SuperFoods HealthStyle Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

Background

SuperFoods HealthStyle: Proven Strategies for Lifelong Health is written by Stephen Pratt, MD, who is also the author of Super Foods Rx.

This book takes the most recent cutting-edge research related to the lifestyle factors that have been proven to achieve disease prevention and improve daily functioning. This information is translated into simple practical recommendations that you can use to improve your physical and mental health.

Super Foods Diet Basics

superfoods-healthstyle-dietA variety of super foods are highlighted which are certain foods that have significant health-promoting abilities. These foods are grouped according to each season and recipes and tips are included to help you to enjoy them more frequently.

Specific health benefits of each food are outlined that are based on scientific research. For each superfood the recommended daily intake for optimal health benefits is given and a list of alternative foods are provided that may offer similar benefits.

However, the SuperFoods HealthStyle program is not just about food and diet, but rather addresses every aspect of our lifestyle that can promote health and positivity. It gives us a blueprint for optimal health based on the latest research related to nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress management.

Recommended Foods

Apples, avocado, beans, blueberries, broccoli, cinnamon, dark chocolate, dried super fruits, extra virgin olive-oil, garlic, honey, kiwi, low fat yogurt, oats, onions, oranges, pomegranates, pumpkin, soy, spinach, tea, tomatoes, turkey, wild salmon, walnuts.

Sample Diet Plan

Breakfast

Strawberry, kiwi and banana compote
Whole grain pancakes
Green tea

Lunch

Spinach salad with turkey and walnuts

Afternoon Snack

Apple

Dinner

Cedar plank salmon with garlic orange glaze
Lemon yogurt cornbread
Steamed broccoli

Evening Snack

Dark chocolate

Exercise Recommendations

Exercise is encouraged on the SuperFoods Diet because it has many beneficial effects on health including strengthening the heart, assisting with weight maintenance, prevention of diabetes, reducing blood pressure, boosting the immune system, alleviating depression and improving cognitive ability.

Readers are advised to undertake a combination of weight training and aerobic exercise in addition to increasing daily lifestyle activities such as walking or gardening. Specific suggestions are offered for senior citizens who want to add exercise to their lives.

Costs and Expenses

SuperFoods HealthStyle: Proven Strategies for Lifelong Health retails at $14.95.

Pros

  • Encourages a high intake of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Allows moderate consumption of chocolate and wine.
  • Instructs dieters how to use portion control for weight loss.
  • All of the advice is based on reputable scientific research.
  • Acknowledges the variety of factors involved in promotion of optimal health.
  • Food and recipe suggestions are matched to the seasons.
  • Encourages exercise.
  • Provides detailed information on how to prevent osteoporosis.

Cons

  • Does not include a structured meal plan.
  • Readers must be self-motivated and proactive if they are to benefit from the information provided.
  • Does not specifically target weight loss.

Conclusions

The SuperFoods HealthStyle Diet will appeal to dieters who are interested in super foods and like to understand the scientific reasoning behind diet and health recommendations. It offers a balanced lifestyle approach to support optimal wellness by addressing a variety of factors including nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress management.

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: January 24, 2010. Disclaimer

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