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30 months ago had diabetes, heart disease, and skin cancer; could not feel the floor, hot nor cold till diabetes left; high blood pressure is now 120/60; the MD said heart is optimal; raised on the beach in Laguna; for the last 15 to 18 years the darken skin would start dripping if it got scratched and would never heal just get bigger and bigger until the doctor cut it off; if he/she was a plastic surgeon no marks - however many lacking that skill my face has the signs of the cuts and the stitches - the doctor now uses feathers that I can feel on the bottom of my feet - I am 79 and now can work with pick and shovel for 6 hours a day until it gets too hot with no chest pain - I changed my fuel from meat to vegges need to find which are best - a good read - Bruce
After seeing the movie Forks Over Knives I purchased this book to learn more. I appreciated the format which gives information with data to back it up and then at the end of each chapter the take home points. There are appendices in the back of the book to help implement your own plan. I read thru the book in a few hours and took notes on the areas I wanted to return to. The authors know this is a hard sell to some people and truly seem to care about the readers success and offer different methods and tips. I am going to use this plan and see how it goes for 30 days and then see how I feel and move on from there. The recipes and shopping lists in the back will be helpful for planning meals.
Keep It Simple, Keep It Whole may be a good book with a lot of good information but I bought it for my Kindle and in spite of using enlargement app could not make the charts large enough to read so I really don't know if it's good or not. I'm sure the authors are aware of this issue since I am not the first reviewer to point out this problem. Unfortunately, I didn't heed the warning thinking that the reviewer probably didn't know how to properly use the Kindle. This makes me wonder if the authors haven't fixed the problem on purpose, thinking that those who bought the Kindle version will then buy the hardcopy version in order to have access to much needed information.
I appreciate the insights of a doctor that is willing to guide us into using food the way it is grown naturally. She did a great job explaining why all the advertisiments and the information we receive from the government are financially motivated and not for our health benifit.
The part of the title, Keep It Simple, refers to food intake; but I'm grateful that the authors did the same with this book ... clear, precise, knowledgeable writing with straightforward facts and reasonings to bust some myths; help the brain wrap around wise reasonings; and promote perhaps the healthiest lifestyle available for us humans. Also, this is the best writing I've read explaining the wisdom of bypassing processed oils and going for the whole food instead (fresh coconut instead of coconut oil; olives instead of olive oil). Even though I'm still moving in that direction, kicking and screaming, I have to admit it makes good sense. Thanks for this helpful handbook and, literally, food for thought!
I recommend the print format, as some of the material - particularly on charts - was too small to read (for me, with limited vision) on my Kindle. The Kindle for PC was somewhat better, but the layout, with charts divided between multiple pages, was still a bit difficult. The content, however was great! I recommend the plan to anyone, particularly, who wants to go into it bit by bit rather than make a 100% commitment all at once. I am committed, but I like the 3 course idea and feel it will give me meal choices much more structure.
Very helpful "How to .." concerning changing your lifestyle for the better. The approach is comprehensive and includes, dietary, physical and mental well-being. A short book that contains a wealth of information that pretty much details how we've been led to the juncture we currently are with 66% of the USA being overweight and 50% of those obese. It's no secret how we got here but, given the availability of bad food over good, along with our need for instant gratification, how do we get back our health?
The author(s) credentials are sound (both M.D.s) so they don't make wild claims but, instead, offer up statistical analysis of independent studies. I like that. The chapters are short and at the end of each chapter are "Take home" messages that summarize the previously read text.
This is NOT a cook book but more a well structured argument in favor of a whole foods, plant based diet to regain your health, vitality and send the slowly approaching chronic diseases into remission. One aspect I really appreciated was the emphasis that you don't have to go full-tilt right out the gate but the more you can move towards 100% compliance, the better (and more optimal) your health will become.
It's very sad that, as per the book, we're seeing parents outliving their kids more and more. It's obviously the diets we're shoveling down our kids that's the main culprit. Sugar is in everything along with condensed calories delivered through fast-food and store bought processed foods. Fresh fruits and veggies are now an afterthought that, if eaten, are eaten last after we're already full of the junk.
Sadly, many of us will have to be sick first to find our way to the information contained BUT, take home message, it's never too late to turn yourself around.
After this one try the DVD: May I be Frank.
Summary: Well presented facts about our unhealthy state of affairs. The illustrations are a little small and all grey-scale which is an oversight. There are some recipes in the appendices but I would suggest further research to widen the scope. Other than that, worth every penny for the new information you'll be armed with.
I seems that every vegan/vegetarian book you read tries to cram veganism down your throat. These authors do not; as a matter of fact, they are both vegan for health reasons. They have a interesting scale for the patient to label foods, the best being vegan. They don't expect you to eat perfectly every day. Writers provide references throughout the book as appropriate for a book, not an article. It has enough information to carry their point, which makes reading this book an easy task to accomplish.
I highly suggest this book for anyone considering to go plant-based. I like to refer to this book as the CliffNotes of the China Study. It's easy to understand and jam packed with information. It has a multitude of charts and visual graphics that explain complex scientific topics in layman's terms.