University of Illinois graduate Michael S. Edmonds has written a new guide to a healthy lifestyle titled "Healthy Eating Made Easy." This book is designed to teach people how to make a lifestyle change to maintain a current healthy weight or to lose weight, if so desired.
It's divided into 12 easy steps, beginning with eating the right fats, proteins and carbohydrates, controlling appetite and reading food labels.
"Food labels tell us a lot about what is in the food such as serving size, calories per serving, several nutrients and an ingredient listing," Edmonds said. "These are all explained in the book to help the reader make better choices when in grocery stores."
Other steps for healthy eating include limiting sodium intake and eating foods that provide potassium, getting enough calcium, eating three meals per day and understanding caloric intake. Edmonds says his book helps people understand what foods and ingredients affect appetite and how to use this knowledge to maintain a healthy weight.
He also covers sweeteners, food allergies, simple exercises and more. He realizes sometimes people seem to follow all the rules and still don't lose weight. Edmonds dedicates a section of his book to this problem. Finally, Edmonds includes 23 healthy recipes in the back of the book, along with their nutrition information.
He says he designed the 12 steps to make nutritious eating and healthy living easier.
"These steps really are easy and are covered in enough detail in Chapter 1 to get readers off to a good start," he said. "Concise charts and an easy-to-read style help readers understand the concepts, so they can eat better."
This book is written for anyone, from a junior high student to adult. It can be purchased at http://www.dredmondshealthyeating.com, http://www.pdbookstore.com/comfiles/pages/MichaelEdmonds.shtml and amazon.com. George C. Fahey Jr., a Kraft Foods-endowed professor of nutritional sciences at the UI, wrote the foreword.
If questions arise while reading, Edmonds is active online, and his contact information can easily be found on his website. Profits from the book will be donated to the Muscatine, Iowa, High School chapter of Future Farmers of America, as well as local charities and education in Edmonds' town.
Edmonds graduated from the UI with a master of science (1984) and a doctorate (1987) in nonruminant nutrition (swine and poultry). He worked under the direction of David Baker.
Edmonds has worked for 26 years as a swine nutritionist in the feed industry and has given human nutrition talks as a volunteer to students and adults since 2006. He lives in Muscatine with his wife and two children, whom he is grateful to for supporting him while writing this book.
"Healthy Eating Made Easy" was a five-year goal for Edmonds, who believes readers will be able to use the information in the book for years to come to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
"By mastering the concepts in this book, you will be able to understand what controls your appetite and how to live and eat better," Edmonds said. "And this will benefit you in your lifetime, which is one of my main goals in writing this book."
Margo L. Dill is the author of "Finding My Place: One Girl's Strength at Vicksburg," a middle grade historical fiction novel. She often reviews books as a columnist for "WOW! Women On Writing" e-zine and her blog, "Margo Dill's Read These Books and Use Them" (http://margodill.com/blog/). She lives in St. Louis with her family.