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Nutrition Map: Healthy Eating in the Real World

Updated on June 16, 2012
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"Nutrition Map - Your Guide to Healthy Eating in the Real World" by Yvonne Quiñones Syto is written around the mantra " Food: consume it...don't let it consume you."

So what made me decide to look at this diet book

It was the title "Nutrition Map - Your Guide to Eating Healthy in the Real World" which made me want to find out more. It is a bit lengthy but so many diet books I've read just aren't written for someone living in the real world and I liked the idea of the book being like a map to guide me.

So then I wanted to check the author out

The author of the book is Yvonne Quiñones Syto who lives in Stanhope, New Jersey with her husband and two children. Syto is a Registered Dietitian having qualified in Food and Nutrition at the College of St Elizabeth, Morristown, New Jersey and she undertook her Dietetic Internship at New York - Presbyterian Hospital: The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell. As well as being a member of the Amercian Dietetic Association she is also a certified member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

She currently runs a private nutrition consultation service based in New Jersey called

Check out the Competition

I then checked out the competition and there were no articles on Hubpages and I could find no real quality content about the book on the Internet although I had no trouble finding numerous indentical copies of the press release but I thought if I wrote some original content my article might stand a chance of getting read!

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Photo courtesy of the Gifted Photographer on Flickr

So what are the principles on which the book has been written

It has been written to navigate us past fads diets and to familiarize us with healthier foods. It aims to provide a realistic way of life, answering any questions we may have and giving us practical and affordable tips on losing weight and keeping the weight off. It is written in a conversational style and there is also a Spainish version.

Syto wants us to take away from her book "a new way of living and eating", for us not to "dread mealtimes" and she wants us "to start living and stop struggling" "by relearning how to eat well and plan your meals". Her catchphrase is Food: consume it...don't let it consume you."

Photo courtesy of the Gifted Photographer on Flickr
Photo courtesy of the Gifted Photographer on Flickr

And the book itself

Ignoring the Foreword and Preface the book has an Introduction and three parts. Part I is "Learning the Basics", Part II is "Implementing What You Have Learned" and Part III covers "Sample Menus: Main Meals and Snacks".

Learning the Basics starts with motivation and explains how the Plan works. It breaks the Plan down into eight week sections covering a different subject each week. For example Week 2 deals with portion sizes, Week 3 is about roughage and Week 8 is about fat and the bad rap it has had!

Implementing What you Have Learned tackles subjects such as grocery shopping, explains about meal spacing and points out the importance of listening to your body. It also covers planning your meals and eating out and allows you to eat what you crave.

An example of of Kyto's recipe is Avocado and Mango Salad which is credited as being "an excellent and tasty appetizer".

The foreword by Jose Antonion Sanabria R, MD gives a glowing recommendation which concludes by stating that the book "will be a source of inspiration when we are not able to say no but can make healthy choices to say yes, and thus enjoy eating with no remorse because we have made the right choices and are happy in doing so,."

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Photo courtesy of Itinerant Tightwad on Flickr

 This article is one of a series that I've written reviewing some of the more popular weight loss and lifestyle programs. If you found this article interesting you may enjoy reading the others in the series which are


The information contained in this article is provided for your general informational purposes only and it is not intended to be nor should it be considered as a recommendation or an endorsement of the book "Nutrition Map - Your Guide to Eating Healthy in the Real World".

Anyone with medical problems of any nature should see and consult a doctor before embarking on any diet or exercise program and even if you have no known health problems, it is still advisable for you to consult your doctor before you make any major changes to your lifestyle.


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    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for popping by KKG. Nutrition is a very important matter indeed.


    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Interesting write-up. It's a book I will now be looking into. Nutrition is so important - we need to be able to enjoy what we eat and still include good nutrition.

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      7 years ago

      Hi Audrey

      I'm pleased you liked the review. I find Amazon a great place to buy books online. I particularly like the "look inside" feature which allows you to get a preview of the book before you buy.


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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I will be ordering this book. Love nutrition. I really liked "consume it...don't let the food consume you". For some reason, that really hit me. Thanks for the information Amber. Voted up!

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi eatingright

      Nutrition Map: Healthy Eating in the Real World is an excellent book and it allows us to enjoy eating because we have made the right choices. Thanks for commenting.


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      8 years ago

      Very interesting information you've got on this hub about the nutrition map. Thanks for sharing.

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi katie

      I'm glad you found the review useful. As I said I was attracted by the title. Nutrition Map: Healthy Eating in Real World is exactly what so many of us need to guide us.


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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      I had not heard of this thanks for the heads up and detailed facts on Nutrition Map: Healthy Eating in the Real World. This is great stuff and very useful.

    • Amber Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Amber Allen 

      8 years ago

      Hi James

      Good nutrition holds the key to solving many of today's diseases.


    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      8 years ago from Chicago

      Thank you for providing this information. I am all for nutrition, and it is often overlooked. What could be more important?

    • prasetio30 profile image


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I'll found out more about this book. It looks great book for us. If we concern about nutrition, diet, healthy eating this is the real map. Good information from you. Thanks, Amber. I vote this Up. Have a good day!



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