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The recipes are delicious and the weekly menus are great. If you have IBD this is not the book for you - I have UC and after 4 days I was very unwell - lots of raw veg and beans. My healthy husband felt great and was sad I had to stop.
My boyfriend and I are on week 2 right now and we already see results. We enjoy and love it! This book is a great starter board for eating anti-inflammatory - we’ve already lost a little bit of weight and the chronic pain in my knees isn’t flaring up as much as it used to do. What I love about this book is that they provide simple recipes that are easy to follow. I wish there was a full 4 weeks we could follow instead of 2 but there are a bunch of recipes at the end that we haven’t gotten to yet so I imagine we will mix and match them ourselves. What I also like about the meal plans are that the authors find multiple ways to use similar ingredients throughout the week. We definitely see this as a sustainable venture to help us meal prep as well as get us on the road to being healthier again! The only critical feedback I would provide is that a lot of the recipes have a large amount of salt/sodium. I’ve been tailoring the recipes to fit my needs such as reducing the amount of salt in the recipes and I would recommend you do that too! There’s no reason to add so much salt because the meals taste great with a pinch of it. Only because of the salt do I give it 4 stars - I would give it 4.5 if it let me. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is looking to eat simply and reduce inflammation in their body.
Having had trouble with tiredness, general aches and pains. I decided to change my diet and found this book. It’s really well laid out, gives plenty of information to beginners and includes a two week meal plan. The ingredients are expensive and so I haven’t followed the meal plans, but I have tried some of the recipes. They’re pretty easy to make and taste good.
Why 4 stars? Whilst the book is laid out well. It’s not brilliant. Some of the recipes are missing and some of the pages are blank. Shows a lack of care through final checks or maybe I’m just unlucky!
Theres a lot of odd complaints in the reviews. I bought the book anyways. It looks great! Havent tried any recipes as of yet but everything looks very easy, and most everything is made in bulk so you have the option of creating your own meal plan with a little self effort. The pre designed 2 week meal plan is a great idea, however they dont offer serving size per meal. Not a deal breaker, just needs a little more effort if calculating calories and macros. Some items are easy to figure out, others need a little more thought involved. Over all I feel this will be a great addition to my kitchen and I look forward to creating meal plans for myself!
This is a smart, thoughtfully presented book of recipes and meal plans for people who want to reduce inflammation. The authors avoid refined sugar, gluten, night shades, read meat, and most dairy (except yogurt). In 14 days of meal plans, fewer than half the meals have any meat or fish. Some of the recipes include salmon, chicken, turkey or pork loin. If you come to this book after a lifetime of packing your liver with sugar and fat, it may take a while to get accustomed to a new way of eating, with new, more subtle flavors and textures, but you're going to love the way you feel. In my case, I need to adapt the meal plans, because there is not enough food for me. I average an hour or more exercise a day, and have a bmi of 22. A day of meals that total 1200 or even 1600 calories isn't going to cut it. My goal is to reduce inflammation, not lose weight. Arthritis in my hands is the canary in the coal mine for possible issues down the road. It would be helpful for the authors to offer snack options that are also anti-inflammatory. A 21st century cookbook--especially one that offers nutritional and macro breakdowns of each portion--needs to be specific about quantities in recipes. For example, the sweet potato frittata calls for "1 large sweet potato." I used a moderately large not huge sweet potato, and it was too much. The recipe promises 220 calories and 9 grams of carbs. I did some calculations, and 400 grams of sweet potato would give the recipe 279 calories and 21 grams of carbs. I might add that 1-inch cubes are too big for this frittata and it took much longer to cook than the recipe promised. The recipe should specify the weight of ingredients instead of saying "large sweet potato" or a "fennel bulb." This recipe works if you use half a large sweet potato (194 grams peeled will align with the nutrition information) and cut it into half-inch cubes. A scale to weigh ingredients is an essential tool for the modern kitchen, and this book fails to offer its readers the option of knowing what things should weigh. This book is written for beginning cooks, in that the preparation is simple and there aren't a lot of ingredients in each recipe. However there are exotic and unfamiliar ingredients. If you like adventure and exploring and learning new things, you'll be fine.
When a family member was diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder some time ago, I ordered a well-reviewed cookbook to improve diet and reduce inflammation. I am a fairly experienced and capable home cook but that cookbook was intimidating and I ultimately moved it to the back of the shelf where it has sat unused. When a complicating health issue arose, I went back to the drawing board and found this book. This one is useable!
While we miss eating some of the tasty "inflammatory" foods that we had been used to eating, we have been pleasantly surprised at how palatable the recipes I have tried have been (so far). As I write this, we have (largely) followed the first week's meal plan. We find that we are satisfied after eating the meals and the desire to snack (source of a lot of unhealthy foods) has plummeted. Moreover, the symptoms associated with the autoimmune disorder have pretty much been held at bay.
Of note, a couple of recipes that we were dubious about turned out to be quite good. For example, the entire household is less than fond of salmon despite its health benefits but the basic salmon recipe turned out to be surprisingly good. And, I personally do no like pancakes but rather enjoyed the coconut pancakes.
One caveat -- a lot of the recipes seem to call for a lot of salt. I've cut the amount of salt in half and haven't missed it (and I like salt). It would also be nice if the book had photos of the food. Those are the two reasons this is 4 rather than 5 stars.
Definitely give this a try if you're looking for an easy entry to an "anti-inflammatory" diet. And, it's probably a pretty decent cookbook if you just want to try a healthier diet over all.
This is my first book in relation to starting an anti inflammatory diet. I think its a good book for a beginner. It helps break down the reasons of why to consider an anti inflammatory diet with supportive research. The recipes are simple and they don't require out of this world ingredients. And if you can't find a particular ingredient, there usually is a simple substitution a Google search away. The recipes also make use of leftovers which is awesome. I liked 95% of the recipes so far. I didn't care for the coconut pancakes although I will try to tweak them a little. As I have just recently started this, I have not lost any significant weight. I do however feel much, much better. I don't feel as fatigued, my brain fog is slowly starting to dissappear and I just feel good overall. We will see in a few more weeks if its just a placebo effect. I hope not, because I truly do feel much better than I did before changing my diet for the better. This book offered me sound advice and a way to step into healthy eating, and I hope it does the same for you.