No Grain Diet Hardcover – Apr 29 2003
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Impressively modern in design, The No-Grain Diet brings a realistic viewpoint to the problems of weight loss in a genuine effort to improve the health of an ever-growing number of obese Americans. Offering a variety of "food plans," along with a set of techniques aimed at controlling emotional eating and cravings for "bad" foods, Dr. Joseph Mercola clearly understands how to motivate us--in one section, he suggests that rather than "living by the scale," we measure our success in relation to the fit of our favorite pair of slightly-too-snug jeans. Many recipes are included, most of which are free of the boring flavor substitutes so common in diet books.The diet itself combines several familiar concepts. The "no grain" model emphasizes organic vegetables and quality protein, with limited fruits and absolutely no simple carbs. Mercola's idea of "quality protein" is somewhat startling--he is deeply concerned about toxins, and urges grass-fed beef over potentially mercury-filled fish. His main point is frequently reinforced: refined grains of any type are basically deadly and eating them should be viewed as an unhealthy addiction. Here, the book veers off in a new direction: rather than gently nudging our habits in a new direction, he suggests we break what he insists is an addictive cycle with a method called "EFT," or "Emotional Freedom Technique." As a way to avoid surrendering to desires, his system of tapping acupressure points and repeating affirmations is used to overcome them. While repeat dieters will understand the necessity of examining emotional ties to food, Mercola's voice becomes a tad strident, and possibly downright offensive to those with a different opinion on what constitutes an addiction. --Jill Lightner
From Publishers Weekly
"Don't be surprised if you never again want to eat starches, sweets, and grains!" Osteopathic physician Mercola stands on the shoulders of Atkins (and gives a nod to Gary Taubes, author of the New York Times Magazine cover article many believe blew the lid off high-carb, low-fat diets forever) to make big claims in this guide for overweight readers. Mercola's diet, which he's honed for over a decade at his Illinois wellness center, offers "near miraculous results," and will allow its followers to "permanently conquer food cravings," he says. The secret to lasting weight loss, according to Mercola, is to cut out starches, sweets and grains entirely. (Dieters on the maintenance program are allowed "healthy" grains-buckwheat, quinoa, etc.) But though Mercola offers three different eating plans (The Booster, The Core and The Advanced Food plan) and plenty of no-grain recipes, his program goes beyond mere dieting: Mercola is a proponent of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a kind of "psychological acupressure" that he says is "the equivalent of AA for grain addiction." Developed by Gary Craig, EFT involves tapping on pressure points in the face and upper body while repeating a healing, key phrase, such as "Even though I want to have pizza, I deeply and completely accept myself." Mercola's course for weight loss is an intensive one, with rigorous rules and plenty of additional components-lifestyle changes, supplements and self-affirmations-that take a lot more energy than calorie counting. But that's the whole point, Mercola says, because cutting back on calories or carbs alone leads to temporary weight loss at best. For those willing to dedicate themselves to such a program, Mercola's guide may offer real results, and the case studies he includes should certainly help with motivation.
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This is a more difficult path in some ways than buying boxes of low-carb sweets and bread mixes, and eating salads from the cellophane packages. Dr. Mercola encourages green vegetable juicing (no carrots or apple) with the pulp of the vegetables stirred back in, raw organic eggs, whey protein and chlorella algae to make a green breakfast shake to start your day. This is rugged stuff. After buying a dozen fresh eggs from the farmer down the road (living in a rural area has some advantages) I dug out the juicer and hand blender and whipped up one of these pea-green smoothies. I drank it down, humming the theme from "Rocky" to get up the nerve. It wasn't delish--but I did get a burst of energy that lasted well past what would have been lunchtime.
Mercola doesn't like soy (toxic to thyroids? has female hormone-like effects on men? Is this true?) and he really limits even favorite vegetables like carrots (too sugary) and beets (same deal.) However, he recommends you eat organic beef, ostrich, buffalo, organic chicken, fish, lamb. No pork. And plenty of good vegetables like dark leafy greens, cucumbers, fennel, spinach, celery, mushrooms and such. And organic eggs. This is not all bad. As you reduce weight, you can add in some fruit and mild sweets like barley syrup and maple. De.Read more ›
In Mercola's defense, neither the writer, Levy, nor Dutton editors did much to clarify and communicate his vision. The writing is stilted and humorless, the organization an afterthought. Readers will balk at the confusion between Phases and Food Plans. Inconsistencies abound: Foods allowed on one page are nowhere to be found on another. For example, oranges are allowed on the 8-meal Booster Start-up plan on page 68; yet, inexplicably, the same list (lots of duplication in this book) eliminates oranges on page 106. Without explanation, the plan itself is reduced to six meals on page 136.
With better editing and organization, and fewer contradictory menus, the entire tome could have been reduced to half its size, with twice the clarity. It's a prime example of how too much information -- right down to how to cut one's bacon! -- can spoil a vital health education.
If you can find a way to get past the book's choking design flaws, please do: The good doctor's prescription for real health is both impassioned and well-documented, eclipsing all other "diets" out there, past or present.
This highly exceptional doctor and team of therapists have helped me save my life, and at last he has written a dynamic book to reach the rest of the world! The tone is crisp, bright, and all inclusive (he doesn't miss not one fact that you will need to successfully execute this plan). I know this for sure, because for 12 months I have lived and practiced the 'No Grain Diet', as well as the other techniques mentioned in the book. As a result, I have regained my physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I am no longer insulin-dependent after 25 years, have lost 70 pounds as a bonus, and experiencing what I call the 'windows of joy and passion' for life once again. I will live this plan the rest of my life!
This is truly the LAST diet book you will ever need to buy.
Dr. Mercola's plan is much more strict than Dr. Atkins' approach and it can be very difficult for people in certain areas to obtain the organic and/or grass-fed food sources Mercola recommends (although you can now find much of what you need through his web site store). So, starting a weight loss journey with Atkins and working up to Dr. Mercola's plan like I did may be an easier option for some. Just never lose sight of the true goal... optimal health. That is where Dr. Mercola's plan will take you.
Dr. Mercola is an extraordinary man who proves he really cares about helping others through education - not high priced pills. I highly recommend his book and his newsletter. There is no health newsletter out there that gives you more information for the bargain basement price of $0. Thanks Dr. Mercola!
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Written by J. Mercola in 2000, still one of the most shocking truths ever written about nutrition and health. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Lyn Kemp
Too many people don't know the truth behind weight gain and the effects of grain in their diet! This author is a medical doctor and extremely knowledgable. Read morePublished on Dec 1 2012 by Patricia A O'Keefe
As a previous patient of Dr. Mercola, I experienced being put on a program which basically drained me financially. Read morePublished on July 16 2004
I found this book in the library and checked it out because I was curious about the accupressure techniques. Read morePublished on May 27 2004
THE NO-GRAIN DIET IS DYNAMITE!!! I've been hearing so much about low carb diets that I couldn't resist trying to find out what they're all about, and that led me to Joseph Mercola... Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by B. h Grey
I'm a fan of Dr. Mercola. I've had a myriad of different problems from my lungs and sinuses to acid reflux and joint problems. Read morePublished on April 19 2004
I have read several of Dr Mercola's unscientific remarks on diets and he has paid no attention to the global consequences of his advice. Read morePublished on March 10 2004
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