Interview with Joy Bauer
Joy Bauer is the nutrition and health editor for The Today Show and she's the author of several books about diet and nutrition, including the New York Times best-seller "Joy Bauer's Food Cures". She is currently launching a new revised and reissued version of "Food Cures", originally published in 2007.
I recently interviewed Joy to learn her approach to keeping healthy habits that you can sustain for the long-term. Joy very kindly shared her best weight loss tips, diet advice and strategies for losing weight and boosting your energy even when traveling. If you’ve read enough of my recipes you’ll know that I don’t always make the healthiest dishes , so I can use all the help I can get!
Joy also shared her family lifestyle. She lives in New York with her husband, Ian, her daughters Jesse and Ayden Jane, and her son, Cole. Overall, living a healthy lifestyle should be almost effortless and fuss free.
As a nutrition and health expert, how would describe “eating well” nowadays? What are your essential rules?
Make whole, minimally processed foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins the mainstays in your diet. I’m all about a 90/10 food philosophy. Eat healthy foods 90% of the time and splurge on treats the remaining 10% of the time!
Do you cook with your children? What does the typical Bauer family’s menu look like?
All the time, especially on the weekends! My daughter Ayden loves to bake, so we’ll make healthy muffins or whole grain chocolate chip pancakes. And my son Cole likes to get creative in the kitchen and concoct new recipes. He makes a killer spicy chicken salad. My oldest daughter Jesse likes to make interesting salads with ingredients like dried fruits, chickpeas, and a variety of lettuces and veggies, and experiment with new vinaigrette dressings.
A typical dinner for us might be broiled salmon with a delicious sauce (my kids like my sweet hoisin glaze), steamed green beans, and sweet potatoes (I cook them right in the microwave—takes about 10 minutes).
When traveling, how do you keep healthy without it being a major ordeal?
I always pack healthy snacks to tide me (and my kids) over in the airport or on the road in case my options are limited. I’ll tote along roasted edamame (they’re packed with protein and fiber and super crunchy), granola bars, almonds, and/or fresh fruit (like bananas or apples). If I need to grab a meal on the road, I can usually find a grilled chicken caesar salad with dressing on the side. I keep it simple!
What are the most common mistakes you see people making? A recent edition of Cooking Light magazine had 22 nutrition mistakes people commonly make with explanations of why they're wrong (for example using ground dark meat turkey instead of ground beef, which really isn't a much better bargain than beef, for example).
One of the biggest mistakes I see is people overdoing the healthy oils like olive oil when they cook. Even though it’s healthy fat, it’s still super calorie dense—every tablespoon tacks on another 120 calories. Instead of pouring oil directly from the bottle when you’re sautéing, stir frying, or roasting, I recommend picking up a reusable oil mister to coat your pans. You’ll save hundreds of calories and—as an added bonus—the reusable misters are more cost-effective and environmentally friendly than the disposable cooking spray canisters that you’re constantly throwing out.
What is the most frequently asked diet question?
How can I get rid of my belly fat? The truth is, when it comes to losing weight, your body has its own agenda and it’s just not possible to target a specific problem spot by eating specific foods. But there’s good news: When you eat less and move more, you burn fat from all over your body—and that means eventually (if not at first) your belly.
What new information do readers have to look forward to with the revised and updated “Food cures: Eat Right to Get Healthier, Look Younger, and Add Years to Your Life”?
Every chapter has been updated based on new studies published since the first book was released in 2007 (I cite nearly 500 scientific studies in the back of the book). I also added a new chapter on Cancer Prevention, which covers foods to eat and avoid to reduce the risk of cancer. That info was in high demand. In addition, I’ve tweaked the menu plans and streamlined the shopping lists for each chapter, and incorporated new “Frequently Asked Questions” to reflect the topics I currently get asked about most often by people I meet.
That concludes the interview. I hope you enjoyed it! If you have a question for Joy, you can submit your question, Joy may answer your dilemnas about diet and health on the air in her newest Today show segment!
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Follow Joy Bauer on NBC's Today show, including her Joy Fit Club and Joy's Diet S.O.S. segments on October 17th, 18th and 25th.