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Hungry Girl Clean and Hungry

Product DetailsHungry Girl Clean & Hungry
By Lisa Lillien
St. Martins
Retail Price: $19.99
Amazon Price: $11.99

Book Description: 

Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry: Healthy Recipes for Clean Eating in the Real World

Complete with full-color photos of EVERY recipe, Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry combines the best of Hungry Girl with the best of clean eating. The food is still guilt-free, and the portions are still huge…but now Lisa Lillien is highlighting CLEAN ingredients and doing away with artificial and processed foods. This book gives mainstream America delicious, satisfying, and clean recipes, using healthy ingredients found in supermarkets everywhere. The best part? The recipes are so easy, anyone can make ’em!

Featuring…
90 vegetarian recipes
108 gluten-free recipes
56 recipes in 30 minutes or less
43 recipes with 5 ingredients or less

Recipes like…
PB&J Waffles (203 calories)
BBQ Meatloaf (196 calories)
Hawaiian Shrimp Fried Rice with Pineapple (229 calories)
Fudgy Flourless Chocolate Cake (100 calories)

Finally… a real-world (and DELICIOUS) approach to clean eating!

Book Review

I have been following the work of Lisa and her Hungry Girl for years.  I have always been intrigued with her high energy and creativity when it comes to preparing food.  I used a lot of her earlier books, then when I moved to a less processed diet, I had to rethink using most of her recipes.  However, with her latest book Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry, I am back to using her cookbook on a regular basis.  This book is full of clean, easy, and satiating recipes that make my life so much easier when it comes to time in the kitchen.  There are so many things to choose from and all are delicious and good for you.  To me the whole point of Ms. Lillien’s approach to cooking is just start cooking. Don’t rely on take out, fast food or sticking some cardboard box in the microwave. It’s cooking, not nuclear physics. Homemade meals are less expensive and better for your health.  I highly recommend this cookbook to get you started.

~Reviewed by Rosie B.

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    How to Overcome Emotional Eating

    Eating is a part of life.  Your body gets its nutrients from food.  Sometimes we can go overboard with our eating habits and it can result in gaining weight.  One issue with food is emotional eating.

    The problem of emotional eating may end with the scale but it begins in the mind.  Stress takes its toll on your life.  When your defenses are compromised your health takes a hit and so do your emotions.

    Everyone has good days and bad days.  How we deal with the bad ones brings emotional eating into play.  You look for comfort for your hurts.  People who turn to food for comfort find a coping mechanism that won’t judge them, hurt them or tell them “no.” To complicate the issue, eating pleasurable foods can stimulate the release of endorphins just like exercise.  So, after you eat, you feel better.

    Emotional eaters use food to relieve stress.  They hide behind the food instead of seeking solutions to the problems.  This is not uncommon when the stressor is something horrible such as physical abuse or a death.

    But, how do you know you are using food in this way?  The first sign is obvious.  You will gain weight if you eat too much.  In light of the weight gain, examine other areas of your life:

    * Have you been under stress lately at work or at home?
    * Has anything traumatic happened in the last year?
    * Are you dealing with a problem but haven’t found a solution?

    Answering “yes” to any of these questions could mean that you are an emotional eater.  You eat but you are not necessarily hungry at the time.  The foods that you choose are what we term “comfort foods”:

    * High fat foods like French fries, fried foods
    * High carb foods like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes
    * Sugary foods like ice cream, donuts, cookies, cake

    There is help for emotional eaters.  The first step is recognizing that you have a problem.  You’ll experience feelings of helplessness and guilt.  The guilt is over potentially ruining your health and the helplessness lies in the fact that you don’t see a way out.

    Secondly, seek counseling.  There are many types of counselors out there that can meet your need.  Emotional eating has nothing to do with dieting or changing your eating habits but gaining control over your emotions.

    A counselor might suggest things like visualization, practicing problem solving skills, relaxation techniques and family support.  Visualization helps you to see your problems in a realistic way and not blown out of proportion.  You will also learn to see food as nutrition for the body and not an emotional crutch.

    Thirdly, your family can learn your triggers for stress and be on the lookout for changes in your eating habits.  They can help you be aware of the foods you are eating, assist you in making healthy food choices and exercise along with you.  Proper diet and exercise increases immunity, blood flow and positive thinking.  Yoga enhances the mind/body connection so you don’t eat when you aren’t hungry.

    Finding new ways to solve your problems and deal with stress will push food out of the equation.  You’ll feel good about finding solutions which will replace the dependence on food.

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