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The Abascal Way is a unique diet that has taken an island in the Pacific Northwest by storm. Some 15 of the adults on Vashon have taken the Abascal Way TQI diet classes a diet now going viral in Seattle and across the country. This simple but sophisticated diet quickly reduces aches and pains, improves the symptoms of chronic illnesses, ignites weight loss, and increases w The Abascal Way is a unique diet that has taken an island in the Pacific Northwest by storm. Some 15 of the adults on Vashon have taken the Abascal Way TQI diet classes a diet now going viral in Seattle and across the country. This simple but sophisticated diet quickly reduces aches and pains, improves the symptoms of chronic illnesses, ignites weight loss, and increases wellbeing. In Michael Overlakes words I came to class overweight, my joints ached, I had psoriasis, IBS, and my blood pressure was out of control even on medication. Two months later, I have lost 22 pounds, I am pain free, my IBS is gone, my skin is clearing, and I am off hypertensive medication and my blood pressure is normal. Rex is an inspiration I weighed over 300 pounds, was a type 2 diabetic on over 100 units of insulin a day, and could not exercise. Today, my doctor says I am no longer diabetic, I no longer use insulin or any other medication. I have lost 85 pounds and am able to exercise again. Dr. Ronald Singler MD, Medical director of the Highline Medical Group recommends Abascal Way classes Kathy Abascal teaches evidence-based, well researched classes on the nourishment human bodies and minds need. The facts, strategies, recipes, and shopping hints are practical and well-prepared. This is the best nutrition class I have ever experienced. I recommend the classes to family, friends, colleagues, co-workers, and patients. All who have taken the class have thanked me. For some particularly stubborn, medically needy friends, I promised to pay for the class if they were dissatisfied. So far, I have not had to pay up. For the first time, these extraordinary classes are now available in book form. The Abascal Way fits all It works for carnivores and vegans, for mainstream American and traditional ethnic diets. Calories are not counted and portions are not limited. Instead, it offers an incredibly satisfying, effective, and healthy way to quickly improve both health and appearance.


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The Abascal Way is a unique diet that has taken an island in the Pacific Northwest by storm. Some 15 of the adults on Vashon have taken the Abascal Way TQI diet classes a diet now going viral in Seattle and across the country. This simple but sophisticated diet quickly reduces aches and pains, improves the symptoms of chronic illnesses, ignites weight loss, and increases w The Abascal Way is a unique diet that has taken an island in the Pacific Northwest by storm. Some 15 of the adults on Vashon have taken the Abascal Way TQI diet classes a diet now going viral in Seattle and across the country. This simple but sophisticated diet quickly reduces aches and pains, improves the symptoms of chronic illnesses, ignites weight loss, and increases wellbeing. In Michael Overlakes words I came to class overweight, my joints ached, I had psoriasis, IBS, and my blood pressure was out of control even on medication. Two months later, I have lost 22 pounds, I am pain free, my IBS is gone, my skin is clearing, and I am off hypertensive medication and my blood pressure is normal. Rex is an inspiration I weighed over 300 pounds, was a type 2 diabetic on over 100 units of insulin a day, and could not exercise. Today, my doctor says I am no longer diabetic, I no longer use insulin or any other medication. I have lost 85 pounds and am able to exercise again. Dr. Ronald Singler MD, Medical director of the Highline Medical Group recommends Abascal Way classes Kathy Abascal teaches evidence-based, well researched classes on the nourishment human bodies and minds need. The facts, strategies, recipes, and shopping hints are practical and well-prepared. This is the best nutrition class I have ever experienced. I recommend the classes to family, friends, colleagues, co-workers, and patients. All who have taken the class have thanked me. For some particularly stubborn, medically needy friends, I promised to pay for the class if they were dissatisfied. So far, I have not had to pay up. For the first time, these extraordinary classes are now available in book form. The Abascal Way fits all It works for carnivores and vegans, for mainstream American and traditional ethnic diets. Calories are not counted and portions are not limited. Instead, it offers an incredibly satisfying, effective, and healthy way to quickly improve both health and appearance.

