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Perfect Health Diet: Four Steps to Renewed Health, Youthful Vitality, and Long Life Paperback – October 12, 2010
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“This is more than a diet. It's a program for perfect health. The result of 5 years of research, the Perfect Health Diet enabled scientists Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet to cure their own chronic diseases. With more than 600 citations to the scientific literature, Perfect Health Diet explains simply and clearly how to optimize your diet for a lifetime of great health. I've read hundreds of books on nutrition and health in my life, and Perfect Health Diet is at the top of the list."—Chris Kresser, M.S., Lac; integrative medicine practitioner and blogger at ChrisKresser.com
“The Perfect Health Diet is the missing link. It bridges the gap between the philosophical, broad-based, almost intuitive ancestral approach to health and the hard-core data hounds who need to see proof at every step. The authors are scientists through and through, an astrophysicist and a molecular biologist, who deftly wield the scepter of cold, hard science while paying homage to the inescapable wisdom of traditional, ancestral, evolutionary health.”—Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint and founder of marksdailyapple.com
“From the best of what we know about ancestral science and the natural world comes a modern-day formula proven to return us to optimal health. The Perfect Health Diet delivers exactly what it promises.”—Dallas & Melissa Hartwig, authors of It Starts With Food
“The sanest overview of what to eat I have ever seen. If you are going to read only one thing on the subject, read this.”—Seth Roberts, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychology at UC Berkeley and author of The Shangri-La Diet
"Whenever any of my clients ask me a health/performance diet question, I just tell them to go to Perfect Health Diet; I trust that anything that appears in the book has been thoroughly researched and examined. One of my best friends was on the diet while undergoing chemo and his bloodwork numbers were so good that they would have been considered average...for a person without cancer. This book is my number one nutritional resource for my family, friends, and clients.” (Court Wing, Co-founder and Head of Training, CrossFit NYC)
"This book provides the missing link between Paleolithic diets and complete health and vitality, and provides a complete foundation for total ancestral health in the modern age."—Aaron Blaisdell, Professor of Psychology at UCLA and President of the Ancestral Health Society. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Paul Jaminet, PhD, was an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Paul’s experience overcoming a chronic illness led the Jaminets to develop the views of aging and disease presented in Perfect Health Diet. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Background: I was an Atkins dieter in the 1990's. Lost a lot of weight, but staying on it was difficult.
Last year I came off a bout of depression determined to beat it without drugs. I stopped eating sugar and (surprise!) started losing weight. Since exercise is also helpful to depression, I thought that it would be better if I kept losing weight to reduce my chance of injury while exercising. Along the way I found that many of the things that are recommended in the Perfect Health Diet greatly helped me in losing weight.
I lost a total of seventy pounds. As a man at fifty-five years old and 195 pounds, I am now in better physical condition than I was in my 20's. This is due in large part to the dietary recommendations in the Perfect Health Diet.
What is even better is that the recommendations in the Perfect Health Diet led to removing the last things that were contributing to my depression. I believe now that grains and omega-6 in vegetable oil was making me depressed. That's why adding omega-3 fish oil to your diet helps fight depression, something I had started doing without understanding why.
To go back to the beginning, the Atkins diet had two flaws which undermined long-term weight loss:
1) Atkins diet "phases" lead to the idea that somehow you lose your weight and then slowly phase back into eating "normal" food. Atkins didn't say this exactly, but it's implied.
2) When Atkins wrote the Diet Revolution book, he didn't have access to the research that we have now, and couldn't see that some fats (high omega-6 vegetable oils) are bad for you, while some carbs in moderation (rice, sweet potato) are okay. His blanket recommendation to get rid of all carbs would have been better focused on SUGAR, FRUCTOSE and GRAINS.
The Perfect Health Diet is written so that you can read to whatever depth of scientific detail you want to. I am about done with my third time through. My particular health issue is depression, and the Perfect Health Diet has many links to dietary causes of depression. The most helpful aspect is that it is written from the perspective that this way of eating is a PERMANENT change, and that this way of eating is based on sound science, including cultural and epidemiology studies, not just lab experiments.
