The Perfect Health Diet was created by two scientists who observed the effect of poor eating habits on their bodies. By the age of forty they both had developed a variety of health problems and doctors were of little help.
They began researching and experimenting with a low-carb Paleo diet and experienced dramatic health improvements. In this book they present their own unique approach to a Paleo style of eating.
Perfect Health Basics
The Perfect Health Diet contains 20 percent carbohydrates, 65 percent fat and 15 percent protein by calories. Meals should have about three times as much plant food by weight in comparison to animal foods.
The bulk of the daily food intake will consist of:
- Between 0.5 to one pound of animal foods
Preferred sources are liver, seafood, beef, lamb, salmon, herring and eggs
- Up to a pound of safe starches
Examples include rice, taro and sweet potato
- About half a pound of fruits and berries
- About half a pound of vegetables
- Other foods
Seaweed, bone broth, herbs, spices, vinegar, butter, coconut oil, olive oil and salt.
You are also permitted to eat “pleasure foods” in moderation, for snacks and desserts. These include fruit and berries, dairy products, nuts, chocolate and wine.
Everyone is advised to supplement with a daily multivitamin, vitamin C, D3 and K2, magnesium, selenium, iodine and chromium.
Beef tendon, beef short ribs, ox tail, brain, bone marrow, liver, seafood, egg yolks, yogurt, cheese, avocado, seaweed, raspberries, strawberries, papaya, banana, fermented vegetables, white rice, rice noodles, sweet potato, yam, potato, taro, coconut milk, olive oil, almond meal, dark chocolate, green tea, coffee, wine.
Sample Meal Plan
Yogurt with fresh strawberries
Handful of walnuts
Homemade sushi roll
Beef stew with rice
You should get regular exercise with varying degrees of intensity. Sprinting, jumping, and weight lifting is recommended if you want to lose weight.
It is also important to get plenty of rest to allow your body to recover.
Costs and Expenses
Perfect Health Diet: Four Steps to Renewed Health, Youthful Vitality, and Long Life retails at $24.95.
- Information is supported by scientific research.
- May assist with the management of blood glucose imbalances.
- Highlights the dangers of unhealthy fats.
- Educates readers about the health effect of different types of fiber.
- Provides detailed information about nutritional supplements.
- Includes recommendations for vegetarians.
- Allows wine and chocolate in moderation.
- Necessary to eliminate many foods including most grains, legumes and sweets.
- Does not include a meal plan or recipes.
- Diet is much higher in fat than is generally recommended.
- Does not distinguish between health effects of factory farmed and grass-fed meat or wild versus farmed salmon.
- Not specifically designed for weight loss.
- An exercise plan is not provided.
- Some readers may find the writing too technical.
The Perfect Health Diet is similar to the Paleo Diet but with several important differences. The protein intake is lower and certain “safe starches” are a major part of the diet. This makes the macronutrient ratio comparable to that of Pacific islanders.
This book provides a lot of information to help you get you started to make healthier choices. However, guidance on how to implement the diet on a practical basis will be insufficient for the majority of readers.
By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
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Last Reviewed: April 3, 2017