Sunday, April 25, 2010

Eye Opening Book - Eat to Beat Diabetes is Not Just For Diabetics

STOP!!! Before you pass up on this post because you think "I'm not diabetic, so I don't need to read this." STOP! You will want to read this.

Thanks to FSB Associates, I was offered the opportunity to review Eat & Beat Diabetes With Picture Perfect Weight Loss: The Visual Program to Prevent and Control Diabetes (Harlequin-Nonfiction; May 2010; $19.99U.S/$22.95 CAN) by authors Dr. Howard M. Shapiro, author of the New York Times bestselling Picture Perfect Weight Loss series and renowned chef and diabetic Franklin Becker.

Fact: Every day in the United States 2,200 Americans are diagnosed with Diabetes. 

Maria's Message - You do not need to be diabetic to get the most out of this book!

Look and Lose -- Same Calories, More Food!
Includes tips and healthy meals for kids at risk
The most delicious way you can imagine to lose weight and manage diabetes
  • Overweight and at risk for diabetes?
  • Diagnosed as diabetic or prediabetic?
  • Worried about heart disease?
  • Need to lower your blood pressure or cholesterol?
  • Need to lose weight healthfully?
  • Want to prevent your children from getting diabetes?
Follow the plan in this book and you'll be on the road to health. You'll lose weight -- one of the most important components of diabetes prevention and management -- and you won't feel deprived. It's not about what you can't eat anymore -- it's about all the foods that will leave you satisfied and help you fight disease.
  • The latest research, revealing the four powerful nutrients that proactively beat back diabetes and its impact
  • More than 100 color photos of picture-perfect food comparisons that help you make the right choices
  • Tips for how to beat diabetes in any restaurant -- from fast food to haute cuisine

Beat diabetes and lose weight!
Ask any doctor or nutritionist who treats patients with diabetes: the first focus for controlling the disease is a healthy eating plan. But typical diabetic eating plans have been all about what you can't eat and what to do if you fall prey to a craving for foods you shouldn't have.

But now a typical day in the life of a diabetic might start with a smoked salmon-and-dill omelet, continue to a lunch of three-bean chili, salsa and guacamole, and finish with a dinner of grilled shrimp and shaved fennel, topped off by a dessert of chocolate terrine. It's a kind of eating that virtually guarantees not just control of the disease and a satisfying of the appetite, but an emphasis on specific nutrients that actually target diabetes, beating back its potential side effects and maintaining the healthy weight that is key to controlling the disease.

In Eat & Beat Diabetes with Picture Perfect Weight Loss, Dr. Howard Shapiro uses the same visual method of food comparisons that made his bestselling weight-loss books so popular and easy to use. Now he has teamed with top chef Franklin Becker, a diabetic himself, and together they reveal the secrets to a diet that can actually help you prevent and beat diabetes -- without depriving yourself of delicious food.

You'll find:
  • Dr. Shapiro's Beat Diabetes Pyramid -- a simple way to understand the food groups that fight diabetes and help you lose weight
  • 50 recipes from the nation's premier chefs, which range from simple to sophisticated, so anyone can make tasty meals regardless of time or skill
  • A 7-day sample meal plan
Author Bios
Dr. Howard M. Shapiro changed the way American lost weight with his New York Times bestseller Picture Perfect Weight Loss. He is the founder and director of Howard M. Shapiro Medical Associates, a private multidisciplinary medical office in New York City that specializes in weight control, nutrition counseling and life management. He has been featured in the New York TimesUSA Today and Vogue, among others, and has been a frequent guest on numerous national television and radio programs, including OprahTodayGood Morning America and The View. Dr. Shapiro worked extensively with the New York Police Department and the Fire Department of New York, helping them lose a total of 2,544 pounds. Visit his Web site at

Franklin Becker has served as executive chef at several of New York's premier restaurants and his work has been featured in the New York TimesNew York magazine, Esquire and People. At the age of twenty-seven, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Following his diagnosis, Chef Becker lost 35 pounds and transformed his cooking style to create dazzling dishes that are healthy and flavorful. Chef Becker currently presides over Abe & Arthur's restaurant, located in New York City's Meatpacking district. Visit his Web site at

What I Can Tell You: Hopefully, you didn't check out and continued to read. The best part of this book, is it is made for people like me. I need a visual.  You can't just tell me how eating more helps you lose weight, you have to show me! Seeing the bad meal and the good meal side by side was shocking! When I looked at the amount of food you can eat and the caloric numbers side by side it was like a light bulb going off. You mean instead of two slices of pizza, I can have 1 slice, antipasta and a bowl of soup for less calories?

The color pictures, the caloric numbers, the sugar visual and the "pats of butter" to show how much fat really drive home the point. 

I do not believe there is a book that will be more helpful in the pursuit of healthy weight loss than this book.  

Eat and Beat Diabetes with Picture Perfect Weight Loss is billed as the visual program to prevent and control diabetes.

There is even a section in the back, that shows menus from certain restaurants. They have put the best choices in Orange to help you make the best decision for yourself while eating out. 

Beside all the pictures that make this a complete idiot proof book is the medical information needed for the smarter folks who like words with their books. 

In A Nutshell: Whether you have diabetes, are a candidate for diabetes, need to loose weight or want to eat healthier, this IS the book for you.

Disclaimer: FSB Associates, sent me a copy to review.


  1. I am a Diabetic, and FSB offered me this book also. Really there is not much a book can tell me that my doctor and Diabetes pharmacist don't already. I have check ups every 3 mos. I like books like this for the recipes. They are always tasty and the best, due to keeping you as healthy as possible.

    I HIGHLY recommend anyone read all those types of books, despite having the disease. You might benefit from it anyways. Or be able to help some one else who needs it.

  2. Anonymous12:47 PM

    This sounds like a great book for my cousin. He has this disease and I will definitely tell him about it.,

  3. You did a fantastic job on this review and I love how you grabbed everyone's attention in your first sentence... it made me read it!
    You are a great blogger!!


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