Does anybody here follow the Perfect Health Diet? Thoughts on it? Sample daily menu? I'm enjoying the book, but 'potato' and 'rice' are still scary words to me. As is the phrase 'one half pound of meat per day'. I'd love to hear about anyone's experience.
EDIT for clarity: The Perfect Health Diet, in short, is 20% carbs (from 'healthy starches' like potatoes, white rice, and yucca, as well as some fruit), 65% non-toxic fats, and 15% protein.
Yes I have read the book and blog and I follow a similar diet. I have my modifications but it is fairly close to PHD and I have no complaints with anything they are saying. Blood tests look incredible, energy is good and I don't miss the tons and tons of meat of standard paleo diets. I don't eat rice, you don't really have to, it's not a particularly good food, just not a particularly bad one.
I endorse it. Even if you don't want to follow the dietary recommendations there is plenty of knowledge and wisdom in the book and blog.
Yes. I was LCP for 2 years and couldn't figure out why i felt like crap. I function better on higher carbs and do white rice. Perfect Health Diet still subscribes to no gluten, limited fructose, and limited seed oil. It's paleo enough for me and i feel much better running on more carbs (100g's/day-up'd to 200ish a day). In my experience the main problems are too much Fructose, gluten grains and seed oils. Avoid those three and you're pretty much good to go. If i wanted to loose lots of fat i may restrict carbs. If your an athlete, or get lots of exercise i would up the carb %. And also, i probably eat a bit more protein then they recommend. IMO its ok to play around with fat/carb/protein ratios as long as you are avoiding gluten grains, too much fructose, and seed oils.
I follow their diet. I eat a lot of white rice, potato and sweet potato along with a copious amount of fat and a moderate amount of protein. I have felt a ton better following their diet than I have following strict paleo.
I have read the book twice and have had very good results following the diet, as has my girlfriend. (By results I mean better digestion, weight loss, ability to go longer without eating, and other typical paleo benefits).
I really liked the book because they back everything up with a lot of empirical data, which is value for those of a skeptical bent. It's all very logical and evidence-based. So it's worth reading even if you decide not to implement the whole diet.
This is the diet that I follow. I was paleo for close to a year before discovering their work, and I've been on it ever since. The diet is very well researched, makes a good deal of sense, and I feel better than I ever have.
I should note that, even if one doesn't plan on following their diet, the book is full of all kinds of great knowledge that is invaluable to paleos as well. A lot of it is the scientific research that refutes common knowledge and the SAD; you know, the kind of facts we love! They provide the research as a synthesis, though, which I feel strongly points toward their diet as being, well, just what it claims to be.
I have read the book and the blog and generally follow diet. I feel a lot better on it than I did on strict paleo. My mood is so much better. I do eat rice but I always cook it in bone broth and load it up with butter.
I love their blog, but was eating very similarly to their guidelines long before I found it! I started out pretty low-carb, and it did NOT agree with me. Now I eat meat, eggs, seafood, dairy, veg, a little fruit and nuts, and 'safe' starch from potatoes, other root veg and white rice. Lots of fat, adequate carbs (but too many carbs definitely have an adverse effect). I do eat more protein than they recommend, because my body craves it, and I only weigh 105 lbs and have trouble gaining muscle... so I figure I need it.
Well, you can read about Poland's "Optimal Diet" at Bee Wilder's website. But be certain to go to perfecthealthdiet.com and see what Paul and Shou-Ching have to say about the research. Seems there is an apparent positive correlation between the O.D. and digestive tract cancers. The PHD title is okay, especially after you meet the authors and you see how bright, kind, approachable, and completely into critiquing their own work and tweaking their pespectives.
Get over the ol' judging the book and read it. Amazing insights, and if you have thoughts, concerns, or questions, you can ask on their website.
Well, I eat a lot of potatoes, rice occasionally. I eat somewhere in the range of 200 grams of carb per day. I eat a whole lot more than 8 oz of meat per day though. That might cut it for a sedentary desk job but not me.
I have the book and have read through it twice. It is more calories than I eat, and I am not ready to cut back my protein to their suggested level yet, but I am still open minded about it. I also am not so sure about all the supplements they suggest. I am very slow to add supplements...still reading. And, there are some pretty strong statements about curing cancer that bother me. I know they are cancer researchers, but that seemed "quacky." I have no problem with adding a little starch if needed. I keep coming back to the book and am starting it for a third time. I have about 10 lbs. more to lose and do not know if I need to stay VLC to maintain or not. Another experiment of one coming soon.
The comments here have me interested to look more into this, but my gut reaction was that anything that would proclaim itself as "perfect" has GOT TO BE BS. I really don't believe that any one diet is right for EVERYone, and I detest the word "perfect" but I'll set that aside and ready up and see where that goes.