30 review for The Abascal Way to Quiet Inflammation + The Abascal Way Cookbook for Health and Weight Loss

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sher

    This book has literally changed my life. Over the past 15 years I have read many diet / nutrition books, but this one presents a "way" that makes the most sense -- proportional eating. This is where 1/3 of your plate is grains/proteins and 2/3 of your plate is vegetables/fruits - with the heavier emphasis on vegetables. Two snacks a day, and they must also be proportional, and no eating after dinner! No grains for breakfast. Abascal's program is based in nutrition science and is a very reasonabl This book has literally changed my life. Over the past 15 years I have read many diet / nutrition books, but this one presents a "way" that makes the most sense -- proportional eating. This is where 1/3 of your plate is grains/proteins and 2/3 of your plate is vegetables/fruits - with the heavier emphasis on vegetables. Two snacks a day, and they must also be proportional, and no eating after dinner! No grains for breakfast. Abascal's program is based in nutrition science and is a very reasonable response to the high incidence of diabetes in the U.S. The Abascal Way frees you from carb and sugar cravings - once and for all! In addition the author goes into depth about an amazing array of very helpful topics related to nutrition, health, and the environment. She covers topics I have never understood very well - in such a clear way. Issues like environmental toxins and how they are processed through the body or not. Some toxins stay with you for a lifetime. She covers inflammation in detail and also discusses why the typical American diet is so inflammatory. Abascal directs one in getting more Omega 3s is the diet versus the all too pervasive and inflammatory omega 6s. GMO food are covered in detail as is issues currently with seafood -- such as the high incidence of flame retardants in fish. How the liver processes toxins is covered as is the importance of magnesium and Vit D in one's diet. This book is fantastic for someone who has food sensitivities. It includes a 3 week elimination plan and then a plan for testing what foods you are sensitive to. I have recently cut grains out of my diet, dairy, and most added sugars. I learned that I don't need cheese and milk to get enough calcium, nor do I need grains to get enough fiber in my diet. And, yes, all of Abascal's information is backed with cited studies and works cited information, so one can look at the studies. Plus she provides many websites that compliment the book -- for example if you wish to check what seafood to avoid because of mercury or to find out what species currently are considered sustainable ( it changes), or if you need to know how protein you should have. The book, oddly enough, because it is otherwise so well done-- lacks an index at the back. So, it can be challenging to find what you need, if you don't recall where it is in the book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maya

    I just picked this up last week and figured I'd give it a quick read then give this method a try. As someone who has been living with a few chronic inflammatory health issues (osteoarthritis being the worst of them), I figured it couldn't hurt, plus, being a vegan, this was not much of a stretch from my current eating habits anyway. After almost a week of following Kathy's instructions, I have to admit that I feel great and am optimistic that sticking with the plan long-term won't cramp my style I just picked this up last week and figured I'd give it a quick read then give this method a try. As someone who has been living with a few chronic inflammatory health issues (osteoarthritis being the worst of them), I figured it couldn't hurt, plus, being a vegan, this was not much of a stretch from my current eating habits anyway. After almost a week of following Kathy's instructions, I have to admit that I feel great and am optimistic that sticking with the plan long-term won't cramp my style too much. (Although eating in restaurants is a significantly more challenging than it was just being vegan.) I'm still in the elimination phase and will plan to add an update after the testing phase....

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I tend to be very skeptical about any diet that promises instant results and a cure for everything that ails you. I don't think there is any "one answer" for everyone. But I got these books on the recommendation of my physical therapist, who is helping me deal with tendonitis and arthritis, and I really can't say enough that's positive about them. After about six weeks on the anti-inflammatory nutrition plan, I had dropped 10 pounds, I felt more alert and energetic, and my blood glucose readings I tend to be very skeptical about any diet that promises instant results and a cure for everything that ails you. I don't think there is any "one answer" for everyone. But I got these books on the recommendation of my physical therapist, who is helping me deal with tendonitis and arthritis, and I really can't say enough that's positive about them. After about six weeks on the anti-inflammatory nutrition plan, I had dropped 10 pounds, I felt more alert and energetic, and my blood glucose readings had dropped like a stone. With my doctor's OK, I was able to stop one of my two diabetes medicines. I look forward to more improvement. The author doesn't claim that her diet will cure everything. But if you suffer from inflammatory conditions, in my experience, her program is well worth checking out.

