The Rice Diet Renewal: A Healing 30-Day Program for Lasting Weight Loss Hardcover – 26 Aug 2010
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A Practical 30–Day Plan for Lasting Weight Loss and Inner Healing
Many diets can help you lose a significant amount of weight in a short period, but only the Rice Diet can boast that 43 percent of its participants have maintained or increased their weight loss over six years. Now, in The Rice Diet Renewal, Kitty Gurkin Rosati, New York Times bestselling author of The Rice Diet Solution, presents the essentials of the four–step Rice Diet program. Rosati explains how it helps you heal your underlying food and health issues and replace negative, powerless thinking with an awakened awareness of your passion and purpose. Then she introduces a new generation of powerful exercises and tools based on the latest research including energetic healing methods, music, art, quantum physics, aromatherapy, and more. You′ll discover a new world of health and happiness with the help of:
- A four–step program for Cleansing Your Body, Healing Your Heart, Empowering Your Mind, and Connecting with Your Spirit
- The framework you need to break down psychological and emotional barriers to sustainable weight loss
- A sustainable dieta, a way of life that promotes optimal weight and health in a mindful, emotional, and spiritual way
- Practical, active tools to meet weight–loss and health goals
- A four–week menu of seasonal, local foods, low in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar, empowering you with the practice of conscious consumption
- Inspiring stories of "Ricers" who have achieved weight–loss success and inner healing breakthroughs
As you become more physically free of excess weight, clear of mind, and liberated of encumbering emotional baggage, you will connect with and learn to actualize your inner power, fueling the attainment and maintenance of your goal weight, optimal health, and life′s potential.
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Praise for THE RICE DIET RENEWAL: A HEALING 30–DAY PROGRAM FOR LASTING WEIGHT LOSS
"The Rice Diet Renewal is filled with wisdom and information that can help to heal and renew your life. It guides the reader on the true path to healing of one′s life and becoming your authentic self. I know from my experience as a physician that it speaks the truth, and if you have the inspiration, the information it provides will lead you to the transformation you desire."
Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of Faith, Hope, and Healing and 365 Prescriptions for the Soul
"The Rice Diet Renewal is an immensely wise guide to weight loss and sensible nutrition. If you think ′diet′ is only what goes in your mouth, you seriously should consider this book. It touches all the important basesnot only food intake but also the psychological, social, and spiritual factors that are also vital factors in nutrition. Highly recommended."
Larry Dossey, M.D., author of The Power of Premonitions and Healing Words
"Rosati skillfully describes the successful mind–body–spirit approach to weight loss that she pioneered with the Rice Diet. She has made the program into much more than a diet by adding the psychospiritual components that are missing from so many weight–loss plans."
Larry Burk, M.D., C.E.H.P., president of Healing Imager, Inc. and former director of education and cofounder of Duke Integrative Medicine
"Beautiful and practical. . . . Speaking from deep personal and professional experience, Rosati offers us a banquet of inspiration and an extraordinary variety of useful methods for healing and transforming body, heart, mind, and spirit."
Jeffrey Brantley, M.D., D.F.A.P.A., director, Mindfulness–Based Stress Reduction Program, Duke Integrative Medicine
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I have all the rice diet books. I have done the rice diet off and on for a long time. I don't know why it makes me feel so good, but it does. However, staying on it very long is rough. I always enjoy the books because I love to read about the truly miraculous recoveries in them---and the people running this program are not quacks---they are at Duke and are doctors or well-educated professionals. I have said and will say again, it should be called something else because it sounds like foolishness---like the banana diet or the tomato diet. And, the research behind the rice diet is just so phenomenal. It works.
I am only into chapter 3 but I ran across a story in chapter 2 (I think) that was worth the price of the book. A woman had left the rice diet program and returned and was even in better shape. And when Kitty asked her what she was doing, she said she had a weekly rice day. Now, I can manage a weekly day. I have something I love which I call Christmas rice and it's just organic brown rice (which you can buy cooked and frozen) and cherry tomatoes and avocado. I love it and I only eat it when I am on the rice diet because that way I look forward to it. So, doing the one day a week is a great idea---she describes it as a detox day---but in the past weeks of doing it, I find it is more of a focus day. By that, I mean that when I do the rice day, I also rest and find relaxing things to do. I pray and bathe and listen to music and read---just sort of re-energize. As she points out and we all know, the mind and emotions are so interrelated with our eating and having a relaxing day just sort of helps me regroup.
