Friday, December 4, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: Ditching the Drive-Thru: How to Pass Up Processed Foods, Buy Farm Fresh, and Transform Your Family's Eating Habits on a Modern Mom's Schedule by J. Natalie Winch

I received this book for free to review as part of a book tour for iRead Book Tours.

Ditching the Drive-Thru: How to Pass Up Processed Foods, Buy Farm Fresh, and Transform Your Family's Eating Habits on a Modern Mom's Schedule 
by J. Natalie Winch 
Genre: Healthy Living / Food

Book Description for Ditching the Drive-thru:
After an exhausting day at work, hitting the drive-thru or nuking a pre-fab meal is all too often the go-to decision for feeding a family. Cooking a meal from scratch using fresh ingredients can seem beyond the average person’s time, energy, or financial means. But with mounting evidence pointing to processed food and our industrial food system as the culprits behind many of our nation’s health problems—including obesity, diabetes, and cancer—it’s now more important than ever to be fully informed about what goes on your family’s dinner plates.

If you’re ready to take control of your food choices but don’t know the difference between grass-fed versus grain-fed, pastured versus free-range, or organic versus sustainable, read this book to discover:

• How to create your own thirty-month plan to convert your family from junk food to real food, without a revolt!

• Recipes and advice on planning and prepping meals so you can make homecooked a habit for your family

• Instructions for getting the most out of produce using techniques such as lacto-fermentation, dehydrating, and canning

•  introduction to the world of farm-direct sales, including tips on locating local farms, seeing through marketing buzzwords, and shopping with CSAs Ditching the Drive-Thru exposes the insidious hold the commercial food industry has taken over the fast-paced lives of the average American and the danger these processed foods and diet plans pose to our health, environment, and emotional wellbeing.

Learn how to break free from the grind and return to a simpler relationship with food from farmers, not factories, and home-cooked meals that are created in your kitchen, not on a conveyor belt.

Buy the book:    Amazon   Barnes & Noble

My thoughts:
I chose to read Ditching the Drive-Thru because I want to learn how to choose the best foods for my family. In Part 1 of the book I learned what a lot of words you see on labels mean. Now I know that processed means refined foods created in a factory and I do not want refined foods. I feel like now I have a better idea of what to look for and watch out for in the foods I choose for my family. In Part 2 I learned that there is a website where I can find local farms where I can buy meats and other food. I would love to buy from a local farm and maybe even try raw milk. Organ meats and canning are not for me though. 

What I got out is book is:

  1. Take small steps
  2. Read labels
  3. Buy from small local farms
  4. Try the 30 month plan

(and maybe even find a farmer to marry...)

I thought this book was very helpful to me and worth reading. I give this book 4.5 stars.

Author's Bio:
J. Natalie Winch lives in southern New Jersey, not far from where she grew up, with her husband, two children, and dogs. When she isn’t mothering, teaching, grading, or making lesson plans, Natalie runs the Hebrew School at her synagogue, coaches soccer, teaches lacto-fermentation classes, writes the occasional entry for her blog Food Empowerment (, and fights the dust bunnies that threaten to take over her family room.

Connect with the author:   Website

Tour Schedule:

Nov 9 -   Reviews from the Heart - review
Nov 10 - This That and the Other Thing - review / giveaway
Nov 11 - Notes From Farrah - review / giveaway
Nov 13 - - review / giveaway
Nov 16 - Working Mommy Journal - review / giveaway
Nov 16 - One Frugal Girl - review / giveaway
Nov 17 - A Mama's Corner of the World - review / giveaway
Nov 18 - Rockin' Book Reviews - review / author interview / giveaway
Nov 19 - Bound 4 Escape - review / giveaway
Nov 20 - Cheryl's Book Nook - review / giveaway
Nov 23 - Heidi's Wanderings - review
Nov 24 - The Editing Pen - review / giveaway
Nov 25 - Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - review
Nov 26 - Library of Clean Reads - review / giveaway
Nov 27 - Maddie & Books - review / giveaway
Nov 30 - Readers' Muse - review
Dec 1 -   Genuine Jenn - review / giveaway
Dec 2 -   Jaquo Lifestyle Magazine - author interview
Dec 3 -   I'd Rather Be At the Beach - review / giveaway
Dec 4 -   alwaysjoart - review / giveaway
Dec 8 -   misty103 @ HubPages - review
Dec 9 -   JBronder Book Reviews - review
Dec 9 -   Sahar's Reviews - review
Dec 10 - Seaside Book Nook - review / giveaway
Dec 11 - Create With Joy - review / giveaway


Win 1 of 20 copies of Ditching the Drive-thru
1 $30 Amazon gift card (open to USA & Canada)

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