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This book arrived and looks cheap... it has no photos to support the recipes... so you have to read each recipe to see if you 'fancy' that food... I personally like to see the photos of the cooked food and will instantly want to cook or eat it. I returned it as so disapointed
3.0 out of 5 starsNot Strict Anti-Inflammatory Recipes
Reviewed in the United States on 11 October 2019
I began the Wahl's Protocol Anti-Inflammatory Diet about 4 months ago, and eating a strict anti-inflammatory diet has worked wonders for me. I have a serious neuromuscular disorder that has hospitalized me more than once and has been treated with very powerful immunosuppressants. Still yet, I was growing weaker and more tired daily. Something had to give...enter a new way of eating. Changing my diet has not cured me, but I am now able to make it through each day without so many medications and my energy level is way up from what is was (plus I have lost 12 pounds and am back down to a size 8). So, I STRONGLY recommend an anti-inflammatory diet for everyone - sick or not. But this book...
For someone whose diet is very strict, I found this cookbook to not be very helpful. It includes many ingredients which are not used in strict anti-inflammatory cooking; like legumes, rice and dairy. Although the authors recommend no cows milk they still include goat and sheeps milk cheeses in their recipes. While others may find that they can use these ingredients and feel no ill effects, I cannot. Very few of the recipes included will work for me without major revision and substitution. Very disappointing.
I liked that the recipes were pretty easy to cook and that there was a wide diversity of foods used throughout the book. I also appreciated that I had most of the equipment needed to complete the recipes. Overall, a very good resource to have on hand, filled with recipes that have helped reduce inflammation in my joints and lose some unwanted weight.
For once....I'd love to find a cookbook that has normal foods. I have been diagnosed with Lupus and wanted a cookbook/guideline to help me to to eat more Lupus friendly. If you like weird foods then you will enjoy this book. I'm looking for a down to earth, good old Texas area, cookbook that has a Lupus friendly selection! There was one meal in this that could possibly be fixed and enjoyed. Sorry
3.0 out of 5 starsGood recipes, not as strict as AIP (auto-immune protocol)
Reviewed in the United States on 15 October 2019
I love the idea behind this cookbook (making easy anti-inflammatory recipes for busy parents) so I was really surprised by the writer's point of view in a few matters. I'm aware that the writer has more schooling in nutrition than I do, but I have had a lot of years of experience with auto-immune disease, allergies, and sensitivities so I'm surprised that she includes foods such as dark chocolate, eggs, and soy in her list of foods to include in an anti-inflammatory diet. Those are triggers for many people so if you're not having luck with your anti-inflammatory diet, you may want to look into cutting those (and even nuts, grains, and seeds) from your diet and seeing if that helps.
I have been on the auto-immune protocol (AIP) for months and while I haven't found total remission, I would recommend it as a good starting place. This book is not AIP since it includes a number of foods that aren't allowed in the first stages of the auto-immune protocol, but its a good cookbook once you have established what foods you can eat and need more ideas for quick recipes.
I liked the way the book is sectioned by baking/cooking style but I wish it had more photos. The author also includes a list of the "dirty dozen and the clean fifteen" which is an easy way to remember which produce is best purchased organically and which ones are ok to eat even if they aren't organic. This is not a concept unique to this author, but I'm always pleased to see nutritionists utilizing and reminding us that some produce really needs to be organic to avoid harmful pesticides.
Overall its a good cookbook for those who have figured out most of their trigger foods and can avoid them or for those that don't want to go as strict as AIP. I'm guessing that many people will be able to see positive results with the foods and recipes included in this book.