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Very Comprehensive, Good Ideas
on November 22, 2010
I read this last night in one sitting. There is nothing really that "new" about this book in the health and wellness field though. I would have given it a 3.5 stars if I could, but opted instead for 4 stars as it is really good book and so comprehensive, especially suited for someone just learning how to eat right and how the mind/body connection really works.
What I found disconcerting (and why I would have given it 3.5 stars) is the fact that there are some holes in her theory. While the APO E gene I'm absolutely sure is a definitive factor in how we process foods I did not see a lot of evidence that this is so all-important to someone who already has a great eating habits and utilizes exercise, meditation, etc. to maintain a healthy body. As I observed the differences in diet for each type (i,e., 2/2, 3/2, 3/3, 4/2, 4/3 and 4/4) what I noticed was that the eating patterns were not all that different for each type. In fact most of the recommendations were the same for each sub-type. Protein/fats/carbohydrate ratios were a bit different varying by about 5% in ratios. The foods were essentially the same across the board. Again, the exercise suggestions were not all that different either. (i.e., 50% vs. 45% cardio). While a remarkable effort, the information is not conclusive and I found it lacking in rigor. Simply stated, more research needs to be done. Perhaps, if I saw that certain types could not handle some types of food, then I would have understood her hypothosis more. But, what I saw here is a healthy eating plan that is suited for every type, some get more fat, some less, some more carbs, some less (very hard to do in the real world unless your life is on the line). It's essentially the same diet and varied a bit for each type.
With this information in mind what we have here is an incredibly organized and meticulous book on eating in a sane, healthful way that will help your body maintain its vitality and strength for many, many years. AND, if someone is truly in dire condition with their health, I think applying this diet and its mind/body/spirit recommendations will benefit them tenfold. This is an excellent book for beginners; for those already in the groove, there is some helpful information, but mostly it is the same type of stuff that is already out there. If you are already healthy and eating properly more than likely you will not have to utilize this kind of diet. Intuitively I think if your "aging" genes get turned on by abusing your body this is an incredible diet to get you back to healthy. If you are already healthy, this diet is far too difficult to implement in the "real" world. But, some good ideas and suggestions are there nonetheless to incorporate into your plan for healthy living. Looks like some of the recipies are yummy too.