The Pantry Principle, by Mira Dessy, NE

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Take back control of your pantry and your food sources—know what is really in your food.

From the days of hunter-gathers to modern shoppers, the way we procure our food has changed dramatically. But our need for proper nourishment remains the same. Processed food, fast food, adulterated food, and chemically enhanced food make navigating the grocery store and making healthy choices truly mystifying.

Most of us don't know where our food comes from, and we don't know what's really in it. We walk into a grocery store thinking that all of the edible items on the shelves are food. The truth is that many of them are not! Many of these products contain potentially harmful ingredients.

This book will help you take back control of your pantry and your food sources.

"If you want to know exactly what's lurking in the packaged food you eat, what chemicals are used to try to convince you that the food is 'real'—or if you just want the skinny on how to cook with fabulous fats—you cannot afford to overlook this book! A must-read for all who care about what goes into their own and their family's bodies. And I hope that means everyone!"—Dr. Helayne Waldman, coauthor of The Whole Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors

"Mira Dessy's book, The Pantry Principle, is a real gem! If you eat, this book is a must-read—so you really know what's in your food. It is a user-friendly, comprehensive, well-researched, and eye-opening resource. I look forward to recommending it to all my clients!"—Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist, author of The Anti-anxiety Food Solution

Objective: Educational. (Click here for information on the difference between Educational and Marketing materials.)

Publication: 2013.

Pages: 188.

Binding: Softcover.

Dimensions: 6" wide x 9" tall x ½" deep.


Mira Dessy, BFA, NE, is a nutrition educator specializing in helping people eat well to be well using the concepts of bio-individual, whole-food nutrition.

Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CNS, CHN, is the author of Digestive Wellness and the Education Director of Nutrition and Integrative Health at the Tai Sophia Institute. She is also on faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine.

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My Story
Chapter 1: Seven Simple Rules
Chapter 2: How to Read a Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Understanding Ingredients
Front of Package Claims
Your Label Reading Action Plan
Chapter 3: Understanding Additives
Top Three Non-Food Items
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Monosodium Glutamate
Additives are Not Food: Flavorings, Preservatives, Emulsifiers, Stablizers
Natural Additives
Your Additive Action Plan
Chapter 4: Your Colorful Diet
By the Numbers
It's In What?
Attention Deficit Disorder
Annatto and Cochineal
Your Artificial Color Action Plan
Chapter 5: Trick or Treat? Understanding Sugars
Complex Sugars
Refined Sugars
Sugar Alcohols
Artificial Sweeteners
Splenda's Not Too Terrific
Other Health Concerns
Chapter 6: The Skinny on Fats
Saturated Fats
Monounsaturated Fats
Polyunsaturated Fats
Fake Fats: Olestray, Trans-fats
Adulterated Oils
Smoke Point
You Fat Action Plan
Chapter 7: Spending Wisely
Conventional Foods
The Healthiest Bang for Your Buck: Dairy, Eggs, Meat, Seafood, Vegetables, Fruit, Genetically-Modified Organisms
Your Food Budget Action Plan
Chapter 8: The Packaging
Antimicrobials and Fungicides
What's Next: SLIPS, Seafood on Your Bananas, "Edible" Packaging
Your Packaging Action Plan
Chapter 9: The Pantry Makeover
Chapter 10: Taking The First Step
Chapter 11: Recipes
Basic Preparations
Reconstituting Dry Beans
Bean Sprouts
Cooking Grains
Quick Pilaf
Chicken Soup Stock
Vegetable Soup Stock
Green Style Yogurt (and Whey)
Condiments: Mayonnaise, Salsa, Pesto
Best Ever Breakfast
Buckwheat Oat Pancakes
Everyday Bread: Bread Bowls
Dips: Hummus, Black Bean Dip, Red Lentil Dip, Roasted Vegetable Dip,
Great Great Salad: Lemon Vinaigrette
Curried Quinoa Salad
Quinoa Tabbouleh
Lincoln Potato Soup
Meatball Soup: Meatballs
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Chicken Cacciatore
Tuscan Stew
Cranberry Olive Oil Bundt Cake: Orange Juice Glaze
Diana's Delights
Tropical Treasures Cookie
Appendix 1: Sugars
Appendix 2: Who Owns Your Food?
Appendix 3: Invisible GM Ingredients List
Appendix 4: Resources
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