Bob Greene's bestselling Get With the Program! showed hundreds of thousands of people how to make a habit of healthy living and fitness. Now, in The Get With the Program! Guide to Good Eating, Greene presents a blueprint for a lifetime of healthful eating, with detailed, easy-to-follow guidelines and 85 delicious recipes.
Greene knows that you're not going to stick to an eating plan if you're bored or feeling deprived, so he's developed a program based on balance, moderation, flexibility, and variety. After you make the commitment to Get With the Program!, you'll discover the keys to boosting your metabolism. Next you'll take the four steps to healthy eating, making one change at a time: eating a nutritious breakfast, setting an eating cut-off time, redistributing your calories, and making healthful food choices. Greene shows you how to determine the perfect way to eat for your unique needs, how to stock a healthy kitchen, how to dine out enjoyably, and how to "cheat" without guilt.
Finally, there are 85 easy-to-prepare recipes that are as full of flavor as they are good for you. Try a Peaches and "Cream" Fresh Fruit Smoothie or some Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes for breakfast. Salmon Burgers or Tomatoes Stuffed with Couscous, Cucumber, and Mint make a satisfying lunch, and how about Spinach Penne with Spicy Roasted Pepper Sauce or Baked Lemon Herb Halibut for dinner? Hungry for more? Satisfying soups, tasty side dishes (including luscious Mashed Potatoes), and tempting desserts, like airy Pavlova with Raspberry Sauce or Chocolate Almond Angel Food Cake, make healthful eating a pleasure.
The Get With the Program! Guide to Good Eating is an effective and enjoyable approach to good health, good eating, and weight loss that you can trust.
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Simon & Schuster
December 31, 2002
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Excerpt from The Get with the Program! Guide to Good Eating by Bob Greene
As far back as I can remember, I've been interested in the connection between food and good health. Even at the tender age of nine, I'd read in the paper about the health hazards of nitrates, then lobby my parents to banish bacon from our table. Though I was just a kid when word about the harmful effects of pesticides hit the headlines, I took the news to heart and worried about the quality of the produce my family was eating. What about the news (which turned out not to be true) that margarine is better than butter? I pestered my mom until she finally bought a tub of it. Or that salt causes high blood pressure? I warned my dad about using the shaker so liberally.
I guess you could say I was kind of an alarmist kid, but as the self-appointed guardian of my family's well-being, I took nutrition news seriously. And I still do, though I've learned that not everything you read in the papers and hear on the news is good solid advice -- or that just because friends are into a new eating fad, you should be, too. I've also learned that while the more the average person learns about nutrition, the better, the sheer amount of information out there can be confusing. People are perplexed by all that they read and hear about nutrition and weight loss. Whenever I have a speaking engagement, I'm often bombarded with a million questions about crazy diets, "revolutionary" new foods and supplements that supposedly melt off pounds. People will also ask me for sound nutritional advice: Should I limit the amount of carbohydrates I eat? How many fat grams should I allow myself each day? Should I be taking nutritional supplements?
Nutrition, relatively speaking, is a very young science. But although we don't yet know everything about how good nutrition can help us stay healthy and lose weight, we do know a few key things. Foremost is that eating moderate amounts of nutritious foods -- in combination with exercising regularly -- is the number one way to ensure our well-being and fight the accumulation of body fat. Eat sensibly and exercise. It's a relatively simple prescription -- and we know it works.
We also know what doesn't work, particularly in regard to weight loss. Americans have been dieting since the early 1900s (if not before; however, it's the crash diets of the last forty years that have really given us a crash course in what to avoid. I hate the idea that a lot of people (and possibly even you) have tried to lose on many of these programs, perhaps even gaining more weight in the process of yo-yoing from one diet to another. But these programs have at least taught us that going to extremes is an impractical -- and clearly inadequate -- way to slim down. And looking at them, you can see why.