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The Circadian Prescription: Get in Step with Your Body's Natural Rhythms Hardcover – April 24, 2000

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Each of us has a circadian rhythm--daily cyclical changes in chemistry and behavior--that are measured by shifts in body temperature, blood pressure, heartbeat, breathing, and body chemistries. When our circadian rhythms are disrupted by poor lifestyle choices, optimum health is sacrificed. The Circadian Prescription: Get in Step with Your Body's Natural Rhythms to Maximize Energy, Vitality, and Longevity by alternative health expert Sidney Baker, M.D., with Karen Baar, M.P.H., provides a simple 10-step plan to right your rhythms.

This thought-provoking, clearly written book based on experimental science and the experiences of Dr. Baker's patients will challenge many commonly held nutritional beliefs. At the center of the prescription is the Circadian Diet, a flexible eating plan designed to give the body the fuel it needs when it needs it (according to Baker, that means protein during the day and carbohydrates at night). The plan also includes breathing and meditation techniques, rhythmic exercise, and tips to improve sleep habits, beat jet lag, and overcome odd work shifts. Separate chapters are also devoted to weight loss, the role of intestinal flora and phytonutrients, and the specific needs of women, men, and children. --Ellen Albertston

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The weight-loss breakthrough of the year. -- Woman's World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult; First Edition edition (April 24, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399145966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399145964
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
What really sold me on this book was that honestly I had dimly begun to suspect the reasoning myself - advertising bombards us with "Carbohydrates Are For Energy", but they always seem to put me to sleep during the day when I need to think clearly. So when Dr. Baker says effectively 'duh you idiot that's right save the carbos for dinner', reinforcing my personal intuition, I immediately bought the book !

"Protein-in-day, carbs-at-night" is of course not patentable, but it seems to work, and the details are worth $1.00, plus which it is fairly information-dense, not one of those padded tomes.
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Wish I'd read this book before moving to Seattle, one of the darkest cities in North America, and living there for 17 years! Each year when the rains started and lasted for months and months, I'd typically gain 15-25 pounds. If the sun came out long enough in the summer, I'd sometimes lose most of my winter weight. When the sun was out, diet was easy. When the sun was not shining, I could not stop eating. I arrived in Seattle weighing a petite 103 pounds and wearing a size 5 and left Seattle barely able to sqeeze into a size 14-16.
Now I've moved to a sunny state and have quite a few pounds to lose. The high-carb, low-fat diets left me hungry all the time. The low-carb diets left me feeling depressed. The carbohydrate addicts diet was too restrictive, no carbs except at one meal per day. On the Circadian diet, I don't feel an overwhelming urge to eat all the time. In fact, last night, after a very small dinner, I felt more full than I usually do after a very large meal. The diet is palatable, too. While protein is emphasized during the day, a little bit of carbohydrate is allowed, and it makes the meals a lot more appetizing. So, I can have a few chunks of pineapple with my cup of cottage cheese when I'm in a hurry and have to prepare a quickie lunch. Or I can have a piece of high fiber bread with my omlette at breakfast. And I can have some protein with my carbs at dinner. Eating out is easy. After failing at high-carb, low-carb, Weight Watchers, Diet Center, et cetera, I finally have a satisfying way to eat and am losing weight. In fact, I easily lost three pounds my first week on the diet. I learned a lot of useful information from other diet books but could not stick to the diets. After reading The Circadian Prescription, I find losing weight is pretty easy! With the other suggestions in the book, I overall feel much better than I have in years!
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I am a mother of two young children and excited to say that after reading Dr. Baker's book and following his circadian prescription I have more energy then I have had in years. Just after one week I noticed dramatic changes. I am no longer tired all day, my mood in general has improved immensely and I lost weight without even trying. Cheers to Dr. Baker!
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I was completely bowled over by the information on Dr. Baker's Morning Shake, the easiest and most efficient way that I have found to get a low-fat, protein rich breakfast. His book is worth the price for this daily treat alone. The shake provides everything we need to feel energized and just plain "better" throughout the morning. And if you make it every day, you can lose weight at the same time. I think it's a Miracle Shake. Every other pearl of wisdom in this book is just added value.
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Karen Baar and Sidney MacDonald Baker have done it! They have created a diet that will not make you miserable. No more cravings or whining about lack of pasta or steak. Forget all the no carbs and low fat diets. This one really works, and it helps to make you feel your best as well. Rather than cutting out certain foods, the Circadian diet gives a schedule that guides you on what times to eat what foods. The book is insighful with much useful information. Give it a try...it can't hurt and most likely, you will be quite glad you did.
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This book is a literally a lifesaver! For years I have struggled to stay awake, alert and function with ADD, Candida and other health problems....the diet that is recommeneded allows me to feel alert when I need to be alert and relaxed when necessary by eating differently at different times of the day,and not be famished and weak with hunger in-between. This concept is radically different from anything else that I've ever read..but it works! I've always assumed that somehow each individual was so unique that we needed different diets ....this is a diet that seems to work for everybody, regardless or age, sex, health or lack of it...The breakfast shake in particular is a gem..and can even be used for lunch if needed..it gives me lots of energy and carries me to lunch without the usual mid-morning hunger that usually plagues me.
I have even introduced a friend to the concept and she was blown away too. Thank you Dr. MacDonald, from the bottom of my heart.
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My family and I have been patients of Dr. Baker since the late 1970's. He has always been "cutting edge" with respect to the nutritional, environmental, and INDIVIDUAL genetic data (and the interraction of these) of each patient. His exhaustive work with patients with all manner of health problems and his successes have, in my estimation, made him a voice TRULY worth listening to. The three previous customer reviews were right on target so I thought I would offer an opinion about (and hopefully, validate) the author. I also strongly recommend his book "Detoxification and Healing : The Key to Optimal Health". It is not a quick-read but offers vital information - information NOT available elsewhere. [Dr. Baker also 'practices what he preaches'!]
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