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The Meat Fix: How a lifetime of healthy eating nearly killed me!

The Meat Fix: How a lifetime of healthy eating nearly killed me! [Kindle Edition]

John Nicholson
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a controversial but also a highly enjoyable read --Mark Pack, co-editor of Lib Dem Voice

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For twenty-six years, John Nicholson was a vegetarian. No meat, no fish, no guilt. He was a walking advert for healthy eating. Brown rice, fruit, vegetables, low fat and low cholesterol – in the battle of good food versus bad, he should have been on the winning side. But the opposite was true: his diet was making him ill. Really ill. Joint pain? Tick. Exhaustion? Tick. Chronic IBS and piles? Tick, tick. Not to mention the fat belly and the sky-high cholesterol. His mind may have forgotten its taste for flesh and blood but had his body? Tired of being sick, John decided to do the unthinkable: eat meat. The results were spectacular. Twenty-four hours later, he felt better. After forty-eight hours he was fighting fit. Twelve months on, he had become a new person. He was first shocked, then delighted, then damn angry. The Meat Fix charts one man’s journey to the top of the food chain, uncovering an alternate universe of research condemning everything we think we know about healthy eating as little more than illusion, guesswork and marketing. The body is a temple – but, as John Nicholson discovered, we may have forgotten how to worship it.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 612 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Biteback Publishing (2 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006YZ27LU
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Funny, angry, insightful, informative and narrative - those are the five words that I would use to describe The Meat Fix by John Nicholson.

It is a unique book and a welcome and important addition to the growing number of books advising fellow humans that the dietary messages coming from our governments are terribly, dangerously wrong. From Dr Kaayla Daniel to Barry Groves to Mark Sisson to Dr Malcolm Kendrick - there is no shortage of outstanding literature, whether on general dietary advice or specific tomes on soy(a) or cholesterol. What is unique about this contribution is the raw, personal nature of the writing and the nothing-spared approach Nicholson has to telling his story.

And it is a story - a story of a young couple who left the modern world to live closer to nature, who decided that they couldn't kill the animals in their new environment and so it would be unethical to eat killed produce if they could not kill themselves. They became vegan. The book becomes the most graphic documentary of what happened next that you may ever read.

In the brilliant The Vegetarian Myth, Lierre Keith only touches on the legacy of damage that her veganism left. If you want a blow by blow account of how a vegan deteriorates physically, mentally and emotionally - Nicholson delivers. Sometimes crude, often painful, always heartfelt. If you don't want to become intimately acquainted with conditions such as haemorrhoids (piles) and the bowel consequences of eating "more fibre than a horse", then don't read this book - or skip the passages that spell it out. If you don't like swear words, then don't read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent excellent book 7 Oct 2013
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I was a vegetarian child of the '70's. I gained a stone a year steadily from the age of four, and eventually reached the heady heights of 22 stone as a committed adult 'healthy vegetarian', it took me years to do something about it. I have a childhood I don't care to remember, the bullying, the crying over my weight and my parents dedication to a veggie lifestyle. I found meat and got slim and healthy, my parents are still veggies, overweight, diabetic and propped up with pills...this book is fantastic, it's all true and I feel that anger it, believe it, do it and live better!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book could change your life. 23 Mar 2013
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A superb insight into the way we are misled by the modern food industry and the complete lack of original thinking of the medical
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A badly researched good read 7 Sep 2012
John Nicholson is an angry middle-aged man. He is justifiably angry because none of the doctors he consulted told him that his longstanding health problems were caused by his diet and could, in his case, be fixed overnight by eating meat instead of soya products. The book has clearly been written in the heat of this anger. That is both its strength and its weakness. The strength is that Nicholson writes the way he talks, and this style makes the book flow so well that I couldn't put it down. He calls a wuss a wuss. He rants, swears, moves effortlessly from one topic to the next, and provides laugh-out-loud moments. On the other side of the coin, we are short-changed on authoritative information.

In the first half of the book, Nicholson vividly tells his own story. In the second half, he expounds on what he has found out about healthy eating, repeatedly declaring along the way that much of the advice given on this subject by doctors and the NHS website is wrong. Some of this is fascinating and some of it may even be correct (I've encountered some of it in usually reliable sources). Unfortunately, Nicholson has no authority on this subject and does not appear to have done much research, so it would be unwise to rely on his conclusions. After criticising the NHS for recommending a "one size fits all" diet, he then provides "one size fits all" recommendations of his own. Admittedly, he prefaces his advice with "I'm not saying that this is the only or the definitive way to eat, only that if it suits me so well then it might suit you too". But how is any particular reader to know whether this diet will suit them any more than the NHS diet? I'll bet that everyone reading this knows some people who have thrived on a vegetarian diet and others who have withered on it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading. 20 Nov 2013
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Like many other people John suffered from the useless and misguided advice of the mainstream medical establishment.

The modern diet is a million miles away from a natural human diet. Agriculture has only been around for 10,000 years or so, which is a blink of an eye in evolutionary terms.

I have been following a diet that is similar for some time and have never felt better. More energy, better sleep and I've lost weight.

It makes my blood boil that so much money goes into the disease-management system that is the National 'Health' Service.

If you are overweight, or heading towards diabetes, or just feeling pretty knackered then do yourself a favour and READ THIS BOOK.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 15 July 2013
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I like to read this book. The book have a great information and health about food and the background round the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Unsubstantiated and poorly referenced
This book is essentially an autobiographical description of one man's journey from a typical British 1970s diet, through extreme veganism, to meat consumption. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Helena White
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What made the content of this book stand out to me as being utterly correct was the deep, inner and strong belief that what I was reading was so very very true, I felt that on some... Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Brown
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time and money
It's a self-centred story of one guy who claims eating meat cured him (even though, of course, we can only take his word for it, that he is not making all this up to sell books),... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Solia
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and honest book and very funny at times.
well I never thought when I bought a book about nutrition that I would end up roaring with laughter! Read more
Published 4 months ago by goin2improve
2.0 out of 5 stars Mildly-amusing but poorly researched
This books starts off well enough, with an amusing account of the author growing up and the reasons for becoming a vegan. Read more
Published 5 months ago by J. Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
Which I had read before and got two copies, one to keep one for friend. Funny, frank, angry account of the author's experience of food and health over many years. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sue Owen
2.0 out of 5 stars 10% useful, 90% rant
Mr. Nicholson is not a natural author. His style, in this book at least, is hectoring. It becomes tiresome after the first 100 pages.
There is some useful information here. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dracp
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
Interesting, and still a little controversial. There is more and more research out there showing that meat and fat is completely essential to our diet; and then the history of our... Read more
Published 9 months ago by R T Edain
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read,extremely helpfull.
Love the book,not only very informative but quite funny in places.Helped me out immediately would highly recommend if you're struggling with you're digestion.
Published 13 months ago by D. Gathercole
5.0 out of 5 stars To the point, honest account of what is wrong with today's food...
I really liked this book, and found his writing style to be engaging, honest, and to the point.

I found my way to "low carbing" ten years ago this year and through those... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mr. P. Marsh
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