Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Book Review: Slim by Design by Brian Wansink

Title: Slim by Design: Mindless Eating Solutions for Everyday Life
Author: Brian Wansink
Enjoyment Rating: ***
Source: Kindle
Content Alert: A clean read

Did you know that how you organize your kitchen may have an impact on how much you eat? Or that where you sit in a buffet restaurant may play a role in your ability to stay slim? In Slim by Design, Brian Wansink, a nutrition science professor at Cornell and a former executive director for the USDA, talks practical strategies for avoiding mindless eating, involving things like eating dinner off smaller plates, putting healthy snacks at the front and center in the refrigerator, and keeping the counter free of snack foods and cereal boxes.

I haven't read Wansink's Mindless Eating, but I plan to read it after reading Slim by Design. It appears to the be practical application of his previous book, and is full of good advice. He talks, for example, about how to make over your kitchen so you're not snacking all the time without thinking about it. While my kitchen received a good score based on his strategies, I think I would need to get rid of a half dozen kids who constantly leave brownies on the counter. Sometimes the writing is overly cutesy, and some of the suggestions require a little too much work for practical implementation. The second half of the book deals with how restaurants and school kitchens can become slim by design, which is interesting, but don't have much of a practical application in my life.   .

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