Healthy living is and has been for a long time a big goal of mine. I aim to cook real food as much as possible and we shop mostly at farmers markets in the summertime.
But I am not without flaw. Put a bag of barbecue potato chips in front of me and I can’t resist their sweet crunch. I also have a sizable sweet tooth. Oh, and I have been trying to kick the diet soda habit for awhile now (and have been fairly successful in recent weeks).
When I was recently asked to read and review Why Women Need Fat: How “Healthy” Food Makes Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever by William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J. C. Gaulin, Ph.D., I was intrigued. And I am so glad I said yes because this book had me hooked from page one.
The book centers around the idea that America’s weight problem can’t be solved with diets but rather with reverting to the way we ate in the early 20th century. It’s framed really well with research on how and when the weight of Americans began to climb and how we can fix it — without dieting.
What if instead of making ourselves healthier, we’ve been making ourselves fatter and less healthy by following the very recommendations built to supposedly help us? What if this whole time we’ve been lied to about what’s healthy and what’s not?
According to this book, if we want to change things, we need to change the food we eat to be more Michael Pollen-esk … forget corn oil, soybean oil and low-fat foods. What you need is the real deal: olive oil, meats, eggs, dairy and fresh fruits and veggies. And lots of Omega-3.
As a longtime dieter, this book really spoke to me. As it notes, diets just don’t work. What works — and what has worked for me long term — is eating nutritious real foods. Call me crazy, but I am willing to give this plan a try and see what happens.
What do you think? Could eating whole foods with more natural fats be the answer to weight problems?
I read this book as part of the BlogHer Book Club. Pop over to the Why Women Need Fat page to join in the discussion about the thought-provoking topics it raises.
Disclosure: I was compensated for this review through the BlogHer Book Club. All opinions expressed are my own.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.