Tuesday, April 28, 2009
The Liberation Diet by Kevin Brown and Annette Presley
There are some important things to remember before reading The Liberation Diet. First, it is not a diet. You won’t need to invest money into pre-packaged foods or carry around cards in your wallet or purse to remind you of what can and can not be eaten. It is a way of life. Once you understand the basic principles outlined in the book, you will be able to eat anywhere, and almost anything you’d like.
Second, the authors did not shoot from the hip when penning this book. There were no midnight brain storming sessions held while clutching their bank book in one hand. They carefully researched what they have discussed and both Brown and Presley have first hand experience when it comes to diet failures.
But most importantly, even if you decide not to adapt the fool-proof ways of not only weight loss, but optimal health, The Liberation Diet is full of health related information everyone needs to read. It is impossible to predict how vital it is for every citizen to realize that the information we receive concerning our health and diet is driven by profit margins. Those margins are controlled by the pharmaceutical companies and big buck businesses and you can guarantee their stock holders are more important to them than being truthful to the consumer. Perhaps this is the single biggest reason to read The Liberation Diet-to become liberated from the nonsense we have been fed for over a century.
Consider some of the myths addressed by Brown and Presley:
*Drinking eight glasses of water is healthy for you and when you become thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
*Butter is bad for you and margarine is the smarter choice
*Eating several mini-meals a day is best as opposed to eating two or three
*Pre-packaged, boxed or canned food is good for you
*You can trust the claims on the packaging and the list of ingredients are accurate
Through a well researched presentation, Brown and Presley introduce the reader to misrepresentations and include studies and historical events to legitimize their statements. Not only do they sound the call to us, the consumer, to wake up and start thinking for ourselves, but they explain how.
Take for example our current state of well being compared to our parents and grandparents health. Why did Americans stay relatively fit and healthy until the 1960’s when food became processed and packaged to ease dinner stress for working women? Could it be that the preservatives and MSG found in these foods are attacking the very core of health in our bodies? Could fast food really be a fast track to health related conditions that have spiked in the last fifty years? The evidence is overwhelming, the answer is simple. Return to real food, eaten in realistic portions and forget the marketing ramblings of those wanting your dollar-not you in good health.
After presenting an impressive amount of information, Brown and Presley complete the book with resources, recipes and testimonials as further evidence that this lifestyle change works. The authors make an impressive argument in that the choices we make determine the quantity and quality of our lives. It is no longer acceptable to have blind faith when it comes to the latest research findings and what the back of a box lists as healthy ingredients. What Brown and Presley have succeeded at through The Liberation Diet is assuring the reader that the information we are bombarded with is counter productive to our health and by returning to common sense and the health habits of our parents and grandparents, we can once again, be a haelthy generation.
Paperback: 260 pages
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
Released November 25, 2008