The Coconut Diet

 
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A slight variation on the standard low carb theme, The Coconut Diet's biggest strength is the recipes. Author Cherie Calbom (The Ultimate Smoothie Book) includes a wide range of easy, deeply flavorful sauces, soups and condiments that will keep the interest of the pickiest palate while still following the fairly strict limitations of the accompanying diet. While the ostensible goal is weight loss, many of the chapters concern themselves with the varied symptoms of poor health--low energy, general aches and pains and digestive troubles particularly. Suggestions for feeling better center around cleansing juice fasts, supplements, and colonics, along with a recommendation of adding virgin coconut oil (a saturated fat created with medium-chain triglycerides) to each meal, for a total of two to three tablespoons every day.

A slight variation on the standard low carb theme, The Coconut Diet's biggest strength is the recipes. Author Cherie Calbom (The Ultimate Smoothie Book) includes a wide range of easy, deeply flavorful sauces, soups and condiments that will keep the interest of the pickiest palate while still following the fairly strict limitations of the accompanying diet.

While the ostensible goal is weight loss, many of the chapters concern themselves with the varied symptoms of poor health--low energy, general aches and pains and digestive troubles particularly. Suggestions for feeling better center around cleansing juice fasts, supplements, and colonics, along with a recommendation of adding virgin coconut oil (a saturated fat created with medium-chain triglycerides) to each meal, for a total of two to three tablespoons every day. A healthy fat with a bad reputation, it does have the benefit of helping you feel full during a limited-calorie diet--and if you find that it lives up to the somewhat miraculous claims outlined in the book, so much the better.

Aimed more at folks trying to achieve a point of basic health rather than already active people working towards optimum fitness, many of the chapters shun allopathic health care, claiming that many standard tests aren't up to scratch and that proper diagnosis can be achieved by attending to your symptoms. For readers who are open to looking at a range of possible solutions to their health issues, the naturopathic ideas offered here may well provide assistance--but whether a single tropical oil can measure up to all the claims is something lab scientists and natural nutritionists will argue about for some time to come. Jill Lightner

Customer Reviews:

  • A Truly Delicious Diet
    I came to Cherie Colbom's book by way of a sort of synchronicity: my husband and I had been in the Philippines a year ago and had fallen in love with coconuts and had found the Tropical Traditions site, and I had read and was following the precepts of Jordan Rubin's "The Maker's Diet". I also have Sally Fallon/Mary G Enig's "Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and Diet Dictocrats". The "Coconut Diet" is a nice third piece in this triad. Like Jordan Rubin, Cherie brings a gentle Christian perspective to her lifestyle approach to better health. I also have a couple of her "Juice Lady" books, so this is an excellent, update and complement to them. I have given away all my vegetarian cookbooks and we have sworn off soy products as a result of this book and other literature (see Dr. Mercola's site online for more information on soy). Great recipes and an easy-to-follow three week regimen that includes directions on cleanses, etc. A comprehensive look at the new paradigm shift in the alternative health world....more info
  • Dietary path to health and wholeness
    Cherie Calbom has written the book I have been waiting for. Because of my concern about nutritionally sound weight loss and wholistic health, I wanted to have a book that encompassed each of these areas.
    As a biologist who has pursued health and nutrition for most of my life, I've tried many of the popular diet programs throughout the years. Many of them work for a while, yet do not provide long-term health benefits or are damaging to the body over time.
    I was introduced to the benefits of coconut oil before I read this book, and they are indeed wide-ranging---coconut oil added to the diet increases health and wellness. However, most of the people I have coached need a clear path to run on. This book provides that pathway by giving clear instructions that can work for anyone, regardless of where they started or what they know. The book has a programmed pathway to effective weight loss, as well as instructions on how to restore the body to the health we were all created to enjoy. Many people I know have reported excellent results after only a short time, not only with weight loss, but also with increased energy and a sense of well-being. For those with atherosclerosis, liver congestion, high cholesterol, or other serious problems, Cherie's Phase II Liver Cleanse can help the body restore health when properly followed.
    The book is fun to read, has great recipes, plus guidance for overcoming obstacles to weight loss, including emotional issues. I was especially impressed with the sections on blood sugar imbalances, thyroid problems, and candida, which have been a challenge for me personally as well as many of the people I coach. I highly recommend it.
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  • Two corrections to info herein
    I have no need to lose weight, but have been looking for alternative to soymilk (which many discover as their alternative to animal milk), because soy oil and the pseudo hormones in soy are not good for you, I believe.

    Probably due to lingering, and by now undispellable, anti- "tropical oil" propaganda I still harbor a worry that coconut oil's saturation is not good. Any info on the subject is welcome, and there is much info in this book about coconut oil VS soyoil, and the anti-thyroid qualities of soy (and peanuts) are of particular interest (tho I have no official diagnosis of hypothyroid).

    This is a well-written book, friendly and compassionate, but two items should be corrected, and I say that knowing this same bad info has been promulgated in other books, TV shows, magazines, and commercials. The Coconut Diet book, in listing foods to eat, and in what quantities, mentions rice and almond milk. The amounts of nuts, for example, to be eaten daily are (recommended to be) restricted due to the "high carb content" of nuts. Ricemilk, on the other hand, is on the list of allowed foods, but with no mention of quantity restrictions on it. But ricemilk is almost all carbs. Not only is it almost all carbs, but those carbs are comprised in hi degree of simple sugar (maltose). It's bad food, period. Matter of fact, it aint even food. It's watered-down candy. Ricemilk is made from rice syrup, a sweetener. The sweetener, yes, is made from rice, perhaps brown rice, but the "milk" is made from the syrup. Almond milk is also recommended, and when unsweetened, it is better than ricemilk--but most people are too "wimpy" to endure the taste of unsweetened almond milk, which, with or without sweetener is, IMO, also not worth its unrecyclable "Tetrapak" container.

