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Sweet Potato Power!

May 23, 2012  |  Food, Life  |  Share
Sweet Potato Power!

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of the book Sweet Potato Power by Ashley Tudor. I can tell you that this review is not biased at all because I actually bought the book before I got my copy to review. Luckily I was able to cancel that order and save a few bucks. My reviews are usually short and to the point because I don’t want to give much away. If I enjoy the book I want you to read it too. So here are some of my thoughts. I should let you know that I have a sweet potato problem. I think I am addicted. Hehe.

I have to say right off the bat that this is going to be one of my first go to books to suggest to people who are interested in how I eat. Most of the books I have read that relate to healthy eating, be that Paleo, Primal whatever can get a little deep. (Not that this one doesn’t but I will explain that later.) And most folks just don’t care enough about their health to continue reading. This book is different. Its broken into 4 main parts.

Part One will pull you in right away. She discusses “Frakenfoods” and how they came to be and why they are so bad. She also talks about the glorious sweet potato and why it is so wonderful and how it came to be. You can finally find out what the difference between a yam and a sweet potato are.

“The sweet potato is one of the world’s power-packed, nutritionally-dense, super foods.” And it tastes awesome.

In Part Two Ashley starts to get into the nitty gritty, from eating healthy to sleeping and why you feel the way you do. She does so by laying out the the four pillars, food, hormones, low inflammation and activity.  My favorite part of this whole section has to be the way she explains the carbohydrate spectrum. I won’t go into depth here, but picture kindling when you are starting a fire and how quickly it burns off. Now picture how you feel when you eat pasta or bread. Not think about how you feel when you eat a meal with veggies and meat. Its kind of like a slow burning log. I know what I would rather eat.

I love how this book is laid out with all the subsections. There are sections that help clarify some of the most important topics and some sections that get a little more sciencey (I don’t think that is a word). Also, at the end of every chapter there is a summary. This really helps people like me who get distracted while they read.

Part Three is all about experimentation. You can take what you want out of this section and run your own experiments. She runs through different levels of these experiments too. They range from the easy, like testing your insulin levels with varying your carb loads. To, testing your cortisol levels. Which she lets your know is harder to track and will cost a little more money. But these are all experiments you can do on yourself with a little help from a practitioner for some.

My favorite part, Part Four is the recipes. Now this is no cookbook and isn’t trying to be. She is just laying out some recipes to show you how many different things you can do with sweet potatoes. She shows you full on recipes like Stuffed Sweet Potato Three Ways to different ways of cutting up your sweet potato. We tried the Sweet Potato Bars. I have been messing with a recipe like this on my own for  awhile so I thought it would be a nice break and try someone else’s out. Um, these were amazing. Now I have to go back to the drawing board.

This is a book I would totally recommend to friends and to any interested in healthy eating. Wether that be a crossfit athlete or your rookie Paleo eater. This book is an easy quick read and is super easy to understand. But don’t think that is doesn’t get in depth, cause it does. Its just laid out so nicely.

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