Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Eat Well Age Better: A Book Review

About The Book:

EAT WELL, AGE BETTER shows how you can recognize your nutritional shortfalls—deficits that will increase your risk of the degenerative diseases of age, including diabetes, osteoporosis, dementia, macular degeneration, heart disease, and stroke.  Backed by the latest research,  EAT WELL, AGE BETTER describes in straightforward language how to be your own nutritionist. By taking control of your diet now, and understanding how to optimize it with selected vitamins and other supplements, you can increase energy, strengthen your immune system, maintain a healthy brain, and embark upon your retirement years with vigour and vitality.

About The Authors:

Aileen Burford-Mason PhD is an immunologist, cell biologist, former cancer researcher, and author of many research papers published in prestigious national and international scientific journals. For the past 15 years she has had a busy private nutritional practice in downtown Toronto. Known for her ability to take the complex field of nutritional research and make it accessible and practical for everyone, she currently teaches a popular course for doctors at the University of Toronto in the use of diet and supplements for disease prevention. For more information visit www.aileenburfordmason.ca

Judy Stoffman has been a writer and editor on numerous publications, including the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and Canadian Living magazine, and has worked for the CBC News, Ideas and As It Happens on CBC radio. Her essay about aging "The Way of All Flesh" is included in two high school English textbooks used in Ontario.

My Review:

January always seems to be the month that people get off the couch, start moving and start making changes in their health. I am one of these people. Every year I look back on the previous one and think of ways I can improve on how I lived my life. One of the ways is always has to do with my health.

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a resource that is perfect for all of us who want to get serious about improving our health, and ultimately our lives.

Eat Well Age Better is very nicely organized, giving a great introduction to the importance of vitamins and minerals for our body, then looking at specific areas like vision, weight, bowel issues, sleep problems, and more. Though the book does give a lot of statistics and uses a fair amount of medical language it is still very easy to understand.

My favorite chapter was 15: Food for Health, specifically the ten tips given for healthy eating:

1. Have three well-balanced meals a day
2. Never Skip breakfast or lunch
3. Keep Healthy Snacks on hand
4. Load up on vegetables and increase fruit intake
5. Go easy on starchy carbohydrates - even whole grains
6. Watch your protein intake, especially if you are a vegetarian
7. Eat organic when possible
8. Consume alcohol in modest quantities
9. Exercise regularly
10. Become a "cooking animal"
                                 (pp. 240-253)

The book takes this list and goes into great detail. Though I have known about each of these as a way to be healthy for years, it was a great reminder and I even learned a few new things!

The book also takes you through learning what you should take for supplements if needed and why they are needed. This was also very good for me to read, as I do not eat dairy, so it was great to see how I can replace the missing nutrients from dairy products. 

If you are looking for a great way to start the year healthy, I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Eat Well Age Better at your favorite bookseller from Thomas Allen and Sons, as well as online through Amazon.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Thomas Allen and Sons, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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