Ok, this guide is brought to you by the same guys who brought you Foods That Fight Cancer and Cooking with Foods That Fight Cancer which I feel like is just a clever way of looking like you wrote two books when you really only wrote one, twice.
ANYways, I need to preface this by saying I thought this would be…I don’t know, kind of like YOU! On a Diet but instead it’s a sort of Biology 105 For Dummies, Plus How Not To Get Heart Disease, Cancer, Alzheimers or Diabetes. If you wan’t the Coles Notes, here goes: Don’t get fat. Getting fat will give you all of the aforementioned pathologies. Like, immediately.
But it isn’t hoodoo, like I’m kind of making it sound. It’s SCIENCE! And understandable science! And I’m reading it and it’s all This is why you’re fat and this is why your fat (for the record, internet, this is why you’re fat) and this is what being fat will do to you (see above).
And I tend to read books like this and cry and whine about YES WE GET IT, and I go to Joel and I’m all My book is telling me that eating fats is going to make me fat does it think I don’t know these things and then he reminds me that not everyone’s mother is MY mother, and that a lot of people are fat because they genuinely don’t know how to eat properly. And then the book starts to look a lot better.
And as someone whose blood relatives refuse to die of anything but cancer, I like the idea that I can eat to protect myself. You know, in future. Even though the chapter on doing so was titled Cancer: Taming the Enemy Sleeping Within which, please. Do we need to panic about this more?
If I have one complaint, it’s that the layout was iffy and a book should never have to say ‘continued on p. 87‘ because there is an INFOBOX derailing my reading process. Also, there are a ridiculous amount of graphs like Here’s a point and then WHAM here’s a diagram of WHAT WE JUST SAID! Oh, and if I have another complaint it’s that stop showing me pictures of candy, book on eating well. You are not helping matters. You do, on the other hand, make olive oil look sexy enough to drink. And ok, some people LIKE graphs. Point ceded.
And because even I, who know alllllllllll about trans fats and whole grains and omega-3s, can learn a little something, let me pass this tidbit on to you: Milk. Ruins. Everything. Seriously, you think your milk chocolate is at least partially as good for you as the dark? Hwrong! Milk has casein, which interferes with the absorption of polyphenols which are the thing that is good for you in chocolate. Ditto green tea. You throw some cream in there (I’ve seen people do it) you may as well not drink it, unless you LIKE a bitter-ass hot milky beverage.
So! Even though it will spend an entire chapter trying to convince you that we came from apes, Eating Well, Living Well was actually really informative and interesting and sensical. Also, it has made me eat ridiculously healthy for the last two days. Fetch me another avocado!!