This book is a good companion volume to "Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It" by Gary Taubes.
The only qualification that I would add is that the book recommends eating a lot of fish rather than using supplements for omega-3. This recommendation is based on the observation that most fish oil capsules are stored at room temperature and the oil may go rancid without you knowing it. My answer is to take fish oil as a liquid and KEEP IT REFRIGERATED. It's lemon or lime flavored and refrigeration keeps the the fishy taste down. No capsules needed, and it's actually cheaper than capsules.
Again, as a person who has lost seventy pounds and now enjoy a life free of depression. I wholeheartedly recommend the Perfect Health Diet.
I have been following various health and wellness experts over the years, and have spent more time reading and researching how to be healthy and feel better than I could ever count.
Finally, a book that puts it all together! I was so impressed how well PHD tied together all of the various schools of thought I've read over the years, into a simple, actionable plan.
The writing style is engaging and easy to read for such a deep, well researched book. Right from the get-go you'll find recommendations that you can easily put into action right away. It's easy to tell the authors have put a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and research into this book.
My mother was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer (lymphoma) a couple weeks ago, which was my main motivation for buying the book. Two weeks later, my mom has started chemo and the doctors have told us "she's doing great with the chemo" and her "body is responding really well."
I think a big reason for that is the PHD diet she's been on. She has a good amount of energy (for someone going through chemo) and a big reason for that is PHD.
As a bi-product of cooking PHD friendly foods for my mom, I've actually lost about ten pounds in the last few weeks and have noticed my energy and sleep patterns improve as well.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that is serious about making meaningful changes to their diet and overall health. Also make sure to check out the authors' website, there is a ton of great (free) content and helpful resources.
Another half pound bites the dust woot woot!! This may not sound like a lot to many people, but I don't have a ton of weight to lose, and I've NEVER lost weight as painlessly and naturally as I have on this plan!
I can absolutely do this plan for life and never feel deprived. I still have not counted one calorie, nor have I felt hungry once, even though I'm Intermittent Fasting 16 hours per day! (For the most part I eat all my meals between 11a-7p each day.)
This brings my total loss at close to ten pounds in one month!! I feel this is a healthy, sustainable, permanent, weight loss. I am so completely happy with this!!
In my first-third week updates, I shared how I am waking up more refreshed, and clearer headed, have more energy throughout the day, and can handle stress better (fewer things "get" to me).
My husband, who doesn't need to lose weight, is trimming up. Though he's lost no weight, his waist is has trimmed down (his pants are looser), his chest is getting more solid, etc.
He has only cut out grains/legumes and has not changed his routine (which is naturally active), yet is experiencing these surprising improvements! He is not intermittent fasting.
The best part is, how he's feeling over all! He has a renewed sense of wellness and was previously getting stiffness in his joints which has nearly disappeared!
One thing to note: I've experienced some headaches this past week, especially when I wake up. I'm not prone to headaches and am wondering if anyone else experienced these?
I'm assuming they are from either:
1). A naturally-occurring detox, which will dissipate on its own.
2). An introduction of something in my new grain-free way of eating that I may have an allergy to (possibly coconut flour??)
3). I'm not drinking enough fluids ... which isn't likely b/c I drink water and herbal teas all day.
What I plan to do: I'll wait one more week to see if they go away on heir own. If not, I'll begin logging what I eat (urrrg) to see if I can pinpoint any patterns.
All-in-all, we're both extremely happy with the continued improvements we're experiencing!!
What's more, I'm becoming a grain-free baker for the first time ever, which has actually been a lot of fun and has seen more successes than failures!!
That says a lot for a woman who works full time and has always enjoyed cooking, but rarely liked to bake! :D
ANOTHER PLUS, is that the author, Paul Jaminet is extremely responsive to questions!! What a rare gift from an author!
Response from Paul Jaminet via Perfect Health Diet FB Page:
Hi [Roze]; The headaches are probably due to dehydration from lack of electrolytes. Try adding potassium-rich vegetables to your diet (tomatoes, potatoes, others), adding salt, and drinking more water. Herbal teas are often diuretic (promoting urination) so they may actually impair hydration status. Thanks for sharing!
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