Monday, January 13, 2014

{Book Club}: Younger Next Week Review AND Giveaway!

We’re big fans of fellow registered dietitian, Elisa Zied. We admire Elisa’s relatability, her encouraging #moveitorloseit social media posts, and her articles on the blog, which provide helpful and insightful health advice for families. When we heard she was coming out with a new book, titled Younger Next Week, we couldn’t wait to grab a copy.

In Younger Next Week, Elisa points out that our society’s new revved-up lifestyle is unfortunately leaving many multi-tasking women exhausted, overwhelmed and stressed out. And we can relate; between the pings and dings on our iPads and email inboxes, and rings on our phones – it can be hard to find a free moment throughout the day to just unplug. Watch this episode on Elisa’s Stressipes web series and you may relate. We truly feel that every woman -- from college students and beyond can connect with Elisa's message.

In fact, according to a 2012 Stress in America survey by the American Psychological Association, 30 to 45 percent of women in U.S. reported being so stressed they feel fatigued, nervous, anxious and overwhelmed. 46 percent of the women reported making unhealthy food choices and overeating while 31 percent reported skipping meals -- neither which do much to improve our ability to manage stress, improve our self-esteem, or promote optimal health. 

The overarching message of Younger Next Week is to help women restore their vitality and slow down the clock by trading in their anti-wrinkle cream and plastic surgeon’s scalpel for a knife and fork, and stress management techniques. In the book’s chapters, Elisa debunks many common diet myths (we’re big fans of that!), answers those burning nutrition questions surrounding hot topics including coconut oil, eggs, and caffeine, and also offers her own Stressipes (rhymes with “recipes”) – food, fitness, and lifestyle remedies to help us better cope with stress, the greatest vitality buster of them all. Ultimately, the reader is given strategies for restoring vitality through Vital Foods and Vital Moves. The book wraps up with a 7-Day Vitality Plan. The reason we love the plan? It’s not about adopting a rigid diet; it’s based on sound information and maintainable habits that will help you feel happier, healthier, and nourished. The plan includes “daily goals and weekly goals to help you move it, lift it, laugh it off, connect, reflect and sleep it off.” We love that.

Below is one of the 30 delicious recipes in Younger Next Week (reprinted with permission). Since making this recipe the first time, we've made it two more times; we hope you love it as much as we do! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the blog for details on the giveaway!

Blueberries with Ricotta Cream

2 cups fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
¼ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
½ teaspoon lime zest


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the berries, sugar and lime juice. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Mix together the ricotta cheese, yogurt and lime zest in a small bowl. Serve the blueberries with a dollop of the ricotta cream.

Younger Next Week GIVEAWAY

Do you want your own copy of Younger Next Week? Elisa is giving away a copy to one lucky reader!

To enter to win:

  • Follow us on Facebook and tell us why you want to win Elisa’s new book
  • Follow us on Twitter and tell us why you want to win Elisa’s new book

A winner will be randomly selected on Friday, January 24th at 8:00am PST.

If we don’t hear from you in 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents.

Good luck!!

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