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The Great American Detox Diet: Feel Better, Look Better, and Lose Weight by Cleaning Up Your Diet Paperback – Bargain Price, June 27, 2006
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Jamieson does a noble job of spelling out the detrimental effects on the body of sugar, caffeine, and an overload of fat, carbs, and protein, all of which are present in your typical fast-food meal, let alone a "super-sized" one. (Spurlock's diet included a repulsive 30 pounds of added sugar and added sweeteners over the course of the month.)[p22] Those horrified by Fast-Food Nation will find familiar territory here, but will also receive constructive advice on how to alter one's diet for the better. Jamieson also spurns wheat, corn, and dairy products, citing them as potential allergens (interestingly, she points out they're all heavily subsidized by the government), and she recommends viable sugar and caffeine substitutes. Nearly 90 recipes round out her treatise on healthy eating, and although some are not unusual (revamped versions of Guacamole, for example, and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies), a few others like Miso Tofu Cheese Spread will be a bit of an acquired taste for those so accustomed to burgers and fries. --Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A truly ground-breaking primer on the benefits of what I call ‘preventive eating.’"—Lisa Ganjhu, DO, attending physician in the division of gastroenterology and liver diseases at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City
"You don’t need to have gorged yourself on McDonald’s to benefit from her quick-results plan."—Amazon.com
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Well, the movie's a huge success, Morgan and to a lesser extent Alex are mild celebrities, and they both took the time to write books. Admittedly, this wreaks of commercialism, but remarkably both turned out good pieces, Spurlock's a companion to "Supersize Me", and Jamieson's revolving around the "Detox Diet" that she put Spurlock on after his month of McDonald's.
The book essentially is broken into three parts-- the first part is sort of introductory/background material-- Jamieson describes her journey from confessed junk food nut to vegan/health maven. It makes for an interesting read, but I felt the level of repetition (and endless reinfocement about processed sugar, etc.) that get to be kind of a drag.
The second part is the "detox diet"-- a week by week transition plan for abandoning the many processed and chemical additives that are throughout our food.
The third part is a series of healthy vegan recipes, some of which look quite interesting, and while I've used none of them, I've stolen a couple ideas for my own cooking.Read more ›
which interfere with the bodily healing and equilibrium processes. These foods are processed sugar, white bread, coffee, alcohol, excess dairy , artificial sweeteners and red meat. We should say yes to generous helpings of water, whole grains, millet, nuts, blackberries, strawberries, beans, acidophilus, fresh food, chicory, escarole, dandelion root, ginger and licorice. Water acts as a classic body detoxifier. The author fears excess amounts of nutrasweet which breaks down into methanol and eventually formaldehyde. Trace levels of formaldehyde have been found accumulating near vital organs.
This work will assist in customizing your diet so that a complete detoxification can occur painlessly. The bodily healing processes cannot do their marvelous work optimally until toxins have been discharged or significantly minimized.
This work explains the biochemistry of dieting simply with a
minimum of extraneous material. It is a solid value for the price charged. A copy should be in every personal health library.
When I first started to read the book, the first thing that really struck me was her advice on water consumption. When I really thought about it, I couldn't even remember the last time I had a plain glass of water! (I'm a terrible diet soda junkie.) Of course, most of us have heard the 8-10 glasses of water a day rule, but I have also heard it said several times that we get enough water from drinking pretty much anything and that plain water is not a necessary component. How wrong that is! I decided to replace about half of my liquids with water, to start (spiked with some lemon juice, because plain water still tastes bland to me) and I immediately noticed a difference in the way I felt.
There are plenty of other bits of advice in this book, and most of them make perfect sense (cutting sugar, salt, artificial sweeteners, etc.) though if you're used to eating a lot of processed foods it can be a bit of a struggle at first. I don't think I'll necessarily be following all of her advice, as I don't plan to ever give up regular coffee or wheat, but I've tried just about everything else and so far it's truly helped me.
I've read a couple of reviews that state that eating in the manner she suggests is expensive. Personally, I've found it to be quite the opposite.Read more ›
Jamieson begins the book by recounting her own experiences with the Standard American Diet, along with the hows and whys of her quest for a healthier way of life. From there, she outlines an 8-week plan for cleaning up our own eating and lifestyle habits one-by-one. She advocates:
*Aiding an over-taxed system with plenty of fresh, filtered water
*Eliminating refined sugars
*Replacing bad fats with healthy fats
*Replacing refined grains with whole grains
*Incorporating healthy sources of protein
*Removing toxins from the home
*Creating healthier relationships with the world around us
There's a wealth of related information offered in these chapters that a list simply can't cover, along with many appetizing recipes.
Jamieson's personal experience with kicking bad habits is evident throughout the book--her suggestions are tempered with a definite understanding that giving up addictions like sugar and caffeine is, in fact, quite hard. At each step, she offers mental exercises and questionnaires encouraging the reader to genuinely consider the underlying causes of bad eating habits. She also offers enough information about the ill effects of certain bad habits to really make the point stick. I'll admit that I've heard suggestions for some time that eliminating sugar and caffeine from my own diet would help me feel better, but it wasn't until reading this book that I was sufficiently inspired to kick those habits.Read more ›
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This is JUST what I needed. ORdered on to a vegan diet by my Doctor, this gives you the steps to take, and also recipes to start you on your journey! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Danielle R Phillips-Neill
Love the concept. Appreciate recipes. Great info on state of SAD (Standard American Diet). Interesting that she helped Morgan Spurlock recover from his fast food challenge.Published on January 22, 2014 by Sharon Anderson
Like many diet books, this was filled with data and most of the book sw spent trying to sell you. Be prepared to walk away with no idea as to what to do for your own diet.Published on September 22, 2013 by Randy
I've read most of it and learned a lot from it. Has lots of great information which I used in teaching a teleclass on Detox and Cleansing. I would recommend this book to a friend.Published on July 11, 2013 by Pauline
I really love this book! I hate dieting but this book made me realize how the way I eat is related to how I feel and my health. I look at food completely differently now. Read morePublished on July 8, 2013 by vcooper
All the recipes are delicious. Great information and very helpful! When we did this diet in our house for three months, we didn't even miss meat a little bit. Read morePublished on June 15, 2013 by Laurie Emmer
Alex Jamieson was NEVER a vegan, not for the mealy-mouthed reason she gives here "that she wasn't doing it for the animals," no, she was never a vegan because the whole time she... Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Gary Clemans-Gibbon