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Overview

As a holistic health practitioner whose revolutionary diet and lifestyle program has transformed the lives of clients from Princess Diana and other members of British royalty to celebrities and business and political leaders, Stephen Twigg has changed the way we look at dieting--and ourselves. Now he brings his landmark diet to America in the number one bestselling book that has caused a sensation from Kensington Palace through all of England. A proven system for losing weight and attaining perfect health, based on Twigg's unique concept, The Kensington Way consists of three essential steps: Food Combining--The key to weight management-- you'll learn how the right combinations of foods take the pounds off, and keep them off; Food Rotation--A master strategy for dramatically improving your overall health; Mind/Body Approach--Your secret weapon for attaining your ideal weight, health, and positive self-image. In this breakthrough book, you'll also discover:
  • Three ways to correct negative eating habits
  • The essential elements of successful dieting
  • Secrets to burning fat, reducing fluid, and reshaping muscle and more...
More than a successful diet program, The Kensington Way is a complete plan for healthy living that arms you with the tools you need to lose weight and gain (or regain) control of your health and life. Specifically designed to adapt to your individual lifestyle, it will enable you to achieve and maintain your desired fitness level without giving up the foods you love. Featuring recipes for complete meals; daily menu planners; health progress charts; checklists; questionnaires; a special section for vegetarians; shopping tips; and advice for coping with emergencies like snack attacks, it is your blueprint for fitness, healing, and health.
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Known as the man who helped Princess Diana get into shape, Twigg, a popular British holistic health practitioner, makes available his innovative diet plan. Long burdened by health problems of his own, Twigg decided that his ailments were diet related--not simply the foods he ate, but the combinations in which he ate them. His plan groups foods into four major categories--fruits, proteins, carbohydrates and vegetables. In Twigg's schema, fruits mix poorly with many other foods; proteins and carbohydrates shouldn't be eaten together, for the system digests them poorly, causing increased toxicity in the body; vegetables mix with almost everything. Twigg's plan calls for a change in not only diet but in how people think about eating and how it affects their self-esteem. Realizing certain foods trigger specific emotions (i.e., starchy and sweet foods raise the brain's serotonin level, producing short-lived feelings of optimism), Twigg suggests simple affirmations ("Each new day I experience more and more peace in my life") to help followers of his plan change their attitudes toward food and break bad habits. A chart to monitor health ailments (allergies, headaches, etc.) and 14 daily menu plans are included. Although he contends that his plan is simple to follow, readers may feel frustrated with the many charts and dietary restrictions (milk and cereal is no longer a viable breakfast option, for example). However, Twigg offers a healthy alternative to the way most people eat. Author tour. (Feb.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780525944591
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/28/1998
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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Chapter One


Eat Yourself a Life!


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For years my clients have been telling me that I should write a book. Well, here it is—at long, long last!

    The reason I felt The Kensington Way really had to be written now is because it fills a huge void. With all the books, TV shows, and news. articles about food and health, you would think that everything that could possibly be said or written on the subject might have appeared by now. In fact, something vitally important is still missing among all that well-meant advice: a sensible and practical method for improving your health and controlling your weight. If that wasn't so, we'd all be getting healthier and slimmer—but we're not.

    Despite the fact that we're the most scientifically knowledgeable and medically advanced human beings who have ever lived ... despite an explosion of popular interest in health, dieting, nutritional supplements, and complementary medicine ... the harsh reality is we're steadily getting fatter and sicker.

    You only have to look at the story told by official statistics to realize the truth. In 1972 British government figures showed that one person in every five suffered from some form of chronic, long-standing illness. Five years later, that figure had risen to one person in every four. Today, it stands at one person in three. If this remorseless trend continues, pretty soon half the population will be afflicted with one long-term illness or another, if not disability or infirmity. Thefigures for children, by the way, are even more alarming—in 1972, just eight percent of children suffered from chronic disease, but by 1993, 19 percent were afflicted. Statistics that describe the alarming increase in numbers of clinically obese in the United States tell a similar story. These are grim figures indeed, and I can't understand why they don't provoke more widespread public concern and media interest.

