In a typical book review, I’d tell you how great (or terrible) the book is, why you should (or shouldn’t) read it, what it’s about in general, and my rating of it. Not this time, folks.
Who really cares what I think anyway? (Put your hand down, mom).
Instead, I’m going to give you just a handful of the mind-blowing factoids–broken down by category–that helped me better understand my body and know how to make it the best body it can be. Then, you can decide if you want to know more. Sound fair?
The book is broken into two parts: Cleansing Your Body and Building Your Body. This post tackles the first part only, which is intended to provide enough information for you to determine if reading the book is the right move for you, and not so much that you’ll feel intimated to dive in.
I will say that, having read quite a bit of nutrition and health-related information over the last couple years, I find Jordan’s writing to be easy on the brain, meaning he doesn’t talk over his readers’ heads, but rather uses a lot of layman’s terminology and relatable anecdotes to get his health principles across. He backs his findings up with science, history/scripture, and personal testimonials, and he sources a great deal of his information from cultures outside the United States which sheds light on his findings from an anthropological perspective. But that’s all I’ll say about that. The rest, my friend, is up to you…
Let’s dive in to Part One of Jordan Rubin’s The Maker’s Diet Revolution!
The Problem with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
“The problem is that we’re using molecular engineering to force genetic information across the protective species barrier in an unnatural way…which changes the DNA of the crop. …Genetically modified foods have been linked to toxic and allergic reactions causing sickness and sterility in livestock.”
“Cleansing is something the body does every day, whether you like it or not or whether you cooperate or not.” Even the common cold is “the body’s proactive reaction, ridding itself of germs and invaders” which is a form of cleansing.
“Your body knows how to take care of itself if you simply remove the interference.”
Jordan recommends a 3-day cleanse each month, a one-day cleanse each week, and daily cleansing by eating within a 6- to 8-hour window (first meal between noon and 2pm and finishing your last bite by 8pm).
12 Physical Benefits of Fasting
- Fasting helps break addictions to junk food, drinking, and smoking.
- Fasting supports the body’s detoxification systems.
- Fasting promotes healthy weight loss.
- Fasting promotes healthy energy levels.
- Fasting supports healthy aging, healthy skin, and a glowing complexion.
- Fasting promotes healthy memory, focus, and concentration.
- Fasting reduces stress and promotes sound sleep.
- Fasting upports cardiovascular health.
- Fasting promotes healthy digestion and elimination.
- Fasting supports healthy inflammation response and promotes joint comfort.
- Fasting supports healthy immune system function.
- Fasting promotes healthy hormonal balance.
“I’m someone who doesn’t enjoy a low-carb diet. I can stick with it, but I know that you can receive the same hormonal control by eating a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fats in a tighter time window.”
“Here’s the best news of all: when you practice daily cleansing, you don’t have to practice portion control like you do with so many other diets. Your body will control how much you eat and even tell you when enough is enough. You’ll feel full and stop eating. You’ll begin to crave what you need instead of what you want–perhaps for the very first time.”
“Let me reiterate this point: I believe so strongly in daily cleansing that if you were to eat the exact same foods in the exact same proportions but during a shorter time window, you would in fact lose weight and feel better.”
Jordan recommends eating within a 6- to 8-hour window (first meal between noon and 2pm and finishing your last bite by 8pm).
Raw Food and Enzymes
Without eating foods rich in enzymes, you’re likely to burden your pancreas with the job raw foods are happy to do for you. “The enzymes present in raw foods play a vital role in our health because if you’re not supplying your body with the enzymes it needs to break down the foods you eat and produce biochemical reactions, then the body will deplete the stores of enzymes already present, placing a burden on your enzyme-producing organs such as the pancreas.”
The Top Enzyme-Rich Raw Foods
- Bananas (before they become overripe)
- Pineapple (the less ripe, the more enzymes)
- Mangos (the less ripe, the more enzymes)
- Alfalfa sprouts
- Raw sauerkraut
Sugars and starches are carbs. The more refined the carb, the harder the pancreas has to work. Carbs come in 2 main forms: monosaccharides (single sugar) and disaccharides or polysaccharides (two or more sugar molecules). Disaccharides are much more difficult to digest. When you consume foods high in sugars or starches with a fat or fiber (or both), the sugar absorption is slowed. This is great for energy, mood, and post-meal fullness. So don’t eat “naked” carbs. A great example is a piece of GreenFed raw cheese with organic fruit.
The Myth About Fat
“…Fats and fiber are your allies. You’re not going to get fat eating foods with good fats; you gain weight by consuming high-carbohydrate foods loaded with sugars and starches that quickly release into the bloodstream as glucose and cause a spike in insulin, triggering fat storage.”
And that, my friends, is only Part One of the book.
Jordan Rubin’s The Maker’s Diet Revolution is available for purchase here if you’re already a Beyond Organic Mission Marketer or Preferred Customer. If not, leave me a comment and I’ll help you order your own copy.