Unjunk Your Junk Food

What do you get when you mix Savvy girls, Andrea Donsky and  Randy Boyer from Naturally Savvy, and the Nutritional expertise of Lisa Tsakos with the last two years of  research, writing, editing and a lot of taste testing?  You get the much needed, and eagerly anticipated guide to your junk food cravings.  

Who would of thought that your favourite junk food was linked to issues like asthma, ADD, ADHD, irritable bowel symptoms, headaches, memory loss, diarrhea and cancer, to name a few, a quick flip through this book and you'll be looking at junk food in a whole different way.  On the brighter side, Unjunk Your Junk Food will give you a healthy (and tasty) alternative to all of your favourite junk food!

You might think I'm biased when it comes to this book for two reasons. 1/ I was one of the photographers working on this project and had shot a few hundred products for the book. And 2/  Lisa Tsakos who put her blood, sweat and many tears into the research and writing of this book, and happens to be my brilliant and accomplished sister (sorry Lisa, I know you wanted me tone that part down).  The truth, I really wouldn't be telling you about Unjunk Your Junk Food if I didn't believe in it and think it was so important for people to read.  

The book explains what all of those unpronounceable words in the ingredient list actually mean.  They breakdown the Nutrition Facts on the back of a package and let you know how to read between the lines.  They explain it all in an easy and fun way that anyone can understand.  Even me!  You'll learn something new on every page!  And after reading the ingredients, my husband and I have already tossed the last few bags of junk food we had left over from a party. 

I used to love Dorito's as a teen.  I didn't realize their super long ingredient list included MSG and Trans Fats to name a few no-no's!

What else??
-Easy answers to Artificial Colours, Flavours and Sweeteners. 
-What manufacturers really mean on their food labels when they say "Low Fat, Light, No Sugar added, Made with Organic Ingredients" etc..
-GMO's (genetically modified foods)
-List of 43 various names of sugar, used on food labels
-Handy "Worst Ingredient" pull out chart

Out of these two ice creams, which do you think is the smarter choice? 

If you thought an ice cream called "Skinny Cow" would be the healthier choice over something labelled "richer and creamier", you were wrong!  I couldn't believe my eyes when I read it!

To get the "scoop" on why, check out pages 54 and 55 in Unjunk Your Junk Food

Unjunk Your Junk Food is a book that everyone needs to read. It comes out on December 27, 2011 but you can Pre-Order your copy today to find out what all the hype is about!

Retailers will sell it for between $18 to $20, but online prices are ridiculously low!

U.S. readers can order their copy for only $11.97USD at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.com

If you're in Canada, order your book online for only $14.43CAN at Chapters or Amazon.ca

By the way, if you spend $25 or more at these Canadian sites, you're eligible to receive free shipping!! One copy for you and one for someone you love :)

I admit, I've always had a weakness for a few items of junk food myself, but when I took a peek at the book that the girls were working on, I couldn't stop reading!  I was amazed, it's really jaw-dropping, I just can't say enough good things about this book!  

These days I'm so much more aware of how my body reacts to different foods, so I try to read the package of everything I buy, but end up really frustrated when there are too many words that I just cannot pronounce.  Worse, words or ingredients that I don't recognize.  People, we are eating this stuff! I can't believe I had been ingesting all of that crap for years, and although my intake has gone down tremendously, after seeing this book, I'm thinking twice about those few guilty pleasures that are left.  One (of many) great thing about Unjunk Your Junk Food is that it teaches you how to make smarter choices when choosing your junk food so you can still satisfy your snack food cravings, but in a healthy way!  

Buy this book today! Grocery shopping will never be the same!  

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