    At the same time the average human lifespan is gradually increasing, the general level of health is actually declining. Paradoxically, it seems we have longer to do the things that will eventually cause us to become ill and overweight. In other words, we've found out how to keep ourselves alive longer—so that we can suffer more! For decades governments and medical authorities have poured resources into the treatment—or containment—of ill health, and have all but abandoned the far more important issue of how to stop people becoming ill—or overweight—in the first place. One of the consequences of this kind of policy is we haven't really been shown how to stay healthy and slim. Another is today's crippling pressure on our medical facilities, as they falter under the sheer number of ill people requiring a doctor's help. The confusion of private medical insurance schemes available makes sense only when you understand the real problem is people haven't been taught how to stay well.

    However, this book isn't concerned with statistics (actually, it's more concerned with preventing you from becoming one!). For nearly twenty years I've spent every day of my working life helping some of the world's most wealthy, famous, and powerful people look after their health and appearance. From that particularly privileged and unique viewpoint I've made it my business to learn just what affects our bodies and how we can help them to be healthier and look better. My knowledge comes from being a hands-on body worker. I work physically with my clients' skin, fat, sinews, muscles, and joints. As a therapist, working my clients' bodies every week, sometimes two or three times weekly, over many years I've felt, with my two hands, what their bodies are experiencing. I know—firsthand, as it were—the effects of their diets, their lifestyles, their exercising or lack of it, and even of the way they are feeling about themselves and their lives. By direct touch and frank conversation, I have come to understand what affects people's bodies over a prolonged period of time. This book contains the most important lessons I've learned and truths I've discovered—practical information whose sole purpose is to help you achieve a higher degree of lasting health and happiness than you've ever experienced before.


Yes, It Really Can Be You!


    How would you like to win the lottery?

    You don't need to tell me the answer! If we're honest, most of us would admit that, from time to time, we have fantasies of being enormously wealthy (and, by the way, even millionaires dream of being billionaires!). In our society, money buys freedom—freedom from the worry of debt, freedom from the daily nine-to-five grind, freedom to enjoy the kind of lifestyle your heart desires. Well, imagine winning the lottery and becoming as rich as you could ever want. What difference do you think it would make to your health or to your shape? Would you suddenly have the key to a healthier, fitter, and more attractive body? Perhaps you think the wealthy are naturally more. sporty and athletic and into fitness regimes? Not so, I'm afraid. There are just as many couch potatoes among the rich as there are among the rest of us!

    Immense wealth wouldn't make a great deal of difference to your health or your size and shape. Everything I've observed from two' decades of experience with the great and the good of this world testifies that wealth, and the fame that often goes with it, is a greater rather than a lesser burden on health and appearance. Most of my clients have become my friends over the years we've worked together. They've shared their thoughts and feelings, hopes and dreams with me—so I know all too well how some people become overburdened with the sadness and pain of a life distorted by fame and great wealth.

    Now, it's true that money can be very useful for repairing your health or appearance after they've been ravaged by the many things in modern life that can affect them. Nothing I have ever seen or heard, though, has convinced me that money can buy true health or a perfectly shaped body. The idea that you can somehow buy a perfect shape, or that you can be fully well without making some sort of effort yourself, is a false dream. If you want to keep or improve your health, if you want to look better or stay in good shape, you have to do something, and the sooner you start the better. That's an inescapable truth, and because it is so, you are in exactly the same position as the wealthiest people in the world.

    And there, you may think, lies another problem. Don't you have to really work at looking good? Don't you have to spend, if not money, a lot of time and effort? Doesn't it become a real struggle to do all the things you have to do to take care of yourself?

    The answer is: No! In most cases a close companion to wealth is a lifestyle which imposes immense demands. In the face of those demands I've seen many struggle with health problems or despair about the way they look—and don't forget, for some their looks are among their most important assets. Great wealth and high position often bring immense stresses, unique pressures, much anxiety, and always—always—a chronic shortage of time. Can you imagine what it's like to be constantly in debt to the second hand of the clock? To have a hundred and one people constantly clamoring to devour every precious minute of your life? Many of my wealthiest clients probably have less time than you to spend on themselves.

