Fast Metabolism Food Rx Book Review, Recipe & Giveaway

You already know I’m a huge fan of learning about nutrition and health, so much so that I have become that annoying person who can only talk about one thing! Okay, maybe that’s not true. If you invite me to a party, I’ll be happy to talk about anything and everything from genetic mutations, supplements, superfoods, sleep remedies, the microbiome, exercise, obscure ingredients, tummy troubles, etc. You see, I am super fun to be around, ha! 🤓

I’ve decided to use my certified nerd status for good, though, and today I’m sharing a new review and giveaway opportunity for the book Fast Metabolism Food Rx: 7 Powerful Prescriptions to Feed Your Body Back to Health by nutritionist Haylie Pomroy. Haylie is a health warrior who survived learning disabilities, intense food allergies, and a traumatic brain injury, and she does amazing work writing about how food choices affect our health. Full disclosure: this is a sponsored post by Harmony Books; all opinions are my own.

Fast Metabolism Food Rx book cover by Haylie Pomroy

I don’t know Haylie personally, but I’m willing to bet she is even more of a science dork than me. She’s also incredibly knowledgeable about the topics that she refers to as metabolic “misfires,” organized into 7 categories:

  • G.I. issues
  • Fatigue
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Mood and cognition difficulties
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Blood sugar problems
  • Autoimmune disease

Having dealt with all of these in one way or another, I was really excited to read this book, and have concluded that it’s necessary reading for anyone who is also recovering from the Standard American Diet and its devastating effects. Note: I am not a licensed medical professional and recommend that you consult your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet.

The focus of Fast Metabolism Food Rx is undoubtedly on making better food choices to address what is ailing us, and each section highlights Top 20 Power Foods with easy recipes using real foods. To be sure, when you use food to initiate healing, it’s a huge commitment. Haylie’s approach is clear and delivered in a way that seems very do-able.

What else do I love about Haylie? She states very clearly in her book that her philosophy about “diet” is most definitely about eating more of the right foods, but not in any way about eating less food. She expresses so much love and gratitude for life, and I finished the book feeling empowered and, I can’t believe I’m saying this after all of the suffering I’ve been through, grateful for the path I’m on.

I had a hard time picking which recipe to share from the book with you. All of the recipes are gluten- and dairy-free, and the smoothie one in the hormone chapter looks amazing, but I ended up going with the homemade quick pickled veggies from the mood chapter that I teased about in my last blog post:

Homemade pickles

This recipe is as easy as chopping veggies and making a pickling vinaigrette (I made a triple batch and used coconut sugar instead of stevia). In 15 minutes, you’re good to go:

Homemade pickled veggies

The full recipe in the book pairs the veggies with some homemade salmon cakes, but I was so lazy I just served my baked salmon on a salad with the pickles on top:

Salmon salad with pickles

Here’s the printable pickle recipe, courtesy of the book’s publisher:

Quick Pickled Veggies
Recipe excerpted from Fast Metabolism Food RX by Haylie Pomroy. Copyright © 2016 by Haylie Pomroy. Excerpted by permission of Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: 2
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced carrot
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced cucumber
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green cabbage
  • 3 radishes, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon stevia
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Place the carrot, cucumber, cabbage, and radish in a small bowl. Sprinkle with salt and use your fingers to rub the salt into the vegetables.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, stir together the rice vinegar, stevia, and pepper to make a quick vinaigrette. Toss the vegetables with the vinaigrette and place in the refrigerator to marinate for about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove the pickled veggies from the refrigerator and squeeze to remove as much excess water as possible. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Have I peaked your interest? Are you ready to win a copy of this fantastic new resource?

One lucky reader with an address within the continental U.S. will be randomly selected on Thursday, March 3rd. All other restrictions apply; please use the Rafflecopter link below to enter:

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Good luck!!!

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Quick Pickled Veggies recipe for a paleo and vegan healthy side dish


  1. Anne says

    So I stumbled across you blog yesterday. I’ve got to tell you, I am hooked! Your story and lifestyle are so inspirational. I have tried for the longest time to “label” myself in a feed category. I love your plant-strong, paleo-ish approach. It is EXACTLY how I eat, yet it doesn’t have a specific label. Your posts are incredible. Thank you so much!

    • says

      Wow, THANK YOU, Anne! What a huge compliment you’ve given me. I agree, it’s so hard not to put labels on things, but I like having a rough outline of the way I eat to feel my best. That being said, I’m always making small tweaks. Thanks again for making me feel so happy with your sweet comment. XOXO.

