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The Natural Diet: Simple Nutritional Advice For Optimal Health In The Modern World [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Barrett
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Book Description

The current landscape of health and nutrition literature is a maze of conflicting advice, contradicting ideas, and flawed premises. "The Natural Diet" is an attempt to cut through all of that as helpfully and succinctly as possible, with an emphasis on what you need to know to be as healthy as you can for the rest of your life.

Too often, people who make a good-faith effort to learn more about nutrition end up more confused than they were when they started. Have you ever had that feeling? A magazine, or book, or TV spokesman says "This list of foods is good for you, and this list is bad. Always do this, and never do that."

Meanwhile, one person's list looks completely different from someone else's, and what 'everybody' is saying you should eat is different from what 'everybody' said you should eat ten years ago, which is completely different from what was 'in' another ten years before that.

On an intuitive level, these diet fads just don't make sense.

Some people say milk and dairy are bad for us. How can milk be bad, if we're mammals, and milk is sufficiently nutritious to feed us through the period of our lives when good nutrition is most critical?

Other authorities will insist that the only way to be healthy is to eat a more or less flavorless diet. How can a 'healthy' diet be so unpleasant to the senses—in other words, why would our noses and tongues make 'unhealthy' food seem appealing, and 'healthy' food bland and undesirable? Does it really make sense that your body is built to lead you to the wrong foods?

Still others will tell you that you must take some supplement or eat some invented superfood for optimal health. How can our bodies 'require' a certain food product that has only been created in recent history? Were human beings never healthy until its invention, and did the human body somehow evolve to require a product that didn't even exist yet?

So many of the most common ideas in nutrition just don't hold up if you spend a few minutes thinking about them.

Couple this with the fact that there are cultures all around the world who spend practically no time thinking about being fat or thin and enjoy longer lives and better health than most in the developed West do, and it becomes clear that we're missing something important on an intuitive level.

"The Natural Diet" seeks to end this confusion once and for all—it's a two-hour read that will change the way you understand food and nutrition forever.

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About the Author

Patrick Barrett has been interested in exercise ever since he started to lift weights with his dad and older brothers as a kid. He participated in a half-dozen organized sports (most notably inline hockey and high school wrestling) until a neck injury during a wrestling match in his junior year prevented him from playing further in any contact sports. After the injury, he developed an interest in pursuing strength and balance, particularly through bodyweight and self-taught gymnastic-type exercises. Patrick has always loved both cooking and eating food. Unsatisfied with the confusing and often contradictory nutritional advice offered by mainstream sources, Patrick searched for another way to understand human nutrition that was logical, consistent, and effective. His books on food and nutrition reflect this 'cleaner,' more intuitive and useful understanding of food and how it impacts our health. Patrick hopes that his books will save his audience time and aggravation by finally offering practical ways to achieve their nutrition and fitness goals.

