For someone who was already convinced that more dieting was not the answer, this book screamed out at me from the book shelf.
A flash on the cover promises to 'end food cravings by end of day 1' and to 'rebalance your body chemistry, end food cravings, weight problems and mood swings - NOW!' But we all know it is NEVER that simple....
The book is fascinating, the theory makes perfect sense and the whole concept of replacing depleted amino acids in your brain to regain balance, control, health and energy, is highly appealing.
I did the questionnaire, I studied the chapters relevant to me, and I began reading the 'Master Plan'. I was all ready to commit to it, when I encountered one problem. Try getting the multi-vitamins and amino acid supplements in Boots, Tesco, your local chemist, Holland & Barrett or even a specialist store, and you'll be out of luck.
It seems that the only way to follow the Diet Cure is by spending a small fortune on mail order supplements from the States. To be honest, this wouldn't bother me if the idea of having to carry a pill organiser around with me for at least three months and set an alarm to remind me when to take the next four or five different supplements didn't worry me just a little.
At the end of the day, the Diet Cure recommends supplementation to put you on the right road to healthy eating. It advocates high protein and fat intake and low 'refined/white' carbohydrate and processed food or sugar intake. It is a basically sound diet that emphasises natural supplementation to help you overcome addiction and cravings.
I like the theory, but the practice for me will probably be a good multi-vitamin that I can get in Boots, and a low carbohydrate, sensible eating diet.
Maybe if I lived round the corner from Julia Ross's clinic it might be different...