by Jack Challem, et al.
This lovely volume has a wealth of information. It discusses the fact that diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc., are not individual problems to be dealt with one by one, but that they are all related and should be treated as such. One of the points that I loved about this book was their emphasis on Nutritional Therapy instead of taking a million drugs. They discuss the pros and cons of many different diets and give ideas how to help reverse the symptoms of Syndrome X itself. There is a section at the back all about vitamin/herbal supplements, as well. While I am not one to take a lot of supplements (i believe that if you're eating lots of fresh food then you don't need to take supplements, as you're getting your vitamins naturally) I found the information about the different vitamins and what they do to be very interesting and helpful. I do wish there would have been a more comprehensive list of which foods actually contain the specific vitamins. I think that would have been more helpful than a list of where to buy specific supplements.
It was a great reminder of the REASONS why I want to change my food choices in the first place. Why do I want to give up chocolate again? Oh, yes. I don't want to have high cholesterol, heart attacks, heart disease, strokes, diabetes or cancer. These are reasons enough for me to have the willpower to give up things that I KNOW are bad for me. And when you try out this diet, you will find AMAZING benefits...well, at least I did.
My only problem with this book (aside from the supplement section) was purely linguistical. By about 2/3 of the way through the book, the wording became extremely repetitive. I know that's not something that should take away from the fantastic information found inside the pages, but for me personally, it became a little annoying. However, I won't let that stop me from using many of their suggestions and loving this book for what it is: A great life-changing book with the inspiration and ideas you can actually use to change your diet for the better for the rest of your life! A solid 4.5 stars for this very helpful nutrition book!
***After reading this, my mom found a site that has all the vitamins/minerals and lists the top 10 foods that include the most of that vitamin! Go to healthaliciousness to find all kinds of nutritional information and to find what fruits, veggies and other healthy foods have the vitamins you need to stop taking all those supplements! :)***