  4. 5 out of 5

    April Dickinson

    The BEST book about nutrition and healthy eating that I've read so far. I HIGHLY recommend reading this, especially if you enjoy Michael Pollan. Kathy Abascal is a total badass. Her works supports that of Pollan, but explains the biochemical nature of food choices like the smartypants that she is. Yet, all of her writing is kind and easy to understand. She is very direct and doesn't sugar coat any of her recommendations. But she also is realistic about the way people eat and lets us all enjoy ou The BEST book about nutrition and healthy eating that I've read so far. I HIGHLY recommend reading this, especially if you enjoy Michael Pollan. Kathy Abascal is a total badass. Her works supports that of Pollan, but explains the biochemical nature of food choices like the smartypants that she is. Yet, all of her writing is kind and easy to understand. She is very direct and doesn't sugar coat any of her recommendations. But she also is realistic about the way people eat and lets us all enjoy ourselves responsibly. She even factors in food sensitivities and allergies. Now I officially know how I SHOULD eat....it's just a matter of doing it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Eat healthy nonprocessed food.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Charity

    On the one hand, I'm excited about this book because other than a few key differences, the diet's not all that different from how I eat right now so it's not a huge stretch to implement (aside from giving up smoothies). On the other hand, I'm a bit suspicious of this book because the diet's not all that different from how I eat right now. But it's a very intuitive diet and the recipes are tasty and I've not had lasting luck with other eating plans to alleviate my symptoms (primarily eczema, pain On the one hand, I'm excited about this book because other than a few key differences, the diet's not all that different from how I eat right now so it's not a huge stretch to implement (aside from giving up smoothies). On the other hand, I'm a bit suspicious of this book because the diet's not all that different from how I eat right now. But it's a very intuitive diet and the recipes are tasty and I've not had lasting luck with other eating plans to alleviate my symptoms (primarily eczema, pain, and insomnia), so I'm giving it a try. This is my fifth day following the plan, and it's going well, I think. My eczema is less angry, but it always does better for a few days when I start something new and then it gets worse again, so it's too early to call that a success. Since my 9yo daughter has started eating an Abascal breakfast with me each morning (she loves the johnny cakes and breakfast muffin recipes), she's not been bothered by the mid-morning jitteriness she usually gets eating a grain-based breakfast; that's been pleasant for all of us. My sleep is still as disrupted as ever, but it's still early. I'll try to remember to update this review after a few weeks of anti-inflammatory eating. UPDATE: After 8 weeks (plus a couple of days), I'm very happy with this way of eating. After the two-week elimination, I didn't change much from the elimination diet, but I let myself have alcohol and dried corn (corn tortillas or popcorn) two days a week, and I let myself have sugar in small amounts on holidays. The first two or three weeks were rough. I got a nasty migraine and my eczema, after doing a little better, actually flared up and spread down the side of my nose. I was worried that the diet was making it worse, but I was at a loss for what else to do, so I kept on. After about 6 weeks, I noticed my eczema was getting better again and by now I've just got a little flakiness and no redness or itching (unless I pet my cat). The little aches in my knees and hips (which I'd always noticed during my morning walks but chalked up to "getting older") disappeared. Some "womanly" complaints I've had are also improved and I've lost a few pounds (and my stomach is flatter, which is a first since I gave birth to my son, even when I weighed less than I do now, which was before I started posting recipes on my blog). Also, food tastes really good to me now. I don't know if