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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2011
Good book, but enjoyed Eat to Live more. Great recipes in the book, but if I had to choose one, I'd buy and follow "Eat to Live".....Have followed their diet for 8 weeks and lowered my cholesterol by 100 points and lost 20 pounds..
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65 of 84 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2009
We just got Rip's book and have tried a few of the recipes. The meat loaf is very good and we've been experimenting with different hummus recipes as well. Not sure about going totally vegan as I love the cheese (that artery clogging horrible stuff) but we're going to try to "vegan" it 4 or 5 days a week for a while and see how we do.
Lots of good nutritional information here, and a great life style for your health if you decide to take it up. Interesting reading and recipes.....give it a look!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2012
I volunteer at my local fire department, and ironically, we had some required training regarding firefighter health and eating habits that I went through at the same time that I read this. The training emphasized how firefighters over the age of 40 had large waists and an average BMI of 29, and the doctors suggested that firefighters needed to do a better job of controlling portion sizes.

The reason I mention the training is because it gave me a new appreciation for this book. The suggestion to cut down on portion sizes irks me, because people eat to feel nourished. To me, suggesting to cut down on portion sizes is essentially suggesting that you cannot feel satiated if you want to be healthy.

This book, rather than lecturing you, shows how you can adjust your diet in such a way that you can feel nourished without consuming huge portions of foods. I really think this is the key to any diet. We all know that losing weight means burning more calories than we consume, but a good diet will actually show you how to manage your caloric intake without feeling uncomfortable. It will also provide encouragement beyond your standard scare tactics (e.g., if you don't follow this diet you'll die an early death).

While this book does explain how eating an animal-based diet increases your risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, etc., it also emphasizes that switching to a plant-based diet will actually make you feel better. Your digestive system will be more efficient, your energy levels will be more stable, and once your body has adjusted to reduced levels of fat, sodium, etc., you will actually develop a whole new appreciation for the natural flavors of foods.

It took me a while to decide what I thought of the firefighting angle of this book. Esselstyn mixes in anecdotes about his firefighting and professional athlete career with the dietary advice in this book. It was a nice touch, because it kept the book from getting too monotonous and repetitive, but I do think some of the connections he drew were rather tenuous. (For instance, he'll tell a story about firefighters being out of shape when they try to climb a bunch of stairs, or how a fire chief came close to dying from 3rd degree burns, and then say that this illuminates the brevity of life and the importance of being healthy. Which isn't exactly a lie, but I suspect he more wanted to tell the story because it was a fun story to tell than to prove a point.)

The exercise plan he drew up was good; I was impressed with how successfully he put together a plan that could be tailored to anyone from a novice to an elite athlete. I do wish he had spent a little more time emphasizing the importance of exercise. I don't know how Austin works, but here in Virginia firefighters are required to do physical training every day that they're working. If Esselstyn could have cited some studies showing the connection between exercise and improved heart health, or the correlation between blood pressure and the amount of exercise a person gets in a week, or how exercise can improve everything from insomnia to depression, I think it would have been a great asset to his overall message of dieting not just to lose weight, but to improve your health and fitness.

There was an unfortunate dearth of information concerning HDL cholesterol. This might not be a big deal to most people, but to me it was because my overall cholesterol and LDL cholesterol are both in the healthy range, but my HDL cholesterol is low. For all the times he emphasized that this diet would lower overall and LDL cholesterol levels, he never said what this diet would do to HDL cholesterol levels, and that's pretty important to me. I actually e-mailed the author asking about this. I haven't received a response yet, but I e-mailed him less than a week ago.

I also was not satisfied with the author's explanation of protein. He said that most Americans suffer from an excess of protein, and that countries which consume lower levels of protein are often healthier. But protein is the macronutrient best known to provide satiation and a steady supply of energy, and while I can understand the dangers of consuming proteins that also contain high levels of saturated fat, I don't understand why Esselstyn thinks it would be beneficial to cut out lean meats.

I would have liked to see more of a discussion on added hormones and how this contributes to cancer in the American population.

Overall, this was an interesting presentation of material, but I will not be inclined to try it unless I can be convinced that the lack of protein will not be harmful to my energy levels, and that it will not drop my HDL cholesterol levels even further below where they're supposed to be. This book did not convince me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2013
There is no "link" from content page to actual recipe. You need to just page through to find anything. In an eBook format cookbook I feel it is very hard to use if Index, and content pages do not have a "link" to go directly to the recipe. Would not recommend this book in Kindle format, but would in hard copy. Great recipes, when you can locate them in the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2013
My husband's co-worker made the sweet potato lasagna and shared it at the office. It really made an impression and we got the recipe. We made it for my sister-in-law's birthday (we did include some cheese although the recipe as written doesn't include it). HUGE hit even for my carnivore father-in-law who could not believe he'd eaten tofu.

Having been a vegan for 8 weeks last summer, this book appealed to me because of all the recipes - the exercise portion not so much, but I've never felt that a book is the way to go for that. I do think firefighters are a tough-to-please crowd and felt confident that if they liked the recipes, my crew would. I don't cook without animal products/by-products all the time, but I'm trying to do it more often and this is a great resource.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2012
I got this book to try some of the interesting vegetable recipes. Part III Recipes and Meal Plans was far too short imo. I liked the "Forks Over Knives-The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year" much better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2013
I like Rip's writing style and his advice. The idea behind his diet is sound. I wish there were more recipes: so many of his food choices for protein rely on beans. My personal taste doesn't include so many bean recipes! (smile) But this is my personal taste. If you'd like a diet/lifestyle change that makes sense and doesn't seem overwhelming, this is a good plan! Amazon shipped on time and the book arrived in perfect condition.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2013
I found the information in the book to be very helpful; however, the kindle edition is terrible. The recipes are difficult to follow and the only way to see different recipes is to "flip" through every page. There isn't a table of contents to where you can just click on the recipe that you want to see, you have to flip to the page number and even then, the page number didn't always match up with what I wanted to be looking at. Had I known it would be so user un-friendly, I would have bought the hardcopy book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2014
This is a great motivational and lighthearted pitch for a plant based diet. It is a bit sensational, but I give it credit because it has led me to better books like The China Study, and it has great practical tips on how easy the logistics of this nutritional plan can be!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
There's no pictures and browsing through the recipes on the kindle is very hard. I've tried things like highlighting the titles of recipes I like, but then the kindle loses all the words in the highlight when I'm browsing through my highlights. Maybe my issues are just kindle related, but honestly I stopped cooking anything out of it because navigating the book just got to be too annoying.

What few recipes I did make out if it, I did like though.
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