Saturday, January 26, 2019

Review: Ketotarian: The (Mostly) Plant-Based Plan to Burn Fat, Boost Your Energy, Crush Your Cravings, and Calm Inflammation

Ketotarian: The (Mostly) Plant-Based Plan to Burn Fat, Boost Your Energy, Crush Your Cravings, and Calm Inflammation Ketotarian: The (Mostly) Plant-Based Plan to Burn Fat, Boost Your Energy, Crush Your Cravings, and Calm Inflammation by Will Cole
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought it was a great book. While I am all on board as a practitioner and self-professed "patient" as to the benefits of Keto food regimen and lifestyle, I am definitely not a meat eater and would be cautious to recommend unbridled meat consumption to patients who will derive their sources of meat from conventional mass-farmed animals. Besides, not everyone who feels undernourished to conventional vegan and vegetarian diets is nevertheless ready to make the transition to complete avoidance of vegetable matter in favor of a steak a day.

The book gives clear instructions on the goals of the food regimen, and no, it's not weight loss first and foremost, although certainly, in functional medicine, the healthy gradual weight loss usually follows a decrease in overall inflammation. You will be guided through a clear and concise refresher on essential nutrients and their relationship to main body systems (recent research is listed in the reference section), will be primed on what to expect on the Ketotarian plan, and after that, given a clear run down on what foods to consume and which ones to avoid.

The book can be used as a structured plan of 60 days, or an idea book for an indefinite keto lifestyle. Dr. Will Cole is no slouch on the latest digital trends, and should anyone need help and further info, his expertise is available via different media channels. (I tagged #ketotarian on instagram for a food-related post of my own and quickly got an acknowledgement and a thank you - a nice little gesture, although it was not the post's primary intent). Lastly, it is a beautiful cookbook, with nice food photography and simple and concise recipes and ingredients I have come to rely on even back in my raw foodist days, a type of life style that I find highly beneficial, but for various genetic reasons (just like Dr. Cole), cannot engage in long term. And yes, smoothies and green juices are ok - sans sugar and sweeteners! A great addition to my health library and great resource to anyone whose health tool chest is in the kitchen.

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