Some very good advice - avoid sugar, grains and poisonous chemicals, include healthy fats, get some exercise, but I think we knew that anyway. The rest is mostly pseudo-science or health claims with minimal evidence and some gimmicky self-tests. Very thin bibliography, consisting mainly of papers by Bruce Ames and almost nothing from the last ten years. "Inspirational" style of writing (uses the word "sexy" a lot). I disliked it (serves me right for being seduced by the title!) but worth three stars for the anti-sugar message.
I suggest you take the test first (link below) which shows you basically what the instructions will be, and just how unscientific it is. A very brief survey and it'll deduce that you are twenty years older than your biological age/ten years younger/whatever. Totally unscientific. None of the 'anti aging' rules are rocket science and all easily available (and cheaper or free) elsewhere. Exercise. Don't booze too much. Sleep well. Eat healthily. etc etc etc. As a previous reviewer said - smatterings of common sense and lots of pseudo-science. Better to read Michael Pollan instead and really learn about nutrition. This is just marketing opportunism.
Hmmm, was I reading the same book as the five star people? I read the kindle version that kept referring the reader back to her website on almost every page (for half a page of information), so annoying and very repetitive. (Why would I want to have internet on for reading a book I've downloaded?) Perhaps this book is useful to people who know absolutely nothing about how to eat or keep fit, but it seemed like a dumbed down rehash of other (better) books to me. Go to the books Wheat Belly, Deep Nutrition, Nourishing traditions, etc Not to mention Leslie Kenton who wrote about raw foods, the dangers of sugar etc thirty years ago!
Her strength is in her 'look at me enthusiasm' and the recipes are fine but her grasp of science is weak. When she tries to explain basics of physiology it's clear that she doesn't really understand it herself. (That or the translation is really bad) How can someone who wants to explain digestive issues confuse leaky gut syndrome with permeability of the ....stomach?
Ok, positives first, Thorbjorg does look amazing. So it's clearly working for her. Which is great, because there are LOTS of photos of her looking delighted in various states of dress/undress.
But... I'm just not able to get excited about this book. She assumes that first and foremost, your motivation for following the programme is so that younger guys will still check you out. Thanks, but no thanks, pet. Second, the eating plan is really just the same old-same old, paleo stuff that's been so popular of late. Chuck out everything in your house that contains sugar or flour, and hang the expense, then buy a load of wholemeal spelt and weird supplements. There are a few funny turns of phrase that may come from the translation, such as the perennial suggestion to fertilise your stomach garden. Ultimately, though, it's nothing new or revolutionary as far as I can see.
THE BOOK is beautifully produced with a clear, motivational and inspiring layout - very easy to understand - well organized structure - and content that is easy to put into action [ provided you can get around your very human laziness, of course - which may not be the easiest .. ]
as with ANY program in the world - it only works if you work it - and as long as you work it ..
provided you have the self discipline to do what the book says - in the periods where i have implemented the program in my life i have not only LOOKED WONDERFUL but FELT WONDERFUL in every fiber of my body as well ..
my self discipline is not always that steady - and my primary focus shift a lot - but when i wake up and get back ON TRACK it's clear that it's a GREAT TRACK TO BE ON - THE KNOWLEDGE in this book has substance and integrity - with a sympathetic focus on HEALTH, WELL BEING and VITALITY as much as on LOOKING GREAT ..
This book is very involving. Easy to follow. Would have liked more recipes but the ones given are straightforward. Have followed the advice now for a week and feel better, sleep better and lost 3lbs. Love being part of the Pinetribe.
What I liked about this book was Thorbjorg's holistic, no nonsense approach and practical advice. She offers convincing arguments on aging gracefully both physically and mentally. Her message for me was if you want to look 10 years young and stand in your knickers with your top up around your middle at 54 with the sexual appetite of a 20 year old - you have to make it your life's work and I don't think many people have the time or possibly the inclination to do this. I found the list of vitamins endless and I worked out that I would have to spend a minimum of £150 per month on them which I thought was a little extreme and it put me off. She tries to link you to a site offering less costly vitamins but I found them all expensive. It would have been better if she offered a core, must have list of the very best vitamins. I would say if you are REALLY interested in living a longer, healthier life read YOUNGER NEXT YEAR FOR WOMEN by Chris Crowley. That book has the capacity to really change your life in a less costly, more fun way.