January 13, 2010

Review of "Eat Your Way to Happiness" by Elizabeth Somer, M.A., R.D.

Synopsis:  Are you satisfied with your weight? Do you have enough energy to make it through the day? Do you consider yourself a happy person? All of these things are related, and your energy, mental clarity, mood and, of course, waistline are all directly connected to what you eat.

In Eat Your Way to Happiness, you'll learn that healthy eating is a lot easier than you may think, and that making a few simple changes to your diet can have amazing results. Discover:

- The 1, 2, 3 combination of breakfast foods that will keep you energized all day.
- Which carbs and fats to eat and why the right ones will help elevate your mood and decrease your weight.
- The 12 super foods that pack an added punch for boosting mood and slimming your waistline.
- Nutritious foods that have been scientifically shown to tweak brain chemistry so you feel calmer, happier and more energetic and more likely to stick to your diet.
- The amazing studies showing that chocolate and wine can help you live longer and more happily.

And much more!  (from Amazon)

I have generally had a love/hate relationship with self-help or improvement books.  Some of them are tedious, some are preachy, some are downright boring and others reek with the obvious intent to make a buck (and make that buck alone).  I was pleasantly surprised with Eat Your Way to Happiness

I found the writing fresh and easy to take in, without an ounce of preachiness or self-righteousness.   The book is broken into easy to follow and read chapters, complete with accounts of "real people" that Ms. Somer has counseled and advised. 

The main proponent to Eat Your Way to Happiness is the old adage "Your are what you eat".  Ms. Somer takes this saying and runs with it - - encouraging readers to cut processed foods, fast foods, foods heavy in sodium and soft drinks out of our diets, replacing them with natural, whole foods, the right kind of carbs and fats, and a better combination of foods that will keep you energized and work with your brain chemistry to keep you calmer and happier (and therefore more likely to stick with the diet).  And yes, chocolate and wine can be good for you! 

Eat Your Way to Happiness not only mentions several different types of diets, such as Mediterranean and Vegetarian, but also includes suggested menus, recipes and a shopping list.  It also encourages the reader to combine better eating with exercise, shaking off the notion that any diet alone will successfully instigate weight loss. 

I enjoyed and appreciated this book so much that I began following some of its tenants (not all of them . . .yet).  I have noticed a difference in my general demeanor - - less tired, more energy and less stressed - - which is perhaps the best recommendation a self-help book can get. 

To anyone who is interested in changing their diet in order to lose weight, or simply to improve the way they feel, and especially for those who dislike any type of dieting, Eat Your Way to Happiness is an excellent choice and I would highly recommend it. 

Eat Your Way to Happiness is available now at major booksellers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

For more information please visit http://www.eatyourwaytohappiness.com/.  To read an excerpt of this book, go here

Many thanks to Julie Harabedian and FSB Media for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.