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Go Green Get Lean: Trim Your Waistline with the Ultimate Low-Carbon Footprint Diet
     

Go Green Get Lean: Trim Your Waistline with the Ultimate Low-Carbon Footprint Diet

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by Kate Geagan
 

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Over the past 20 years America has been steadily marching toward a diet that is more drenched in fossil fuel than any key nutrient. Experts estimate that it now takes roughly 7 to 10 calories of fossil fuel energy to bring one calorie of food energy to the American plate. Not only have our eating habits turned us into an increasingly overweight society, but the

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Over the past 20 years America has been steadily marching toward a diet that is more drenched in fossil fuel than any key nutrient. Experts estimate that it now takes roughly 7 to 10 calories of fossil fuel energy to bring one calorie of food energy to the American plate. Not only have our eating habits turned us into an increasingly overweight society, but the alarming truth is that our food choices are having as much of an impact on the planet as the cars we drive.

Go Green Get Lean is the perfect eating plan for our time. Revealing easy-to-follow steps anyone can take to eat for a healthy body and planet—and drop up to 9 pounds in the first 2 weeks—Kate Geagan helps readers see the questionable value of "convenience" foods, and explains why going green doesn't require a drastic vegan overhaul. Because there are many nutritional benefits to be drawn from some non-plant-based food choices, she points readers to the best selections, including occasional splurges they can enjoy in good conscience.

In learning to make truly LEAN choices, Kate offers the following straightforward formula: Before eating food, ask yourself: Local or global? What was the Energy used to bring it to my plate? (Include processing, packaging, transportation, and temperature of food.) Animal or plant? (Plant foods are greener.) Is this Necessary? (Is this food critical to my health and weight goals?) This trailblazing work—the first to offer a specific weight-loss plan along with the promise of a lowered carbon footprint—makes it possible for readers to help the environment and their waistlines at the same time.

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Publishers Weekly
Comparing a consumption-heavy lifestyle to a gas-guzzling SUV, Geagan arms readers with a dense but readable treatise on making healthier choices for body and planet. Over the course of six weeks, readers are encouraged to adopt a "flexitarian" diet, heavy on plants with limited amounts of fish, meat and chicken. In a week-by-week fashion, Geagan illustrates the benefits of greener consumption habits with straightforward, relevant data-not only do readers learn the benefits of adding more water to their diet, they also learn the fastest way to shrink their carbon footprint is eliminating bottled water-though she may alienate some with her presumption that we're all on the same sociopolitical page. Geagan keeps an impressive amount of research manageable with anecdotes, charts and digressions covering milk myths (it does not in fact help you lose weight); the fresh-frozen-or-canned debate; and requisite dining out tips. The already-converted and those sincerely interested in change should find this a valuable resource, but McMansion-dwelling, SUV-driving convenience-food junkies should prepare for a harsh talking-down to.
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“Packed with doable actions that will not only make a difference in your health, but will have positive effects for years to come, this book is an absolute must-have.” —Chef Devin Alexander, author of The Most Decadent Diet Ever!

“Kate Geagan brilliantly shows us how to improve our health, lose weight, enjoy our food, and significantly cut our carbon footprint. Go Green Get Lean is easily the most important diet book of the decade! ” —John P. Foreyt, PhD, professor, Baylor College of Medicine

“This book is a can-do for moms and dads who have been going with the flow. Green is the new revolution. This book is good for your children, your local food producers, and your country.” —Billy Bush, host of Access Hollywood

“Kate Geagan has written a book that makes us healthier and our planet healthier, too. My family has used much of the book's advice--we especially love the sustainable snacking tips! I have been following the diet, and I feel great. ” —Summer Sanders, Olympic gold medal swimmer and television broadcaster

Go Green Get Lean is THE guide on what to eat to lose weight, get healthy, and save the planet.” —Mitzi Dulan, RD, CSSD, coauthor of The All-Pro Diet

Olympic gold medal swimmer and television broadcas Summer Sanders
Kate Geagan has written a book that makes us healthier and our planet healthier, too. My family has used much of the book's advice—we especially love the sustainable snacking tips! I have been following the diet, and I feel great.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605296630
Publisher:
Rodale
Publication date:
03/17/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
676 KB

Meet the Author

Kate Geagan, MS, RD, is an award-winning dietitian who has given nutrition advice in numerous print, TV, and radio media, including Prevention, Family Circle, and NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox news affiliates across the country. Since launching her own consulting company in 1999, she has helped dozens of companies develop nutrition-related programs for their employees. She lives in Park City, Utah.

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