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 changeto 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 poundsand 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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About 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.
Table of Contents
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
Appendix: Processed-Free Recommended Products List 405
What People are Saying About This
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."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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).
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.
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.