    Part of my success with my clients—and one of the key reasons why the Kensington Way is going to work for you—is that I've been able to show them how they can make a real difference by changing very little about their everyday lives. In other words, it doesn't take as much time as they thought, it doesn't take as much effort, and above all, they don't have to give up as many of the good things in life as they feared. After all, if you are accustomed to eating the best food money can buy in the nicest restaurants, you are hardly eager to give up that luxury and seek out lentils, or bean sprouts, or any other food you don't really like—no matter how often you're told it is good for you!

    When I say "make a difference," I'm talking about changes they might never have expected or even imagined possible. I mean differences to their level of general health and their ability to stay healthier longer and more easily. I mean differences to their appearance, in their weight, shape, skin, and muscle tone. That also means a difference to the way they move: their general presence, their self-image, and self-esteem. That means a difference to the way they feel about life and how they deal with it. I've been able to show them that far from being a burden, making such changes can be easy, enjoyable, and exciting!

    That's the beauty of understanding what really affects your health. If you know how to help your body get the best from everything you eat, then you can enjoy any food. If you know how best to spend your time caring for yourself, then you need to spend very little to get the results you want. If you know how the human body really responds to exercise, you'll find you won't have to do very much to get the benefits you are aiming for.

    My job is to know those things and to help people make them a normal part of their lives. The Kensington Way is all about making a difference—it's a system that works for the most demanding, time-starved, and discerning people in the world—people who are the least likely to accept difficult or time-consuming changes to their lifestyles. And if it works for them, then I promise you—we're going to make it work for you, too!


Origin of the Kensington Way


    It came as quite a shock when, early in my career, I discovered that I didn't have all the answers I needed.

    I spent many years of learning physical techniques of massage and manipulation which I hoped would enable me to alleviate all kinds of problems. But as I became more experienced and worked with different teachers and different methods, I realized that physical therapy, while being a wonderful system for helping others, did not have the answers to all their problems. Apparently straightforward muscle or joint problems would respond well to treatment, but then inexplicably recur. Some problems would not respond at all for long periods of time, and then suddenly disappear. I wanted to find out the reason for these peculiar reactions.

    Clearly the physical, mechanical systems of the body I was concerned with were being influenced by something other than simple mechanical forces. But what else could cause acute or chronic muscle and joint pain? What could disrupt normal tissue tone so rapidly or make muscles so completely unresponsive to exercise? I had to discover this "hidden factor" if I was going to be able to offer effective solutions to my clients' problems.

    My quest was given added urgency when I began to suffer some health problems of my own. Clients often assume that their therapists are somehow superhuman and miraculously immune to the afflictions of lesser mortals. Well, this one certainly wasn't! I had always suffered badly from migraines, but now the attacks became depressingly regular and so excruciating that they immobilized me for days at a time—forcing me to cancel appointments and imprisoning me in a darkened room until they finally passed. Even worse, I found I was mysteriously putting on weight, becoming bloated after meals and feeling increasing discomfort in many of my joints. Giving physical therapy can be a real strain on a therapist if his or her body isn't in good shape. I found that the tendons of my hands were very susceptible to strain and inflammation, my legs ached and, strangely, my eyes were extremely sensitive to bright light.

    It was then I made one of the most important discoveries of my life about the way I was eating. I had been causing my own problems all along with bad food combinations. Food combining came into my life apparently by accident, but at exactly the right moment—when I needed it the most. In a similar way, I hope this book has also come into your life at just the right moment, when you are in a position to really benefit from it. You know, there really is no such thing as coincidence.

    My childhood was spent in the relatively austere fifties and early sixties. Fish sticks and burgers and french fries had just been launched onto the mass market. Our family's meals were based on value for money and what could be cooked quickly and easily for four children by a working mother. "Healthy eating" simply wasn't something we considered.

