Local mom Beth Aldrich believes she knows the secrets to healthy weight loss: eating should be fun, and foods should be made with “Vitamin L” (that stands for love.)
The Buffalo Grove native, who now lives in Wilmette, recently published her first book, Real Moms Love to Eat, which offers tips and strategies for busy moms who want to get fit and stay healthy
The mother of three boys hopes her book will offer readers the same personal, low-key approach she brings to working with her clients as a health consultant.
“I really wanted to make it like I’m with you, I’m on your side," says Aldrich, who co-wrote the book with author Eve Adamson.
Her book encourages readers to have fun and enjoy their food while making good choices.
“There is absolutely nothing wrong with loving food; it’s the type of food you choose to love that is the problem,” Aldrich writes on her blog. “Like a torrid affair, you know it’s not good for you but having a love affair with your own husband is good for you, in fact, it’s great!”
Her recipes are designed to be healthy, easy--and still tasty, like the "Sexy No-Bake Brownies" she makes in a YouTube video. They're made with dates, dried cranberries and cacao nibs and processed in a blender.
Aldrich will conduct a workshop and sign her book at the Evanston Public Library from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, and at the Whole Foods in Northbrook from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9.
Patch sat down with Aldrich to find out a little bit more about what tips she can offer moms who resolved to get healthy this year.
Patch: Why did you choose to write a book specifically for moms?
Aldrich: Moms run the entire household; they are the ones who buy and spend and take care of everyone, so they need to be taken care of for a change. I think it’s about time. There are a lot of diet books out there, but they don’t specify who it’s for. You could be eating the same stuff as a 55-year-old man.
Patch: What makes it tough for moms to stay healthy?
Aldrich: Moms are so busy, taking care of and catering to others, that sometimes they do put their needs second…But if I’m not healthy, strong and vibrant for my family, the whole infrastructure falls apart.
Patch: What are your best tips for busy moms?
Aldrich: Drink water every day. I don’t care how you get it. I start out with four to five glasses in the first chapter, just because I don’t want people to go crazy and over-stimulate their kidneys.
Try to switch out your sweeteners, if you’re using artificial or regular sugar. Try to upgrade to a more natural approach.
Really connect and get mindful to your relationship with food, the makeups and breakups that you’ve had with food. I’ve had sex with and broken up with the same 20 pounds for the last 20 years. So think about that.
You do it three times a day or more, so why not make it fun and not get all weird about it?
Patch: So how should moms make food fun?
Aldrich: What I do is I experiment with new flavors. If I have a salad, instead of just putting in lettuce, radishes, blah blah blah, I might throw in some strawberries, and a different kind of cheese.
I try to never say no to a dessert if someone’s serving it, because someone put a lot of love into making it.
Try, as busy as we are, to get into the kitchen more, and cook it up. A lot of us whip dinner out, we don’t really lovingly cook it, we hurry up and make the chicken nuggets, and the microwave rice. Try to cook at least one day a week. When “Vitamin L,” love, is in meals, people can taste it.
Patch: What about getting kids to eat healthy?
Aldrich: Never give up. People give up too quickly on kids and their eating. Keep putting it out, eventually they’ll come around.