it's cutting out the stevia or something else, but I really, really like the flavor of food and look forward to eating now. I'm enjoying black coffee and unsweetened chocolate, and pomegranate seeds are AMAZING. Even something as simple as steamed broccoli or sautéed brussels sprouts has more (good) flavor than I remember it having. What's not better: My sleep hasn't improved appreciably (but it hasn't gotten worse, either), and I haven't noticed any big change in my mood (I was hoping to be happier more often and yell less, but no dice). The biggest trouble with this way of eating---and with every "diet"---is social situations. I'm not tempted to eat things off the plan, but I feel emotionally uncomfortable because of the social pressure to "break bread" and share food with others. I don't like when people make me special foods---even when I ask them not to---because I'm not going to eat something I've not made anyway because I know from nearly ten years eliminating gluten and dairy that unless someone's really used to cutting out specific things, these ingredients aren't really even on their radar and often show up in foods I've been assured are "safe". It's just awkward to refuse food a friend's made or to ask for something special from the kitchen of a restaurant. But I really like how I feel eating this way, and the awkwardness is worth it, so I'm sticking with the plan.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I loved this book. I love that Kathy has a background in biochemistry, and uses that background to explain topics in an educated, yet neutral way. Her style in informative and gentle. Though I am still working on the elimination phase, I already feel better and find her strategy to eating very sustainable.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This is the first "diet" book I've read (admittedly, I haven't read all that many) that admits people (like me) can actually be underweight and need to gain weight! But of course she speaks much to the majority who want to lose some weight. The most valuable part for me is reducing inflammation. I'm going to start the 2-week elimination phase of the diet as soon as I can get a plan together and make sure I know exactly what and when I'm going to eat. Although I am excited by this book and look fo This is the first "diet" book I've read (admittedly, I haven't read all that many) that admits people (like me) can actually be underweight and need to gain weight! But of course she speaks much to the majority who want to lose some weight. The most valuable part for me is reducing inflammation. I'm going to start the 2-week elimination phase of the diet as soon as I can get a plan together and make sure I know exactly what and when I'm going to eat. Although I am excited by this book and look forward to following the plan, I would like to mention a few things I dislike about this book to be honest and help you make an informed decision for yourself. This book would be much enhanced by including an Index in the back. I found a typo or misunderstanding on page 75. She wrote "dendrites," but meant "dendritic cells." I found a typo or misunderstanding on page 211. It's "levo," not "levro," and it appears to me that she got it backwards: that the dextro form is rare in nature, so levo is the form we want to choose as natural and healthy. On pages 196-7 she wrote a new (to me), horrifying idea about GMO products possibly contributing to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. I wonder why that would never have been mentioned anywhere else that I've seen. Still, she put together a comprehensive host of reasons for eating the way she prescribes, and I am familiar with the science of most of what she described. I'm already more than half way to eating the way she outlines, all on my own. It shouldn't be too hard for me to stretch the extra bit to go all the way. And if I start to sleep better, heal more thoroughly, and stop hurting in my joints, muscles, and tendons, I will be thrilled. If I can overcome some of my numerous food sensitivities, I'll be ecstatic. I don't have the second volume, but think it might be the cookbook.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Reid

