Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones by Annemarie Colbin

The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones: A Holistic Approach
Title:  The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones:  A Holistic Approach
Author:  Annemarie Colbin, PH.D.
Publisher:  New Harbinger Publications
Publication Date:  February 2009
Format:  Paperback, 257 pages
Age Group:  Adult, non-fiction

I come from a family of incredible shrinking women on both sides.  My grandmothers were both tiny women and the one great-grandmother that I was lucky enough to know was even smaller.  I know that bone health is going to be an issue for me as I grow older.  I also realize that I do not know enough about how to keep my bones healthy.  There is so much conflicting information available today about the best foods to eat, the best forms of exercise, and simply the best way to live life in order to be healthy.  My approach so far has been to look at as much information as I can from all sides and take out of it what makes sense to me.

The Whole-Food Guide to Strong Bones: A Holistic Approach has been part of that journey of learning for me.  I have posted a couple of articles written by the author, Annemarie Colbin, since I received the book so you can get a feel for her information and her writing style.

I am one of those people who can only digest non-fiction books full of scientific-based information in small doses at a time.  Luckily for me, the layout of this book is perfect for this approach.  Colbin breaks each chapter into even smaller, more manageable sections.  It was easy for me to read a bit, put the book aside for a bit to digest that information, and then pick up the book again without having to reread to regain my bearings in the book.  Colbin uses a lot of references and scientific studies to back up the information she presents, which in some cases flies in the face of traditional thinking about bone health.  She truly takes a holistic approach to the subject: explaining how the skeletal system functions when healthy, looking at how problems develop with the bones, and demonstrating how healthy eating, exercise, and mental/emotional/spiritual well-being can improve overall bone health.

Then there are the recipes.  Colbin focuses on leafy greens as a vegetable source of calcium but she also provides many other recipes as well.  A few that I would like to try are Broccoli with Mushrooms, Salmon Frittata with Fresh Dill, Avocado-Cucumber Soup, and Hearty Shrimp Bisque.  Colbin also provides recipes for many types of stock, which she says are rich in minerals that we need for our bones.

Overall, I found Colbin's book to be very informative and easy to follow.  As with any book on health, please talk to your doctor or health care professional before self-diagnosing or self-treating any health condition.

I received this book from Julie at FSB Associates for the purpose of providing an honest review.

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