At the relatively young age of 26, Adam Hart felt he had hit rock bottom. As he describes it, he was "living in an overweight body, extremely stressed and experiencing depression and anxiety atta
At the relatively young age of 26, Adam Hart felt he had hit rock bottom. As he describes it, he was "living in an overweight body, extremely stressed and experiencing depression and anxiety attacks." He was also suffering with asthma and had developed an allergy to fresh fruit. Already feeling that he was living off medications, he had just been prescribed another drug, this time for high cholesterol. In the doctor's office, he was then told he was pre-diabetic.
Adam puts his situation down to having spent most of his life up to that point as a human "doing" rather than a human "being." He decided then and there, in that doctor's office, to completely turn his lifestyle and his health around. Five years after embarking on a "journey of self-discovery," Adam is proof of what making a real commitment to personal health and wellbeing can look like. He has lost over 40 pounds, reversed his pre-diabetic state and eliminated his daily depression, saying that he now lives his life with "abundant health and happiness."
In The Power of Food, Adam shows us how we can also achieve "abundant health and happiness" by eating foods with power. Power foods—whole, natural foods such as nuts, seeds, grains, legumes and beans, fruit and vegetables—are packed with nutrients and vitamins. The Power of Food shows us how to prepare and cook these foods— simply—to make delicious meals. Much more than a collection of recipes, this book contains detailed profiles of 24 key power ingredients from each food group, for example, "The Power Nuts" (pistachios, almonds, pecans and cashews). With their whimsical titles and fresh takes on traditional favourites, the recipes in this book are sure to appeal:
- Outrageous Olive Tapenade
- Hungry Hungry Hummus
- Nude Pad Thai
- Oh My, Kale Gomae!
- Just Do It Hemp Milk
- That's An Amazing Strawberry Cheesecake
Complemented by Adam's personal story as well as a thorough explanation of how to put your own The Power of Food plan into place, this book is both inspirational and practical. A must-have book, whether you want to turn your lifestyle and health around completely, like Adam, or just start taking steps to do so.
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Like almonds and pecans, cashews are also a great snack eaten in their whole state. Fresh cashews are an ideal food for a boost in your energy levels without receiving a big crash later. Cashews are available whole, or in pieces as butter, milk or oil. Each option will provide you with a host of healthy benefits that should not be missed. I use cashews in recipes because of their ability to create smooth creamy textures, removing the need to use dairy.
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Is a "living food" champion, and a chef, author and professional speaker. He has been a nutritional researcher for over 10 years, studying foods that promote health and happiness. In 2003 Adam founded Power of Food, a nutrition and lifestyle company committed to educating organizations and individuals on the benefits of eating a plant-based diet. He currently lives in Squamish, BC.