Eat Like You Give a Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive is an instructional book sharing 8 essential strategies to eating healthy plus sharing recipes that actually implement those strategies.
I was given a copy of this book for my honest review, and after reading word for word about half of the book, I can honestly say that if I did what this book teaches, I think it would be life-changing for me.
I picked it up with the idea of just scanning over it to share with you what was in it and once I got started reading, I couldn’t put it down.
Why did I feel this way?
I don’t eat healthy (for the most part), and I partly don’t eat healthy because I don’t like many healthy foods. So I was immediately intrigued with the idea of retraining my tastebuds. Can it be done? I am a skeptic, but I want to give it a try!
I also loved it when Mareya Ibrahim said in her introduction, “No one should do anything that starts with ‘die’.”
This is not a diet book. This is a lifestyle book with a clear way to go about eating healthy that doesn’t have you counting points or calories or buying into a pyramid program to drink their drinks.
I am not knocking those aids, necessarily. I just don’t want to be tied to a program. I want to be healthy because what I put into my body is what God intended for me to put into my body.
I want to give this book a try and do what Mareya Ibrahim lays out in the 8 essential strategies to eating healthy, but I won’t be able to start until the middle of July — and I think I will be on my own in my family, although I might be able to get my husband to do it with me. With my rotator shoulder surgery, I can’t do the meal prep I would have to do to get this started and I can’t drive to get the additional groceries I need. But when I do it, I’ll let you know if I stuck to it.
Even if you choose to not do all of these 8 strategies, you would still like to get a copy of this book for the excellent recipes.
Mareya Ibrahim, nutritionist, award-winning inventor, and the signature chef and meal plan designer for the bestselling diet book The Daniel Plan, included eighty “forking delicious” recipes in her cookbook. For not being the healthiest eater, I thought I would like many of these recipes — without even having retrained my taste buds. Here are a few of them:
- Zucchini Noodles with Romesco Sauce
- Low-Sodium Umami Bone Broth
- You Glow Smoothie
- No-Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
Eat Like You Give a Fork: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive Cookbook — 8 essential strategies to a eating healthy
- Strategy 1: Retrain your taste buds. the book includes an eight-day taste bud reconditioning meal plan.
- Strategy 2: Stocking your kitchen. Not only does the book include a “steer-clear list” but it also includes a checklist called “your essential refrigerator” as well as instruction on how to organize your refrigerator.
- Strategy 3: Get up on Greens — The recipes in this section included those all-important green, and they looked yummy!
- Strategy 4: The Fast Break — Directions on how to do intermittent fasting. It is very doable using the plan showed in this book. You wouldn’t even feel like you were fasting!
- Strategy 5: Go Gluten Free Super Grains — There is a short list you can use to know which grains are good to eat.
- Strategy 6: Fat Fillers — There is good fat! Do you know the difference between good and bad fats?
- Strategy 7: Be Real Dense — nutritionally dense foods that feed you to the core.
- Strategy 8: The 90/10 Rule –about 3 of your meals per week can be what you want them to be. See how to decide what that 10% can be.
Here is one recipe from Eat Like You Give a Fork!
I will definitely give these No Bake Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies a try!
Healthy no-bake cookies!
- 1/2 c canned unsweetened full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 c + 2 tbsp. natural creamy peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter, for a nut-free option), at room temperature
- 2 tbsp. raw coconut oil
- 2 tsp. granulated stevia or monkfruit sweetener
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp. Himalayan pink salt
- 3 c. quick-cooking oats
- 1/2 c. no-sugar-added dark chocolate chips
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, wax paper, or a silicone mat.
In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, ½ cup of the peanut butter, and ½ cup water until smooth. Add the coconut oil, stevia, vanilla, and salt and mix until smooth.
Using a spatula, fold in the oats, making sure all the oats are well soaked. Let sit for about 10 minutes, until the mixture becomes firm. Fold in the chocolate chips and mix with a spatula to evenly distribute them.
Using an ice cream scoop, portion cookies onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart, and press down lightly to flatten them.
In a small bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons peanut butter and ½ teaspoon water. Drizzle the peanut butter over the tops of the cookies and let set at room temperature, about 15 minutes. Store wrapped in parchment paper to keep them fresh up to a week
From EAT LIKE YOU GIVE A FORK: The Real Dish on Eating to Thrive. Copyright © 2019 by Mareya Ibrahim and reprinted with permission from St. Martin’s Griffin.
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