Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Return to Food by Sherry Strong : A Review and Interview

Book Details:
Book Title:  Return to Food: The Life Changing Anti-Diet by Sherry Strong
Category:  Adult non-fiction, 220 pages
Genre:  Health / diet / well-being / lifestyle 
Publisher:  Influence Publishing
Release date:  October 2014

Book Description:
          Chances are if you are feeling flat, fat and tired, or are experiencing chronic illness, you are not eating real food. If you want to bounce out of bed feeling fit and fabulous you must find out what is and isn't real food. This book challenges prescriptive approaches to diet, eating and food, with a revolutionary philosophical approach based on over 20 years of working with private clients. This approach has seen thousands of people develop a more pleasurable, healthier, and more sustainable eating lifestyle.

Programs Sherry's developed:

Return to Food Lifestyle Makeover Program
          This 8 Module Online course is designed so that you can do a self directed Lifestyle Makeover using the philosophies and strategies Sherry has used to help celebrities, elite athletes, CEO's, billionaires and everyday people who want to lose weight naturally, increase their energy, have clearer thinking and more even moods without drugs or dieting. 
Return to Food Academy
          This is the training program people invest in to become Return to Food Coaches. This is usually people who want Sherry's job and truly want to help people live healthier more fulfilling lives while developing a business that gives them freedom and deep meaning to their work. 
          Before I start the ‘Review’ of ‘Return To Food’ let me spell it out clearly - this is NOT going to be the usual book review, because this is not any other normal book. When I signed up for the ‘Return to Food’ book tour, what I expected was a book that advocates healthy diet practices and offers motivation – the usual, run of the mill book that gives yet another new perspective on diet. But ‘Return to Food’ is all that and much more. It is the complete transformation guide that does what it says and of course, is so much fun to read that you almost forget that you are reading a diet book.
          From the foreword till the last printed page, Return To Food is a treasure trove of healthy eating practices and a lot of other information that seems practical to use in day to day life. In an interview with the author, I had the pleasure of asking her a few questions, the first of which was, why ‘Return to Food’? It was a very intriguing title and until I read the book, I didn’t really know the real meaning behind it. My queries were answered (both in the book and in the chat with the author) with one simple sentence – the ‘Food’ that we are all eating now, is not food at all. Sounds difficult to believe at the beginning, but once you have read the book, you will change your opinion!
          With this book, you will learn how to return to food – the actual, real food that nature has blessed us with rather than depending on the industrially processed alternatives. You will realise what you have been doing wrong so far, and learn to correct your mistakes related to food consumption. Return to food is not about heavy dieting, nor is it about miracles that are supposed to happen when you starve yourself. This is about a five point approach to eliminating lifestyle diseases by the root. And managing to do it the only permanent way – by changing the food you consume.
Without going too much into the contents, a few reasons as why you should go for this book!
·                     ·        The beautiful illustrations – they are an excellent addition to the book and valuable in getting the point across.
·                     ·        Have you ever thought about the amount of work that goes into making a chocolate cake?
·                     ·        Would you eat it as casually if it were you who had to source all your ingredients (from scratch – not the store bought flour, but actually get the ingredients to make the flour)
·                     ·        Do you know you could pick your poisons? Do you know that you can choose alternatives and choose the lesser evil? Do you know how to find the lesser evil?
·                     ·        Weight loss is not health gain – by the time you read this book, you will realise why this is so?
·                     ·        Did you know fat cells are good for you, and actually absorb the toxins that might be harmful for your body?
·                     ·        Have you ever thought about what is nature’s way of keeping you from over indulging?
·                     ·        The blueberry juice that you actually made from fresh berries lost colour? Have you ever noticed why the store bought juice never does that? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
          ‘Return to Food’ not only answers all the questions you might have, it also answers questions you never knew (or thought) you should have! And it does so with beautiful illustrations that will actually register in your mind the concept that the book is trying to convey.
          It is not a diet book for sickly, overweight people. The slimmer you are, the better it is for you if you read this book! This is a life changer. Go for this one.

Meet the author:  

          Sherry Strong is a food philosopher, chef and nutritionist who has travelled around the globe to do diet and lifestyle makeovers, and has worked with celebrities, elite athletes, Fortune 500 CEOs, billionaires, and Jamie Oliver and his Fifteen Foundation. Sherry’s philosophies and simple strategies help people feel better and live their best life by developing a healthy relationship with food and their body. Sherry was the Victorian Chair of Nutrition Australia, the Melbourne Head of Slow Food, Curator and Co-Founder of the World Wellness Project Summit and founder of the Return to Food Academy where she teaches people to become Return to Food Coaches and Entrepreneurs.
PRICE: $16.71 for Paperback

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