Getting back to the story, this woman with the one day commitment said she always had a breakthrough on her rice days. So I have begun looking for breakthroughs on my Christmas rice days---and you know, she was right. I have had more than one each time. I have started looking forward to my CR days, just to see what sort of revelation I am going to have. I don't just eat Christmas rice, BTW, I also have fruit and juice if I get hungry between meals. And I can start the day feeling resentful and not wanting to do it, like yesterday, and by the end of the day, I feel so good and I remember just how much I love the way the rice diet makes me feel.
I have read for years that sugar and salt are bad for you, but until you actually experience the absence of these things in your body, you really don't know if it's true or just some new theory. If you have never read one of the rice diet books and you have a health problem, you really should make an effort to look into it. It is pretty much what it says, you eat rice and fruit. You also have to make sure you get some sodium or you will get very light-headed---I know this for a fact. And, as I said, they have the medical research and proof that it can heal your body of so many things. The medical accounts are worth the price of each of the books. I wouldn't start with this book, I'd start with the Rice Diet book if this is new to you, because from what I can tell (I have only read part of this one), it really is not going to tell you all the things in the original book.
I love books and I always think it's a way of attending a seminar without the airline fare, the cabs, the hotel, and sitting in some hotel conference room eating icky food squashed in with a lot of people. So, I love books---even if it's an e-book that cost almost nothing to produce.
A year and a half later: I just had someone write a comment on this review, so I decided to read it again. The good news is that I still think fruit and rice is some sort of a miracle. I do. The bad news is that I stopped doing the one day a week rice diet because I ate so badly the day before, knowing I would not be able to eat anything but fruit and rice the next day. I really hated that, so now I do better if I eat fruit as a meal or rice as a meal or both of them together as a meal. I usually do this in the morning (although not every morning---I am not an every morning ritual kind of person). I do yoga and breakfast (breaking the fast) with fruit is encouraged, so I like that a lot. And then eat rice when I get hungry after that which is usually brunch. I find that eating rice when I am working is ideal, because when I'm working, I don't pay any attention to what I'm eating, I just don't want to be hungry. And it is the honest to goodness truth--->when you eat fruit and rice, you just don't have hunger in the same way---it's really amazing. Not to mention just this overall feeling of well being. I am vegetarian and one of the meals I like in the cookbook or the first book, not sure which one, is the meat loaf. I add some ground cashews to it, and I really like it.
Dec 1, 2013, I guess I should date these updates. I was sick all day today with having eaten too much salt during Thanksgiving including the left-over days. I always think of the rice diet when I get sick. I just wish I could figure out a way to incorporate it daily...I wish they would come up with something, maybe a CD or video...something awesomely inspirational that would keep a person from feeling deprived.
original diet as it does not go into a lot of detail
about the diet, but it does cover all the aspects of
trying to lose weight. I really watch my sodium after
going through this book and it does help lower my
appetite and with out caffeine I do sleep better.
It seems like a good diet as it lets you have bread,
lots of fruit and veggies, but very little meat.
I think it is a diet someone could stick to for a long
One of the stories in The Rice Diet Renewal helped me a great deal. Building on what someone quoted in the book said, I came to realize that when I minimize (not eliminate) my exposure to sugar and salt, my food cravings and my desire to overeat almost disappear. Realizing that was quite amazing to me, and it has led to such first time wonders as my recent, painless loss of three pounds during the holiday season.
To me at least, the "rice diet" is not really a "diet." It's a vegan, organic lifestyle that respects the work of people such as Michael Pollan, and Drs. Ornish, Weil and MacDougall, as well as others who focus on improving our environment by eating local, whole foods. When I say it's not a diet, I mean that if my primary foods are fruits, vegetables and whole grains, I can still eat a cookie or have a latte occasionally without interrupting my progress. I don't count calories, and I don't eat in a regimented way.
The Rice Diet Renewal puts it all together: great recipes, exercise, connecting with the spiritual and with whatever emotional healing we may need. It shows how to do the program at home. Using this approach you can lose large or small amounts of weight, and become much healthier in the process.
The excellent physicians who designed and maintain the program have accumulated quite a body of scientific research showing that this path can dramatically affect cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The risk of other illnesses also decreases significantly when our diets are based on non-processed, pure food. Many find that blood pressures falls, arthritic problems diminish, and the need for some medications diminishes or disappears.
One final point, this book--and the whole Rice Diet approach--exposes the danger of what most Americans consider to be a "normal" amount of sodium. Sodium is addictive, and can be a risk factor for a long list of health problems. Too much sodium can ruin your diet resolve in a heartbeat. The Rice Diet Renewal can wake us up to the need to be sure our sodium intake in in the correct range for us.
The Rice Diet Renewal is a book that everyone who seeks optimal health and weight should own. It turns out that optimal health is not one size fits all.
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