      • Anne says

        You are so welcome! I have heard in the past that “we are experiments of one” when it comes to our diet. I really like thinking of my diet in that way. I just like feeling my best and I have experimented and know which foods help me achieve that. PS quick pickles are oh so delicious!!! I’ve been on a pickled radish kick! Thanks so much for your inspirations and can’t wait to hear/see more! =)

  2. Amanda says

    Green smoothies are life! And Hydration, hydration is also life. Oxygen helps as well… Anyways, cutting out processed sugar. My goodness gracious. I just completed two months of (almost) sugar free living. the first five weeks I didn’t have have any fruit, to reset my sugar “addiction”. I feel amazing and I am definitely aiming to carry this lifestyle into the remainder of the year!

  3. Linda says

    This recipe looks like a real winner for my boys; thanks for posting.

    Important foods? For me it’s the symphony of flavors, textures, nutrients, etc. Most important was learning to recognize that things I’d always eaten ARE NOT FOOD for me because they feed disease processes in my body. Once I started becoming comfortable with that mantra, my food world opened up to so many wonderful, natural foods which nourish my cells.

    We have a bunch of teen boys coming over to play video games with my sons this evening; I’ve cooked four pounds of beans so I can make refried beans and chickpea crunchies for them to munch this evening. A far cry from typical teen fare, but it goes over well (at least one boy always brings chips so he doesn’t have to dip veggies (gasp!) in the refried bean dip). Long live natural foods! And live long with natural foods, too…

    • says

      Your kids and now their friends are so lucky to have you, Linda! I so agree with the mantra to eat real food. I spent over 30 years eating fake, processed food, so I feel like I have a lot to make up for, but each day is a step in the right direction when I’m preparing beautiful foods, especially vegetables!!! XOXOXOXO.

  4. Ashley V says

    Green smoothies are amazing! Sweet potatoes have definitely been a game changer for me (to the point that my hands have turned orange and I now refer to them as “sweet potato hands”). I love that you said Haylie’s philosophy is about eating more of the right foods, not less food. So many people around me (and probably all of us) think they have to calorie count/restrict to be healthier, and it makes me sad. I want to lose about 10 pounds, but I want to do it by eating the right foods, not less food. Thanks for the healthy messages you promote! 🙂

    • says

      Thank YOU, Ashley, or should I say, Ms. Sweet Potato Hands. Ha, I love that. I’m so glad Haylie’s message resonates with you, too. I feel like I’ll always be battling my weight due to my history of metabolic disorder, but it just seems so much less of an issue since I’m eating real food and not feeling guilty about whatever amount I choose to eat. Thank you for your amazing input. XO.

  5. says

    A particular food that has made a positive difference in your health (especially with my Crohn’s Disease) is leafy greens – especially lightly steamed spinach. Nourishing, delicious, versatile… can’t go wrong with leafy greens in both sweet and savory recipes, if you ask me.

    • says

      Ohhhh, me too, Liz! Not necessarily for Crohn’s disease in my case, but definitely for my overall health. My fav leafy greens now are collards because of their high calcium content. But, steamed spinach comes in as a close 2nd. XO.

  6. A says

    Adding more fermented foods to my diet seems to be helping, and I’ve recently discovered coconut probiotic water, a brand called inner eco, love it. Adding anything healthy and less processed junk and I feel so much better!

    • says

      Ohhhhh, making coconut kefir is on my to-do list! I have looked at the health food store, and it is SO expensive! I think I can make it homemade for much cheaper. If I find a good recipe, I’ll post it! Thanks for the inspiration. XO.

    • says

      I hope so, Steph! I’ve been eating a version of a whole foods diet for about 6ish years now. My health is far from perfect, but I’ve made a lot of progress. Sometimes I have to pause and appreciate all the ways my body works correctly, and that gives me some perspective. Thanks for entering my giveaway. XO.

  7. deb says

    Not really a recipe, but chia seed pudding has been a great addition to my daily menu. It’s so easy, but it takes time to gel, so I can portion control and have it as a treat. It is also a great way to get protein and fiber in, is so easily adaptable to different flavors, and it keeps me full for hours.

  8. Deb E says

    Flaxseeds have really helped me and I eat them daily. I grind them fresh almost every day and it’s so easy to keep on hand and add to everything. It’s my one super food I can’t live without.

  9. Melissa K. says

    What has contributed to my health is a nutritarian diet, a la Dr. Fuhrman. Just love huge salads with legumes and a yummy dressing!

  10. says

    Just what I was looking for!! My kids loved quick pickled veggies and I wanted to find a recipe for mixed veggies. Question .do you find that some veggies need to be blanched before pickling?


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