I liked this book on several levels, but overall, its just too restrictive of a plan for me to follow exclusively. I'm already a vegetarian with stronI liked this book on several levels, but overall, its just too restrictive of a plan for me to follow exclusively. I'm already a vegetarian with strong vegan tendencies and I do eat mostly well, and I still feel like I got a lot of value out of this book.
First, I liked that she focuses on plant nutrition and does a lot of explaining as to why certain foods are detrimental to your health and how vitamins and certain supplements can be very helpful. She's not super preachy and acknowledges that not everyone wants to become a raw vegan. I also really like the focus on eating alkaline and using more greens. I've been doing green smoothies for about 2 months now every day for breakfast and I am starting to see positive results from getting so much more plant food. I use this author's green smoothie recipe, even though I violate her principles by adding hemp protein to the mix. Whatev!
What I don't like is the food combining theory (sorry, but I am not ever going to believe that its bad for me to eat some high quality protein, such as beans, in the middle of the day, or with, gasp, a grain, such as rice or quinoa) or the heavy pushing towards a gluten free diet. I think gluten is fine in moderation. Finally, I really don't love raw food. The author doesn't require it, but its pretty clear by looking at her recipes and eating plan suggestions that she advocates a mostly raw diet.
So, I guess I'm settling for a mostly good diet and happy with that. ...more
I'm following the plan now after reading the book cover to cover yesterday and there is a lot to the concept that I really like. Principally, the bookI'm following the plan now after reading the book cover to cover yesterday and there is a lot to the concept that I really like. Principally, the book focuses on this idea that you already have the perfect body, you may just need to uncover it. It's sort of like Michelangelo when he was sculpting, inside the Carrera marble was the David, just waiting to be revealed! Honestly, I am not in terrible shape now as I exercise 5-6 days a week, but this has reshaped how I see myself when I look in the mirror and I really appreciate that. I think we women are told that we should focus so much on outward appearance, which is okay I suppose in some aspects, but this book says FIRST, care about taking care of your body and what it can do for you will follow. I think that is a 5 star concept.
The book shows a series of yoga poses to do and includes other options for including cardio. Each day there is a new mind body concept to learn or practice. I like this approach because its a little bit at a time, but you're building off of what you did the day before.
The food plan is why I'm not giving this book 5 stars. Food is very important, so its good that this is included, but its really not covered well enough in my opinion. I'm pretty much vegan, so I was attracted to the book having three separate food plans - cleaner eating for omnivores, a vegetarian plan, and a vegan plan. The book basically tells you to stop eating all forms of sugar except approved fruits, cut out all processed foods, avoid alcohol, avoid bread and yeast, avoid wheat, avoid caffeine, drink lots of water, and then eat from the list of approved foods for your eating plan. It has about 20 meals with recipes for each food plan, but they aren't really teaching you how to eat properly or plan meals to have all your daily needs met. I am guilty of eating a lot of processed foods and sugar and to be honest, I'm not really sure how to handle this other than go cold turkey. I don't cook much, so its like really? Now what? I don't have time to do a lot of cooking, which is how I got trapped in the processed food cycle to begin with. The author herself talks about how shes not big into cooking either, so I guess I was looking for some sort of formula - eat one fruit, two vegetables, two starches, one protein, and one fat at each meal, or something like that. How many snacks should I really eat? What do I do when I go out to eat? Alas, I'm going to Whole Foods today to restock my entire kitchen and hoping for the best, but this book could have done a better job with that aspect. ...more
This is a great book. It mixes heavy nutrition with anecdote and recipes and exercise but everything is at a deep level. If you read this book, you caThis is a great book. It mixes heavy nutrition with anecdote and recipes and exercise but everything is at a deep level. If you read this book, you can't help but get a very solid understanding of nutrition. The book advocates that some animal products are okay (I am vegan) but helps you to understand how to use animal products in a way that supports health (my hubby and son are voracious carnivores). If you are new to "clean eating" the book provides helpful tips on phasing in changes. I really like the recipe and meal ideas. A lot of other books just vegetarianize meat recipes and I wasn't looking for that. I am pretty well versed in clean eating and vegan/vegetarian principles and still found quite a bit to write down. Well done!...more