    Another error, made not only in this book, but in countless other places, is that eating fish is good for you because fish supplies the body with Omega 3 oils. Fish supplies clean protein, and does NOT supply animal fat like tallow or lard. That's why it's good. But it is not a supply of bio-USABLE Omega 3 oil UNLESS you eat RAW fish, because Omega 3, like any oil, is oxidized by heating (cooking), and thus eating fish, especially when grilled, supplies you with OXIDIZED Omega 3. Since this "super-unsaturated" oil is very fragile under heat, it sustains more damage from heat than even soy or corn oil, which turn almost to plastic (polymerize) when heated (never, never eat deep-fried foods). So, whenever you hear or read a "health" tip to eat fish because of its Omega 3 either plan to eat the fish raw (and it's best not to), or discard the info as false. Rely on your source of Omega 3 to come ONLY from supplements made from raw fish (oil).

    Generally, the advice in this book to eliminate vegetable oils--soy, corn, sesame, canola, etc--is, imo, very good advice. The coconut oil issue, however is yet perplexing to me, and, notwithstanding proven anti-viral properties of the lauric acid in coconut oil, the jury is still out about whether or not I should start ingesting it in significant, that is, "therapeutic", quantities.
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  • Don't Underestimate The Healing Properties Of Coconut Oil
    This review is mainly made, if any, to help clear up the "negative reputation" Coconut Oil has been given from a reviewer, and to help them get a clearer picture of this wonderful oil. In addition to Calbom's book, Bruce Fife goes into "GREAT" detail(Scientifically,and generally), as to what Coconut Oil can do for our bodies and how, in his book: The Coconut Oil Miracle (read other peoples'testimonies through their reviews on Amazon). For example, it can dissolve kidney stones,cure candida,act as an anti-fungal agent,possibly cure HIV,aid in weight loss,help with prostate issues,"lower cholesterol", and much more. Yes, good fats help in lowering cholesterol. I witnessed a miracle of Coconut Oil when my 2 month old baby developed this horrible diaper rash, which became very fleshy and even started to bleed a little. This was from using those baby wipes that contain so many chemicals, which plenty of people aren't really aware of or give much thought to. Diaper rash creams, which I applied faithfully was not working at all. I decided to apply the Virgin Coconut Oil to the affected area with each changing and stopped using wipes, and it was healed in less than 48 hours. It worked as a anti-fungal agent because what he had was a fungus. Just from the day I started using the Coconut Oil, instead of using wipes (when he had a bowel movement),I would put him in the bath tub. So,please make an effort to further educate yourself on the healing properties of Coconut Oil. It's definitely worth your time. Once again,it does not raise your cholesterol level. ...more info
  • Easy to follow diet / life plan that works!
    I was on Atkins for years, and while I love that diet, I was unable to to ever get below 150 lbs ( I am 5'2). This book offers specifics for various health issues that will block your weight loss; I lost 30 lbs in the first 6 weeks, and after a few more weeks got down to 128. Amazing. (And, honestly, I didn't do the recommended juicing, my system won't allow it, so this was the diet plan alone.)

    The coconut oil and recommended supplements also helped other health issue, not just the weight loss. I am not cured of various health issue, but feel better than I have in years.

    If you are having trouble losing weight on other plans, or hit a plateau you can't shake, this book will definitely help!...more info
  • Worth the extra effort!
    Please don't be overwhelmed. It's three weeks out of your life to make yourself seriously improve your overall health. Plan to buy new groceries at first (new things in the cupboards), but after that it should be easy. I am just starting this "diet" tomorrow, and I already plan to order 3 more books for friends and family! There is NO "sketchy research" everything can be backed up by a Doctor at [...] I am serioulsy AMAZED at how advanced the research is that's gone into this book! This is so much cheaper than buying pre-packaged foods that aren't good for you in the store or through the mail. I will check back in 3 weeks and write a review on all changes I notice (I'm a mom that's about 60 lbs over-weight). Hope this helps

    Kari

    Well, it's been a little over a month now and I'm down 8 lbs! I would say don't bother with the exact menu plan it's too time consuming and only there for an example. I cut out the bad grains like the book shows for a few weeks, added coconut oil, and then I went right to the flush and that's where noticeable differences started showing up! The first week of the flush I was down 4 lbs! The biggest difference was the vegetable juicing. My 8-year-old drinks it too if I leave out the dark greens and mix it with a little juice. It's an awesome way to get him to get several servings of vegetables a day. I heard about the book from Dr. Mercola and would recommend his book too it's Total Health Program. There's more info in this book that leads you to good heath web sites and health info. If you buy a juicer I highly recommend looking at the RPM's. The one I bought only uses 80 (about $200) compared to most that can be 1,000-10,000 RPM's. I don't think it let me list the omega brand, but just watch the RPM's because the higher they are the hotter the blade and the more damage it does to the fruit/vegetable. The one I got doesn't even have a "blade" and I love it! It's powerful and quite. It should be easy to find online if you search for an '80 rpm juicer' you'll find several similar ones. Hope this helps someone!...more info
  • Want something different? Your weight is over...
    Perusing its title, I couldn't help but pick up this book and check it out, imagining a book that would be telling me how I could lose those unwanted pounds by eating just coconuts everyday. However what I found was something completely different. This is a diet book that advocates the ever popular low carb diet to lose weight, but with a twist- incorporating coconut oil into your diet. Written by a nutritionist (a welcome change among diet books) and very easy to follow, if you're up for someting different, this might just be for you. Also recommend Strength Training Anatomy for readers who need a good resource for all the different weight training exercises....more info

 

 
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