When I was asked to review a copy of Everyday Detox by Megan Gilmore (of detoxinista.com), I was really curious what it would hold. I just never know what I’m going to see out of something labeled “detox”. Overall I think our bodies are pretty capable of detoxing themselves provided we feed ourselves good, whole foods. It may take time, but there are no special shakes, smoothies, juices, pills, etc. that are really needed to do this. Thankfully Gilmore isn’t promoting a juice cleanse or pills, but a focus on real food! That is one thing I loved about the book.
Her focus is on optimal digestion by eating certain food groups separately from one another, with the exception of non-starchy veggies that you can eat anytime (as well as fats). Meals are eating 3-4 hrs apart and you pick one food category + non-starchy veggies per meal. While she goes into her reasoning on “why”, I’m not sure if its backed up by science or any sort of trials. I’m not saying its BAD to eat this way by any means, I’m just not 100% convinced its NECESSARY. But that’s just my thoughts on the eating plan she promotes.
The recipes themselves all look pretty great; some are a little different than what I would normally make, but many are delicious. Even better, all include great, real foods!
One thing you should know going into this book, however, is that it seems very focused on a vegetarian (or at the least pescatarian) lifestyle. While she includes meats in the Animal Protein category at the beginning of the book, there are only THREE recipes with meat in the entire book, and all 3 of those are fish. So if you are looking for more standard meat dinner meals, you’ll have to look for a different book.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I *heart* meat…so this lack of meat was a disappointment to me. I don’t just love meat for the taste, but for the great nutrition it offers – especially when you’re looking at getting a complete protein. While beans, nuts, & veggies do offer some protein, its really hard to get the complete protein your body needs without meat. Additionally, when I took 2 of her daily “meal plans” and calculated the macro nutrients, I found that one had about 49g protein and the other 39g. While this # does fall into the guidelines for an “average” 135 lb woman (RDA = weight * .36), keep in mind that if you are heavier, or if you are actively exercising (strength or endurance training), your protein totals should be higher! (Training adults should get .6-.9 * weight for protein). Here is a great article about protein that goes more in depth.
So in conclusion…its not a bad book! The recipes are good, and the layout & photos are beautiful to look at. Its cleanly laid out and easy to navigate. Its filed with great, whole food recipes and encourages you to eat real food.
I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. While the book was given to me, the thoughts & opinions on it are all my own!
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