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So What Can I Eat?!: How to Make Sense of the New Dietary Guidelines for Americans and Make Them Your Own

Producer:John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
Date Produced:March 2006
  • Book
  • Young Adults (19-30 yrs)
  • Middle Adults (31-50 yrs)
  • Older Adults (51+)
  • General Consumer
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Professionals
  • General Nutrition
  • Weight Management
  • Physical Activity
  • Meal Planning
  • MyPlate/DGA Training
  • Eating Patterns
  • Portion Sizes
  • Vegetarian Diets
  • Healthy Eating Tips
  • Grains/Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy
  • Protein
  • Fats and Oils
  • Carbohydrates
  • Sodium and Potassium
  • Calories
  • Vitamins and Minerals
Description:Due to the level of news coverage the updated Dietary Guidelines for Americans received, including stories in national papers like the New York Times, many people know that the government has issued new eating recommendations, but very few people understand what it all means or how to incorporate these changes into their daily eating habits. This book will clarify what has changed and why, it will present how to easily modify many common recipes to conform to the new guidelines and include two weeks worth of meal plans, and it will take all of the guesswork out of a trip to the grocery store or a restaurant by including easy-reference lists of food substitutions. The author will also advise readers how to incorporate those 5 recommended daily servings of vegetables and the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise into established diets and busy schedules.
Ordering Info:Available at bookstores, online retailers, and www.wiley.com
Web Site:www.elisazied.com; www.wiley.com


A. Use of MyPlate/MyPlate or the Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Material based substantially on MyPlate or 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Go Be Full 'thinks' outside the box so to speak-interprets My Pyramid recommendations in a new way.
B. Scope
Scope of information is a mix of appropriate and less than appropriate concepts.
C. Purpose
Purpose of material clearly stated in title or introduction.
D. Organization
Material well-organized and major points presented clearly.
E. Accuracy
Information is accurate and recommendations current with content of MyPlate and the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
F. Learner Background
Material does not assume that reader has background information.

Clearly explains everything.
G. Learning Objectives
Learning objectives identifiable and met.
H. Learning Activities, Projects, or Interactive Learning Tools
Material includes a variety of stimulating and interesting learning experiences, questions, projects, or suggestions for further action that will involve the reader.

The cute Health Nut offers stimulating and learning experience such as serving sizes, food groups, colorful pictures of foods from Food groups and food labels.
A great teaching tool!
I. Objectivity/Sponsor Bias
Subject matter presented objectively and fairly. No brand name promotion or obvious sponsor bias.
J. Inclusion of learning objectives, learner activities, instructional aids, lesson plans, evaluation component, identification of required instructional materials, web site with additional materials.
Material includes three or four of the above.

Materials include Food Journal, health nut, and website gobefull.com for additional materials.
K. Recipes (if included)
Overall, recipes are compatible with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Great recipe and cooking tips-Simple and Delicious!
L. Recipes (if included)
Recipes do not include any nutrient analysis.

No nutrient analysis provided for the recipe.
M. Instructional Resources
Instructor resources not needed for this material.
N. Credits, References and Resources (Including dates, publisher, etc.)
Current and complete credits, references, and resources listed.
O. Summary
All major ideas summarized or reviewed to reinforce key concepts; summaries easily identified.

Print Materials
A. Writing Style
Main ideas are clear and flow smoothly.
B. Writing Approach
Writing approach is positive and personal. Active voice is used most of the time.
C. Vocabulary
Vocabulary used is appropriate for intended audience. Minimizes use of technical terms and if used, are defined.
D. Supportive Illustrations
All of the illustrations contribute to the material and are on the same page as their textual references. Tables and graphs are as simple and easy to read as possible. All information needed in graphs and tables is provided in a form requiring no further explanation.
E. Layout and Design
Color, design, and layout of material are attractive, and stimulate interest, without being too busy. There is good balance between print and blank space.
F. Visual Quality
Paper weight used is heavy enough so that print from one side cannot be seen on the other side. Text is written in a font size that is easy to read, and the main body is not written in capital letters.
G. Headings/Cueing Devices
Clear headings are provided for each topic area. Cueing devices (shading, boxes, arrows, etc.) are used to direct attention to key points.
H. Approximate Reading Level
Reading level is at 6th, 7th or 8th grade level.

Web Sites
A. Currentness of Information
Web site information is current; there are no broken hyperlinks.
B. Readability
Text size is adequate for viewing. Good contrast between text and background.
C. Navigation
Navigation through the web site is logical and aided by navigation buttons and a site map or search tool.

Overall Comments on Resource Reviewed

A. Positive Points of the Reviewed Resource:
Go Be Full book is colorful and user friendly.
The toy is very informative and a great teaching tool.
Great approach to weight loss.
B. Points that Could Be Improved:
I would recommend more exercise, less than 5 servings of fats, and more servings of beans. Additionally, I would emphasize more on the Ingredients list as it is a very important part of the label, especially if one is teaching about weight loss and healthy lifestyle.
C. General Comments
Overall, well done! Good approach to weight loss and fitness. Definitely, "outside of the box" thinking about fitness and eating.
D. Overall Summary
Great job! I think it may be very effective program for weight loss.

Reviewer Rating
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Highly Recommended