Review of ‘The Effective Vegan Diet’

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Most of us associate vegan diets with social issues, but in The Effective Vegan Diet by Chef Effect the reader is introduced to a number of recipes that contain all the nutrients a body needs to be healthy.

This book exposes many of the myths about vegan diets and offers advice not only on how to cook foods that are good for you, but how to shop effectively to remove unhealthy foods from your diet. An interesting book, but it fails to warn the reader that some of the advice, such as increased consumption of citrus fruits and tomatoes can aggravate gastric conditions.

While I wouldn’t recommend adopting everything this book advocates without consulting a doctor, I still found it interesting and some of the advice useful.

I give it three and a half stars.

Review of ‘Ketogenic Diet’

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Ketogenic Diet for Beginners by Emily Mayr is a step-by-step guide to weight loss through adopting a low-carb, high-fat diet designed to reset the body’s mechanisms to burn fat and help reduce weight.

The author takes readers through the process, explaining the scientific background of the diet regime, and offering recipes and meal schedule suggestions.

As with most changes in diet or other health-related routines, this method should not be undertaken before consulting your health professional.

An interesting book that will add to your knowledge of nutrition and health.

I give it three and a half stars.

Review of ‘Paleo Recipes for Rapid Weight Loss’

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Paleolithic humans ate a diet rich in grains and proteins. The so-called paleo diet is one among many of the new ‘miracle’ diets purported to promote rapid weight loss and a healthier body. Paleo Recipes for Rapid Weight Loss by Rosie Daniels is one of many books published in the past two years, promoting this diet. It contains 57 recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that are quick and easy to prepare, and are supposed to provide your body with essential nutrients, while at the same time promoting weight loss.

While most of the recipes are, in fact, easy to follow, and actually quite delicious, the book falls short in two main areas: first, there’s not enough description of just what the paleo diet is, in terms of nutrients and how they promote health and weight loss; and secondly, there are no descriptions of the calorie level and nutrients for each recipe. For someone interested in actually effectively losing weight, it is important to know this, if I am to compare this diet to others being pushed.

I received a free copy of the e-Book, and it didn’t contain any pictures. They’re not essential, but do help to make a cookbook more interesting, if for no other reason than to compare what I cook with the author’s ideal version.

As a cookbook, this is a handy addition to my kitchen library, but as a weight-loss book, I’m afraid it falls short, so I can only give it three stars.

Review of ‘7 Days Juicing Weight Loss, Detox and Cleanse: Discover How to Improve Your Health with 7 Day Juice Fast Diet, Detox and Cleanse Recipes Program’

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7 Days Juicing Weight Loss, Detox and Cleanse: Discover How to Improve Your Health with 7 Day Juice Fast Diet, Detox and Cleanse Recipes Program

I approached John Miller’s 7 Days Juicing Weight Loss, Detox and Cleanse with the same degree of skepticism I have for most books that promise fantastic results in a short period of time. Miller’s book introduces juice as a way to jump start your metabolism, flush toxins from your system, and lose weight.

Written in simple, easy to understand language, it does offer some pretty good recipes for making fruit and vegetable juices. It should, however, be viewed carefully and its advice followed with caution. For one thing, it suggests removing the fiber from fruits and vegetables which takes away one of the essential elements for regularity and colon health. He offers some alternatives to this, but they’re not as effective as natural fiber found in many fruits and vegetables. Another recommendation is to buy all organic items, which is healthier, I suppose, but depending upon where you live, could be quite expensive.

Some really good ideas in this small book, but I can’t really recommend that a reader jump in and adopt the whole thing—at least not before consulting your physician. Maybe some of these recipes to replace lunch or supper would achieve the results, maybe in a longer time, but more safely.

A well-written book, but given the topic and my misgivings I give it three stars, with a caution, ‘Buyer Beware!’