A friend recently asked if I could recommend any health-focussed books to her. Without hesitation, my answer was an emphatic One Simple Change. As someone who has waded through more health, medicine, and nutrition books than I can count, One Simple Change was BY FAR the most accessible, approachable, informative, and spot on, just great.I met the author, Winnie Abramson (a Naturopathic doctor and blogger extraordinaire), at a food bloggers retreat 2 years ago and was instantaneously drawn to her laid-back approach to health. Winnie and I, as you might imagine, connected over naturopathic medicine, our mutual interest in health, and of course, food. One of the things I really love about her perspective is that it’s rooted in abundance. While Winnie advocates taking a few things out of our lives or diet, she is more of a proponent for adding nourishing things in. Her book is a true reflection of that. One Simple Change inspires us to make one truly simple change a week with the idea that these small, intentional, but undemanding gestures will be easy to implement and maintain, leading to a measurable impact over time. If you follow Winnie’s approach, you will have made 50 changes over the course of a year (taking 2 weeks off whenever you feel the need). That’s a lot of change, right?
Don’t fret. The beauty of these changes is that they really are on the easier end of the spectrum of things a person could do. Each recommendation is followed by a 3-4 page synopsis advocating for that particular change–and in the day-to-day business of our lives, a soundbite of trusted and reliable information is exactly what I believe we need. For example, be choosy about chocolate, cook more, get a little sunshine, and swap out your salt are among Winnie’s weekly suggestions. Notice that she says “be choosy about chocolate” and “swap our your salt” as opposed to eliminate them entirely? (Mom and Dad, are you listening?) This is part of what makes it so easy.
In one soundbite, titled “Deal with the Dairy Dilemma”, Winnie shares her thoughts on why she thinks we should be eating dairy, and full-fat dairy at that–which (we all know) flies in the face of what conventional nutritionists would tell us. I also champion this advice. Of course you need to make your own decisions and trust what’s best for your body, but Winnie says, “there’s no reason to deprive yourself of dairy if you’re not allergic, intolerant, or sensitive to it and you enjoy it.” It’s really that simple.
If you are in the medical field (mainstream or holistic), this book will be a gem to you and a companion to your patients. If you’re an everyday person who just wants to make some small, but doable and significant changes to your health, don’t hesitate to buy this book now. We’re always looking for an “easy fix” and, truth be told, this might just be it.
Are you wondering how to use the glorious Crème Fraîche? How about…
- In place of the yogurt in this Roasted Cauliflower and Pom Seed dish
- Spooned onto these Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
- Mixed into this Spring Vegetable Tart, or
- Onto this Chocolate Beet Cake
- 1 cup 35% cream, , preferably organic
- 1 tbsp cultured buttermilk or plain yogurt, preferably organic
- Pour the cream into a very clean glass jar and stir in the buttermilk.
- Cover with several layers of cheesecloth or a cotton napkin, and allow to sit at room temperature for 12 hours – 2-3 days. The warmer your kitchen is, the less time it will take for the cream to thicken. After the initial 12 hours, remove the lid and check every six hours for changes in the cream. You’re looking for it to thicken like sour cream.
- Serve over roasted vegetables, mixed into egg or pasta dishes, with any food where sour cream would be used as a topping, and in place of whipped cream over desserts. Winnie recommends using it in her Smoked Wild Salmon and Crème Fraîche Omlette (which can be found on page 83 of her book!).