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Kirkus Reviews, 6/1/12
“Sample menus, recipes and tips on how to avoid processed foods make this a helpful lifestyle guide.”

Booklist, 6/28/12
“Her personal story is compelling; the statistics she uses are alarming (today 38 states have obesity rates of more than 25 percent), and her theme is strong…Her passion and her personal story are so inspiring that her antidieting, pronatural foods book is worth a look.”

Taste for Life
, July 2012
“This eye-opening book…offers compelling scientific evidence of the harm junk foods inflict.”

Living Without, December/January 2012
“This is more than a cookbook. It’s instruction on how to change your diet and your lifestyle in order to successfully lose excess weight—and keep it off. A lifeline for overcoming food obsession.”

Energy Times, January 2013
“The Science of Skinny is designed to give people the knowledge they need to become responsible consumers."

About the Author

Dee McCaffrey is an organic chemist, nutrition educator, and cofounder of the Center for Processed-Free Living. She appears regularly on television and radio shows throughout the United States and Canada. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.
 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books; 51516th edition (July 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738215570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738215570
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jessica N. Holland on March 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
Note: I originally wrote this review for my blog, Real Appetite.

Read the first half of this book (the Science). And if you do decide to read the Skinny half, well, take it with the proverbial grain of salt.

The book starts out with the background of the author. She grew up disliking vegetables. She ate compulsively for emotional reasons. After her parents' divorce, the weight packed on and on. Her mom tried to move to a more natural diet, but she and her brother wouldn't have any of it! So back to the processed foods they went. The part-time job at Dairy Queen didn't help. Even a gallstone at 18 wasn't enough to jolt Dee back into reality. By the time she started college, her 4'10" frame carried more than 200 pounds (!).

She began to break free from processed foods by eliminating white sugar and white flour from her diet. This is important to note in itself, because if you or I decided to eliminate these two ingredients too, well, there wouldn't be many processed foods left to choose from, naturally pushing us toward a whole-food diet.

Her background as a chemist allows her to present a fascinating breakdown of ingredients all of us have been (probably unknowingly) eating for years, and how the processed food companies try to hide them from us - did you know that MSG has more than a dozen other names it appears as on ingredient lists?

Dee presents her 10 "Science of Skinny Laws," which can basically be summed up as: Eat more vegetables, don't eat refined sugar or flour.

The thing about processed foods, she argues, is that they've only been around for about 50-100 years. We still can't be sure about the long-term effects, but already we see more disease, obesity, and overall health problems than ever before.
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As a family doctor I have spent $150,000 for my medical education. I have learned more from Dee McCaffrey's book, "The Science of Skinny" than I learned throughout all of my years in medical school (and I only spent $16.99 on it!). I have Dee's book prominently displayed in all my exam rooms and I encourage all of my patients to read it. Every doctor and patient who is struggling with weight or poor health must read this book. In my 30 plus years of practicing medicine I have never encountered anything as life changing as this book! I give it my highest recommendation!
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Sometimes you just need that A-HAAAA! moment... the moment of awareness, backed with understandable science, to understand how what we eat affects our health, and how the "business" of producing food for our growing population in the USA has guided us toward unhealthy eating. But what to do about it? Until now, we knew junk food was bad, we thought white flour and sugar were probably something to avoid to keep the weight off or lose weight .... but we did not know how bad they are for us. And we knew all about diets, but diets only work temporarily..... lifestyle changes are difficult if you don't understand the why and why not of making the change.

Dee's book has become my guru of healthy eating. You need this book! There is a lot of information there, so just take it in a bit at a time.... start by embracing one change at a time, before you know it it becomes easy. I have fallen in love with my kitchen again! Dee's instruction to eat more veggies (weight loss is directly correlated with increased veggie consumption) was a challenge at first....how many bowls of boring lettuce and tomatoes can you eat? I had no idea salads could be so creative and interesting! Now I use the food processor to finely chop veggies for amazing multi-veggie salads, and my new Vitamix is essential for my blended veggie shakes.... if you think that sounds strange, stop by a store with a Vitamix demo and taste the sorbet they make...with veggies and agave and a little fruit...YUM!!!.....now that's the way to get your veggies in for the day!

I like that Dee guides you toward how to buy organic when you are on a budget, does not turn you into a vegetarian (unless you are already one), and shows you how to manage the sweet tooth with healthy treats that don't set you out of control. I have to say, since I have followed this plan, I have lost my intense craving for sweets -- this is a first! Try it, you will not be disappointed!
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As a firm believer in eating local, whole, organic foods, I had high hopes after hearing about this book. I expected it to combine the latest scientific information about processed foods along with some practical advice, and some of that is indeed here. However, I wasn't anticipating that so many of the studies cited would be many decades old, nor did I expect so much preaching and cliched self help language.

It's also interesting that the author, in spite of being very up front about her history of a pathological relationship to food, seems unaware of how much her emotional issues with food still appear to be dictating her relationship to it. If unhealthy foods were once her only friends and comforters, they are now enemies, as though she went through a bitter divorce from them. Thus white sugar, rather than being simply unhealthy or even toxic, is "deranged" and evil. The book has 'science' in it's title, but the author's approach to eating really is more like an old testament religion, and eating processed foods is the sin.

So - much like a sugarcane processing plant, I will extract what I find useful from the book and make molasses with the rest.
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