Thursday, July 16, 2009

Author Guest Post - Sophie Uliano

Readers, please join me welcoming Author Sophie Uliano who will be guest blogging here today!

384 p, Dutton Adult, ISBN-13: 978-0525951155
I am passionate about cooking and eating – especially eating! It’s always fascinated me how the food we eat can either have a positive or a devastating effect on our bodies and our planet. The way we eat has a tremendously powerful impact and that’s why I wanted to write The Gorgeously Green Diet – How to live lean & green. I’m a great believer that we don’t have to deny ourselves the foods we love in order to be slim, healthy and happy. On the contrary, I’m all for celebrating the joy of wonderful food. However, we need to know what to eat and to realize that much of the food that is easily available an affordable in the U.S. is not good quality. We are at the mercy of a massive food industry that is not particularly concerned with our health and happiness.

I also wanted to write this book so that this way of eating would be accessible to absolutely everyone. I don’t think you should have to be part of the Prius driving/Whole Foods shopping crowd to be able to enjoy decent food. Many health food stores can be off-putting in this economy because they are over-priced. It became my mission to show how healthy and delicious food could workable in any and every household. To that end, I designed a “Shades of Green” customized eating plan. The reader gets to pick the shade of green that best suits their lifestyle. If you are used to eating a lot of convenience foods and have little access to a farmer’s market or health food store, you may want to make a few tiny steps in the right direction with the Light Green Eating Plan. If you are a bit further down the road – already eating pretty healthily, you may want to go for the Bright Green Eating Plan and if you’re a full-on Green girl who is perhaps vegetarian or vegan, you would pick the Deep Green Plan. Each plan is a 30-day eating plan, which aims to tickle your taste buds and lesson your eco-impact. This diet is a win/win situation.

I also encourage my readers to get back into the kitchen. Cooking from scratch can be easy and fun and allows us to have total control of what we put into our body. It also saves a great deal of money. I include over 100 easy green recipes in the book and when I say easy, most of them should take no more than 20 minutes to prepare. I also show the reader how to get organized with their shopping habits as organization is the key to ease and minimizes wasted time and money.

My mother was my greatest inspiration as she taught me to cook, to garden, to compost and to use every little scrap of food – nothing was wasted when I was growing up. Many of these lessons are great gifts that I hope to pass on to my daughter too. At the age of seven, she stands on a stool beside me and is learning to make pastry, béchamel sauce and soufflés. Things that seem overwhelming to many adults are just plain fun to a little kid. She delights in seeing how a few raw ingredients can be transformed into a magical dish.

With The Gorgeously Green Diet, I encourage a family meal. I don’t think as women we should need to go out and buy or prepare expensive “diet” meals. I also think that delighting in whole, minimally processed foods gives an excellent message to our children about food – that it is precious, nourishing and honestly, one of the greatest pleasures in life. Low quality, low-fat foods actually can wind up making us fat and sick, whereas eating foods that are as nature intended them to be can heal our bodies and our planet.

I would love to hear some of the ways that you are managing to keep your diet healthy and green, even in this economic downturn.

Thank you for that entertaining post, dear Author! Readers, your thoughts / comments are most welcome.

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