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on September 7, 2015
I have been a believer in the old wives' tale "Eat like king for breakfast, a prince for lunch and a pauper for dinner" for some time now. So when I saw this book, I was very interested to read the science behind the tale so I bought it.
A bit of my food history/needs background for perspective: I am on the extreme end of insulin-resitance (and had gestational diabetes with my first pregnancy) so I have chosen to eat as if I am diabetic so as not to develop diabetes. My issue was not a need to lose a lot of weight, although I did have about 15 pounds of post-pregnancy weight I had been battling for a few years.
This started a path of research three years ago that led me eventually to a low carb/high fat lifestyle. When I started, it was all about getting rid of the carbs, regardless of the actual food I was consuming: If it was low carb, I chose that, even if it was something with Splenda, fillers, and highly processed. Didn't matter...it didn't have carbs.
However, as I moved along in the research journey, I began to read enough material about the quality of the food and the inflammatory effects of processed, altered food that I headed down that path with vigor. It was that journey that has led me to my current -- and lifelong -- lifestyle of whole, unprocessed, full-fat, organic, anti-inflammatory eating. And while it is still low carb, I do incorporate healthy low carb foods (sweet potatoes, lots of cruciferous veggies, berries, unsweetened greek yogurt, etc). However, because it is a health lifestyle, not a trendy diet to just lose weight, I am also aware that existing long-term without fun carbs (pizza, pretzel rolls, real sugar desserts, rice, white potatoes/french fries/tater tots, etc...) is not sustainable (nor advisable).
So I have been trying to figure out how to maintain this lifestyle. -- and yes, I want to keep my weight in check as well -- while still being able to have the fun carbs occasionally.
Now enters my stumbling across this book.
Everything was going along great as I read the research about weighting your food choices, especially the fun carbs, early and then tapering off as the day (and energy expenditure) winds down. I could totally get behind adding potatoes to my eggs, eating a croissant, even having leftover chicken and broccoli crepes for breakfast. And was getting rather excited that this would be my AHA! that I was looking for.
This research is the reason for the 2 stars...I do think it's compelling and probably valid.
HOWEVER, and herein lies the warning of my title: As I moved into the practical implementation of the program, I consistently read her recommendations for low-and no-fat dairy, low-calorie foods, the (rather liberal) use of Splenda products, soy and soy milk, and even margarine! What in the world?
I know there is a lot of debate about food choices, but I cannot endorse this type of food choice at any level after all I have researched about the negatives of these items in particular. If she had even just suggested maybe only one of them or had other options included (dairy intolerance doesn't mean soy anymore; there are all types of nut milks, coconut milk, hemp and seed milks for this issue), I might have sighed and kept reading. But at some point, the recommendations of these health-destroying options, made me begin to question everything in the book.
My recommendation, after all that, would be if you want to try it, do so while replacing the highly questionable foods with whole, minimally processed alternatives. It may work beautifully. But like I said, I now question everything in the book and reform, cannot give it a full endorsement.
Dr. Jakubowicz, if you by some strange event are reading this, I would love to see you do the same research but without the soy/low-fat/calorie/Splenda/margarine information.