If It Makes You Healthy Review

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If It Makes You Healthy: More Than 100 Delicious Recipes Inspired by the Seasons is a cookbook written by Sheryl Crow and her personal chef, Chuck White, who is also a nutritionist. The book comes after she changed her diet and hired White in 2006 when she found out she had breast cancer. The book’s title is a spin-off of her song titled, “If It Makes You Happy.” These recipes are designed to give you healthy food options in your diet, and though not specifically designed for weight loss, these could be used as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

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If It Makes You Healthy features more than 125 recipes that are grouped by the season, and focus on recipes that offer seasonally available ingredients. Some of the recipes will require more time and effort than others, because they are a reflection of Crow’s lifestyle and pace. During the summer when she is touring, she has less time to prepare meals on her own, so the meals are prepared by her chef for herself and her crew. The summer recipes feature ingredients such as tomatoes and corn. The fall recipes, featuring ingredients such as apples and squash, are more down home, because this is a season when Sheryl is at home with her kids and has time to cook. Many of the recipes are vegetarian and vegan friendly even though Sheryl does not consider herself a vegan. She continues to eat small amounts of meat on an occasional basis, making vegetables the star of most dishes.

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  • If It Makes You Healthy promotes a healthier diet and lifestyle.
  • This cookbook features a variety of healthy recipes.


  • If It Makes You Healthy features ingredients that are not widely available and cost effective for everyone.
  • There is mention of one recipe being gluten free, yet calling for soy sauce, which is made from wheat.
  • Cooking times are not friendly for those who do not have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.
  • This book is more relatable to an actual chef than a home cook.


If It Makes You Healthy could be a good way for you to make your way to more vegetarian like meals, but you must be prepared to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and you need to have a slightly larger budget so you can get better quality, organic and fresh ingredients. If you are used to eating a lot of prepackaged and processed foods, then you may feel like you are spending a lot more money, but you will see a noticeable difference in how your food tastes and how good you feel. To really lose weight, you must be able to add in regular exercise to create a caloric deficit.

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