Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible

August 31, 2008 · 3 comments

Last month I was sent a copy of Gillian McKeith’s Food Bible: The Complete A-Z Guide to a Healthy Life as part of a publicity campaign for the book. As I always do, I accepted the book with the understanding that should I write a review, it would be my honest opinion, whether I liked the book or not. I am pleased to say that I have not yet had a company balk when I made this clear.

It was not until I received the book that I remembered where I had heard of Gillian McKeith before. She is the author of the popular You Are What You Eat and the host of the BBC show of the same name.

Overall, I liked the book. While there are a few unique aspects of her diet recommendations (such as eating “pulses” or seaweed) in general she advocates a lot of the things I know I should be doing. Drinking more water. Slowing down when I eat. Eating more earlier in the day and less and night. Avoiding processed foods. For about the first third of the book, McKeith offers an introduction to her health philosophies and presents a “master class” on healthy eating.

The rest of the book is the A-Z aspect and unlike what you might think by the title “Food Bible” this is not an A-Z of foods, neccessarily, but of conditions and the like as well. Everything you need to know about getting and staying healthy.

As an example, under V we have just one entry for “Varicose Veins” with a couple of pages describing what they are and how to avoid them, focusing primarily on the eating regimen aspect.

I think the book offers a unique perspective and would be an interesting read for anyone looking to learn more about their health.

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MizFit September 1, 2008 at 6:37 am

I really like this book as well.

especially the layout/presentation.

SO MUCH GREAT INFO—and *all* accessible/easily understood.

Lap-band-me September 1, 2008 at 9:34 pm

I am still unfamiliar with some foods mentioned, like dulse, borgotti beans, pulses, rocket, courgettes, aubergines, and tempeh. I don’t know what those are but I am extremely interested by the concept that there’s a whole world of nutarition to be discovered.

Metroknow September 1, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Thanks for the honest review John - I’ve been wondering about this book too. Based on the advice on her show I thought it would be a good one, but I appreciate you doing the upfront work.

And with an endorsement from MizFit - well I think we have a sale.

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