The Full Plate Diet™: Slim Down, Look Great, Be Healthy! by Stuart A. Searle, M.D. & Teresa Sherard, M.D. & Diana Fleming, LDN

The Full Plate Diet™: Slim Down, Look Great, Be Healthy!
Stuart A. Searle, M.D. & Teresa Sherard, M.D. & Diana Fleming, LDN
Bard Press (2010)
ISBN 9781885167712
                                           Reviewed by Irene Watson  for Reader Views (10/10)

“Fiber has become the Next Big Thing in nutrition.” (p 13)  According to medical researchers, high-fiber diets may prevent 30 to 40 percent of all cancers, reduce diabetes, prevent lung problems, reduce sleep apnea, normalize digestive and colon issues, avoid heartburn, avert joint pain as well as many other things that prevent us from having a better life.

According to the authors an average American only consumes 10 grams of fiber per day compared to the recommended 40 grams.  They also claim that “the key to losing weight is to eat fewer calories than your body burns each day.  Fiber fills you faster and contains fewer calories.”   As well, they give three stages of progression of adding fiber to the daily diet.

I was amazed to find out the raspberries have 8 grams of fiber in one cup as compared to a medium apple with only 4.4 grams.  As well, I was surprised to find out 1/2 a medium avocado has 6.7 grams of fiber compared to 1/2 cup of carrots with only 2.3 grams.   And, then there are navy beans; 1/2 cup gives 9.6 grams of fiber.

Then there are recipes – my favorite part. “Piled High Haystack,” “Black Bean Turtle Soup” (with no turtle), “Sweet-N-Peachy Crisp” (using fructose), and many more I’m looking forward to trying out.  Just by looking at the ingredients I note that most can be found in the kitchen pantry and definitely at a local grocery store. As well, the authors added a chapter on eating out, on the road, and at the office.

I truly believe that a high fiber diet is the mainstay of a healthy body. Creating a solid foundation of healthy sustenance according to “The Full Plate Diet™” will certainly help us avoid illness and discomfort.  Together, let’s create a healthier America.

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