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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: HCI (December 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0757301134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0757301131
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Coauthor of the bestselling Fit for Life, Diamond here advocates a lifelong diet composed of 50% raw (living) food and no more than 50% dead (cooked) food in order to lose weight and maintain maximum physical and mental health. He offers himself up as a personal example of someone who overcame his medical problems by adhering to this nutritional program. Exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, and 50 pounds overweight, Diamond is convinced that eating living food is what restored his heath. The details of this somewhat unusual way of eating are conveyed in an easy conversational style, and the author clearly explains (sometimes overexplains) how the digestive process works more efficiently when less cooked food is consumed. The program comes across as palatable rather than rigid, because Diamond repeatedly suggests it be followed in a relaxed flexible manner and that occasional deviations are to be expected. According to the author, only fresh fruit juices and fruit (the best possible food) should be eaten before noon. Lunch and dinner may consist of either a protein or a starch (but not both) with cooked vegetables and a hearty salad. He strongly argues against the consumption of dairy products (calcium is readily available through raw foods) because they are hard to digest. He is further convinced that young children should drink breast milk, not cow's milk or formula.
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About the Author

Harvey Diamond is the world-renowned coauthor of the #1 New York Times best-seller, Fit for Life, which held that position for an unprecedented forty straight weeks and has sold over 12 million copies worldwide. Mr. Diamond has dedicated thirty-plus years of his life to the development of a truly healthy lifestyle. In pursuit of that goal, he overcame a debilitating, longtime digestive disorder, ended his migraine headaches, lost over fifty pounds, and in a stunning validation of his methods, triumphed over a condition called peripheral neuropathy (brought about by Agent Orange poisoning while serving his country in Vietnam). His energy, charisma and relaxed, conversational style have made him a sought-after guest expert on countless radio and television shows, including: Oprah, Geraldo, Nightline, Larry King Live, Live with Regis, The Today Show, and many others.

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Customer Reviews

Reason being, this is a great recap and summary of all his other earlier books.
Abe Vigoda
This book will teach you that eating live, natural food will change your life forever.
W. Estrada
After reading this book, it make good sense and I am practicing the suggestions.
Mary

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93 of 95 people found the following review helpful By Abe Vigoda on December 23, 2003
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The "Fit for life" books have changed many people's lives for the better, including mine. The advice the author gives really makes alot of sense and awakens you to the importance of what you are feeding yourself. We were not born to eat what ever our parents were tricked into feeding us, and we damn sure were not created to eat processed foods.
I recommend this book for everyone, whether you read his other books or not. Reason being, this is a great recap and summary of all his other earlier books. Harvey Diamond gives his best advice and tells of lessons learned since writing his first book, and gives his wonderfully simple HEALTHLY GUIDELINES to eat by.
He stands by the vegetarian lifestyle but admits that some meat is good for the body. He was a veggie-head for 25 years but confesses to finally giving in to a medium-rare t-bone steak one day with the intention of vomiting it out afterwards... But he liked it! So now he includes meat in his diet once or twice a week. You see? A diet should not can not be written in stone. Again, the best advice seems to be to just avoid processed "foods".
In addition, this book is much more comfortable to hold than the previous ones which looked and carried like bricks.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Adam Clark on August 1, 2004
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Following the Fit for Life series of books in the 80's and 90's we can now see a mellower, more philosophical and spiritual Harvey Diamond in 2003, quoting from Tolstoy and Voltaire.

The message in the book is basically the same as his previous books but the style is more relaxed and contemplative. He has come to the conclusion that even though he may know the cure for virtually all illness, not everyone wants to listen because the cure is too easy and not complicated enough.

