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03/03/2013


BOOK :: Perfect Health Diet


Perfect Health Diet
by Paul Jaminet & Shou-Ching Jaminet
Scribner
ISBN-13: 978-1451699142
448 Pages
Review by Jenny Doh

Perfect Health Diet

This is one of the most eye-opening books I've ever read. The co-authors do an incredible job offering science-based research that boils down to this:

  • avoid wheat and most other grains except for white rice and white rice-derivatives
  • avoid sugar and sugar-derivatives (hopefully it goes without saying that aspartame and other artificial sweeteners are not to be invited in, in place of sugar)
  • avoid legumes
  • avoid vegetable seed oils

Doesn't sound so fun, huh? That's what I thought at first too. I wondered how I could say goodbye to some foods that I have been eating and been emotionally attached to for quite some time. But you know what? It hasn't been that hard. In fact, it's been very fun challenging myself to develop meals and recipes with plenty of foods that are recommended in Perfect Health Diet (PHD) ... like all the fruits and vegetables that I love, all the meats and fish that I love, all the rice and potato-based foods that I love—all prepared in a manner that champions flavor, nourishment, and all within a context of portion control and moderation.

The authors base their recommendations on an evolutionary perspective as they ask the readers to consider where we came from, and how we used to eat. They set this foundational groundwork within the first two chapters as we learn about our Paleolithic ancestors—how they moved, how they hunted, how they gathered, how they fasted, and how they ate. 

So once you finish reading a highly scienctifically researched book such as PHD, you either believe it or you don't. I for one believe it. First, because the style and manner with which Jaminet and Jaminet have written and presented the chapters is smart and non-sensationalist. Second, because the book was recommended to me in the fist place by a smart and trusted friend.

But do you know why else I believe it? In just a few weeks of adopting their recommendations, I can already feel the nutritional benefits happening to me. More satisfied, more balanced, and more healthy and clean is how I feel as I have expunged all that is to be avoided out of my diet (for the most part) and embraced their recommendations.

Mind you, I had been a pretty healthy eater before reading this book. But I feel that PHD offers me a set of tools to fine-tune my diet to a level of near perfection that I didn't know how to achieve.

Bravo to Paul Jaminet and Shou-Ching Jaminet for a truly revolutionary book.

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