    When I consider a book like this one, it seems to me that I must be very careful to determine beforehand precisely what it is I am reviewing. In this case, there are three different aspects of this book that invite comment: the book as literature, the science of it, and the plan it outlines. Let me be entirely honest up front: I am on the Abascal Plan right now, so obviously I drank the proverbial Kool-Aid and believe enough in the diet plan to give it a try. For one thing, it seems to have worke When I consider a book like this one, it seems to me that I must be very careful to determine beforehand precisely what it is I am reviewing. In this case, there are three different aspects of this book that invite comment: the book as literature, the science of it, and the plan it outlines. Let me be entirely honest up front: I am on the Abascal Plan right now, so obviously I drank the proverbial Kool-Aid and believe enough in the diet plan to give it a try. For one thing, it seems to have worked for many others, including my wife. And when I say it worked, I don't mean just weight loss, though it can certainly have that effect. Rather, this groundbreaking work operates from the assumption that many of the ills that plague us (joint and back pain, diabetes, obesity, etc) stem from inflammation induced by the food we eat and the way we eat it. Further, it logically follows that if we change the way we eat, these problems will abate. So far so good. As for the "science" of inflammation presented here, however, I could only roll my eyes and get through it as quickly as I could. Whereas it is no doubt true that inflammation can be a serious issue and may be induced by food, the truth of how inflammation works in the human body is far, far more complicated the picture painted here. And, as for the book as literature, I can only say that it's pretty much a mess, disorganized, sometimes hard to follow, and lacking an index, which is sorely needed. My recommendation is this: ignore the science, ignore the prose, ignore the structure, and try the diet. It might not do everything it says it will do, but to me it makes intuitive sense and is at the very least worth a shot.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    In addition to reading the book (and utilizing the corresponding cookbook) I took the on-line classes given by the author. I highly recommend taking the class (TQIdiet.com to register). The author does an excellent job of weeding through the confusion of conflicting nutritional recommendations and presents the information in a non-biased, logical and understandable way that anyone can implement. The diet is really simple to follow and I have experienced excellent results. Because I experienced s In addition to reading the book (and utilizing the corresponding cookbook) I took the on-line classes given by the author. I highly recommend taking the class (TQIdiet.com to register). The author does an excellent job of weeding through the confusion of conflicting nutritional recommendations and presents the information in a non-biased, logical and understandable way that anyone can implement. The diet is really simple to follow and I have experienced excellent results. Because I experienced such significant improvements during the 1st 3 weeks of the elimination phase of this diet, I decided to remain on the elimination phase for the entire 5 week class. I am in the process of testing food sensitivities and I am discovering some interesting correlations. The book is very good, but taking the class really tied it all together for me and has changed the way I will eat forever! FYI - in response to others comments. The author does provide some information on the sources of her scientific information in the class. She is very credible and obviously does her research. In fact, she recommends returning to the class periodically as new information and recommendations become available. What I really liked is she presents differing points of view from the literature, provides some insight into these differing points of view, and then allows you the student to decide what is best for you!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Eister

    I am fortunate to live near Kathy Abascal and to have taken her class. I would highly recommend it! Now wherever you live, you can take it online. The benefit of covering this material while experiencing the diet is great - her lectures are abbreviated versions of these chapters, and they sink in deeper if you are altering your eating habits at the same time. The reinforcement of being with a group of other participants is very helpful. Kathy really knows her food science, from the biological po I am fortunate to live near Kathy Abascal and to have taken her class. I would highly recommend it! Now wherever you live, you can take it online. The benefit of covering this material while experiencing the diet is great - her lectures are abbreviated versions of these chapters, and they sink in deeper if you are altering your eating habits at the same time. The reinforcement of being with a group of other participants is very helpful. Kathy really knows her food science, from the biological point of view, to keeping up on all the latest food science news, as well as her background as an herbalist.More than that, she has also been in that very human spot of feeling really unhealthy, wanting to change, and devising a workable plan to do that. Her experience with many groups of people and the common pitfalls of eating better in an unhealthy world make her compassionate and motivating. I think everyone can benefit from taking 3 weeks out of their life to question how they are feeding themselves. There are lots of diets, but this is an eating plan based in real life that feels good and makes sense. Read the book, but try it out!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Krenner1

