The Science of Skinny: Start Understanding Your Body's Chemistry--and Stop Dieting Forever

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With scientific research, her own chemistry background, and the traditional diets of our not-so-distant ancestors as her guide, Dee McCaffrey casts new light on an age-old wisdom: Eating foods in their closest-to-natural form is the true path to sustained weight loss and, in fact, the remedy for almost any health problem. We are so far removed from foods in their natural state that we now call them ?health foods,? a sad admission that we?ve compromised our health for the sake of convenience. The Science of ...
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Overview


With scientific research, her own chemistry background, and the traditional diets of our not-so-distant ancestors as her guide, Dee McCaffrey casts new light on an age-old wisdom: Eating foods in their closest-to-natural form is the true path to sustained weight loss and, in fact, the remedy for almost any health problem. We are so far removed from foods in their natural state that we now call them “health foods,” a sad admission that we’ve compromised our health for the sake of convenience. The Science of Skinny aims to create a space for change--to educate and enlighten readers on the value of proper nutrition so that they can find a healthier and more life-affirming relationship with their bodies and the food they eat.

Offering serial dieters a healthy and lifelong way to shed pounds--and keep them off-- The Science of Skinny includes: kick-start plans; guidelines for family- and kid-friendly meals; quick and delicious menus and more than 50 recipes; shopping lists and eating-on-the-go tips; easy fitness routines; and more.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

Kirkus Reviews, 6/1/12
“Sample menus, recipes and tips on how to avoid processed foods make this a helpful lifestyle guide.”

Booklist, 6/28/12
“Her personal story is compelling; the statistics she uses are alarming (today 38 states have obesity rates of more than 25 percent), and her theme is strong…Her passion and her personal story are so inspiring that her antidieting, pronatural foods book is worth a look.”

Taste for Life
, July 2012

“This eye-opening book…offers compelling scientific evidence of the harm junk foods inflict.”

Living Without, December/January 2012“This is more than a cookbook. It’s instruction on how to change your diet and your lifestyle in order to successfully lose excess weight—and keep it off. A lifeline for overcoming food obsession.”

Energy Times, January 2013
“The Science of Skinny is designed to give people the knowledge they need to become responsible consumers."

Kirkus Reviews
A whole-food advocate shares her transformative experience when she realized that the obesity she struggled to control was caused by processed foods. At age 30, McCaffrey (Plan-D: The Amazing Anti-Diet that Will Change Your Life Forever, 2009, etc.) was 5 feet tall and weighed 210 pounds. She realized she was unhealthy, but it took a chance occurrence to get her to act. While studying organic chemistry in college and working in an environmental testing laboratory, she decided to check the label of the prepared angel-food cake mix she enjoyed. To her surprise, she recognized that it contained sodium lauryl sulfate, a "detergent-like chemical" that was routinely used at her lab to test "smelly water samples." Shocked, she began to wonder whether the chemicals in the processed foods she ate were contributing to her obesity. The author describes the next two years as a time of "cognitive dissonance." Despite her increasingly enthusiastic environmentalism, she could not bring herself to give up the processed foods that she knew were polluting her own body. Only after she had a "vital spiritual experience" (hearing a voice say, "Change your life or die") was she able to give up smoking and eating processed foods. Just over a year later, she had lost 100 pounds, and she has kept it off in the 20 years since. No longer a compulsive eater, McCaffrey began to study nutrition in order to share her newfound wisdom, and she co-founded the Center for Processed-Free Food Living. In addition to her personal story, the author presents a number of dietary recommendations, some more mainstream than others. Few will quibble over the importance of eating vegetables, fruits and whole grains, but her ringing endorsement of saturated fats will be more controversial. Although McCaffrey's claims to be breaking new ground are exaggerated, sample menus, recipes and tips on how to avoid processed foods make this a helpful lifestyle guide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738215570
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 7/3/2012
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 66,382
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.76 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Dee McCaffrey is an organic chemist, nutrition educator, and cofounder of the Center for Processed-Free Living. She appears regularly on television and radio shows throughout the United States and Canada. She lives in Tempe, Arizona.
 
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Part 1 The Science

Chapter 1 From Junk Food Junkie to Natural Food Expert: Twenty Years of Sustained Weight Loss 3

Chapter 2 Smart Scientists and Our Not-So-Distant Ancestors 21

Chapter 3 The Laws of Skinny Science and Nature's Perfect Foods 37

Chapter 4 A Scientist's View of Sugar and Flour 47

Chapter 5 The Scientific Skinny on Fats and Oils 95

Chapter 6 The Worst Nutritional Disaster in History 123

Chapter 7 Food Chemistry Gone Mad 131

Chapter 8 Living Processed Free in an Overprocessed-Food World 149

Chapter 9 Alkalize and Liver-ize: The Secrets to a Clean and Balanced Body Chemistry 171

Part 2 The Skinny

Chapter 10 Putting It All Together: The Processed-Free Plan for Balanced Eating and Living 195

Chapter 11 Skinny Superfoods 221

Chapter 12 Skinny Beginnings: The Initial Two-Week Cleansing and Alkalizing Phase 269

Chapter 13 Skinny for Life: Ongoing Phase for Optimal Health 295

Chapter 14 A Lifetime of Gentle, Balanced Living 321

Chapter 15 Cooking Tips and Recipes 331

Chapter 16 Skinny on the Go 391

Chapter 17 What Now? Nutritional Responsibility and Staying Informed 397

Metric Conversion Chart 401

Acknowledgments 403

Appendix: Processed-Free Recommended Products List 405

Notes 411

Index 421

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    I love the info in the book and her approach of easing into maki

    I love the info in the book and her approach of easing into making the changes makes this do-able for me. I'm one week into the plan and for the first time my sugar addiction seems to have gone away.

    About the format: IT IS NOT FULLY CONVERTED TO BEING AN E-BOOK in that some fractions in recipe amounts are shown as '?'' (editors- the quantity does matter in a recipe) and some of the text is in double-boxed outlines and the first page shows up and the rest of the text in the box is unavailable. Although interestingly by advancing the page with the touch screen it skips over more than if advancing by one of the side buttons (even after re-starting the nook). One outlined box with text is completely missing, there's just the title of it. As a result I will try to return the e-book and buy the paper copy because I want to read the whole book and use the recipes. I hope the press that makes the e-book will read this and fix it because I do want it on my nook reader. (I don't really want to carry a diet book around and like the privacy of having it on the nook reader).

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2013

    This is one of the best nutrition books I have ever read. It goe

    This is one of the best nutrition books I have ever read. It goes in depth about food and how food is
    made and processed and in turn, how that processed food works with our bodies. Its amazing! The
    book gives you the science behind our food that we eat ever day. I found it in lightning. I was always told
    that sugar is bad for you, but no one  ever said exactly why it was, and I always thought it was because
    it made you fat. Nooo. Soo wrong. I had no idea that your body will pull nutrients form you teeth, bones,
    and muscles in order to brake down sugar! Needless to say I haven’t had any sugar cravings or soda
    craving scents reading this book. It also gives links to other people who are doing research on food and
    how it effects our body.me of what the researchers are saying is incredible. It also gives giaued lines
    for starting to eat healthier.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Great book , very helpful. Only one important thing I would a

    Great book , very helpful. Only one important thing I would add: It's from my dentist: If you plan to drink the raw apple cider vinegar elixir.. please follow it with a mouth rinse of baking soda (to neutralize the affect it has on your teeth!). This prevents staining and chipping of your front lower teeth.

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