The Great American Detox Diet: Feel Better, Look Better, and Lose Weight by Cleaning Up Your Diet

by Alex Jamieson (Author)

Editorial Reviews

When Morgan Spurlock, the star of Super-Size Me, gained nearly 30 pounds after a
month of eating at McDonald’s for every meal, nobody was more horrified than his
fiancée Alex Jamieson, a vegan chef and holistic health counselor. When his
liver showed signs of damage just 20 days into his fast-food diet experiment,
she knew he'd need serious help to recover at the end of his "gastrointestinal
form of hari-kari."[p.viii] The Great American Detox Diet is her prescription
for helping him shed the chub as well as rid his body of the chemical additives
(such as propylene glycol alginate—yuck) so prevalent in fast food. She notes
that since a British medical journal recently reported that eating fast food
just twice a week increases one's risk of developing insulin resistance, a
pre-diabetic condition, you don't need to have gorged yourself on McDonald’s to
benefit from her quick-results plan.

Jamieson does a noble job of spelling out the detrimental effects on the body of
sugar, caffeine, and an overload of fat, carbs, and protein, all of which are
present in your typical fast-food meal, let alone a "super-sized" one.
(Spurlock's diet included a repulsive 30 pounds of added sugar and added
sweeteners over the course of the month.)[p22] Those horrified by Fast-Food
Nation will find familiar territory here, but will also receive constructive
advice on how to alter one's diet for the better. Jamieson also spurns wheat,
corn, and dairy products, citing them as potential allergens (interestingly, she
points out they're all heavily subsidized by the government), and she recommends
viable sugar and caffeine substitutes. Nearly 90 recipes round out her treatise
on healthy eating, and although some are not unusual (revamped versions of
Guacamole, for example, and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies), a few others like Miso Tofu
Cheese Spread will be a bit of an acquired taste for those so accustomed to
burgers and fries.


"You will emerge from the other side of your 8-week detox just as I did: feeling
energized, focused, healthy, alive and, most importantly, quite thankful that
Alex was there to help."—Morgan Spurlock, creator, director, and star of Super
Size Me

"A truly ground-breaking primer on the benefits of what I call ‘preventive
eating.’"—Lisa Ganjhu, DO, attending physician in the division of
gastroenterology and liver diseases at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York

"You don’t need to have gorged yourself on McDonald’s to benefit from her
quick-results plan."—Amazon.com

Product Details

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Rodale Books (June 27, 2006)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1594864845



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