    This is a book that teaches us how to eat in order to lose weight and ward off inflammation that causes pain and disease. The author backs up facts about food and digestion logically and convincingly. Her plan has no gimmicks and uses nothing besides real food. Since I'm one of the rare people who never lost a pound on Weight Watchers and wondered why, Abascal may shed some light. She contends it's not just what we eat, but WHEN we eat that makes the body work right. For example, she urges us to This is a book that teaches us how to eat in order to lose weight and ward off inflammation that causes pain and disease. The author backs up facts about food and digestion logically and convincingly. Her plan has no gimmicks and uses nothing besides real food. Since I'm one of the rare people who never lost a pound on Weight Watchers and wondered why, Abascal may shed some light. She contends it's not just what we eat, but WHEN we eat that makes the body work right. For example, she urges us to eat something (the right foods) within 20 minutes of getting up, whether we're hungry or not, and she explains why this makes the liver and kidneys so very happy the rest of the day. It also curbs cravings. I just started trying this plan and I can attest that it really does help curb my strong sweet tooth cravings. I am very impressed with all I learned. Much of the information I've heard before elsewhere but she takes it one step further. "The calorie approach to weight loss and weight gain is not entirely accurate. Instead, what we eat, when we eat, and the conditions under which we eat change how our bodies process calories."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    My Dr. recommended this eating plan to help ease the migraines I was having. The author is not only a nutritionist, she has a biology background, and really explains how the things we eat affect our body, and cause inflammation. It really makes sense. I'm not going to give it away, but basically you mostly eat fruit and veggies, and some lean meat. Beans, tofu and a few other things too, but no sugar, wheat, dairy or alcohol. After the first week it got much easier, giving up sugar was the harde My Dr. recommended this eating plan to help ease the migraines I was having. The author is not only a nutritionist, she has a biology background, and really explains how the things we eat affect our body, and cause inflammation. It really makes sense. I'm not going to give it away, but basically you mostly eat fruit and veggies, and some lean meat. Beans, tofu and a few other things too, but no sugar, wheat, dairy or alcohol. After the first week it got much easier, giving up sugar was the hardest for me. You can eat as much as you want, no calorie counting, points or pre-packaged anything. Lots of healthy food and the science to back it up. Kathy Abascal designed this diet for her own health issues, and then taught classes in the Seattle area for several years before finally writing this book. I feel like this is a way of eating that I can really stick with and adopt as a way of life. I feel so much better after four weeks. I have not had any migraines since starting this diet, many aches and pains are gone, and in four weeks I have lost 10 pounds!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Estelle

    I'm impressed. Am going to follow the anti-inflammatory 3-week elimation diet. Kathy Abascal is a local woman in my area who was experiencing all kinds of physical problems that no one seemed to be able to help her with, so she developed this way of eating and now teaches the technique in classes she holds at her home. June 15, 2013: This diet has changed my life!! I already knew that I can't tolerate dairy, but discovered I'm also sensitive to gluten. Within 4 days of starting the anti-inflammati I'm impressed. Am going to follow the anti-inflammatory 3-week elimation diet. Kathy Abascal is a local woman in my area who was experiencing all kinds of physical problems that no one seemed to be able to help her with, so she developed this way of eating and now teaches the technique in classes she holds at her home. June 15, 2013: This diet has changed my life!! I already knew that I can't tolerate dairy, but discovered I'm also sensitive to gluten. Within 4 days of starting the anti-inflammation diet, my symptoms went away, I lost my sweet cravings, and I had dropped 4 lbs. By the end of the testing phase, I had lost a total 10 lbs. No food measuring/weighing, no calorie counting, no keeping track of fat, NO PORTION CONTROL. I'm continuing to eat this new way (a ratio of 2/3 veggies/fruits to 1/3 protein/non-gluten grain or carbs). My appetite is back, everything tastes wonderful, no matter how much I eat, my weight remains stable at 104 lbs (I'm 5'1"). I just cannot say enough good things about this books. Kathy Abascal has changed my lie.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Hubbell

    My doctor recommended I read this book and implement her suggestions into my diet. I read it, gave it the old college try. Diet wise, it has some great, easy to remember dietary suggestions, such as 2/3 of your daily plate is veggies, all else goes in the leftover 1/3. What ruined the book for me is her unsubstantiated claims about pesticides in the food supply. She made a lot of hippie-dippie claims with no supporting evidence except for the statement. I even went to look some of them up on the My doctor recommended I read this book and implement her suggestions into my diet. I read it, gave it the old college try. Diet wise, it has some great, easy to remember dietary suggestions, such as 2/3 of your daily plate is veggies, all else goes in the leftover 1/3. What ruined the book for me is her unsubstantiated claims about pesticides in the food supply. She made a lot of hippie-dippie claims with no supporting evidence except for the statement. I even went to look some of them up on the internet (like DDT levels in meat) and there was no evidence for her claims. I give it 3 stars for having good dietary guidelines, but the 2 lost stars are for making up her own data to talk people into eating organic.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    This isn't book I can rate like other books. I learned a lot about the science of nutrition, the causes of inflammation and this author's take on ways to reduce inflammation through adopting a diet rich in leafy greens. The book has enough adopters in my local circle of acquaintance that I am going to try it, if only for the self-understanding. Let's see what we can see. The textbook and the cookbook would be much easier to use with a comprehensive index. The introduction is repetitive and could This isn't book I can rate like other books. I learned a lot about the science of nutrition, the causes of inflammation and this author's take on ways to reduce inflammation through adopting a diet rich in leafy greens. The book has enough adopters in my local circle of acquaintance that I am going to try it, if only for the self-understanding. Let's see what we can see. The textbook and the cookbook would be much easier to use with a comprehensive index. The introduction is repetitive and could benefit significantly from an editor. Otherwise, I don't have any major complaints with the writing.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Miste

