Eat-Clean Diet Book Review
As the staple covergirl of Oxygen Magazine, Tosca Reno is the exception to the rule. She looks like a hard-bodied-perfect skin-immaculate smile Baywatch poster child. One who must share the same mystical genes as Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox (but happens to be a few years older than them).
At the age of 52 (this spring), Reno has captured the market of the maturing, discerning woman – the health-conscious female who wants to be proactive against aging and the general effects of a poor diet. Maybe it’s to combat poor family health, or the fear of becoming fat (or the fight to become slimmer), or just a general desire to be informed about one eats. Whatever the reason, she’s got something for you.
Reno is a famous fitness model who used to be severely overweight (every female can find that girl-done-good heroine in her story appealing). The dozen or so installments of her book franchise include exercise and dietary guides about her philosophy of Eating Clean, which are all extensively supported by Oxygen (owned by her husband). Business philosophy – amazing. Final product – pretty good but not amazing.
I picked up the latest Eat-Clean Diet book after struggling to manage various food allergies and sensitivities. A few years ago, I had been undergoing extensive testing through various hospitals and was having major issues finding foods that I could #1 digest, #2 feel satisfied with. After I started seeing a naturopath, I learned about regulating my diet with “simple” foods – in the sense of trying to eat things that are “clean” (not processed or made icky by preservatives or unnecessary components). Some people become raw-foodists or vegetarians. I started trying to simplify my diet using the inspiration of these two dietary movements.
The thing that I like about the Eat-Clean Diet book is that is gives different examples of meal plans and tries to model a healthy lifestyle that emphasizes exercise and a lot of water drinking! There are some practical “scientific” explanations which made the content credible and thought-provoking. But most of the time, I often found myself skipping through a lot of the pages because the content was either too fluffy and dumbed-down, or shared too many unnecessary woo-woo confessionals (yes, Reno may be a celeb figure in this arena…but I didn’t really find the anecdotes compelling). Maybe if there were less. And not from random people padding the book with testimonials.
In theory, I do believe in the Eat-Clean Diet and try to practise it in my life. But it’s definitely of my own variety – without the body builder fitness goals or multiple coolers packed for daily consumption. Maybe I’ve relied on my very helpful metabolism, and I think that there’s a lot of great awareness in these types of books about preparing your body as it changes and evolves through the ages (in my mother’s generation, for example, who would have though to eat healthy and exercise NOW to yield a better aging process?). I’ll keep my eyes open for the next installment in this interesting series – but you gotta hand it to her, Tosca looks AMAZE.