Real Moms Love to Eat
In 2007, while on her way to film a segment with then Mayor Daley, Beth was in a terrible car accident that severely damaged portions of her face. “While I was healing, I had a lot of time to think about what I loved. My husband and three boys were my world, but what else?” asked Beth.
So she started thinking about the little things in her life that made her happy. And her thoughts always came back to her love of food. And, when Beth saw an advertisement for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, she felt a calling. “I had an inkling—call it female intuition, that this was the place for me. I could learn all about health, food, and, I hoped, happiness. I liked the idea of integrative nutrition—to me, that implied that nutrition could transform life itself. They say that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. I signed up immediately,” remembers Beth.
Each month, Beth packed her bags and flew off to New York City to study holistic nutrition and health counseling with the likes of the school founder, Dr. Joshua Rosenthal, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Andrew Weil, Dr. Barry Sears, Dr. Walter Willett, Dr. Marion Nestle, Geneen Roth, Deepak Chopra, and many other brilliant people committed to natural health, whole food, and the pursuit of a fulfilling life. Beth, who once studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, became a certified health counselor through Columbia University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
“The more I learned, the more I began to see changes in myself,” Beth says. “I got stronger, more energetic, more radiant, calmer, more aware of the influence of everything I did, more sensitive to the effects of food, exercise, and stress on my body…and I lost the extra pounds I’d been carrying around after my accident. The best part of my journey was that I was able to enjoy all these amazing changes in myself without giving up food. I’ve always been a food lover. Bacon, chocolate, filet mignon, pancakes, pie…whatever it was, if it tasted good, I was all about it. I’ve always been petite, but my weight has fluctuated over the years. Suddenly, I found myself slender and strong and still eating what I wanted to eat! That’s when I realized I was really on to something,” adds Beth, who chose to speak to moms because she was one herself.
Eve Adamson, a New York Times best-selling author and friend of Beth, told her that she should write a book about her experiences and what she had learned. “I always felt that I wrote more like a blogger than a book author, but Eve told me she’d help me write it. It was incredible to work with her,” Beth says.
And, in January 2012, Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food, Lose Weight, and Feel Fabulous hit the market, becoming an Amazon.com best-seller within weeks of its release. At the crux of Beth’s book, she helps moms make smart choices without depriving themselves of the foods they love. “In one of my chapters, I talk about food nostalgia. I want to help moms get back to the way they looked at food when they were children—where they ate what they loved with joy,” Beth says. She asks her readers to give her 10 weeks. Through a series of assignments (“This Week, Do Five Things”) and healthy recipes, Beth conveys a message of “feeding your life. If you’re off center at home, work, or in your relationships, this is when diets fail.” That’s why Beth says her book isn’t really a diet book. “But you will lose weight as you redefine your relationship with food.”
The Women’s Health Advisory Council of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is hosting Beth as a guest speaker on Tuesday, March 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Gorton Community Center. Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 per person in advance or $15 at the door.
To make a reservation, visit lfh.org/philanthropy, or call the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Office of Philanthropy at 847-535-6111.
For more information about Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food, Lose Weight, and Feel Fabulous, visit Beth’s web site at realmomslovetoeat.com.
A Sample Assignment from Beth
This Week, Do Five Things:
Excerpt from Real Moms Love to Eat: How to Conduct a Love Affair with Food, Lose Weight, and Feel Fabulous.
A Little Background on the Women’s Health Advisory Council
The Women’s Health Advisory Council (WHAC) of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is a volunteer board from Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, and surrounding communities whose mission is to promote the importance of health issues through education, events, and activities. The WHAC was established by Posy Krehbiel. Her forethought and commitment has been invaluable to the hospital and the community.
The WHAC organizes an annual speaker series around health and wellness topics that are relevant to the local community. Past speakers have included Alexandra Stoddard, Dr. Christiane Northrup, author Madeline Levine, Ph.D., food expert Marion Nestle, and author and psychologist Mark Reinecke, Ph.D.
“House Calls” is the signature event of the Women’s Health Advisory Council. The event originated as a way to give the public access to Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital physicians in a setting that fosters informal discussion on health care and overall wellness. The goal is to bring the community together, men and women alike, to talk about important health issues they might not otherwise discuss. The event has expanded to incorporate several clinical partners of Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.
Other programs hosted by WHAC include the “Growing Up Healthy” program and various special events.
For more information regarding programs or membership, contact the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Office of Philanthropy at 847-535-6111, or visit lfh.org/philanthropy.
—Ann Marie Schiedler