And the winner for 2017 Best Cookbooks For Weight Loss & Healthy Cooking, is…
I hope you like to eat. We all do, but what I mean is I hope you REALLY like to eat. If you do, you came to the right place.
This is Chef Gui Alinat, sitting in for my wife Carissa.
Now, I must warn you.
Most people would say that eating is a guilty pleasure. Much too often, good food is thought to be fattening and somewhat dangerous. Detrimental to your health.
We say… “Time to go to the gym after that”. Or… “This is a heart attack on a plate”… Or we make a joke about this dessert having “no calories, right?”. Then we laugh it off and sink our teeth into that Bananas Foster. With guilt.
I wish this would stop. The truth is, eating is a joy. Or should be a joy, even if you’re trying to lose weight.
You can trust me and my wife, weight loss expect and Nurse Practitioner Carissa Alinat. As long as you eat a wide variety of foods, practice mindful eating, and eat in moderation, then you should be enjoying eating.
Even if you’re trying to lose weight. In fact, you should enjoy eating ESPECIALLY if you are trying to lose weight.
Here is why.
diets don’t work. People get on a diet, then drop out. Nobody can be on a diet forever. Or even sustain one for more than a few weeks. “Crazy diets”, as we call them with Carissa, most often are unsavory, bland, and so boring that they set us up for failure. So dieters drop out.
On the other hand, if you enjoy what you eat, if you are having a great time eating, then losing weight is just the easiest thing in the world. Because for sure, losing weight is completely compatible with eating well.
In other words, you can have your cake, and eat it too.
Now, remember that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise. What you put in your body pretty much sets the tone for your body shape. That’s one more reason to cook your own food, so that you can control what, how, and when you eat. It’s important.
To be able to cook and make your own food every day, you either need to know a few “chef tips”, and if you’re a regular on this website then you know you can get those here. Or, you need a good cookbook.
I’m a chef and cookbook author. I wrote and published 4 cookbooks and I can tell you this: a cookbook is only successful as long as the recipes are creative, appetizing, and they have been tested. Very important. If the recipes aren’t tested, then they won’t necessarily turn out the way they should, and home cooks will be frustrated.
Home cooks ask me all the time: What are your favorite cookbooks? Which cookbook should I buy? Any good cookbooks this year?..
Yes, tons. I do have my favorite cookbooks. I’m a professional chef and I enjoy reading cookbooks, some of them being very technical because they are made by and for chefs.
But I also have a special list for home cooking. I enjoy cooking for my family of 7. Since we’re all into great food, as well as maintaining our ideal weight, then we rely on exceptional cookbooks that give us both great food and sensible food.
You will find below my ultimate list of cookbooks for anyone interested in losing weight, or maintaining a healthy weight.
A lot of the cookbooks are based on the Paleo diet. Simply because the Paleo diet is a great way to cut down on carbs while eating really good, enjoyable food.
But not all. I recommend a great book on green smoothies too. And another one on just making bone broth or on metabolic cooking. There’s even one from my friend Flavia (a new mom) that is specifically designed for new moms. So obviously, it’s focusing on losing baby weight, nutritious food, and of course meals that can be done in less than 30 minutes.
Because ultimately, nobody really wants to spend a ton of time in the kitchen. We all have a life, and we don’t need to spend it in the kitchen. I’m a professional chef, but when it’s time to come home, the last thing I want is to spend another 2 hours in the kitchen. 30 minutes top will do.
Please enjoy my 2017 selection of Best Cookbooks for Weight Loss and Healthy Eating.