If you have not read the Fit for Life books (Fit for Life, Fit for Life II and Fit for Life: A New Beginning), I would recommend reading these first. They are the originals and still the best at describing the principles you need to follow. However, this is still a good book for those who want further reading.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Malec on July 26, 2006
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Nowadays, there is no shortage of nutrition and weight loss books out there. Believe me, I've read quite a few. Yet every now and then, you come across a book that opens your eyes and changes your life in ways unlike any other. Harvey Diamond's "Fit for Life: Not Fat for Life" is one of those books.

His advice is simple: eat more live food (natural, raw) than dead food (cooked, processed) and limit animal-based products (dairy, most meat). Harvey brings this advice to life not only with science, but with personal accounts and witty story telling that leaves no doubt in your mind what is the best way to eat.

Sure, the results are astounding. You will lose weight, increase energy, and regain vibrant health. But the truly good nutritional philosphies are those that stand the test of time...and Harvey's advice is as "right on" today as it was 20 years ago. After reading the book, there is no doubt you'll feel the same.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Anne Lamb on February 23, 2006
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To be honest, I couldn't even get through the first chapter. I haven't even read the whole book. I kept thinking, Harvey, get on with it! I guess It's because I have read his previous books and know the way of food combining, but he sure takes his sweet time getting to the point with this one. Save your money and buy the original Fit for Life. There is more information in that, recipes, etc. This book just repeats what has already been published previously. I give it 3 starts though, because it is good information in general.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Harrison on August 27, 2006
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In 1996 (at the age of 48), I learned of Living Health and Natural Hygiene from Anthony Robbins and Harvey Diamond. I accepted a 10-day challenge to try it and observe how I felt.

I felt absolutely the best I ever had. I immediately took up long distance running while employed as a computer geek. As a result I have successfully run and finished eighteen 26-mile marathons. I am now 58 and had an excellent ten-mile run this morning. If you want your Ferrari to run its best you do not put cheap gas in it nor treat it badly. My only negative comment is that Harvey does his best to NOT get sued by by calling the medical and Pharm industry for what they are: charlatans and frauds, though highly educated and highly paid. They are not in healthcare; they are in body repair. They fix broken parts. They cure nothing. They only eradicate the symptoms. Harvey is innocent for he never says this, but having read his books and integrated his opinions into my lfe, I consider Harvey a very experienced expert on a healthy diet.

I challenge you to read his book, take charge and responsibility for your own healthcare for it is the cheapest and the best you will find anywhere.

MH-Houston, TX
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Roberts on January 16, 2006
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For teenagers now, and I am sure this applies to all generations, the way you look is vitually important. Now I am not going to go off on some crazed recap of how this changed my life over night and that I some how managed to lose over a hundred pounds, becuase truethfully I wasnt mojarly over weight and didnt lose that kind of poundage (Though I am not trying to say it cant happen). The trueth is that I am a seventeen year old male who just wanted a better appearance as well as a healthy life. I have researched a few other "programs" and see most of them as actually being harmfull, in particular to teenagers. Now with this book, and I am sure with the others written by this author, what you are reading and the knowledge you gain is so simple and of such commonsense (as he points out in the book) that, as I believe, it is really the way our lives should be lived. But PLEASE... please do not think that by reading this book all you will have to do is go to the frozen food isle in your grocery store and stock up and those supposedly "healthy" frozen dinners, becuase thats just not how it works. Actually in this book the authors Number ONE thing he says you should do is eat more living (non-cooked) foods then dead (cooked foods). So what that means is spending most of your time and money on buying produce and less (if any) on those frozen dinners, and other such foods. So yes, I do recomend this book - actually its the only health book I have or will ever recomend - but please note that if you hate vegetables and Fruit (fruit is a big part of this book) then this will not work for you. Also if you or a son(s) or daughter(s) in having trouble with wheight and health issues, then this is the safest and most benefitial thing you could probably do for yourself/them - I mean this is the way we are supposed to eat!

P.s. I weighed in at 195lb Dec. 25 2005 and now weigh 175lb (Jan. 16 2006) - I also have a lot more energy and have better focus on the tasks at hand.
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