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You Are What You Eat: The Plan That Will Change Your Life Paperback – March 28, 2006
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[Dr. Gillian McKeithÆs] no-nonsense weight-loss plan has produced real results. (Now, UK)
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Gillian McKeith has written ten books, including the number one, best-selling books based on the series: You Are What You Eat and You Are What You Eat Cookbook. There are more than 3 million copies of Gillian McKeith books now in print in more than 35 countries around the globe. She is the top selling health author of the last five years.
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Rather than being marketed as a weight loss regime, Gillian begins the book with getting to know your body from the inside out. She feels the tongue is "a window to the organs". As in reflexology, each part of the tongue corresponds to certain organs (e.g. the extreme tip represents the heart, the sides refer to the gallbladder and liver), and certain conditions tell us what's going on inside of us. For example, tiny cracks on the tongue reflect a vitamin B deficiency, a long crack down the middle is a strong indicator that your stomach is weak and you have a hard time digesting food, etc. Everything from bowel movements to pimply bumps on the arms is covered, and what each symptom likely means.
Gillian encourages a vegetarian diet for 8 weeks, which should begin with a colonic to "clean house". If you've never had a colonic, it's a unique experience. So much old food and gunk is flushed out, leaving you feeling less bloated (you may feel tired afterwards due to detoxing, but I've found that feeling goes away within 24 hours). YAWYE lists a plethora of foods you can eat, called "Gillian's Diet of Abundance". Measuring is not necessary, which is refreshing. Gillian encourages us to follow the simple rules of eating, e.g. eat fruit on it's own, or at least 30 minutes before other food, as it digests the fastest. Fruit eaten after other foods will sit on top of that food and putrify in your stomach, leading to gas and bloating. Never eat meat and starchy foods together.Read more ›
I think it's important not to take an all-or-nothing attitude towards this or any other nutritional plan. Dr. McKeith herself even says that if you follow most of her advice most of the time, you will already make huge improvements in your overall health. Sure, she advises against refined sugars, caffeine, alcohol, red meat and a number of other things, but that's her job. This certainly doesn't mean that I'm going to give up my morning cup of coffee, my glass of wine or the occasional slice of pizza. What it does mean, though, is that I want to make good food choices on a daily basis, so that I can feel good, look good and hopefully *crosses fingers* decrease the impact of the few bad things I do. Hell, we all sometimes eat and drink things that are probably not good for us, but the point is that you can still make plenty of healthy choices every day.
Dr. McKeith advocates eating foods in their raw, natural state as often as possible.Read more ›
Her premise is that after your body weight stabilizes you need only follow her course 80% of the time and can indulge yourself the other 20%.
I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who has become discouraged with other plans. Make a two month commitment to yourself and give Gillian a try!
Yes, some of the food she reccomends is a little more expensive, but not most of it and most of it can be found at the grocery store. To the previous reviewers I have to say: Your grocery store has something called a "Produce Section", Look in the Produce Section and you will be able to find the food she suggests. For those of you who weren't interested in the colonics which were barely mentioned, she suggested a detox program as an alternative.
I've already been eating well, but I still got a lot out of this book. She explains food combining, some ways to check your health, ways to detox and a quick start program.
Yes, self-diagnosis is important. I see people go over their lawn and their car with a fine tooth comb but don't know anything about their own bodies. American health care isn't much more than "take this pill and if it doesn't improve, here's more pills".
I've read other books along the same lines, but I like this one the best because the information is set in a upbeat format that is easy to grasp. However, I do wish that she had added more recipes.
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The pictures are gorgeous. Beautiful photography throughout.
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This is a MUST HAVE book, I think everyone WILL benefit from looking at this book. I promise you it is definitely worth buying.Published 1 month ago by Brittany
Great book. If you're interested in more than just going on a diet but really changing your lifestyle and eating habit this is the book for you. Read morePublished 3 months ago by B. Lin
A fun read, and very informative. Great for those thinking of going vegetarian or raw-- lots of helpful tips.Published 4 months ago by Chereka Kluttz
Bent by postman in mailbox. But perfect and received in 2 daysPublished 5 months ago by Sheila James