Book Review: The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan by David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg

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Book Review: The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan by David Perlmutter, Kristin LobergThe Grain Brain Whole Life Plan: Boost Brain Performance, Lose Weight, and Achieve Optimal Health by David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
Published by Little on November 15th 2016
Genres: Diet & Nutrition, Diets
Pages: 304
Source: NetGalley
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The official guide to Dr. David Perlmutter's revolutionary approach to vibrant health as described in his New York Times bestsellers Grain Brain, The Grain Brain Cookbook, and Brain Maker.
With more than a million copies sold worldwide, Dr. Perlmutter's books have changed many lives. Now, he's created a practical, comprehensive program that lowers the risk for brain ailments while yielding other benefits, such as weight loss, relief from chronic conditions, and total body rejuvenation. Science-based and highly accessible, THE GRAIN BRAIN WHOLE LIFE PLAN expands upon the core advice from Dr. Perlmutter's previous works, and introduces new information about the advantages of eating more fat, fewer carbs, and nurturing the microbiome. Including original recipes, tips and tricks for common challenges, meal plans, and advice on everything from sleep hygiene to stress management, exercise, supplements, and more, THE GRAIN BRAIN WHOLE LIFE PLAN shows how to live happily and healthily ever after.

 

My thoughts

We have all been dieting off an on for years. It’s so difficult to tell when a book is going to hit the mark, especially since everyone’s body is different, and when a book is going to flop completely.

To be honest, I started thinking this may be a flop. I read it with an open mind and when I got to the recipes we were honest about trying them. Right from the beginning there is a feeling of importance of of putting YOURSELF first. How many times have we been told this just to forget it two days (two minutes?) later? This is all about putting yourself first in every way!

And although it is mostly a diet book, it is about becoming your best you through your diet. My favorite meal from this, and the most different from my norm is a salad for breakfast. As strange as this sounds, it is delicious! The secret, an olive oil, lemon dressing. Omg I am in love!

The lovely breakfast below is a soft (ish) boiled egg with spinach, asparagus, tomatoes, the lemon dressing, and a dash of parm cheese!

Now, don’t go thinking that I’m perfect by eating salad for breakfast, because I’m far from it. I just happen to love lemon so I got really lucky with this one! In all honesty, dropping out gluten is difficult but my most difficult has been dropping out sugar. Sugar is MY LIFE but sadly sugar isn’t really life so I’ve been trying to slowly cut down on sugar, one teaspoon at a time. Hey, I eat salad for breakfast! What more do you want Dr. Perlmutter?! Well, don’t answer that, because I know what he wants, for me and everyone out there to be completely cognizant of what we put into our mouths and how those choices affect our lives.

When my husband and I started on this diet we edited instead of deciding to change everything. Although the lifestyle is something that we think we can handle, it is tough. We have been watching what we eat but it is really to say that when you watch all that yummy bread going into your mouth! What I wanted to do is make a change that was satisfying as well as yummy. This just happens to hit both of those points.

Weirdly, eating the food is the easy part, finding stuff that is gluten free, not so much! I had no idea how difficult it can be to try to get out there and find gluten free anything. But since we started this we have both lost all of the weight we gained in our sedentary lifestyle last year! My hubby is down 35 pounds and I’m down 15! Although I’m surprised I didn’t gain it back while on my Disney vacation. Guys, the food there!!!

While people will go back and forth about how this diet may not be for everyone and we can debate until the cows come home (which is about 5 pm on our farm), what I have noticed is the ability to want to eat healthier. I enjoy food, not all, but I do enjoy salads more. Even in winter! Shifting our perceptions of what we should be eating from the pyramid that we’ve been taught the last forty years, to a healthier diet is what matters but each body is different so while I enjoy Dr. Perlmutter’s expert advice you may want to take it with a grain of salt (hahahaha) but I definitely suggest at the very least trying it.

More pics and meals to come as we work further through his cookbook which we recently purchased!

Rating Report
Plot
5 / 5
Writing Style
5 / 5
Personal enjoyment
5 / 5
Cover
5 / 5
Overall: 5 / 5

 

 

David Perlmutter, MD, is a board-certified neurologist, the president of the Perlmutter Health Center in Naples, Florida, cofounder and president of the Perlmutter Brain Foundation, and a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American College of Nutrition and the Linus Pauling Award. He serves on the Medical Advisory Board of The Dr. Oz Show and is a contributor to The Huffington Post.

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