Product Details

  • File Size: 137 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467953202
  • Publisher: Patrick Barrett (November 6, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064CBJCQ
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You need no other book for health and weight loss June 26, 2012
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I have over 30 years training experience and have read hundreds if not thousands
of health,diet and fitness books and articles and will tell you this book tells
you all you need. The book is 70 pages, easy reading and to the point, no fluff
and B.S. just sound advice. One of the best ever read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted Dietitian! May 15, 2012
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Finally, an intelligent book that cuts through all the 'diet clutter' and gives us APPLICABLE health information that WORKS WITH THE BODY instead of against it. This book is a rare find in today's world of fad diets and misinformation. The Natural Diet is BRILLIANT and ACCURATE! I am a nationally recognized Registered Dietitian and this is the Must-Have book for all my clients and friends. Thank you Patrick Barrett! You're a genius!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Non Preachy Diet Book March 6, 2012
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This is a well researched, common sense diet book. It gives flexible guidelines to eating healthy, while giving your body the nutrients it needs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great little book. December 25, 2013
By MGunz
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Short and to the point, you can read the whole thing in a hour or two. Nothing new as far as info goes, but I like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! December 24, 2012
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Great book just for learning about the F D A and chemicals that put in 're food super cool book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Patrick Barrett August 19, 2012
By Deano
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I have 4 of Patricks books and they are all terrific, he gets right to the point and keeps things very simple and basic,his diet book is also great ,Patrick gives you the information you need about good health and nutrition,without anything being fancy, that's the way I like it,right to the point, you can't be price for his books also a great value,If you want great bodyweight exercise advice as well as great advice in diet,get Patricks books,you will be very happy, I plan to buy 3 more of his books, that's how good they are.
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4.0 out of 5 stars simply and straightforward February 4, 2014
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Easy to understand and remember. Makes sense. I was looking for a natural eating approach (note that I didn't state diet) without a lot of supplements or foods that are impossible to find. This fit the bill.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but some bad info August 14, 2014
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I want to clear up a few things: First when he mentions grains he mentions 3 animals that are suppose to eat grains (cattle, horses and sheep). None of those animals really have the capacity to eat grains effectively. This results in poor meat quality, as seen in the current big ag model. All of these are evolved to eat vegetation, they are only fed grains from an economical standpoint (its cheaper to make grain large scale and confine animals then it is to pasture animals and crop hay.) Grain is basically a hard seed, this leaves only a handful of animals that have evolved to eat it: birds, and some small animals e.g. chickens and mice.
This kinda ties in with soy, because humans aren't evolved to eat either. But in both cases humans found that by fermenting either allows them to digest it (in the case of maize, nixtamalization.) Which is probably why so many people in devolved countries are developing gluten intolerance. In the past grains were left in the field to dry in shocks, a relativity slow process, this allows a small amount of fermentation to help break down the grains. Compared to today grain is harvested and dried so quick that the grain is preserved to a fault.

2nd: He mentions coconut oil as a good fat. But fails to warn that some are extracted with hexane, which I think is worth telling people. Look out for really cheap coconut oil, it tends to be hexane extracted.

3rd: The mention of "sweating" as a form of detox. As far as I'm aware, there have never been any study that suggest the act of perspiration is a method of detox. However exercise does. A lot of toxins are stored in the fat and get released as you burn it off. "Mens sana in corpore sano"

The overall point of the book is sound and easy to follow though. I would still direct this to others as an easy way to understand what they should be eating.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect! Thank you!
Published 2 months ago by Kelly J Cartier
2.0 out of 5 stars Small price, small book
This is a very little book full of not new info. It was cheap so no worries but if you think you're getting a cook book or nutritional guide move on!
Published 4 months ago by Ottabme
2.0 out of 5 stars This author admits he has no credentials.
Just tidbits taken from some books he read (he gives a small bibliography)for this tiny book. Don't eat sugar, go back to natural (saturated) fats, drink lots of water, eat protein... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Get Serious
5.0 out of 5 stars This makes sense.
Simple and straightforward. He says that this may be altered to suit individuals, but it is sensible and pretty easily followed. l liked how he wrote and what he wrote... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Ladylin
5.0 out of 5 stars Real. Simple. Solution.
I love it when someone can just tell the truth and educate at the same time! Not many people can do it and Patrick did it well! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ!!!
This is a pretty quick & great read. It has a lot of information on eating healthy to be & stay healthy which = staying alive longer & enjoying life more. Read it! Do the research! Read more
Published on March 22, 2013 by Sheela
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read!
Thoroughly enjoyed the book. Just more for me to think about in my search for answers to long term challenges. Read more
Published on January 22, 2013 by Carol Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book that everyone should take a peek at.
I have read many nutrition books over the years, hundreds if not thousands of books. I am pleased to find a book that confirms many of the conclusions I have come to in my own... Read more
Published on December 9, 2012 by Kristopher Ames
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ,Practical, Nutrition Advice
The Natural Diet, by Patrick Barrett is one of the most practical books on the topic of nutrition I have read in a long time. Read more
Published on November 20, 2012 by Connie C
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