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By Kari Morris, coauthor of Wellness 100

When two foodie friends devote their spare time to write a book and teach people to eat a healthful diet hinged on moderation, something is amok. Or is it? Can we be foodies and achieve weight loss, health, and longevity through our diet? An emphatic “YES” is the answer to this question. Without conscientiously setting out to prove this point, my coauthor Dr. Amber French and I put it in perspective in our new book, Wellness 100: 100 Carbs/100 Recipes.

Fad diets don’t work, at least not for long and not without (often times) serious side effects. As a food lover, I don’t want to go three days without eating, or eat only grapefruit for 10 days. Foodie hedonism is on the other end of the spectrum. Do you remember “bacon explosion”? It’s a bacon, sausage, and barbecue sauce creation the size of a loaf of bread. It’s as outrageous as purposefully starving yourself.

In the middle, where the real food is, lies true foodie heaven: eating well and keeping the weight off.

Real food, in all it’s beautiful colors, shapes, tastes, and textures, is the simplest alternative to the mind-boggling array of fad diets and processed foods that lead to yet more weight gain and a return to overindulgence. Dr. French has a passion for (and a fellowship in) antiaging and regenerative medicine. Her healthful eating guidelines are based on hundreds of studies. The science shows that we need quality carbohydrates, fat, and protein in every meal, every day. Personally, I need variety and food that is appealing and tastes good. Happily, we can have it both ways. Pork chops and better cholesterol! Cream sauce and weight loss! Proper portions and a full stomach! I am smiling, and I don’t even have a plate of food in front of me.

Why do we need to learn how to eat real food? For decades, we have allowed ourselves to be distracted by the false promises of low-fat, no-fat foods and substitutes we can’t even pronounce. Or we have succumbed to convenience foods, giving in to salty, starchy instant satisfaction and turning a blind eye to the massive calories and negative long-term effects. Maybe we indulged in our hobby to cook like celebrity chefs, bingeing on a regular basis (mea culpa). As a society, we are gaining weight and suffering in ever greater numbers (and at ever-younger ages) from diseases of aging and obesity such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and stroke.

In our past, Amber and I spent many an over-the-top gourmet meal together. From appetizers to sugary endings, we gave ourselves permission to pursue our passion for eating. We both gained weight, as did our husbands. Speaking for myself, I saw other unsavory side effects, such as higher cholesterol, water retention, indigestion, and inflammation.

Thankfully, Amber’s passion for antiaging medicine shined a light on the consequences of our lifestyles and through her we changed our ways. As foodies, we won’t settle for tasteless diets. Together, we say “Give (real) food a chance!”

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Amber and Kari’s book, Wellness 100, will be released on July 20. It is available to preorder now in both paperback and hardcover through BQB’s online store, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and your favorite bookstore. The ebook version is also available to download through Kindle, Nook, iTunes, or Kobo.

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