I have read a lot of holistic nutrition books over the past two years and this is hands down one of the best. In fact, I'd say this one and Kris Carr'I have read a lot of holistic nutrition books over the past two years and this is hands down one of the best. In fact, I'd say this one and Kris Carr's books are musts for anyone who wants to get healthy. I loved the accessible writing style, clear and well-researched explanations and personal anecdotes that put everything into context. The exercises and discussions of primary food were also highlights for me. I am so glad this is the first book I finished in 2014!...more
I read this book after I'd read a bunch of other nutrition books so I think it was really helpful. I like the recipes and cleanse plans. I think thisI read this book after I'd read a bunch of other nutrition books so I think it was really helpful. I like the recipes and cleanse plans. I think this book would be harder to follow without a good sense of nutrition based on the whole foods and vegetarian lifestyle. It doesn't preach though, so I think anyone could pick this up and at least try a cleanse plan....more
Well I am going to try this cleanse as it looks fairly doable. If I start writing nasty reviews of other books, please just understand I am going throWell I am going to try this cleanse as it looks fairly doable. If I start writing nasty reviews of other books, please just understand I am going through painful exorcistic withdrawal from caffeine, sugar, wheat and everything else chewable that I hold dear.......more
There is a lot of good information in here, but you have to take some of what this author says with a grain of salt. I think that the basic message IThere is a lot of good information in here, but you have to take some of what this author says with a grain of salt. I think that the basic message I took away was to really think more about the chemicals in the beauty, cleaning, and other products that I use in my home. That was good for me and I did make some changes (today I bought some new shampoo and conditioner, for example after learning to my absolute chagrin that Fekkai products are actually awful). I was already aware of many of the recommendations about recycling, eating organically, promoting energy efficiency, etc. but of course, these are great reminders. I do want to start buying more fair trade and organic clothes. I will never be the type of woman who wants to look like a granola hippie, but you know, I can do Stella McCartney (when she's on sale anyway, ha ha).
What I have a real problem with, however, is the fact that the author touts brands of certain cosmetics (in this book and on her website), but then when you go to the skin deep cosmetic website she recommends or even to the manufacturer's own website, and read the ingredients, many of them don't pass the test of the chemicals you are supposed to avoid. For example, in her book she recommends Dr. Hauschka products. Yes, I have used these in the past and you can buy them at Whole Foods, but when you go to the Environmental Working Group website Skin Deep (recommended by the author, but also I've recently learned is kind of the industry go-to place) and you find out many of those products have bad, bad stuff in them. I thought okay, this book was published in 2008 originally, so maybe its out of date. However, on this author's website, she touts Liz Earle skin care, etc. which is a brand from England that has recently expanded over here in the U.S. Same thing. Liz Earle products (or at least some of them that I checked) do have parabens and formaldehyde derivatives. Now, nothing against Dr. Hauschka or Liz Earle and to be fair, they appear to be doing many things right as a company, I just take issue with my perception of this author's hypocritical approach to product recommendations. It makes me really skeptical and as a result, I feel like I need to do extra work to verify many of this author's statements. I think the basic list of products to avoid is pretty solid, but I don't think I'd trust that any company or product she recommends is okay without verifying it. ...more
I liked this book but I didn't really need all the product recommendations - especially since most are green but drugstore quality. This book is partI liked this book but I didn't really need all the product recommendations - especially since most are green but drugstore quality. This book is part of a series, and since I am currently focused on greening my personal care products, I appreciated that. The last 50 pages or so are references and links, so I skipped that... ...more
This is a great book -- quick and full of good information on greening. It's not preachy, it just focuses on bad chemicals, how to be more efficient,This is a great book -- quick and full of good information on greening. It's not preachy, it just focuses on bad chemicals, how to be more efficient, etc....more
This is a great book full of solid and useful information in the front and interesting vegan and raw recipes in the second half. I like Brendan BrazieThis is a great book full of solid and useful information in the front and interesting vegan and raw recipes in the second half. I like Brendan Braziers philosophies and straightforward approach....more
I enjoyed this book and got some great ideas on new recipes. Its made me interested to possibly try to grow some greens as I'm spending wayyyy too mucI enjoyed this book and got some great ideas on new recipes. Its made me interested to possibly try to grow some greens as I'm spending wayyyy too much at Whole Foods these days......more