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The Forks Over Knives Plan    by Alona Pulde & Matthew Lederman order for
Forks Over Knives Plan
by Alona Pulde
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Touchstone, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Here's another lifestyle/diet book, The Forks Over Knives Plan: How to Transition to the Life-Saving, Whole-Food, Plant-Based Diet by Alona Pulde, MD and Matthew Lederman, MD, who practice 'lifestyle medicine'. In the Foreword, Dean Ornish, MD, speaks of studies that show that improvements in diet and lifestyle can improve our lives, at any age - seems like sound common sense.

The volume is in three parts. The first tells us that 'Americans are sick, tired, and overmedicated.' The authors explain the plan and why it is good for us, telling us that 'A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It's a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains and legumes; and it excludes or minimises meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oils.' And they explain how we need to eat more of these lower calorie foods to be satiated, a cheering prospect.

Part Two presents a four week transition plan, starting with breakfast, adding in lunch, then including dinner, and finally fine-tuning. Finally the third part has a hundred recipes. I've always wanted to make my own granola and The Easiest Granola recipe here sure sounds simple to make. A Breakfast Fruit Crisp appeals. And how about Pizza with Creamed Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Olives for lunch? Sweet Potato Lasagna sounds worth trying, as does the Tex-Mex Bean and Cornbread Casserole.

There have been quite a number of these books lately and many seem to be variations on similar themes. I suspect that following any of them, and exercising regularly, would result in better health. The Forks Over Knives Plan certainly looks promising. And the middle of the book has enticing color photographs that will make you want to lift that fork and dig right in.

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