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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 Original edition (March 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605299898
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605299891
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Comparing a consumption-heavy lifestyle to a gas-guzzling SUV, Geagan arms readers with a dense but readable treatise on making healthier choices for body and planet. Over the course of six weeks, readers are encouraged to adopt a "flexitarian" diet, heavy on plants with limited amounts of fish, meat and chicken. In a week-by-week fashion, Geagan illustrates the benefits of greener consumption habits with straightforward, relevant data-not only do readers learn the benefits of adding more water to their diet, they also learn the fastest way to shrink their carbon footprint is eliminating bottled water-though she may alienate some with her presumption that we're all on the same sociopolitical page. Geagan keeps an impressive amount of research manageable with anecdotes, charts and digressions covering milk myths (it does not in fact help you lose weight); the fresh-frozen-or-canned debate; and requisite dining out tips. The already-converted and those sincerely interested in change should find this a valuable resource, but McMansion-dwelling, SUV-driving convenience-food junkies should prepare for a harsh talking-down to.
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"Packed with doable actions that will not only make a difference in your health, but will have positive effects for years to come, this book is an absolute must-have." Chef Devin Alexander, author of The Most Decadent Diet Ever!
"Kate Geagan brilliantly shows us how to improve our health, lose weight, enjoy our food, and significantly cut our carbon footprint. Go Green Get Lean is easily the most important diet book of the decade!" —John P. Foreyt, PhD, professor, Baylor College of Medicine
"This book is a can-do for moms and dads who have been going with the flow. Green is the new revolution. This book is good for your children, your local food producers, and your country." Billy Bush, host of Access Hollywood
"Kate Geagan has written a book that makes us healthier and our planet healthier, too. My family has used much of the book’s advice—we especially love the sustainable snacking tips! I have been following the diet, and I feel great." —Summer Sanders, Olympic gold medal swimmer and television broadcaster
"Go Green Get Lean is THE guide on what to eat to lose weight, get healthy, and save the planet." —Mitzi Dulan, RD, CSSD, coauthor of The All-Pro Diet

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It's interesting reading with a fun and upbeat style, full of practical and easy-to-follow advice.
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This is a must read for anyone and everyone who cares about their bodies, their children and the planet we live on!
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I am a stay-at-home mom who has completely changed her way of purchasing and eating food thanks to this book!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Henderson on May 10, 2009
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I wouldn't call this a diet, more of a healthy eating plan that is also tasty and good for the environment. Since trying to be more "green", my skin looks better, I have more energy and the recipes are categorized by season making it fresh and easy to shop. Interesting data on the impact of our food choices. And you are encouraged to drink coffee, red wine and eat dark chocolate! No downside here...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mitzi Dulan on March 22, 2009
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This book does a wonderful job of combining credible nutrition information with eating low carbon footprint foods which will help you lose weight AND save the planet. Go Green, Get Lean is so full of well-researched information. It offers lots of practical tips that I can use with my clients as a registered dietitian and with my family as a mother of two young daughters. From meal plans and seasonal recipes to snack ideas, this book will not disappoint! It's a must read for anyone interested in helping the environment, losing weight, or improving the quality of the diet for you and your family.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Rugg on May 12, 2009
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I am a stay-at-home mom who has completely changed her way of purchasing and eating food thanks to this book! There is so much informative "green" content that we can all benefit from. Everyone should read this book to learn more about our environment and maintain a healthy diet at the same time.
Thank you!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CrimsonGirl VINE VOICE on April 20, 2009
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I had known that a "flexitarian" diet has a much lower impact on the Earth than the typical American way of eating (of course, a vegetarian one is even more eco-friendly but I'm not ready to give up animal proteins entirely just yet). As a Christian, I feel a responsibility to try to be a good steward of God's creation. I also want to take good care of the gift of the body He gave me.

While I had a general sense that eating a plant-based diet with meat "as a condiment" was the way to go, reading "Go Green, Get Lean" has been a real eye-opener. I had no idea that the average American diet creates more per-person CO2 emissions than the typical amount Americans drive. Or that the food system consumes nearly 20% of all petroleum burned annually in the U.S. Red meat alone accounts for 30% of all greenhouse gas emissions from food in the average American household. Every 1 kilogram of beef consumed (~8 quarter-pound servings) has the same CO2 emissions as driving the typical European car for 155 miles. If Americans were to substitute 1 lb. of bread per month for 1 lb. of beef each year, that would save energy equivalent to 120 million barrels of oil!

As Ms. Geagan shows, eating a "flexitarian" diet rather than a meat-heavy one also makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight. 1/4 lb. of porterhouse steak contains 388 calories vs. a mere 94 for 1/4 lb. of tofu. Not only does obesity raise the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and other health problems but it's also bad for the environment. A study done by researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine reported on CNN today found that the increase in obesity in the U.K. from the 1970 to today accounts for 270 million metric tons annually of additional greenhouse gas emissions. Yikes!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Frank on January 25, 2010
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I got this for the greener food options, and can't speak to weight loss, but it's got some great suggestions on more eco-friendly food choices. I've enjoyed many of the recipes, and have found the suggested changes easy to make and satisfying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stacey A. Lai on July 31, 2009
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GoGreen GetLean has become the perfect bedside resource for me, and as a result, my family too. I love to read the sections over and over again to train myself about all the helpful hints to keep my family healthy, socially responsible and fit. Very early on in the book - you can learn ways to change your ways in order to obtain the best life. As a working mom of three - I take measures every day to be a better person, a better mom and a better provider for my family, community and earth - this book helps me!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Levenberg on March 23, 2009
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This book is right on trend- we are all struggling with taking care of ourselves and taking care of the planet and wondering what should get top priority. Go Green Get Lean offers a smart, thoughtful and reasonable approach to finding the intersection of personal and planetary health. The writing is approachable and fun and the message is clear- we can make a difference and not compromise much flavor,fun or freedom.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Lops on March 26, 2009
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This is a must read for anyone and everyone who cares about their bodies, their children and the planet we live on! You don't have to have a need for weight loss to benefit from Kate Geagan's timely message. She presents her research in such a straightforward and even witty way that this is an easy read! And it opened up a whole new way of thinking for me about the food I eat - instead of thinking in terms of what I can't eat, or I'm forbidden to eat, I'm thinking more like, "wow, look what I **get** to eat!! Also, there isn't a guilt trip. If you are dedicated to eating something,like ice cream,then you don't have to stop eating it....just modify your eating habits! I wish this were somehow required reading...it is an important message to spread!
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