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About Chef AJ
Chef AJ is a chef, culinary instructor, and speaker who uses her series Healthy Living with Chef AJ to promote her plant-based diet. She has also appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Show with David Letterman. She has worked as the executive pastry chef at LA’s Sante La Brea Restaurant and is the creator of the Ultimate Weight Loss Program. Her expertise comes from her own personal journey, forty years in the industry, and a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from eCornell University. Chef AJ is a member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. She is also the author of Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight. She is the recipe author of Own Your Health by Glen Merzer.
Chef AJ’s coauthor, Glen Merzer, has collaborated on a number of plant-based dieting books. He is also the author of the novel Off the Reservation.
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In her new book, plant-based diet expert Chef AJ provides you with not only tips and techniques to begin your weight-loss journey but also the secrets to tasty homemade dishes that will fill you up without adding on the pounds.
Chef AJ is here to prove to you that eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard. With The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss,she covers:
the ways her own weight-loss journey inspired her professional career,
the most important steps to get started on your own goals,
the seven c’s to weight-loss success,
the invaluable concept of calorie density,
the keys to overcoming the most common and frustrating challenges, and
the dozens of delicious recipes that help you lose weight and still love what you eat.
From oven-roasted ratatouille to the best no-bean burgers around, Chef AJ shows you how satisfying and slimming a plant-based weight-loss plan can be.
“Take Glen Merzer's wise nutritional advice, add Chef AJ's fabulous recipes, and you've got the formula for health.”—Dr. Neal Barnard, President, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
"OWN YOUR HEALTH is one great book! It is engaging, thought-provoking, and persuasive. It’s different than a lot of vegan books—in a good way! The real hook for this book is Glen Merzer’s humor weaved through every page. As a special bonus, Chef AJ contributes an amazing set of recipes to live by. Glen and AJ are a dynamic duo, and the reader is the beneficiary!"—Brenda Davis, RD, co-author, Nourish and Becoming Vegan: Comprehensive Edition; author, Kick Diabetes Essentials.
OWN YOUR HEALTH is the third book in a trilogy by Chef AJ and Glen Merzer. First, in UNPROCESSED (2011), CHEF AJ tells the personal story of her journey towards health, and makes the case for a diet of whole plant foods. Then, in THE SECRETS TO ULTIMATE WEIGHT LOSS (2018), Chef AJ, founder of The Ultimate Weight Loss Program, explains how to overcome food addictions and apply a knowledge of calorie density to create healthy eating patterns, enabling you to achieve your optimal weight. (Glen Merzer was Chef AJ’s writing partner for both books.) Now, in OWN YOUR HEALTH, Glen narrates his own journey to health, tells the stories of how his parents saved each other’s lives and how his wife Joanna overcame lupus, explains why the science of nutrition is more settled than you think, suggests the best way to deal with doctors, takes on some leading historic opponents of the plant-based diet, blows apart the silly and misguided attacks on “carbs,” and gives us an action plan to reverse the epidemics of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, while obliterating demand for the kind of food-raising that risks future pandemics. Like the other books in the trilogy, OWN YOUR HEALTH boasts more than 100 delicious, vegan, whole-plant-food, oil-free, sugar-free, salt-free, gluten-free recipes (in the case of OWN YOUR HEALTH, 75+ of those recipes are from Chef AJ and 35 from other contributors).
Doctors are trained in treating illness with drugs and surgery. Most are not trained in how to keep you healthy. Medical schools ignore the subject of nutrition, implicitly sending the message to young doctors that it couldn't be very important. That's where OWN YOUR HEALTH comes in--to help you understand that the food you eat is likely to affect your health more than anything else.
"We highly recommend taking your health into your own hands today and truly Own Your Health for the rest of your life. This book will support you on this journey so that you can start reaping the benefits immediately!"—Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD, NY Times Best Selling Authors, The Forks Over Knives Plan; Cofounders, Kinectin.com.
"OWN YOUR HEALTH is the funniest book on diet you'll ever read. And it's the diet that's right for the planet!"—Ed Begley, Jr., actor, environmentalist.
"Glen Merzer has written yet another essential book to add to your nutritional library. OWN YOUR HEALTH is loaded with important information about how you can actually take control of your health destiny. It features Merzer's dazzling wit, along with amazing recipes from legendary Chef AJ.
Chef AJ has a unique ability to create healthy foods that taste great. Whether you want to lower your cholesterol, prevent or reverse many common lifestyle diseases, lose weight or just look and feel great, Chef AJ can show you how to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet in ways that are easy, delicious and fun.
Foreword by Dr. Hans Diehl and endorsed by several giants in the field of plant-based nutrition, including:
Dr. T. Colin Campbell (The China Study)
Rip Esselstyn (The Engine 2 Diet)
Dr. Joel Fuhrman (Eat To Live)
Dr. Matthew Lederman & Dr. Alona Pulde (Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole: Your Guide To Optimum Health)
Dr. John McDougall (The McDougall Program)
Dr. Pam Popper (Executive Director of the Wellness Forum)
UNPROCESSED will show you how you can achieve optimum health, vibrant energy and your ideal weight, simply by eating real, whole foods and avoiding processed food.
This book features:
11 Beverages and Smoothies
14 Enticing Entrees
12 Salads and Dressings
10 Savory Soups
16 Sensational Sides
21 Decadent Desserts
All recipes are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, salt-free and refined sugar-free.
Chef AJ shares her personal story detailing the dangerous health consequences of an unhealthy diet, and the body's miraculous ability to recover and thrive when fed healthy, whole foods. An inspirational, fun read.
By combining whole plant foods, you'll discover some fantastic dishes that you can make easily in your own kitchen. A delightful alternative to unhealthy processed foods, let Chef AJ show you how to achieve vibrant health while eating delicious food.