Tuesday 22 April 2014

Clean Comfort - A Roadmap in Food and Memories - Stacey Morris

Clean Comfort - A Roadmap in Food and Memories:
How I Went From 345 lbs. to a Size 8 by Learning the Real Meaning of Feeding Myself Well
Stacey Morris (Author)
Chef Bill Duckman (Editor)
Robert McLearren (Illustrator)
Joan K. Lentini (Photographer)
Amazon Digital Services

I was aware this book was in process for a while before it hit the streets. I was eagerly anticipating it. With marvelous introductions from Diamond Dallas Page and Nancy Guberti and their experience working with and being inspired by Stacey I knew the book would be life changing. Stacey's story is amazing, and the amount of time and effort she puts in giving back is even more incredible. The first part of this book is Stacey's story it is open, honest and moving. The chapters in the first section are:

Food: How It Began For Me
A Path To Follow
What This Book Is Not
A Day in the Life
The Truth About Eating Well
Eating techniques I use to keep the weight off
How I handle cravings
A Typical Day of Eating Goes Something Like:

Speaking about going gluten and dairy free Stacey states: "Here's a better way to look at it. Don't view it as giving up gluten and cow dairy, but rather, trading up. I traded up from wheat-based breads and crackers to breads, crackers, and cookies made without gluten. I traded up from processed cow cheese and milk to artisanal Manchegos and Chevres and sumptuous glasses of almond and sunflower seed milk. And you have not LIVED till you've tried whipped cream and rice pudding made from coconut milk." And later she goes on to say "Eating well is a Physical, Psychological, and Spiritual Endeavor." Moving on from her story and typical day Stacy gets into the recipes. The chapters are broken down into categories as follows:

Fruit: First Things First
Baked Apples
Morning Glory: Baked Cherries
Morning Parfait: Blueberries, Steel Cut Oats, and Yogurt
Blueberry Breakfast Parfait
Berry Bliss: A Better Way (to cleanse the colon)
Power to the Pudding
Power Pudding
Hot Stuff In The Morning
Tropical Cornmeal Porridge
Super Oatmeal with Goji Berries
Gommy's 'Buttermilk' Pancakes
Coconut Pancakes
Zucchini Quiche
Poached Eggs with Asparagus
Protein in Liquid Form: Be Not Afraid!
Stacey's Liquid Chocolate Satisfaction
Chocolate Building Block Brew
Peanut Butter Pleasure
Maqui Madness
Tricks are for Goji Berries
Espresso Bean Smoothie
Chocolate Mint Protein Smoothie
Chocolate Mousse That Loves 'Ya Back
Cleansing Classics
Vegetable Broth or Hot Juicing!
Whole-Lemon Water
Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic
Herbal Tea
The Benefits of Hot Water
Soup's On!

Garbanzo Bean Soup
Henry's Chicken Stock (The Jewish Way)
Vegan 'Cream' of Cauliflower Soup
Root Vegetable Soup
New England Clam Chowder
Creamy Tomato Soup
Quick Pasta E Fagiole
New Year's Day Lentil Soup
Preserved Meyer Lemon
Sugarless Cranberry Sauce a La Helen Gurley Brown
Olive Tapenade
Power Pesto
Spinach Pesto
Herbs...They Look Nice, But What Do I Do With 'Em?
Vegetables Under The Radar

Broccoli-Chevre Bake
Cauliflower Hash
Zucchini Hash Browns
Cauliflower Mousse
Caramelized Fennel
Eggplant Latkes
Rosemary Polenta
Crab Cappelini
Lobster Risotto
Tagliatelle with Garlic "Cream" Sauce
Spaghetti Bolognese
Quinoa Tabouli
Basmati Rice
Fluffy Super bowl Cornbread
Henry's Caramelized Corn
The Classics: New and Oh So Improved
Remodeled Eggplant Parm
Bolognese Sauce A La Chef Bill
Chef Bill's No-Carb Meatloaf
Italian Meatballs
Super Bowl Chili and Cornbread
Buffalo Shrimp
Sliced Flank Steak with Sweet Balsamic Glaze
Squishy Tuna on White Bread
A Walk On The Sweet Side
The Reformed Elvis
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Cherry-Coconut Cobbler
Mother Earth's Chocolate Mousse
Mother Earth's Pistachio Pudding
Banana "Ice Cream"
Coconut Rice Pudding
Quinoa Chocolate Cake
Coconut Whipped Cream
Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Avocado Frosting
Pistachio Cake with Whipped Cream
Fudgy Black Bean Brownies
Homemade Candy Bars

The great thing about the recipes is they are almost all under a dozen ingredients. Many of the ingredients appear numerous times rather than dozen's or weird and exotic ingredients. Stacey builds her meals from a core grouping of healthy ingredients, nutritious staples and super food knockout punch. They are also easy to prepare. Interspersed with the actual recipes are some stories and some great tips for the kitchen and for life. Overall one of the best books on food and nutrition I have ever read.

Stacey Morris writes in an incredibly powerful way, her honesty, transparency and vulnerability is inspiring to those trying to make changes in their lives. Her recipes are wonderful, comforting and good for you. This book will nourish your body and spirit and provide sound knowledge for the mind. It will help you own your life!

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