Monday, December 31, 2007

101 Foods That Could Save Your Life

Simplify your food shopping. This new book by David Grotto, RD, LDN cuts to the chase about which foods to purchase at your local grocery store and Farmers' Market along with providing recipes using each food that are beautiful, delicious, and (yes!) healthy, too. 101 Foods is well organized, easy to read and then read again. It is chock-full of information about each food, ranging from where it is grown to how it helps to keep our bodies healthy. The information is beneficial to people focused on optimizing cancer survivorship as well as those who are trying to reduce the risk of or manage other conditions like heart disease and diabetes with good food and good nutrition.

Pick out at least one new food each week and enjoy improving your health and eating well, too. I'll be working my way through it in 2008. Join me and let me know which foods and recipes you tried and which you enjoyed.

As 2007 ends and 2008 begins, many of you will be making New Year's resolutions to improve aspects of your life. I am making two; one, to always remember to offer thankfulness for the food I have to eat, and two, to tackle the boxes (and computer files) of unorganized family photos and finally get them into albums to enjoy. Both will involve small daily steps.

I'll share one of my favorite ways of saying grace. If you have other ways of saying thanks for your food, I'd love to hear them. I'll be including other words of grace before a meal in future blog entries.

This food comes from the Earth and the Sky
It is the gift of the entire universe
And the fruit of much hard work;
Let us vow to live a life
Which is worthy to receive it.

-- Grace of the Bodhisattva Buddhists

I wish you all a healthy and hopeful 2008, filled with the enjoyment of food that is good for both body and soul.

Diana Dyer, MS, RD

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