    Later, my twenties and thirties coincided with the boom in convenience meals and foods imported from around the world. Although dieting and health foods were rapidly becoming more common, my own basic eating pattern didn't change substantially—the main one being the replacement of french fries and burgers with rice and chicken curry, or pasta with Bolognese sauce.

    Then my health crisis struck. My general level of health and physical shape was slowly but clearly deteriorating. I put a lot of effort into eating what was supposed to be healthy food bought expensively at health food shops. Brown rice and whole wheat pasta took the places of their refined counterparts in my meals—to little positive effect.

    When I was told about food combining, I had never even considered that there might be a different way of eating than the bad combinations I was used to. I had never heard of another way of mixing foods in meals, despite the fact it has been widely known and respected as a healthy eating system in Europe for decades. I was skeptical, but by then I had become desperate enough to try anything.

    I have to be candid and tell you that food combining was initially very difficult for me. The program I undertook was a time-consuming, highly detailed scheme requiring considerable discipline and organization. The program was designed for the totally committed and assumed total commitment for the three months it lasted. I literally had to change my whole life pattern in order to follow the required procedures. I was extremely lucky to be in a position that I could find the time needed to-acquire and cook the special foods I ate, and overcome the reactions I suffered to some of the processes that were used.

    Nevertheless, I persevered—and it worked. While I benefited hugely in many ways from that old-style food-combining program, I knew not a single one of my clients would be prepared to follow a similar regime. They simply didn't have the time to have their lives so disrupted by what was required, regardless of the improvements they would have achieved.

    In short, there was no way I could use the new insights and knowledge I had gained for the benefit of my clients.


What's Really Great About
Food Combining?


    Food combining is the greatest diet system in existence, but it doesn't always make sense. It's been around since even before its best-known proponent, Dr. William Howard Hay, championed its use by the medical profession in the early twentieth century. Since then it has helped countless people recover their health and bring their weight under control permanently.

    Food combining, or the art of compatible eating, attracts some disbelief because superficially it doesn't seem to make sense. The main rule—don't allow protein-rich foods to be in your stomach with starch- or sugar-rich foods—seems to be nonsense when you think that people in all cultures have been doing just that for centuries. How can this combination be so bad for you?

    People have been combining their foods the ways they do more for historical and social reasons than for nutrition, and just because people have been doing something for centuries doesn't prove that it's good for you! I like to use the analogy of the air we breathe to demonstrate what I mean when I answer this most obvious of objections to food combining.

    We know the air we breathe is often tainted by car exhaust and industrial fumes. At times we can actually taste or smell the pollution as we breathe it in. Sometimes we're not aware of it in the air, but we still know it's there. We don't, however, drop dead by the side of the road as we breathe it—our bodies try to cope. Year after year lung disease and asthma increase; breathing difficulties affect millions now, and still we cope—because we have to. Some of us even adapt to it a little, becoming townies who don't notice what a countryside dweller would feel immediately. However, this doesn't mean we wouldn't be a lot healthier if we managed to remove the pollution from our air.

    It's the same with food combining. Yes, you can get by eating poorly combined food. Your long-suffering but wonderfully durable body will adapt and try to cope with almost any kind of mistreatment, but damage is gradually being done. Just because you can get by doesn't mean you should—if you are sensible. With the air you breathe, you have no choice. With the food you eat, you do have a choice, at every meal. The choice is whether to get healthier and slimmer and more alive ... or not.

    Poor food combining and certain other common eating habits result in increased amounts of toxins in the body. Toxins are internal pollutants that prevent your body working as efficiently as it wants to. Toxins directly damage your system, and cause your body to divert vital energy and essential biochemical resources to deal with the damage they inflict.

    The fact is, different types of food are digested best in different chemical environments, sometimes in different parts of your digestive system. Put the two main food types, proteins and carbohydrates, together in a meal and neither is digested particularly well, and that increases the toxicity your body has to deal with. That results in increasing levels of discomfort and harm as your body is forced to do its best with what you're giving it every day. But when you eat food that is well combined, your body is not put under the stress of having to deal with foods it can't digest easily, or their toxic end products.

