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Eat Right for Your Metabolism: How the Right Foods for Your Type Can Help You Lose Weight    by Felicia Drury Kliment order for
Eat Right for Your Metabolism
by Felicia Drury Kliment
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McGraw-Hill, 2006 (2006)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Nutritionist and natural health consultant Felicia Drury Kliment, who previously wrote The Acid-Alkaline Balance Diet, now brings us Eat Right for Your Metabolism. In her Introduction, she says there is no standardized diet, and speaks of clients 'who weren't eating right for their metabolic type'. She tells us that this results in faulty digestion and the appetite and health problems that accompany it.

In her book, Kliment describes simple Niacin and Vitamin C Self-Tests to determine metabolic type that is genetically derived from ancestral diet (grain eater, meat eater or omnivore) She offers menu plans (over half of the book's content) for each type, aimed at either losing weight or regaining health (menus address specific conditions like arthritis or circulatory disorders). Towards the end of the book are twenty-six recipes, including Chicken Stroganoff, Pork Tenderloin with Apple-Onion Compote, and Mediterranean Lentil Stew.

Kliment advises that 'Those who gave up the nutritional eating habits of their forebears lose some of their natural immunity', leading to health problems from undigested food and 'toxic acid waste'. She discusses food allergies, along with a pulse test to identify them. She offers 'Practical Suggestions for Taking Off Pounds', including the advice 'to alkalinize your body regularly' (via repeated intake of potato water or semi-raw potatoes), to cleanse the liver with a blackstrap lemon drink, cut caffeine, increase roughage, watch when you eat, and control stress levels.

The author tells us her book's primary aim is to help 'find the foods that you can digest easily ... beacuse foods that aren't broken down properly ultimately put on weight.' Serendipitously, just before reading the book, I stopped eating red meat, and was surprised to find my digestion improved and to feel healthier - which leads me to plan to incorporate more of this book's suggestions for grain eaters into my regular eating habits. Though it's hard to make sense of the conflicting dietary advice out there, and many specific points in this book seem like a stretch, Eat Right for Your Metabolism does make some sense.

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