    Liked it enough to seriously consider giving it a try. There is alot of things that really make you think about the food you eat and what it may or may not be doing to your body. It seems to make alot of sense, especially given the celiac that runs in my family. If nothing else I will try the three week eliminate phase to see if I can discover the foods I may have sensitivity to. It's not about counting calories, but controlling the proportions of what you eat. The author recommends you always e Liked it enough to seriously consider giving it a try. There is alot of things that really make you think about the food you eat and what it may or may not be doing to your body. It seems to make alot of sense, especially given the celiac that runs in my family. If nothing else I will try the three week eliminate phase to see if I can discover the foods I may have sensitivity to. It's not about counting calories, but controlling the proportions of what you eat. The author recommends you always eat 2/3 fruits and veggies and 1/3 proteins. Worth considering for sure.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Evon

    I have found in the last few years that what I eat affects how I feel in my joints. TQI helped me fine tune this idea with the science behind our food choices. It is easier to eat well when I understand the mechanics of why I'm feeling so much better. This is the second time I've read this book. It was time to reboot, and it was well worth a second read. If you are blaming aches on getting old, read this book NOW, it's not age, it's inflammation!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Djuna Sorais Harrigan

    This is all the craze on my island (where the author also lives) and I can see why! Kathy Abascal has developed a diet that can suit pretty much anyone willing to make a drastic life change. It's hard to maintain in this world of processed foods, but those who do have achieved such a high level of health and weight loss.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary Dalene

    Very informative. The side effects are easy weight loss and food tastes better. I enjoyed cooking and planning the meals. Jack ate the meals and lost too much weight. He added Lattes back in and he is ok. I did the testing phase and felt terrible and now I'm back to the healthy eating and feeling.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Great nutrirional info and very compelling ideas on how to create good health with the right food choices. Easy to understand, but she forgot to include references for all the scientific data, so I knocked off a star.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This book has a food plan for quieting chronic inflammation. I enjoyed the concepts and am finishing week 1 of the elimination phase. It is not that different from a modified vegan diet, but I have been amazed how many things I was eating that contain sugar and wheat. Especially sugar!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lois Schlehuber

    The reasons for eating this way are explained, and it makes a lot of sense. I am feeling better. Not experiencing the weight loss I had anticipated, however. My joints are not as swollen, and are pain free.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jenifer

    Finally got around to reading the recipes after almost a year (so busy with school and other stuff). It has a lot of nice information that I will incorporate with other diet information that I have (Paleo and Mediterranean).

  25. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    It's a book i will turn to time and time again. I can not believe how fast it helped with the chronic inflammation i have been fighting for the past year. it is not a diet but a new way of life for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Luxenberg

    I am loving this book so far. Eating this way for about two weeks and feel great. Hope I can manage to keep it up for a long time.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Recommended by a friend who wanted to get rid of some inflammation problems. Well thought out eating plan. Scientific data quoted was not referenced.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    I read it and followed this program for one month with my husband. I felt great, but only lost 1 pound. My husband lost 9 pounds. Maybe it works better for some people than others.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ya-Ling Liou

    Great info. Presented in an approachable way.

  30. 5 out of 5

    J M

    The best book on how to eat healthily I have read. Learning to eat this way is challenging but worth the hard work.

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