    The Kensington Way shows you how to use simple yet powerful techniques to help you reverse the problems poor food combinations cause. When you combine food successfully, your body benefits from better nutrition with less effort and has resources and energy to spare to remove existing toxins and heal itself.

    Properly combining your food—as explained in this book—can achieve terrific results for you, including making you look and feel healthier, happier, younger, and more zestful. However, in all honesty I have to tell you that, by itself, food combining doesn't have all the answers. Other bad eating habits besides poor combining have equally damaging effects on your body. And factors other than food cause us to use food badly. That's why the Kensington Way is unique—it's a complete system, which is based upon food combining but not limited to food combining. In effect, the Kensington Way transforms an already powerful eating system into a truly amazing one!

    The Kensington Way is an approach to diet for the new millennium. It not only combines food well in more delicious ways than you can imagine, but combines the best and most effective methods for making food work for your health into a wonderful method of self-care. Nor is the Kensington Way a rigid, exclusive system. Most other diet and health strategies you've heard of can be used alongside it. In fact, when used with the Kensington Way, most other approaches to health and slimming work even better.

    In the years since first discovering food combining, I've transformed my own health. I've investigated food combining and other diet systems, and I've studied and validated many other methods of improving the health, shape, and vitality of the body. I've also explored methods of self-care and self-improvement from fields as diverse as exercise, psychology, alternative medicine, metaphysics, and ancient philosophies. Up to now my methods have been used exclusively for my clients. Now I'm going to share them with you as well. You can learn the secrets of how to make food your best friend in your efforts to be healthy, vital, and slim for life.


Why The Kensington Way Will Succeed For You!


    Most diets and systems of health care and weight control adopt a more or less scientific approach to bring about improvements. Their methods are based on one simple premise: each problem has an identifiable cause, and all that's required to solve the problem is to address that cause.

    This viewpoint is narrow, blinkered, and obviously wrong—yet widely accepted. It suggests that excess weight, for example, can be controlled simply by finding the right diet or the correct exercise or even the right drug. So you'll find low-fat diets, calorie-controlled diets, calorie-rotation diets, low-salt diets, low-sugar diets, high-protein diets, and detoxifying diets. There are exercise programs ranging from aerobics to yoga and drugs or herbs to speed up your metabolism, purge water from your body, or stop fat from sticking to it. The picture is similar with solutions to health problems.

    The idea of simple solutions to simple problems is seductive. The concept fits nicely with the scientific notion of your body as a machine that can be repaired when you find the part that's broken, but it doesn't fit with the reality of what living things are and how they work.

    We know that illnesses don't affect everyone the same way. They strike different people at different rates or maybe not at all. The same is true with excess weight. Some people become huge while eating very little, while others are rake-thin even though they eat enormous amounts. When we look at the broader picture, instead of searching among the minute details of human chemical and organic mechanisms, we find that health relies on many diverse elements. Illness and weight problems develop from a coincidence of many factors, not from just a single cause. Food, environment, social and family issues, mental attitude and emotional state, activities, behavior, and genetic makeup all play a part. Together they create a pattern of underlying health that develops, shifts and changes, and from time to time produces the conditions from which your health and weight problems arise. No one can say to what degree each factor plays a role for any particular person in any particular problem. Such is the way of living things.

    No wonder we prefer to accept the simpler picture of "one solution for one problem" painted by science. Inherent in that approach, though, is a serious drawback: the solution to one difficulty can be the forerunner of another problem. Methods for health and shape improvement aimed at only one factor among many can work quite well for a while. But these methods don't actually achieve much in the long term, and frequently they can cause more harm than good. By aggressively altering just one component, such as diet, for instance, other factors essential to health and well-being can be disturbed, eventually causing the same problem to recur or another, worse problem to arise in its place.

    The main reason the Kensington Way is so successful is that it works at many levels and simultaneously affects all the elements that play a role in your health and well-being. While it works to improve your overall health for the long term, it also helps with any problems that have already occurred. KW methods even help to inhibit problems that are in the process of arising before you even know they are there.

