David Katz's basic guidelines for optimum heath will certainly not surprise the health-conscious reader: eat more plants and less processed food, quit smoking and move. To boot, those who frequently read up on nutrition and healthy living may learn nothing from the pages of "Disease Proof." However, what Katz lacks in originality he makes up for in attitude. He exhibits passion for whole foods and exercise but maintains a realistic tone, recognizing that life has room for both indulgences and prudent habits. Trendy cleanses and fad diets do not interest Katz; he would rather give readers the tools to live a vibrant and pleasurable life.
Katz walks his readers through healthy eating habits, exercise tips, and strategies for mental shifts that can release unhealthful weight, cease smoking, and increase physical fitness. He emphasizes "skill power" over "willpower": desire alone will not result in change; we need everyday resources, emotional support, organizational skills and confidence to turn that desire into reality.
While not the flashiest, catchiest, or most sensational book on the market, "Disease Proof" refreshingly opts for evidence-based sensibility. Other writers may demonize ingredients and share wildly alarmist claims but Katz uniquely balances science, strategy and wit to produce an empowering, informative read.
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