Thursday, April 8, 2010
The Diet Rebel's Cookbook: Back Cover Blurb, Contents, and Introduction
Back cover blurb:
"Jillayne Clements and Michelle Stewart bring new meaning to the phrase, "You are what you eat" in The Diet Rebel's Cookbook: Eating Clean and Green. Don't let processed, refined foods that have been stripped of their nutrients be the primary fuel for your life. Give your body what it naturally needs.
The Diet Rebel's Cookbook reveals the benefits of eating whole, natural foods as a regular part of your diet and includes traditional recipes and time-tested preparation tips that will help your body get the most out of what you eat. Learn how to use whole grains, natural sweeteners, fresh produce, and healthy meats on a daily basis, and you will impress your friends and family with recipes that are both delicious and healthy.
You can't truly become healthy by following trendy diets that come and go from year to year. Go back to the basics, and you will discover what eating is all about! This cookbook will soon have your family eating right, feeling good, and enjoying each and every bite!"
Contents of the Cookbook:
Foreword by Michael Cutler, MD
Convincing Reasons to Use this Book
Endorsements & Testimonials
Section 1: You Really Are What You Eat
Whole Food in a Nutshell
You Are What You Drink
Healthy Soil Makes Healthy People
Healthy Animals Make Healthy Food
Super Foods & Real Food "Supplements"
Why We're Not Vegans or Raw Foodists & What We Actually Are
Section 2: Treasured Traditions
Tips from the Garden of Eden
The Healthy & Happy Hunza
God's Recipe for Health
Traditional Food Preparation
Section 3: From Our Kitchens to Yours
Time Saving Tips
Becoming Ingredient Savvy
Our Favorite Kitchen Equipment
Our Least Favorite Kitchen Equipment: Microwaves
Food For Thought
Complete One-Year Food Storage List
Section 4: Treasured & Tasty Recipes
Recipes for Success
Sprouting for Dummies & Smarties (Sprouting Grains, Nuts & Seeds, Beans & Legumes)
Basic Dairy Recipes
Stocks & Broths Basics
Natural Sweeteners 101
Recipes for Taste
Drinks, Smoothies, & Popsicles
Breads (Traditional Basic Breads, Muffins & Sweet Breads)
Breakfast, Brunch, & Eggs
Salads & Dressings
Sandwiches & Wraps
Soups & Stocks
Vegetables & Side Dishes
Meaty Main Dishes (Chicken, Turkey, & Fish, Beef & Lamb)
Spreads, Seasonings, & Snacks (Spreads, Sauces, Dips, & Marinades; Snacks & Crackers; Homemade Seasonings & Mixes)
Sweets & Treats (Frozen Desserts; Cookies & Bars; Pies; Cakes; Other Sweets; Frosting & Toppings)
Section 5: Last But Not Least
Weight & Measurement Equivalents
Recommended Products, Equipment, & Books
About the Authors/Contact Us
A growing number of people in this world suffer from illness in one way or another. We could go into great length describing these diseases one by one, but we won't. The list is far too long and depressing, and chances are you’re already well acquainted with the items on it. Maybe you or a loved one suffers from one of them.
We too have struggled with our own personal health challenges. But instead of becoming sour with the lemons of life, we made lemonade. It turned our really good too (since we used organic lemons; natural sweeteners; and pure, mineral-rich water to quench your thirst on a hot summer day), so we put it in the recipe section.
We started first by looking for nutritional truths because we felt there was an ideal diet for humans and that eating it would create health. It was harder to find truth than we thought. Everywhere we turned, we were confronted with conflicting information from low carb, low fat, low calorie, no grain, all raw, or vegan diets. Who was right? We felt first and foremost that what we would eat and drink should supply all needed nutrients to our bodies. Why else was food and drink created? But we also felt that food should be completely satisfying and taste good.
We devoted a lot of time to studying and pondering the correlation between diet and health. We did not gain this nutritional education from a formal institution where we could earn the right to display initials next to our names, because--in all honesty--what we discovered was not formally taught. Still, the education we received changed our lives. We developed a deeper understanding of nature’s nutritional guidelines and learned the forgotten food traditions of the world’s healthiest civilizations. What people have eaten and how they have prepared it has helped humans in many ages of time be free of diseases such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases, obesity, and many other problems. Their diets not only influenced their health--but to a large extent--determined it.
After applying these principles we learned to our own lives, we began feeling better, and our families got sick much less often. In fact, anything more than an occasional illness is virtually nonexistent in our homes. But what we didn’t expect was that applying these lost cooking techniques to our own meals would make them taste so wonderful. We love the way they smell, the way they make us feel--and most importantly--we love eating the meals we prepare this way because they’re so scrumptious!
We have compiled this recipe book in order to share the deliciousness of these priceless cooking techniques and to pass along what we have discovered about true nutrition. Plus, we thought it would be nice to have a recipe book on hand for every time we hear, “Ooh, this is so good. I have to get the recipe.”
The unique recipes in this cookbook are not only healthy, they actually taste better than most food available today. Compare your basic store-bought loaf and tub of margarine to the possibility of a hearty, steaming slice of sprouted, whole grain bread topped with a melting mound of freshly churned butter from pasture-fed cows. Or consider the pure pleasure of being able to enjoy ice cream made with fresh cream, real vanilla, and natural sugars that nourish the body and are gentler on blood sugar levels. When you eat fresh, wholesome food, prepared using the forgotten and tasty traditions of our ancient ancestors, your body and your taste buds will thank you. You really can have your cake and eat it too.
What are the forgotten and tasty traditions of our ancient ancestors? It’s no secret that a good diet was essential to their health and longevity. What did they eat, how did they prepare it, and how does this information affect the nutrition and flavor of the food we prepare today? How can applying this information help prevent disease and potentially reverse it?
We’d love to answer these questions right here in the introduction, but then it would be entirely too long, the whole organizational flow of the book would be hindered, and there would be no enticing incentive for you to read on. But rest assured, these questions will be answered in the remaining pages of this book.
So make a bowl of air-popped popcorn tossed with melted butter, coconut oil, and sea salt (the recipe for this is also in the recipe section), and sit back and discover why you can enjoy popcorn like this without feeling guilty.
Special Note: There are many sick or diseased people who have been healed by eating a certain way. We make no claim that preparing food in a traditional manner as outlined in this book will guarantee healing. We also understand that everyone is different, and that every body reacts differently to certain foods. The ideas in this book have worked well for our bodies, but modifications may be made to suite what works best for you.
The information in this book is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure illness or disease and is not intended to be used as a replacement for proper medical attention. Consult your health care professional before changing your diet.
Warning: Although the sprouting process decreases the amount of gluten in grains, sprouted grain products still do contain gluten. Special care must be taken if you are celiac or gluten intolerant. Please consult your health care professional before trying any gluten containing recipes.