    Let me explain by telling you about one of my clients—Margaret. She was fifty-five when we were first introduced, as usual, by another client. Her problems came in droves. During the twelve years prior to our meeting she had endured surgery for cancer of the bowel and a further two operations for the adhesions caused by the original surgery. Adhesions result when internal surgical scars heal and the scar material becomes attached to adjacent organs or tissue. As you can well imagine, this can be very painful and cause serious problems if, as in Margaret's case, it involves an organ like the bowel, which works by strong, even violent, muscular contractions along its length to expel waste material. Margaret had frequent discomfort and constant anxiety about the possibility of her bowel requiring further surgery. Surgeons had told her they were extremely concerned about the outcome if any further operations for adhesions were needed.

    But that was by no means the end of Margaret's troubles. She also bore the all-too-visible scars of open-heart bypass surgery—those elongated "zips" both in the leg where surgeons remove a healthy blood vessel and all along her sternum where the vessel is inserted as new plumbing around the heart. And, just for good measure, she was quite overweight and suffered from persistent muscular problems in her neck, shoulders, back, and legs.

    Margaret and I got down to business. While I physically worked on her aches and pains, she set about learning the principles of the Kensington Way. Five years later, her diet had changed dramatically. She became a confirmed Kensington dieter, and found out that if she stepped too far beyond the good eating rules outlined in this book, her problems would start to return. She combined food according to Kensington Way principles most of the time, she learned which foods affected her badly and avoided them, and she rotated those foods that might have become a problem. She discovered that water is a panacea for many of her problems and learned how to use it to prevent or respond to minor symptoms of discomfort. Margaret's general health improved greatly. Among the many symptoms that were effectively controlled was the abdominal discomfort she had learned to dread. When Margaret had to have more surgery for another long-standing problem, doctors and surgeons were amazed at her recovery, which was rapid and far beyond their expectations. Five years after her first appointment with me, Margaret had more energy than ever before, understood what she could and could not do with her diet, understood the needs of her own body, and thus was able to care for her own health. She succeeded in losing weight and maintained an active social life in which dining with friends played a major role.

    Then one day her doctors told her she needed an emergency operation.

    It happened like this. She returned to London after a weekend country house party, and suddenly began to suffer severe abdominal pains. Quickly, she went to her doctor, highly apprehensive about a possible return of the adhesion problems. "This is an emergency, and we need to get you to a specialist—now" was the doctor's instant diagnosis, and he personally took her—straight away. A half hour examination and a complete review of her history led both doctor and specialist to advise immediate surgery, despite the very real risk. Dismayed by this, and in no state to make a clear-headed decision, Margaret faced a truly dreadful dilemma. Should she consent to immediate surgery, with the severe risk it entailed, or should she refuse—and continue to endure agonizing pain?

    Luckily, Margaret retained enough presence of mind to ask about something neither the doctor nor specialist had mentioned in their inquiries.

    "Could anything I've recently eaten," she asked, "be responsible for what's happening to me?"

    Maybe, answered the doctors. So then and there, in great pain but desperate to avoid an emergency operation, Margaret tried to remember everything she'd eaten over the past seventy-two hours.

    That's what saved Margaret from going under the surgeon's knife again, with possibly grave consequences. Although her doctors had never previously told her that certain foods, particularly certain fruits, might cause her already sensitive bowel to overwork, she had learned, from the Kensington Way, how foods could affect her body. My frequent inquiries about her diet and its effects on her were what she recalled, luckily, in the specialist's consulting room. Before returning to London from her weekend away, Margaret had enjoyed several of her favorite fruits: four ripe and delicious fresh plums, complete with their soft skins. Those plums were the cause of her acute pains.

