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Beverly author promotes healthy eating

Tips include healthy eating tips for everyday settings.  |  Supplied Photo

Tips include healthy eating tips for everyday settings. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: July 6, 2013 6:18AM



Monica Joyce, of Chicago’s Beverly community, and colleague Jacqueline King have published a new book on nutrition, “Too Busy To Diet,” that is receiving rave reviews on Amazon.com.

Joyce, who works at an endocrinology practice in downtown Chicago, has been a registered dietician for more than 30 years. The book is a fun, practical manual or reference guide for those on the go who are striving for a healthier lifestyle or improved weight management.

“I joke that I wanted to write a Rick Steves type of easy–to-read travel guide, only focused on nutrition,” Joyce said. “Something that you can throw in your glove compartment, purse, backpack or diaper bag and pull it out as needed to navigate through your busy day.”

The book also contains healthy tips for holiday eating, and what to eat at airports, carnivals, movie theatres, farmers markets and from office vending machines.

In her long career, Joyce has seen an alarming increase in Type 2 diabetes. She calls it “an epidemic that is only going to get worse. It’s not just about hot fudge sundaes anymore. It’s the sedentary lifestyle of the computer generation.”

Joyce emphasized that the bottom line is that people need to get moving. She recommends that her patients get a pedometer, or download a pedometer app on their smartphones, with a goal of reaching 10,000 steps a day.

She said most patients are shocked to find that initially they are well under 5,000 steps a day.

“We live in Chicago,” she said. “We endure a lot of bad weather, so we don’t get out and get moving as much as we need to, and we eat big dinners with big portions.”

The main message Joyce wants to convey, she said, is that “we need to stop thinking of food as the enemy and get back into the kitchen. Plan your food menus and grocery list.

“America has to stop dieting and embrace good, healthy food with less fat and sodium. Europeans love to eat, but they don’t have an obesity problem. Food is good; you’re supposed to like to eat.”



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