Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Elimination Diet: Discover the Foods that are Making you Sick and Tired- and Feel Better Fast by Alissa Segersten & Tom Malterre, book review

General Information
Genre: Health, Diet
Publisher: Grand Central Life & style
Published March 31, 2015

Book Summary (per Goodreads)
The Diet Designed Just for You

Could the toast you ate for breakfast bring on your afternoon headache? Could the milk in your coffee cause joint pain and brain fog? Could your healthy tofu stir-fry slow your metabolism?

Yes-there is an age-old, powerful connection between what you eat and how you feel. Just as no two bodies are the same, no two diets work for everyone. The only way to discover your ideal diet is to follow an elimination diet that will help you link foods to symptoms and customize a diet that works for you.

Known for their ability to radically improve overall health, elimination diets are growing in popularity. But there's no definitive book that explains how to follow one safely and effectively-until now. Written by two authors who are revered in the alternative health market and functional medicine community, THE ELIMINATION DIET guides you through a proven three-phase program that detoxifies the body and promotes fast healing:

Phase 1: Detoxification--A 2-day liquid fast that includes broths, smoothies, and juices to calm the immune system and removes toxins from the body.
Phase 2: Elimination--For 2 weeks, you will eliminate potentially inflammatory foods from your diet, which will ease symptoms quickly.
Phase 3: Customization--For 2 months, you will test different foods to see what works for you and what doesn't, resulting in a tailored diet you can enjoy for life.

Complete with over 100 delicious recipes, shopping lists, and meal plans, THE ELIMINATION DIET is a complete resource for you to improve your health and feel better, naturally.

My Thoughts
I enjoyed this health/diet book more than most.  It had enough of the science to explain the reasoning behind the approach without being a medical book that you need a science degree to understand, an easy to follow guide, shopping lists to help one not stress out, sample meal plans that one easily could follow and stories of other people's ailments and experiences that one can potentially relate with on a personal level.  What I had a few problems with where there is an innate assumption of everyone has money.  The food recommended is all organic and the machines recommended is not what I or any one I know has just around the house. Out of the list of suggested items to help make this diet occur I only had 2 of the machines.  I wish there was something in the book that discussed the success or ability to utilize this diet without everything being organic or not having all of those tools.

Now this does not mean I think one should not read this book or even take part in this diet.  I plan on actually trying this one out because it would be cheaper than many other options that I am looking into, but it will take quite a bit of planning and preparation since 1) all I currently have is a standard blender in my kitchen (no food processor, juicer, immersion blender, etc.) and 2) many of the recommended food items are not sold in an organic style near where I live.

The layout of the book and the diet is easy to follow.   I appreciated how the book discusses everyone will not have the exact same experience and listening to one's own body is important.  I thought several key parts of the book is when the authors discussed how to set up this diet for success.  I thought the tips and tricks of telling others, cleaning out the kitchen, trying to get the family to do it together, etc. were quite on point and very realistic to the struggles many will face in taking on this adventure.  The book also provides an additional resource in the form of their website for one to recipes, resources and support. If you are someone who is starting to look into what they eat, how their body reacts or just unsure of your current health situation I think this book might be an interesting read and potential experience to follow.

*As always, I am not a doctor or medical professional so please check in with your doctor before doing anything that can impact ones health.*

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Disclaimer:  I received this book in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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