wellness, The ease of preparing grains, Tasty grain varieties and levels of refinement, Balancing Minerals with legumes, nuts and seeds, Healthy proteins for all lifestyles, Fats and oils, Cooking with fats and oils, and Water and electrolytes. Now let your curiosity about each of these subjects about which she has written encourage you to buy her book (over 400 pages of terrific writing).
Danielle leaves us with the following final message: `Making Good Decisions...Most of the Time isn't just about making healthy decisions when it comes to food, or tuning into your body to give it what it needs, or even dealing with emotions and improving your ability to self-govern. It is ultimately a philosophy of living in accordance with truth and knowledge when it comes to food and habits. Truth and knowledge tell us that when we feed the body foods found in nature, prepared as our ancestors prepared them for generations, they will perform phenomenally well for us. When we consume too much sugar or processed foods, our mental clarity begins to fog, we lose energy, and the health of our physical body suffers. While it serves no purpose to demonize certain foods, it does serve a purpose to operate using intellect and know how certain foods affect the body. Then we can make informed decisions-- Good Decisions...Most of the Time--regarding what foods we want to consume as we journey down our own individual hallways of life.We are all beautifully different, with different metabolisms, different food sensitivities, different ethnicities, and different beliefs. There is no one diet that works for everyone, but there is an abundant amount of wholesome natural food for all of us to choose from and cook as we desire. Whether you are a fast food junkie, raw foodie, a vegan, or carnivore, there is no right way or wrong way to eat--only truth and knowledge that point us toward foods that contribute to health and wellbeing, and those that do not.'
Excellent book for so many reasons. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, January 15
Good Decisions is well researched and "user friendly,” both important attributes for a healthy nutrition guide. At the end of many paragraphs describing a particular food or ingredient we may choose to eat, the author clearly describes whether that particular food is a "Good Decision" or not. As a guide for practitioners and their clients, this book which is chock full of data, explanations, and recipes is truly a Good Decision.
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