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there is conflicting information in it (I only realised when I got to the end and there is a list of food pH levels that I proba
on 19 January 2015
I found out about this book as I was searching desperately online due to symptoms that are basically reflux coming into my sinuses and causing daily pain. This book is more aimed at those who have LPR (acid comes up to the throat) but most of it applied to me as well (I just wished she had mentioned acid coming into the sinuses as a possibility explicitly...). I followed the induction diet very strictly for around 3-4 weeks and then less strictly (occasional meal out etc. during the Christmas period) for another 4 weeks or so and then I have been less strict again (following the diet for breakfast, lunch and snacks, but having more 'normal' dinners sometimes) for the past month. I have to say, the improvement from doing the induction diet was well worth the initial torture. I never ate particularly unhealthily, am not overweight, don't smoke or drink, but I had the usual in an office environment...two coffees per day and a bit of chocolate/cake/biscuit depending on what was on offer. I followed the diet (easiest part was changing main meals, hardest part was the lack of caffeine and my one or two a day habit of something sweet) and after day 10 of being very strict on the induction diet, my symptoms basically disappeared. After about 2 weeks, I didn't miss anything I used to have, other than the odd bit of cheese! I mostly had (and mostly still have) porridge for breakfast, banana for a snack, salad for lunch (just different salad leaves and either cucumber/chicken/tuna/carrot added), melon or plain/salted popcorn as a snack, fish and rice/chicken and rice/fish and kale/potatoes for dinner. I only drink water (cold or hot, but always plain) and maximum one coffee a day. After 4 years of pain, lots of drugs and tests, it only took 10 days of eating 'clean' and my body started to fix itself. I can't stick to the induction version of the diet permanently (and it's not designed that way - it's an induction, after all) but I am still finding my way through what other things I can eat without causing damage. I have just started a proper food diary and hope it will help.
Now...as to the book itself, there is conflicting information in it (I only realised when I got to the end and there is a list of food pH levels that I probably could have been including things like avocado, white onion, etc.) and there's a fair bit of scaremongering about cancer (and I believe it's a possibility but clearly I have bought the book and am doing something about it already - I also didn't have a bad diet or lifestyle to begin with so it feels like I'm being blamed somehow) and the recipes are not doable for me (I need a dinner I can make in 15 minutes, and is cheap - they all seemed to be expensive and time-consuming even if some sounded very nice, I just don't live in that ideal world with plenty of time on my hands and money to spend on fancy ingredients so I mostly stuck with plain rice and plain fish etc for speed and simplicity). Overall though, it's worth a read just to get a better overview than you do from blogs etc. online, and for more information on what you should and shouldn't eat.