The Meal Deal: Blaze Your Own Trail to a Healthier Eating Lifestyle by Lisa Kiersky Schreiber is a comprehensive guide that helps you embark on a new and more fulfilling journey. It is always complicated to change your ways, to stop bad habits, and start anew. We need self-confidence and - more importantly - a strong desire to change and that is exactly what this amazing book offers. That is why The Meal Deal by Lisa Kiersky Schreiber is such a great book! In fact, Lisa advises us to add to our diet rather than to withdraw things and that is extremely powerful because it is so hard otherwise. I have been trying to stop eating sugar for almost a year…
The Meal Deal is comprehensive and includes tips about eating healthier food, organizing your kitchen, planning your weekly menus, and so much more. To top it all, it is engaging and personal. Indeed, Lisa Kiersky Schreiber does not refrain from talking about her own life, her health issues, and what prompted her to change. Lisa's guide helps us explore new ideas in order to improve our health and lead a nicer, easier life. Being more effective (planning meals, taking advantage of spare time to pre-cook food for instance…) is an important part of evolving. I was thrilled to read this book and am planning to put it to good use. The comprehensive bibliography and all the boxes (summaries, lists, advice…) will be a great help in implementing this new lifestyle. Thank you so much for sharing and making this book so relatable and easy to use!
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The Meal Deal is a book that provides concrete, actionable steps that makes meal planning and healthy eating a lifelong habit. It truly feels like you have your own personal nutrition coach by your side helping you make decisions on organizing your kitchen for meal prep, choosing the best meals that work for your health goals, meal planning, and much more.
The biggest point that Schreiber makes in The Meal Deal is this is not a book about dieting. This is a book about making the necessary changes in the way you approach food preparation and how to maintain that approach for a lifetime of healthy eating. The most positive aspect of The Meal Deal is the constant level of support that Schreiber provides the reader on this journey of preparing healthy meals on a weekly basis.
Schreiber begins The Meal Deal by having the reader list the “why”. Why are you at this point where you need or want to make a change in the way you approach the way you eat? She then delves, very comprehensively and systematically, into the “how”. The “how” includes providing multiple checklists that support your journey into areas such as:
(1) Establishing healthy food habits [A 12-week plan that is implemented daily]
(2) Organizing your kitchen and pantry [Addresses utensils and food items]
(3) How and where to find recipes to fit ANY diet [This chapter is extensive.]
(4) Putting together a cookbook with recipes [Tips provided can support any diet]
(5) Ways to optimize your grocery list [Nice examples provided]
The list above is a small sample of the amount of information Schreiber provides. Schreiber takes each component related to making healthy meals and provides a weekly/daily checklist to allow these components to become habits in your life. The information is also provided in manageable portions that are easy to implement and follow. The final chapter is aptly entitled, “The end is the beginning”, pointing out that the strategies in this book are a lifelong approach to meal planning, meal preparation, and food consumption.