Monday, April 9, 2012

Book Review: The 17 Day Diet Cookbook


I have been trying so hard to stick to a healthy diet. I believe that my family and I do pretty well. However, we have been eating the same healthy recipes over and over again and it’s becoming a bit redundant. I admit that I’m beginning to eye recipes that are not as healthy not only because I’m craving comfort food, but also just for the simple fact that I want to mix up our weekly menu.

Dr. Mike Moreno has created a nutrition program that revolves around four 17 day cycles. This diet plan and the recipes for the diet plan are included in the cookbook entitled, “The 17 Day Diet Cookbook”. This cookbook includes 80 new healthy recipes! As I mentioned, there are four 17 day cycles. These four cycles are Accelerate, Activate, Achieve, and Arrive (a combination of the first three cycles). With each cycle, you have a designated calorie intake total and the menu choices change. This enables you to have variety and not feel stuck in a monotonous diet.

My thoughts on the book:
This is a really nice hardcover cookbook. I feel that the majority of the recipes are appetizing recipes that I would love to try cooking. There are many recipes that include various types of fish. I love fish – it’s packed with protein and perfect to eat when you are trying to lose weight. My husband and I are eager to eat more fish; however, our daughter is allergic. Once we discovered her allergy, we stopped cooking fish at home. This has been disappointing. With our chaotic work weeks, I don’t have a ton of time to prepare dinners. Therefore, I attempt to cook recipes that the entire family can eat. This keeps me from preparing multiple dishes for our family as well as helps keep my grocery bill down. However, if you don’t have a family member who is allergic to fish, this cookbook has many choices for you! There are many recipes that I am looking forward to trying, such as the Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork and the Jerk Chicken.

I really like the fact that the cookbook has beautiful colorful photos of the recipes. I like seeing what I am trying to make. I also like that the cookbook provides additional tips for readers, such as ways in which you can change the recipe, save time in preparing the recipe, ideas for substitutions, and more. It is extremely helpful (in my opinion) that the cookbook provides menu plans for each cycle. Your entire menu is laid out in front of you! No debates about what to buy at the grocery store – you simply need to create your grocery list based upon your menu. The only thing that I found disappointing about the cookbook is that nutritional information was not included with the recipes. I try to pay attention to this as much as possible.

Want to read more about The 17 Day Diet Cookbook? Visit

About the author: Dr. Michael Rafael Moreno is a graduate of the University of California at Irvine and Hahnemann Medical School (now Drexel University). Following his residency at Kaiser Permanente in Fontana, California, Dr. Moreno moved to San Diego, where he now practices family medicine and sits on the board of the San Diego Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 2008, Dr. Moreno launched, “Walk with Your Doc”, which he participates in every Tuesday and Thursday morning before his workday begins. The program began when Dr. Moreno offered to walk with a patient to motivate her to exercise and has since grown into a thriving community.

You can purchase The 17 Day Diet Cookbook on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

*Disclaimer: I did not receive monetary compensation for this post. I received a free copy of the book for the purpose of this review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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