By Bill Phillips
Publisher: High Point Media; 1st edition (November 24, 2003)
Eating For Life is the perfect compliment to Bill Phillips' program, Body For Life. This book answers many questions one might have from the main book. The book Body For Life is very clear, but little tweaking questions always appear as we work diligently with a weight loss plan. In this book, Bill talks about the real problem that we face with obesity, and how to overcome it with today's lifestyle. He also offers more motivational guidance, answers to common questions about how to Eat For Life, and most of all, he has over 200 pages of delicious recipes.
Up front, he discusses the problems we have with fast food, and eating on the run. He shows us just how bad processed food is, and in his usual style, he makes it all very interesting and easy to understand. As in the first book, he gives us motivational pep talks followed up with another Myth versus Fact chapter. This new information is problems and misconceptions that we deal with now, such as diet pills, diet fads, and issues with protein and carbs.
Finally, we get a step by step plan to getting our kitchen ready, planning our new meals, and then a look at the actual recipes. The majority of the book is the recipes, and they all have delicious looking, full color pictures. Included in the recipes are brand names. These brands are not required to make the dish, but Bill has approved each of these brands based on quality and ingredients. Also on many recipe pages is a Tasteful Tip. These tips range from cooking techniques, to choosing a cut of meat, to ways enhance the taste of the recipe.
Starting out the recipes is the Dinner Section. These recipes include homestyle, Mediterranean, Italian, Mexican and Chinese influences, just to name a few. Some of the particularly interesting recipes are Indian Chicken with Tabbouleh Stuffed Tomatoes, Mom's Chicken Enchiladas, Lettuce Wraps, Turkey Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and French Dip Sandwich.
A tasty Dessert Section is also included. These are all low fat, low sugar recipes. Strawberry Cheesecake is a very popular recipe. Peaches and Cream pudding, Berry Dessert Crepes and Bananas Foster are a few of the other dessert recipes. The fun thing is you can have these as one of your 6 daily meals without guilt.
The Breakfast Section is very appreciated! Why is it that on most diets, people are always looking for something new for breakfast? You will find healthy alternatives such as Golden Pancakes, Spanish Omelet, Egg-cellent Enchiladas, Egg Casserole,Chocolate Oatmeal and even a Breakfast Pita Pizza. They all look delicious, and like the desserts, they can be eaten any time of the day.
Lunches are another meal that people tend to tire of. This section gives us more than the usual salad we reach for when on a diet. Some of the delicious recipes are Tropical Tuna Salad, Egg Salad Sandwich, Tex-Mex Burrito, Chicken Caesar Wrap and Chicken and Pear Salad.
We can't cook 6 different times a day, so an easy Mid Meal Section is included. Bill gives easy ideas a whole new look, such as Apple and Cheese, Cottage Berries, Salsa Dip for dipping with a fresh baked tortilla, Eggs and Oranges, Greek Pinwheels and a Tropical Treat. Some of these recipes are as easy as putting two ingredients on a plate, but sometimes it's just that easy, and it's nice to be reminded of that with these fresh new pairs.
FInally we have Nutrition Shakes. Bill gives recipes that go beyond the traditional powder and liquid. Vanilla Malt, Sparkling Orange, Blackberry Smoothie and Iced Chai are a few of the goodies.
Following up the recipes are full color meal plan examples for 2 weeks and a shopping list. After that is a blank meal plan for two weeks that can be written in directly, or better, photocopied for easy meal planning. Planning meals is an important key to making any plan work, and Bill Phillips has is bases covered with this book. Finally, we have more success stories, and this time they have before and after 'typical day's eating' plan under each before and after picture. For very motivational stories, try pages 352, 353, 356 and 362. They all are amazing, but these examples are astounding. This book is highly recommended for anybody on the Body For Life plan, or anybody else looking for a balanced way of nutrition.