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When Morgan Spurlock, the star of Super-Size Me, gained nearly 30 pounds after a month of eating at McDonalds for every meal, nobody was more horrified than his fiancée Alex Jamieson, a vegan chef and holistic health counselor. When his liver showed signs of damage just 20 days into his fast-food diet experiment, she knew he'd need serious help to recover at the end of his "gastrointestinal form of hari-kari."[p.viii] The Great American Detox Diet is her prescription for helping him shed the chub as well as rid his body of the chemical additives (such as propylene glycol alginateyuck) so prevalent in fast food. She notes that since a British medical journal recently reported that eating fast food just twice a week increases one's risk of developing insulin resistance, a pre-diabetic condition, you don't need to have gorged yourself on McDonalds to benefit from her quick-results plan.
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.
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 14 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 20 months ago 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