Young for Life: The Easy No-Diet, No-Sweat Plan to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger Hardcover – 2 Apr 2012
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About the Author
Marilyn Diamond is living proof that you can be 68 years old and look decades younger. A healthy living expert, she is coauthor of "Fit for Life," which has sold millions of copies. She collaborates with her husband Dr. Donald Schnell.
Dr. Donald "Rock" Schnell suffered a diabetes-induced heart attack at 55. Doctors gave him up to 5 years to live. The Young for Life program is an adaptation of the plan that saved his heart and created his rock-hard body.
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I love to cook but I never wanted to hear that I should change what I was cooking. Marilyn’s taught me cooking techniques, the use of spices and herbs and now I know how to add great flavor to my family’s meals. I’m the “new Sue” who reads labels and chooses pure ingredients with a passion, and I now am the cook who is confident that I know what I’m doing to be healthier and in better shape.
Dr. Rock’s and Marilyn’s tips have worked for me in so many ways I've even been able to end my Mom’s diabetes so she’s no longer on insulin, and now I’m working on helping her come out of her Alzheimer’s fog. We’re actually starting to be able to converse again. The nurses cry, because for the first time in so long, she’s talking to them, instead of hiding in her own world. I’m strong, in great shape, happy and I’m confident that I’m healthier than I've ever been in my life and always will be healthier.
Sue Higgins, October, 2012, 52 years young
"In answer to the reviewer Heather Mamatey who says she wanted to love this book but it contains nothing new...just another low carb Paleo Diet....In my opinion, she could not have read the book, if she is saying this! There is no Paleo diet I know about that lays out the dangers of the two silent killers, Nutrient Deficiency Disorder and Sedentary Death Syndrome. None offer the correct path to supplementing with the 5 nutrients we all most lack...none talk about the principle of anabolism! It was so easy for me to change my old habits once I knew this was the key to the beauty, youth and fitness I was seeking. This book is a revolution! No one knows fully what it contains but the authors! It's BRAND NEW! And, in my opinion, it's a must-read for anyone at any age who wishes to avoid the diseases of obesity, look and feel better and remain young, fit and healthy throughout life.
I hope that others will be able to reap the same benefits that I have. I believe this country is facing an overwhelming epidemic of Obesity, Diabetes and Heart Disease. Health is your greatest wealth is no longer just a saying. The body of information in this book offers a road map to wellnes and vitality backed by good science. Marilyn Diamond and Dr. Rock have opened up about their own personal health challenges and their journeys back to good health are an inspiration to us all. I highly recommend this book to anybody that has been wanting to make a change for the better but just didn't know how.
I was anxious to receive this book and get the latest word is from someone who has been at the forefront of the health/fitness movement and has had years of personal experience. I read Fit For Life nearly 20 years ago and while the principles seemed sound (no other species consumes milk after it is weaned, increase fruit/veg/grains, diet/lifestyle as a means to stay healthy rather than damaging your body and turning to medication to survive) I did struggle with its complete denigration of the dairy, meat and medical industries. I found it difficult to adhere to strictly for a long period of time and felt like a "failure" if I went off it even momentarily and had a piece of pizza or apple pie. I was a vegetarian or near vegetarian for a while and ended up with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and a weakened immune system. My doctor told me to eat protein and meat, which immediately took away my brain fog and made me feel much stronger! I gave up on vegetarianism/heavy fruit consumption and went back to my SAD (Standard American Diet), trying to do regular exercise and cut portions, and emphasize better quality food. That seemed to work best for me, rather than combining at every meal or eating only fruit in the morning.
Later, I liked Marilyn's relaxed approach in Fitonics, and felt it was a more balanced way to look at diet, although I can see how it was tough for some people to follow because it was not a stringent, step-by-step directive.
I received this book two days ago and have read all of it. I was a bit surprised to find this to be more of an "Atkins" style approach, which feels like a complete surge to the other extreme. While I truly agree vegan/vegetarian diets have serious consequences, I feel that a diet of one extreme or the other is NOT healthy long-term and causes severe health problems.
Here is what I like about this book:
-incorporating isotonics into your day. I believe this is a sound, rational way to increase your fitness level and it has merit based on history (Jack Lalanne and others were proponents of this form of exercise). The chair exercises are especially helpful for people like me who work at a desk all day, and after just a couple of days, my strained neck is better and I have unlocked my chronically stiff shoulder.
-focus on protein and HEALTHY forms of it, which includes-yes, meat!
-advising us to get as far away from processed/modified forms of food as possible
-focus on exercise and building up our bodies vs. accepting decline as we age and reaching for pills instead
-the recipes, of course! I have yet to try a recipe from Marilyn that is not top-notch.
Here is what I didn't care for:
-I really do not think an extreme position (either vegan or focus on mostly animal flesh) of eating is healthy. I think personally I do better with a balanced approach, and feel that probably works best for most of us. Admittedly I am not a doctor or expert, and I do want to make a disclaimer: In Dr. Rock's experience, this extreme position probably saved his life and I believe that each individual is different. There are people for whom this might just be the life-saver they need, as in his case.
-the implication that all veganism/vegetarianism is always harmful. I personally know some people for whom it seems to work very well. It did not work for me, but everyone is a little different.
-Going through the period where you have to be so stringent with your carbs. I don't think you need to go to that extreme to lose weight and be fit...if you have a health crisis and are in a life-or-death situation like Dr. Rock, forget what I just said.
All in all, I took away some things I will use, some that reinforce what I already believe and try to do, and some I will probably ignore. It is worth a read and yes, it will turn a lot of people off who have been adherants to Fit For Life and/or vegans for years. I will definitely be trying some of the new recipes and hopefully can sell my husband on the isotonic exercise (he is a bit lazy due to never having a weight problem).
To Dr. Rock and Marilyn, I admire you for putting forth what will surely be a controversial book, and hope that you have many more happy, healthy years together.