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The Great American Detox Diet: 8 Weeks to Weight Loss and Well-Being Hardcover – May 26, 2005

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When Morgan Spurlock, the star of Super-Size Me, gained nearly 30 pounds after a month of eating at McDonald’s 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 alginate—yuck) 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 McDonald’s 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


“You will emerge from the other side of your 8-week detox just as I did: feeling energized, focused, healthy, alive and, most importantly, quite thankful that Alex was there to help.” ―Morgan Spurlock, creator, director, and star of Super Size Me

“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

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (June 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594862311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594862311
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Stack VINE VOICE on July 11, 2005
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I found "Supersize Me" to be one of the great documentaries (of sorts) in quite a while, not the least of which was the healthy dose of irony in that the girlfriend of star Morgan Spurlock, Alex Jamieson, was a vegan chef witnessing this diet he went on.

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.
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The standard detoxification diet seeks to purge the body of toxins. Certain foods magnify toxin problems, promote yeast accumulation, excess acidity and a whole host of other issues
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.
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I picked up a copy of this book because, despite being a long time vegetarian, I had been feeling sluggish and weighed down, and I knew that my diet was a major culprit. I'd been working long hours and had been ordering pizzas and nuking frozen dinners all the time rather than preparing healthy meals for myself and my husband. It's a hard rut to get out of, and I needed a bit of a nudge.

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.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Morgan Spurlock's film "Supersize Me," and wondered about the details of the diet girlfriend Alex Jamieson put him on to restore his health. This book provides the basis of that diet and so much 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

*Eliminating caffeine

*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.
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