Great American Detox Diet: 8 Weeks to Weight Loss and Well-Being

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To lose weight and regain health, don't diet-detox!

In 2002, Alex Jamieson watched in horror as her boyfriend, Morgan Spurlock, ate food for 30 days to find out if, as the fast-food giant claimed, their food was "healthy." Over the course of the month, she watched her fit, slim, and athletic partner gain 25 pounds and nearly destroy his health. The rest of the world got to watch, too, as Spurlock's diet became the center-piece of the hit documentary Super Size Me. Once the ...

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

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Overview

To lose weight and regain health, don't diet-detox!

In 2002, Alex Jamieson watched in horror as her boyfriend, Morgan Spurlock, ate food for 30 days to find out if, as the fast-food giant claimed, their food was "healthy." Over the course of the month, she watched her fit, slim, and athletic partner gain 25 pounds and nearly destroy his health. The rest of the world got to watch, too, as Spurlock's diet became the center-piece of the hit documentary Super Size Me. Once the cameras stopped rolling, Alex stepped in. By following Alex's detox plan, Spurlock was back to health and nearly back to his pre-super-size-me weight in just 8 short weeks.

We are a nation of bingers and fast-food fanatics. Our food supply is made up of overly refined, highly processed food products that are touted as being "convenient" but which have been stripped of their nutritional value and loaded with ingredients like sugar, caffeine, salt, trans fats, and chemicals. Highly processed food wreaks havoc on our digestive system and damages our overall health.

Most of us don't even think about what we eat until we're overweight, miserable, or just feeling lousy. Then we sign on to the latest fad diet, which probably focuses too heavily on promoting some kind of deprivation instead of working to restore balance to our eating. And that's when we fail: It's impossible to lose weight and keep it off if we're not nourishing our bodies in the balanced, essential ways they're aching for.

The Great American Detox Diet is really an "antidiet" book. It shows us that by detoxing our diets and learning to eat whole, healthful foods we can literally change our lives.

Alex Jamieson shows us how to clean up our lives by replacing packaged foods with whole, fresh, healthful foods that will strengthen our systems, restore our vitality, and protect us from major illnesses and disease. She also gives us the dirt on what's really in that fast-food hamburger, microwavable dinner, or box of cookies, and encourages us to become "food detectives" so we can avoid the often-hidden ingredients that make processed food so unhealthy.

Included in the book are nearly 100 easy, delicious recipes by Chef Alex and resources and tips on how to make detoxing a way of life.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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 City

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594862311
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

ALEX JAMIESON is a holistic health counselor and gourmet natural foods chef. She lives in Los Angeles and New York City with her fiancé, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 1 vii
Foreword 2 x
Part 1 Don't Diet-Detox!
Introduction: My Own Detox Experience 3
Chapter 1 The All-American Guinea Pig: Morgan's Story 13
Chapter 2 The Sad, Sad American Diet 24
Chapter 3 Why Americans Need to Detox-Not Diet 33
Part 2 The 8-Week Detox Plan
Chapter 4 Everyone into the Pool! 47
Chapter 5 How Sweet It Isn't 64
Chapter 6 The Caffeine Crutch 84
Chapter 7 The Skinny on Fat 97
Chapter 8 A Carb Is Not a Carb Is Not a Carb 113
Chapter 9 Too Much of a Good Thing? 128
Chapter 10 Beyond Your Diet 145
Chapter 11 Detoxing Your Life for Life 159
Part 3 Recipes and Resources
Recipes 173
Products for Transitioning 269
A Week's Worth of Sample Detox Menus 273
Diet Diversity: Why Different Cultures Eat Different Things 276
Pantry Staples: The Essential Foods and Spices to Have in Your Kitchen 279
Web Sites You'll Like 281
Additional Reading 282
Organizations That Support the Detox Lifestyle 283
Index 284
Acknowledgments 292
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2005

    Informational, Fun and Easy to Read

    The Great American Detox Diet is the process that Alex Jamieson (the author) puts her boyfriend Morgan Spurlock ('Super Size Me') through after his one month McDonalds diet. Right away, the author expresses her dislike for the word 'diet'. For many, the word conjures up negative feelings and memories of losing weight and gaining it back. She focuses on a shift in lifestyle it's not just about losing weight or lowering your cholesterol. This is a sort of autobiographical healthy living guidebook. By sharing her own detox story and how she became a health-concious chef (and especially when she talks about what happend to Morgan in just 30 days) you being to see that eating right is worth starting RIGHT NOW. I did not need to lose any weight. I haven't eaten at McDonalds in a good 3 years (and for sure NEVER will again after seeing Super Size Me). However, I have had some intestinal problems and have been looking to change my eating habits to promote better intestinal (and general) health. Alex's book is easy to read, eye opening, and not at all 'preachy'. She takes you through things step by step in a very positive and personal manner. I must admit that I've only tried one recipe (of the dozens included), and that I didn't follow a strict 8 week regiment. But I have learned some very useful information, I make much better food choices, and I feel better in general. If you're interested in eating better- or at least feeling better (who doesn't want that?)- I recommend this book as part of your new journey. For only $17 or so, you could save yourself a lot of medical expenses in the long run.

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