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Very dodgy "science" - a couple of nice vegan recipes
on 23 September 2013
Before spending your hard earned cash on this book I would urge you to google 'ph miracle' and look at the [...] site results.
The first thing to realise is that there is no scientific basis to the "alkaline" theory put forward in this book and I, for one, will certainly not be adulterating my drinking water with hydrogen peroxide. Nor will I be purchasing "Dr" Young's expensive green food supplements.
However, you can't go wrong eating more green veg, less dairy and less meat. The vegetable juice recipes are nice, and there are a few reasonably good vegan recipes but, I am concerned that there is insufficient focus on balanced nutrition. It isn't good enough to use tofu as the predominant source of protein (it has too much of an oestrogenic effect). Also, if you want to follow a vegan diet you need to ensure that you have a good mix of pulses and grains,and I don't feel that this book explains the importance of balanced vegan nutrition. The type of diet recommended in this book is unsustainable in the long term even for a hard core vegan.
For meat eaters, the Gillian McKeith "you are what you eat cookbook" is MUCH better. As is "Mayumi's kitchen" for vegans or anyone who wants to follow a macrobiotic diet.
By all means buy this book for a couple of nice juice, soup and stew recipes (if you like veggies), but to be honest, I think that your money would be better spent on a copy of "Sugar Blues" by William Duffy, a good macrobiotic recipe book and Patrick Holford's "Optimum nutrition cookbook".
Alternatively, follow these guidelines:
1. Eat more veg
2. Drink more water
3. Eat less meat and dairy
4. Eat less refined sugar and wheat
5. Go for more walks
6. Do some yoga/stretching
7. Go to bed earlier
If you manage all of that, you will feel better and lose weight :)