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A Book To Be Chewed And Digested

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A book to be chewed and digested.

A book to be chewed and digested.

To write something in the non-fiction category in a gripping manner, is not an easy task. But, Rujuta Diwekar succeeds at it. If her previous book,“Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose Your Weight, dealt with 4 important nutrition principles, her latest best seller, “Women And The Weight Loss Tamasha”, delves into 4 indispensable strategies pertinent to different phases in a woman’s life – nutrition, exercise, sleep and relationship strategies for teenage, premarital period, pregnancy, motherhood and menopausal stage. The ‘tamasha’ or joke lies in the idiosyncrasies of women in our society – their attitude to weight loss, their reasons for weight loss and the extent to which they go to achieve it. The purpose of weight loss could be anything from fitting into an old pair of jeans, looking good in a photograph to finding the right groom but sadly not HEALTH! All these are mirrored in the book in an outspoken, witty and humorous style.

Some of the initial chapters are so empowering – the author appeals to women to not always play second fiddle to somebody in life, but instead prioritise themselves, love their bodies, nourish them and stay fit. All through the book she reiterates to shift the spotlight from calories to nutrients. The emphasis is also on eating fresh food and not microwave heated left overs – a definite red signal to today’s modern life style. Thumbs-up to the chapters on Hypothyroidism and PCOS/PCOD. The author’s art of simplifying complicated topics with examples, so that readers’ get a grasp of it, is commendable (a common trait of excellent orators and writers). She draws instances sometimes from movies, sometimes from automobiles and yet other times from organising a stage show. 

Other highlights of the book are:

  • The boxes with extra information – they offer info about frozen eggs, plastics and hormones, adiponectin and what not! (These are personally my favourites).
  • Samples of 3-day diet recall with evaluation and modification.
  • The appendices with a comparison of breakfast foods, effects of low-calorie diets, about foods misinterpreted to be healthy and nutritional deficiencies.

If I were to rate this book according to the famous English Philosopher, Sir Francis Bacon’s saying,

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested”,

I would place it in the last category. The book has a wealth of info right from the beginning to end and deserves to be read, reread and imbibed into life. It is indeed a book to be chewed and digested.

If you have read this book, express your views in the comments. There is a lot of space there for you to voice out your opinion. Oh, come on…drop in a line or two.

You could also suggest other books that are worth reading.

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Journals Just A Click Away

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Access to Food and Nutrition Journals was not that easy a few decades ago. Top class libraries had to be approached or Medline searches had to be booked well in advance to procure references from journals. But the advent of Internet and possession of PCs or laptops by a majority of people has brought about a sea change. Online libraries have mushroomed and journals are just a click away. Here are links to a few good Food and Nutrition Journals:

  1. Advances in Nutrition
  2. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism
  3. Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism
  4. British Journal of Nutrition
  5. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (EJCN)
  6. Food and Nutrition Bulletin
  7. Food and Nutrition Research
  8. Journal of Food Science and Technology
  9. Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences
  10. Journal of the American College of Nutrition (JACN)
  11. Nutrition Research Reviews (NRR)
  12. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
  13. Public Health Nutrition (PHN)
  14. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN)
  15. The African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition and Development (AJFAND/AJFNS)

Hope you find them useful. Care to add on to the list? Then go ahead and provide the links in the comments. Links to online libraries are also welcome.

Note: Most of the journals may allow only a preview of abstracts of current and recent issues. Subscriptions, payments  or online registrations may be required for viewing their full text. Go into “Archives” or “Free Content” or “Free: Most Downloaded Articles” for free access of back issues.

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A Few Must-Read Books

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A Few Must-Read Books

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Books are man’s best friends. They keep him company, enrich his wisdom and allow a peek into others’ perspectives about matters. Boredom seldom creeps into a person’s life with reading habit-a book in hand and a cozy corner, he is oblivious to the world around him; and acquiring knowledge is so wonderfully an effortless process for an avid reader.

A person identifies different emotions with books suggested for academic purpose and those outside them. An air of reverence and seriousness envelopes those included in the curriculum, whereas it is FUN spelled with books outside syllabus – obviously because in the second case, the person is not bound by compulsion; the choice of book is his; the pace of reading is according to his convenience; and he reads simply because he wants to and loves to.

Here are some books that I have read, relished and consider as must-read, especially for those in the field of Food and Nutrition:

Don’t Lose Your Mind, Lose your Weight 

Rujuta Diwekar, a fitness guru for celebrities encompasses her philosophy of eating right in four simple principles. She shuns crash diets throughout, focuses on nutrition rather than calorie count and gives due importance to exercise. The foreword by Kareena Kapoor and a chapter on her complete diet regime are selling points for this book.

The Complete Guide To Sports Nutrition

This is a book ideal for beginners in Sports Nutrition. The author, Anita Bean, an award winning UK Nutritionist, takes readers through the ABCs of Sports Nutrition, nutrient by nutrient. The lucid language, question and answer style of writing and examples quoted, enable easy grasp of information.

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Passport To A Healthy Pregnancy

Written by the famous obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr. Gita Arjun, this a valuable book for all parents-to-be. The chapters on healthy eating during pregnancy, nursing babies, post-partum diet and sampler of Kegel’s exercises are indispensable. The sections on old wives’ tales do a good job of debunking myths connected to gestation, labour and lactation. The colourful visual aids used for explanation make the book more endearing.

Simple Kitchen Experiments – Learning Science With Everyday Foods

This book by Muriel Mandell is Food Science and Experimental Cookery simplified. Learning is so enjoyable with easy experiments, needing only everyday foods and readily available resources to try them out. The fact that it does not demand sequential reading (you are free to pick up a topic at random and proceed with it) ensures comfort level of the readers. The illustrations by Frances Zweifel and catchy captions definitely do their bit to sustain the interest.

Don’t miss reading these books. Do you have any good books on mind? Go ahead and recommend them here.

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