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A bit heavy-going and not for veggies...
on 20 January 2012
- The Kindle version does not replicate some of the tables very well and the text tends to get "trimmed" slightly on the left hand side. Tables and charts also needed enlarging.
- The book is entirely US-centric, so lists of foods, website resources, suppliers, shops etc will mean little or nothing to the UK reader. This renders the very helpful shopping lists/names of organic brands of foods (and subsequently some of the recipes) all but useless in the UK.
- Following on from this, the discussions about visiting your endocrinologist, health insurance payments/plans are largely irrelevant to those in the UK, particularly if you are not under regular medical supervision.
- The vast amount of information about various perceived toxic threats in our systems could come across as scaremongering, particularly when there is not always complete evidence to support claims.
- The menu plan, while varied for omnivores is all but useless for vegetarians as there are only very few meals/recipes without meat or fish.
The UK reader also has to take into account that regulations about the amount of XYZ chemicals in food production/materials differ in the UK and it would take a vast amount of additional research to find the relevant information.
- The book is written in a fantastic chatty style which communicates a lot of complicated information very simply and clearly.
- There is a list of references provided, which the sceptic in me appreciated, although it would be difficult to trawl through the lot of material to fact-check.
- Ignoring the information about environmental toxins etc, the general message of the book: clean eating (no processed foods); regular exercise; time for rest, relaxation and sleep is a good one.
- The plan itself, despite the overwhelming nature of the information provided, is actually very simple and easy to take on board.
As a book on general nutrition this is a great resource but with so much of its content being inapplicable to me in the UK and as a non meat-eater, it couldn't be as complete a tool as I would have liked. I'll probably keep it to refer to, but will be looking for something similar but perhaps written from a UK perspective.