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Foodist is HERE! – Show Yours Off on Instagram & Win a Personalized Copy

by | May 7, 2013
Post your hardcover copy of #foodist (w/hashtag) on Instagram now thru 5/14 for chance to win a personalized copy!

Post your hardcover copy of #foodist (w/hashtag) on Instagram now thru 5/14 for chance to win a personalized copy!

Foodist is finally released into the wild.

Every word I’ve ever written here at Summer Tomato has led up to this book. It’s what people have been asking for since I first started writing, a step-by-step guide to losing weight without the pain and suffering that comes with dieting.

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FOODIST: My New Book Now Available for Pre-Order

by | Mar 19, 2013



I am beyond thrilled to finally announce what I’ve been secretly working on for the past two and a half years. My first book, FOODIST: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting will be hitting bookstores in May, and is available now for pre-order.

(In case you’re wondering, yes, redesigning your website, planning a wedding and launching a new book is a lot for one person to take on simultaneously. I don’t recommend it.)

I started working on the proposal for Foodist immediately after graduating in October 2010. At the end of 2011 it was acquired by HarperOne (an imprint of HarperCollins), and I’ve spent every waking minute since then working to create a book that distills all I’ve learned about food, health and life into something accessible to anyone who picks it up.

Foodist is a training manual to upgrade your healthstyle. Based on your comments and questions, and my personal experiences with food and weight loss, it is clear that knowing what is or isn’t right to eat isn’t the hardest part for most people. What’s difficult is actually doing it––finding the means and motivation day after day, year after year, to keep your health and body weight under control for the long haul.

For these reasons, Foodist is designed first and foremost to be practical. It provides detailed instructions on how to take control of your health by structuring your life in a way that makes it easier, not harder, to make the best choices. The end result is that eating better and getting healthy will no longer be a burden or a chore.

The goal of Foodist is to make your life awesome.

You can read more about Foodist over at the official book page (please feel free to share this link far and wide), including all the nice things people like Dr. Andrew Weil, Tim Ferriss and Jamie Oliver had to say about it. You can also pre-order your copy today, which would make both me and my publisher very happy.

Last, this seems like the appropriate time to let you know that my name will be changing soon to Darya Pino Rose, when I marry my true love and soulmate Kevin Rose. Obviously we had to design the book cover well before the release date in May, so the name on the cover today is a tad premature. After the wedding, I’ll officially change my name here at Summer Tomato and on all my social media profiles. I’ll leave it up to you guys to update my Wikipedia page when the time is appropriate 😉


Thank you all so much for your years of support, and I cannot wait until Foodist is released into the wild and you can tell me what you think.

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Foodist Recalibration

by | Jan 1, 2012
Photo by o5com

Photo by o5com

It’s been a rough couple of months. I’ve been out of town almost every weekend since the beginning of November, and sadly can’t remember the last time I went to my beloved farmers market.

Though the traveling was fun, I couldn’t be happier to ring in 2012 with a fresh start. I don’t diet or “cleanse” (I’ve yet to hear a scientific explanation of what that actually means), but I’m taking the first two weeks of January to eat extra healthy and recalibrate back to my regular happy self.

I have just three simple rules I’ll be sticking to. Of course my emphasis will be on eating lots of healthy vegetables, fish, legumes, pastured meats, fermented foods, etc. But to really get back on track I’ll also be temporarily eliminating the three most inflammatory (and weight loss unfriendly) foods.

Summer Tomato’s Health Recalibration

1. No sugar.

Everyone knows sugar is bad for you. And although I believe there’s a place for small amounts of it in a healthy diet, I’ll be living without any added sugar for the next two weeks.

If you plan on following along, I’d also recommend avoiding sugar substitutes. Calorie-free sweeteners have never been shown to assist with weight loss, and you aren’t doing yourself any favors by keeping your palate craving overly sweet foods. If you’re desperate for a little treat during this time, fruit is your best bet.

2. No wheat.

I typically limit my bread consumption to about once or twice a week, but for the next two weeks I’ll be going without it completely. Wheat is incredibly inflammatory and is associated with a huge range of health problems. Eliminating wheat and gluten, wheat’s main protein, for awhile gives your body a chance to heal from the damage done over the holiday season.

If you suspect you might be sensitive to gluten, two weeks might not be enough of a break to get you back to feeling normal. Four to eight weeks without it is what is typically recommended to test for sensitivity, so feel free to extend past two weeks if you’re troubleshooting health problems like fatigue, depression, arthritis or digestive issues.

I recommend avoiding all processed flours during recalibration, but you carbohydrate lovers still have lots of delicious options to get you through. I’ll be relying on rice, quinoa, potatoes and legumes to keep me from being a cranky low-carber. If you absolutely must eat pasta during the recalibration, there are plenty of good gluten-free options. Quinoa pastas aren’t too bad, and rice noodles are also usually gluten-free.

Keep in mind if you want to go fully gluten-free you should also skip barley. Oats don’t contain wheat gluten but are often contaminated during processing. Gluten-free oats are available at some stores.

Lastly, remember that soy sauce is made with wheat and contains gluten. A gluten-free option called tamari is an excellent substitute that basically tastes the same.

3. No dairy.

This one will be the hardest for me since cheese, yogurt and the occasional half-and-half do make regular appearances in my diet. However, dairy can make insulin regulation difficult and it can help to cut it out for a couple weeks.

Eliminating dairy products can help with other problems as well. Cow’s milk is the only food that is directly linked to acne. It can also be an inhibitor to weight loss, even in very small amounts. Like gluten, dairy can also trigger inappropriate immune responses, making it particularly problematic for people with rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune diseases.

For milk lovers, I recommend almond milk or coconut milk as tasty substitutes, just be sure you get the unsweetened varieties. Here’s why I don’t usually drink soy milk.

4. Alcohol

I love me a glass of nice wine or a well-crafted artisan cocktail. I drink alcohol fairly regularly, and there is a good amount of evidence that it protects against coronary heart disease. Though there have been reports about alcohol increasing cancer incidence, the risks are typically mitigated by a healthy diet that contains plenty of folic acid.

So why do I recommend a two week break from the sauce? For starters, alcohol lowers your inhibition and makes it much harder to stick to the recalibration. It’s hard enough, you don’t need any extra excuses. The more important reason, however, is alcohol’s effect on your liver. Like fructose (the sugar molecule that is processed by the liver), alcohol promotes body fat accumulation and insulin resistance. For recalibration to be effective, you’ll need to be a teetotaler for at least two weeks. Sorry.

I started on January 1, but Monday January 2, is probably a more reasonable start date for most of you.

Who’s with me?

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