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Most of us don't know much about whole foods. Following the recipes in this book will, over time, teach you how to pair and prepare real, unprocessed foods. The very best meal is the one that your body is precisely craving. And after enough time eating healthy foods, you will get in touch with real cravings. That, combined with the knowledge of food preparation that this book offers, is the real game-changer.
But yes, the recipes in this book really are delicious. (I suggest starting with some desserts!!) If you are not accustomed to using food processors for doing things like seed grinding, and making pasty/sticky stuff, there will definitely be a learning curve. I suggest looking at all the recipes over and over, and picking easy ones you know you can start with. If you're not into cooking, you'll find it daunting to buy so many spices, and keep so many raw ingredients on hand... some of which might be expensive and difficult to find in stores. But the author does a good job at explaining how to prepare the more obscure ingredients, so don't worry about being left in the dark. One thing I can absolutely guarantee, is that if you follow this diet, you will definitely lose weight. The author literally challenges you to eat as much as you want, and it is NO joke. Here is what happened to me:
In the first 2 weeks, I actually had to stop following this diet 100% because I wasn't getting enough calories. I'm 6'1", and I quickly reached my target weight of 160 (from about 170ish), but kept losing. My hunger changed, to the point where I really never felt like eating anymore. Although I was eating large volumes at each meal (and feeling full), the reality was that I was not getting enough calories. How did I know? I almost passed out while exercising normally, followed by a week of intense anxiety after that, lasting until I increased my intake of fats and carbs. Dr. Furhman mentions that thin people CAN lose too much weight on this diet if they don't get enough fats. See my update below...
I made the "veg-head burritos" recipe for my guy friends who normally eat a lot of meat (and nothing but processed food), and they LOVED them. The food really is very filling, yet the calorie load is significantly less. And yes, It might taste bland at first, but the more you eat it, the less you will want of "empty" food that is full of fat and sugar. You'll be chewing more and tasting more when you eat real food with tons of nutritents.
UPDATE - Nearly 2 months later, and I'm still following this "diet" 100%, although I really don't even call it a diet. It's just plain common sense: eat healthy foods and witness your desire for empty calories completely go away. No joke. I wasn't a great cook to begin with, but I'm finding that after following these recipes, I'm finally learning how to make my own dishes, or altering the recipes to my preference. Learning to pair and prepare ingredients is definitely a skill that needs practice, and this book won't leave you in the dark in either category. I got a coffee grinder for grinding nuts, seeds, and oats with the tap of a button. I always make one or two healthy desserts each week (like pumpkin pie or banana oat bars) so that if I am craving something sweet, I never reach for empty calories. I can make a large batch of ultra-filling burritos or veggie burgers, and freeze them for "fast food". So everything has gotten easier over time. But the first two weeks were daunting because I was constantly grocery shopping, spending hours in the kitchen, and feeling too chained to the cookbook. It was a lot of worry over a lot of food, AND I wasn't even getting enough to eat! But now I've found the balance, and I'm always relaxed and excited when it comes to meal time. Thanks to eating healthier, and only eating 3 times per day, I am far more aware of what foods my body actually wants. This cookbook has been indispensable in learning how to navigate my way around real, unprocessed food.
I'd suggest easing into this diet, perhaps just one nutritarian meal per day. Can't go wrong with baby steps. See for yourself.
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