Book review: Undiet by Meghan Telpner

UnDiet – written by Meghan Telpner is officially my new favourite book about nutrition. I have followed Meghan’s blog which (I’ll always remember it as) the once cheeky titled Making Love in the Kitchen for many years now.

I even had a few skype sessions when Meghan was an one-on-one nutritionist (sadly she no longer provides this service). Still to this day I go back to the handouts she provided me with and yes she’ll have covered whatever issue I was struggling with. I’ve tried a number of different diets over the years, but I keep going back to the guidelines which Meghan devised for me. It is the way of eating which I’ve had the most success with, and also the ‘undiet’ which makes the most sense. 

I know from first hand experience that eating real food works and is the best for our health.

Meghan Telpner Undiet

“Undiet” is colourful and beautifully designed, just like Meghan’s website. She has a way of explaining complicated nutritional topics in an easy to understand language. For example, this is a great summary of what you need to know about fats:

Saturated Fat, Polyunsaturated Fat, Monounsaturated Fat: We need all three of these to remain healthy. Saturated fat gets a bad rap, but it gives structure to our cells and provides energy . What you want to avoid at all costs are trans fats, which are toxic.

I particularly liked the break down on how to read a Nutrition Panel and the meaning of food labels. Although I was disgusted to discover that “Australian came in second with ….690 kilograms…” of garbage production per person per year! Gross.

Each chapter is neatly summerised with a mantra and transitional tips to make it happen. I love Meghan’s creed:

Meghan Telpner creed

Meghan is a truly gifted wordsmith. She is a knowledgeable, trustworthy nutritionista (as she calls herself).

Highly recommended.

UnDiet: The Shiny, Happy, Vibrant, Gluten-Free, Plant-Based Way to Look Better, Feel Better, and Live Better Each and Every Day! – by Meghan Telpner

Documentary review: Forks over Knives

The “Forks over knives” dvd has just been released overseas, and I was fortunate to receive my copy on pre-order.

The documentary examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods.

The main storyline traces the personal journeys of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a nutritional scientist from Cornell University, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a former top surgeon at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic. Inspired by remarkable discoveries in their young careers, these men conducted several groundbreaking studies. Their separate research led them to the same startling conclusion: degenerative diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even several forms of cancer, could almost always be prevented—and in many cases reversed—by  adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.

You may have heard of Dr Campbell from his book ‘The China Study‘.

The cameras also follow some of their patients who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes, and are taught by their doctors to adopt a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments.

Keep your eye out for this one, or over your copy over at amazon Forks over Knives.