Tuesday, November 15, 2016

THE ELIMINATION DIET by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, M.S., CN

Publisher:     Grand Central
Published:    October 11, 2016
ISBN:        978-1455581863
Genre:      Non-fiction, Health 
Format:     Print
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina  Ginalrmreviews@gmail.com


Elimination diets have become one of the main topics of conversation not only in health-related services but in the foodie community and more.  The basic premise is that to find out why we may not feel so great, or what foods might not be the best for us, we eliminate foods that could be causing our problems.  According to the authors, to date, there hasn’t been one comprehensive guide—a step-by-step how-to to follow. The authors start by giving readers a thorough walk through the different foods that can cause problems such as bloating, gas, fatigue and myriad other health issues.  They then offer a three phase program to first calm down the health issues we may be dealing with and the re-introducing foods in a step by step manner so we do not end up back where we started. 

Neither author is a doctor and base rely on an extensive number of years working toward and with this program.  It is, at least initially, a rigorous program to follow—especially for those of us who enjoy a cup of coffee first thing in the morning.  They do offer a suggestion – some green tea – to help with caffeine withdrawal.  Having had to go without caffeine for two days not too long ago I can tell you…that didn’t help.  But that doesn’t mean it won’t work for others and given how serious some people’s food sensitivities might be, the headache and other problems with giving up caffeine may well be worth it.

The program is quite rigorous and to their credit the authors recommend not even considering doing it during holidays because of all the food choices we already face during those times.  They include detailed food lists of foods to avoid and those you can eat as well as a collection of recipes.  I looked some of them over and without even attempting the program saw quite a few that looked easy to prepare and would taste delicious. 

From a healthy eating perspective I’d say give the book a look—there are parts that can apply to anyone and everyone even if the full program is not for you.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.


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