If you are like most people, you probably overindulged with your eating during the holidays. And with the new year approaching, you may be thinking of resolutions that lead to healthier living. But we all know what happens to those resolutions after a week or two.
So, what’s a seeker of a healthy lifestyle to do? Tap into the healing power of food. And what better way than to let Meals That Heal, a cookbook written by Tuscaloosa native Carolyn Williams, Ph.D., and registered dietician, be your guide.
In the process of writing for Cooking Light magazine, Carolyn discovered convincing research on the role foods play in preventing dementia and brain diseases (like Alzheimer’s). Her research showed that chronic low-grade inflammation is at the root of most ailments. Everything from skin irritations to auto-immune diseases to diabetes, she contends, is caused (or at least exacerbated) by chronic inflammation. Further research led her to the conclusion that the real key to eating healthy for all ages is reducing inflammatory foods and increasing certain nutrients.
In 2019, her work culminated in the publication of Meals That Heal, a family-friendly cookbook offering more than 100 anti-inflammatory recipes. As a busy mother of two, Carolyn set out to make these recipes easy, quick, and tasty. Two favorites for her family include Zucchini Taco Skillet, which can be prepared in 20 minutes, and Berry Green Smoothie, a protein-packed blender concoction that takes 5 minutes to prepare.
Carolyn always sneaks in some kind of greens like spinach in the smoothies and says her kids have no idea that they’re getting veggies in their drink. When people say that this is one cookbook that doesn’t sit on the shelf, that it gets frequent use, that’s music to her ears.
Carolyn is hard at work on a new cookbook called One-Pot Meals That Heal. Due out in the summer of 2022, this cookbook will, as its name implies, offer dishes that can be made in one pot, skillet, or sheet pan. It will also go deeper into gut health and its connection to overall health, and it will address environmental toxins as well. One-Pot Meals That Heal focuses on everyday conditions such as hormonal imbalances, adrenal fatigue, depression, and anxiety–things that are more subtle but that have an anti-inflammatory component.
As the new year is approaching, we bid a proper farewell to 2021. Here’s to a vision of creating a plan for 2022 of healthy eating and designing a life that you will love.
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