Monday, April 30, 2012

Book Review -- Unjunk Your Junk Food by Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer of


Unjunk Your Junk Food is a fun, handy, supermarket-friendly guide to the best-tasting, best-for-you junk food made with natural ingredients.

True or False? Eating healthy means giving up junk food.
False! You just have to make smarter choices.

Even the healthiest health nut needs a junk food fix every now and then. Indulge in your favorite treats . . . without all the artificial ingredients. 

Inside Unjunk Your Junk Food you’ll find:

• Side-by-side comparisons of popular conventional brands and their natural alternatives<
• Healthy ingredients to look for and dangerous additives to avoid
• A handy cut-out chart of the worst ingredients to look out for when grocery shopping
• Tips for recognizing the misleading marketing tools used to confuse you when reading food labels
• Healthier choices for the snack foods you already buy


My Thoughts:

I was sent a copy of this book, and can't stop sharing with friends and family.  It is so jam packed with useful information, which will shock most about the snacks we all have in our cupboards right now.  Being a health educator by trade, I have spent over 10 years, educating adults and children about the importance of healthy eating, especially when it comes to snacking.  I wish this book was around a few years ago, when reading the nutritional labels started to become popular and the norm for those looking to make healthy changes to their food purchases.  

Many people are not in the know about what really to look for when choosing snacks.   They think that by choosing foods labeled, natural or organic, that they are healthy for you. But, you would be surprised to find out that many really aren't. Even with my health education background, I have on occasion picked up products that claim were healthy, but turned out to  contain more sugar than the popular alternatives.  These purchases usually occur when I have the girls with me shopping, and they begin to act up, and I need to speed up my shopping.  I will then go into grab and go mode and pick things up without analyzing the labels.  Have you done this, too?  I bet you have.  So, what can we do as busy parents, to make sure our next trip to the grocery store will be easier if we have to begin to grab and go?  Well, first, I would suggest picking up a copy of Unjunk Your Junk Food and reading it cover to cover.  Don't worry, it will not take you long to read, as it is filled with colorful photos of common grocery store products we have in our home, along with their nutritional label.  Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer, along with Lisa Tsakos do an amazing job at pointing out why one product is better than another, and explains in easy to understand terms, what we should be looking for when reading labels and looking at packaging.  

I have to say, I learned a lot just by reading this book, and have began to take inventory of the foods I have stocked in the pantry, making sure that I have healthy snack options, instead of a pantry full of sugary and unhealthy snacks.  The last thing I want to do is feed my family unnecessary ingredients, like sugar and artificial flavorings, when giving them snack options.  I find that when I am most busy with the girls, is when Savannah wants a snack, or I reach for a treat to boost my energy level.  And, these are the times I grab those unhealthy snacks that look more appealing.  But, not anymore, thanks to this handy healthy snacks reference guide, that has become a popular coffee table read.  I ended up packing up those unhealthy snacks I picked up on a whim, donated them to the food pantry, and added more nutritionally based snacks to my pantry.  So, now when I grab for a snack for myself or my family, I know we will be eating something healthy and good for us.  Isn't that what snacking should be -- a healthy treat to tide us over until the next meal?  

So, if you are up for the challenge and want to see if you pantry is stocked with healthy snacks or not, then you need to pick up a copy of this book today, and begin really looking at your snack selections.  I guarantee you, too, will be shocked to find that family favorites are really not that good for you. But, don't worry, Andrea and Randy will offer up healthy alternatives that will take just like or better than these snacks.

Click here to see a sampling of the healthy alternatives described in further detail in Unjunk Your Junk Food, along with links to online retailers who carry these products.  This will give you a sense of the types of foods covered in this book.

Don't forgot to follow the Unjunk Your Junk Food Revolution on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Authors:

Andrea Donsky, B. COMM, is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) and Co-Founder of The Healthy Shopper Inc. Naturally Savvy Media.
A natural visionary and successful entrepreneur, Andrea holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University and is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.). 

Andrea has dedicated her life to sharing her passion for living a naturally and healthy lifestyle with the world, while helping to guide others through the confusing maze of 21st century supermarkets and fad diets. 