    Margaret resolved her own difficulty without surgery, by drinking several extra glasses of water every day for a week. Today, this remarkable lady enjoys a new sense of self-assurance and calm which permeates her life in many other ways. Not only is she more confident about her health and her ability to look after it, but she is also more assertive with her medical advisers, less liable to be bothered by minor problems for which she has a range of responses from her Kensington Way experiences, and more relaxed generally. Margaret's story shows not only that KW principles can improve health, but that they can make real differences on many levels. Someone who has been shown how to stay well can actively assume responsibility for their own health—with clearly beneficial consequences.

    The Kensington Way, in contrast to most other diets, is a powerful, multifaceted approach for the multidimensional situation that produces your health and shape. It deals not with cause and effect in isolation, but with how you function as a whole person—not just as a body-machine of organs, glands, bones, and chemistry.

    If all that seems rather daunting, please don't worry! The most remarkable thing about the Kensington Way is how very easy it is. When you enhance the natural ways you function, guiding yourself to your goal rather than trying to force yourself to become how you want to be, you'll engage a quite remarkable spontaneous process which will help you—as you will soon see.


What You Can Expect from the Kensington Way


    You'll start with what seems like a real drawback but which rapidly becomes a revelation. Changing the way you combine your food can appear daunting, but the KW way it becomes a pleasure.

    No diet or health system in the world will demand or even deserve your wholehearted involvement if you don't enjoy it. You're going to discover that food that's good to cat can be good for you—when you know how to eat it.

    We live in an age when food culture is a major part of our pleasure in life. International and haute cuisine are featured daily on television and in the media. Foods from around the world are readily available in every supermarket. Our homes are becoming gastronomic testing grounds, and scores of wonderful restaurants tempt us with new and more wonderful food creations all the time. One of the great breakthroughs with the Kensington Way is recognizing that, for the average person trying to make improvements to their health and weight, it simply isn't necessary to dramatically alter what you want to eat.


As long as you know how to eat correctly, you can eat anything you like! In fact, there are some very compelling reasons why you should continue to eat what you want, which you'll discover soon.


    So when you ask what you have to give up to be healthy, slim, and full of zest for life, I can honestly reply nothing! The real beauty of the Kensington Way is in the food. If you don't believe me, just look at the recipes and you'll see what I mean!

    Of course, we don't always have the time to cook wonderful meals. The modern lifestyle presents challenges to anyone who wants to take care of their health and weight. The beauty of the Kensington Way is its flexibility. It's a totally realistic method that lends itself to any lifestyle and whatever aspirations you have for yourself. At its simplest it is a practical way of restoring your general health. Just use the basic diet and over time, with minimum effort and without depriving yourself of what you like, you'll feel better and more alive day by day. At its most powerful, the Kensington Way is a vehicle for amazing self-transformations that will affect every area of your life.

    Another important aspect of the Kensington Way is that it works to motivate your good intentions into worthwhile actions. The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. All the good intentions in the world won't make anything happen on their own.

    The key to motivation is to know how your mind works. The reason most diets and health programs fail is that they do not take into account the fact that your mind often acts to hinder what you are trying to achieve—or that it can be taught to help you instead. Virtually all change is resisted at some stage, and unless you know how to approach change skillfully you are not likely to succeed, regardless of the benefits a diet could bring you.

    When you use the Kensington Way, you'll learn that how you think about yourself affects every part of your body and mind, and that what you eat can affect the ways you think about yourself! You'll learn that there is a way of changing your diet that will help you think more positively and powerfully, and that some changes to what you eat can make you feel disabled and lacking in confidence to the point of giving up on any diet.

    I'll show you how to identify negative thoughts and feelings and switch them around until they become a positive help toward achieving what you want.

    It's said that nothing succeeds like success, and that gives us an insight into the unique reason for the success of the Kensington Way. The combination of diet and supporting methods you're going to be using leads, after a while, to an interesting phenomenon. The more you use the Kensington Way, the less you'll feel like returning to the ways you ate before. You'll begin to experience spontaneous change.

    You'll find yourself automatically choosing healthier eating options. Your tastes will change away from processed foods, high-salt or -sugar foods, and poor combinations. You just won't like them as much as before. You'll find yourself eating less without thinking about it, and you'll find your food cravings have greatly diminished.

