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The Natural Makeover Diet

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Naturopathic doctor Joey Shulman is a high-profile authority on nutrition and fitness. The deceptively simple appearance of her new book, however, almost caused it to become lost in the pile of material that makes up this reviewer's desk.

The Natural Makeover Diet

by Dr. Joey Shulman
Wiley, 2005
262 pages

Naturopathic doctor Joey Shulman is a high-profile authority on nutrition and fitness. The deceptively simple appearance of her new book, however, almost caused it to become lost in the pile of material that makes up this reviewer's desk.

On reading it, I was impressed with Shulman's ability to relate important nutritional concepts in a very easygoing manner. Hers is a carefully prepared plan targeting optimal health and beauty. It draws from first-hand experiences with patients as much as from science. Simply articulated, the book offers clear instructions for a four-step program that works from the inside out. Additional charts and lists supply readers with the information needed to fine-tune healthy choices to their own unique requirements.

As backup Shulman includes not only recipes, but also the glycemic index values for many foods. Readers learn how to use this information to control insulin response linked to health problems, including metabolic disorders causing weight gain. This is just the sort of practical guidance many of us need when undertaking a new health plan. It is of further benefit for those who are at risk for diabetes.

Quick and long-lasting results are promised by following through on four steps: cleansing, nourishing, moisturizing, and maintaining. Shulman's "Pick 3" dietary plan is an easy way to eat for weight loss and improved energy. Eschewing popular low carb dogma, she encourages food choices from a list of slow carb options she considers essential for health, beauty, and vigour.

Shulman has a good handle on the basics of modern nutrition and shares these easily with her audience perhaps due to her experience as medical advisor for TV and radio. Readers will have no problem understanding which culinary fats to add in the kitchen, and which are the most essential fats to be acquired from natural food sources. Another valuable section addresses commonly asked questions about issues such as the benefits of red wine and chocolate, healthy choices when dining out, and the pros and cons of high-protein diets.

The Natural Makeover Diet promises much: a flat tummy, permanent weight loss, shiny hair, and a radiant complexion. While success depends on the commitment level of individual readers, most will connect with this easy-to-understand material and feel supported in making healthy lifestyle changes.

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