Andrea was already a successful retail product marketing manager with J. M. Smucker before she took a leap of faith in 1998 and quit her job to pursue her passion. 

She enrolled in a holistic nutrition program and began to understand how food affected her body while learning about the benefits of an all-natural and organic diet. For the first time in her life, she knew she had something to share with the world. 

The following year, she gathered all of her energy and together with Randy Boyer, the two launched their dream career by founding The Healthy Shopper Inc. ? a coupon book for natural and organic products. Reaching more than 190,000 people a year, the Healthy Shopper, to this day, remains the only coupon book in Canada for natural and organic products.

Eight years later, lightning struck again during a chance meeting with Dr. David Katz at an consumer trade show, which inspired the pair to launch Naturally Savvy, a sophisticated media company whose sole purpose is to educate the masses about living the lifestyle she truly loves.

Since then, Andrea has established herself as a respected and authoritative voice in all corners of the health and wellness industry. She has appeared as a natural living expert on news segments which have aired on NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, Univision, WPIX, WGN and CBC Newsworld. Her voice has been heard on XM/Sirius Radio, where she appears as a regular guest on The Morning Jolt with Larry Flick. Her words have appeared in a variety of natural health magazines such as Alive, Tonic and Organic Lifestyle and online at Reader’s Digest,, and The Family Groove.

Andrea is proud to be the kind of mom who feeds her kids fish oil, flaxseeds and seaweed.

 Randy Boyer
Randy Boyer, B.A., is Co-Founder of The Healthy Shopper Inc. and Naturally Savvy Media.
Randy Boyer is a trusted source for information about all things natural and organic.
Randy has always been an advocate for healthy living, integrating fitness and healthy eating into her life. Her natural and organic lifestyle began when she met Andrea more than ten years ago. With a unique idea and a strong marketing background they began The Healthy Shopper Inc., the only coupon book in Canada for natural and organic products. Combining brand loyalty and a core of supporting retailers, consumers across Canada follow them and look for their coupon book year after year. With 190,000 copies distributed annually through more than 400 health food stores, The Healthy Shopper coupon book is a staple in thousands of homes across the country. 

Following eight years of working in the natural and organic industry, their product knowledge grew and thus Naturally Savvy was born – a user friendly, informative website educating and promoting a natural and organic lifestyle.

A recognized expert in the industry, Randy has made dozens of radio and television appearances promoting her message that eating natural and organic and living a healthy lifestyle is the road to good health including The Michael Dresser Show, The Exchange with David Smith, and Health Radio Network with Barbra Alexander and NBC’s KNTV with Laura Garcia-Cannon. Randy was recently invited to be a regular guest on the XM/Sirius radio show The Morning Jolt with Larry Flick.
Encouraging natural and organic living has become an everyday activity not only through their website, through mass media magazines like Oprah, Prevention and Family Fun and consumer shows but also in their everyday experiences within their community and in their own backyard. Randy can always be found inspiring others to consider natural and organic!

 Lisa Tsakos
Lisa Tsakos, B.A., is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.)
She teaches nutrition at various private schools and colleges (including the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, the Transformational Arts College, and at Centennial College) and has been featured on the Discovery Channel, numerous radio programs, and is a contributor to various publications and websites including, Tribune Media, Toronto Life Fashion Magazine, NOW Magazine and trade publications.  Lisa has also taught natural food cooking workshops and authored several books including: Cooking for Nu-Vitality;The Weight Battlefield and at least twenty text books on the subject of nutrition used by schools across the country. She has also written several course curricula on various nutrition topics for the aforementioned schools. 

Over the past decade, Lisa’s Nu-Vitality (Healthy!) Weight Program has helped employees at numerous corporations and organizations including the Toronto Police Service, to lose thousands of pounds.

After losing 50 pounds fifteen years ago through a natural diet (not by fad dieting or using weight loss gimmicks) and by improving her digestion, Lisa was committed to sharing her newfound knowledge by returning to school to study nutrition. She is a shining example of someone who practices what she preaches.

She lives with her health conscious husband, a former professional volleyball athlete and coach and their two young children.

 Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  the views above are mine and mien alone.

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