    How does this happen? When you engage your body and mind together in improving your diet, you'll discover you have a natural tendency to prefer the healthiest ways of doing things and can easily let go of old ways that no longer help you. When you eat in ways that make you feel and function well, you'll find any tendency to slide back into bad old habits blocked by preferences for what's good for you. It's a wonderful feeling to realize you are quite spontaneously choosing to eat what's best for you and that you're enjoying it more than the old diet you used to eat. It is the greatest positive reinforcement of all—you just find yourself forgetting to eat badly!

    It's part of human nature not to embark on any new endeavor you are presented with, unless it's accompanied by information that persuades you it's safe and worth trying. Throughout the Kensington Way, you'll find the information you need to enable you to take each step easily and naturally. The information isn't presented in the form of dry, dusty data drawn from science journals, however. Rather, it's an accumulation of evidence and arguments that your own innate common sense will tell you is right.

    What you're going to learn will be further strengthened by the greatest authority of all: your own experience. The information you'll get from the Kensington Way will be verified as you use it to become healthier and slimmer. You'll gain insight into the most fascinating subject of all—yourself—until you understand yourself and what is best for you so well, you'll be able to maintain your health as long as you want.

    Ultimately, the most profound insight you'll gain from using the Kensington Way is the realization of your own uniqueness. Yes, we're all similar—but not the same. You'll appreciate how different you are from any other person on the planet, and how you became that way. Because you are absolutely unique and extraordinarily special, you'll discover the solutions to your problems have to be different from anyone else's. With the Kensington Way, you'll find out what your own unique solutions really are.

    So now, let's begin to discover your solutions!

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Eat Yourself a Life! 1
Yes, It Really Can Be You! 3
Origin of the Kensington Way 5
What's Really Great about Food Combining? 7
Why the Kensington Way Will Succeed for You! 10
What You Can Expect from the Kensington Way 14
CHAPTER 2 Your Food—Friend or Foe? 18
Your Diet—What's Really Going Wrong? 19
One Person's Poison 20
A Chain Reaction 23
The Key to Understanding the Way You Eat 25
How Not to Diet 32
The Essential Elements of Successful Dieting 34
Food Combining the Kensington Way 36
Your KW Quick Reference Guide to Easy Food Combining 43
One in Five—Your Secret Strategy 44
Beware Wheat! 49
From Fat to Fit 52
CHAPTER 3 The Kensington Way Master Plan 54
Nice and Easy Does It! 54
An Overview of the KW Master Plan 55
Winning the Mind Game 56
The Kensington Way SymptomChecklist 65
Success Is All a Matter of Timing 76
Waist Disposal 78
Fourteen Days of Menu Inspirations 79
Advice for Vegetarians 82
KW Master Plan Daily Menus 83
Coping with Snack Attacks 89
Your First Shopping List 91
A Few Words of Advice 93
Staying on Track 97
CHAPTER 4 Slimming the Kensington Way 100
Let's Talk about You 100
Your Body Is Appropriate 101
The Three Causes of Fatness 103
Three Ways to Correct Your Eating Habits 105
Improving Your Muscles 107
Improving Your Mind 112
Weight Control the Kensington Way 116
Introducing KW Strategies 117
Advice from Your Diet Coach 122
The KW Fat Burner Strategy 126
The KW Fluid Reduction Strategy 137
The KW Muscle Reshaping Strategy 144
Congratulations! 153
CHAPTER 5 The Kensington Lifestyle 156
The Good Life That's Good for You! 156
How to Bend the Rules and Still Benefit 158
In Case of Diet Emergency—Think 10 Percent! 163
Eating at Home and Away 165
French Fries and All That 173
Moving Well and Feeling Good 173
Wear Yourself Out 177
Real Richness 180
CHAPTER 6 The Kensington Cook 183
Taste Sensations 184
Presentation Tips 185
Shopping Tips 187
Salads 188
The KW Master Plan Recipe Collection 195
APPENDIX The Instant Guide to KW Food Combining 268
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