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The Rosedale Diet PDF

by To kill a mockingbird pdf (2019-12-25)

I got curious about the Rosedale diet after reading all the info on the Rosedale website. It seemed like he was proposing a Paleo diet with more fat and less protein, which is what I was thinking of trying. But I was having a little trouble figuring out exactly what that diet would look like. So, I bought the book in order to get the recipes. I was disappointed, because I found a lot of contradictions, both within the book and between the book and the website.

One point he makes is that our bodies have become accustomed to burning sugar as their preferred food, and have forgotten how to burn fat. So, if there's any sugar (i.e. carbs) in the diet, you will burn them to the extent that you need fuel, and store the excess, and most of the fat you eat, as saturated fat, which is hard for you to burn off. You can make unneeded protein into sugar and store that as fat too, but in the process you make nasty chemicals like ammonia. He says you need to train yourself to burn fat, starting with the easier to burn fats, i.e. Omega 3s. Then you can move on to saturated fat. Sounds reasonable, right?

Here come the problems. Although he mentions very briefly that grass-fed animals have a much healthier fat (less saturated, more Omega 3) than grain fed, he restricts beef, lamb and pork completely on the first three weeks of the diet and limits them forever afterward, with no discussion of how this might change if they were grass-fed. Also no discussion of whether a free-range organic chicken has good fat. He has you cook the chicken and then remove the skin before eating it. On the maintenance plan he mentions using ghee for cooking, but it's not in the first three weeks and there is no discussion of whether pastured butter is okay or not. He is a big proponent of fatty fish and sort of dismisses the mercury issue, saying just don't eat fish that are known to be high in mercury. But many of the fishes he recommends have little fat, according to my references.

On the website he says that coconut oil is the exception to the rule that saturated fat is hard to burn, and is actually a very healthy fat. But in the book he allows no coconut oil in the first three weeks and limits it thereafter.

On the website he says you can put a little cream in your coffee, but don't use milk because it has too many carbs. He mentions eating full-fat soft cheese as a snack, but he also says that it would be best to eliminate dairy completely. In the book, it seems like every other recipe has low fat or fat-free cream cheese or yogurt or creme fraiche in it. Huh?

On the website he says that you should eat no grains at all, and that although sprouted grains aren't as bad because they do have some fiber (um, so does whole wheat) you should only eat a tiny amount of them if at all. In the book it seems like every other recipe is served with or on top of 'Manna From Heaven' bread, which is never described, but I looked it up on the internet; it's made from 7 or so sprouted grains and legumes (which he says are no good).

On the website he says you don't even really need to eat vegetables if you don't feel like it. With the exception of the starchy ones that he doesn't want you to eat, he says they are mostly fiber, and he wants you taking vitamin supplements so you don't really need them for the vitamin content. (The list of supplements is daunting!) In the book he says don't eat much protein, but fill your plate up with lots of veggies. Then he says you must exercise for 15 minutes right after dinner to burn off any carbs you ate, for example broccoli, before you go to bed. So why, exactly, are we eating broccoli, probably the most carb-rich green veggie, at dinner? Why not just eat zero carbs at dinner?

On the website it says that you don't need to restrict your fat intake at all as long as it's a good fat, and that whenever you're hungry you can eat some good fat. He says that fat should be the largest portion of your calorie intake. In the book, in the recipe section, all of the fat is measured and it doesn't seem like all that much to me; certainly not more than half of the calories. Not to mention that much of the fat in the recipes is in a form that comes with protein, (e.g. fish, nuts) and he cautions against getting too much protein. I haven't tried to figure out the actual nutritional content of the recipes, but on first impression it does not look like the high-fat, moderate protein, low carb diet he describes.

One other thing; pretty much everything he says is a pronouncement. If there's research behind any of it, he rarely mentions it. Maybe there's a list of references at the back of the book, but I read it on Kindle and never got that far. I'd suggest reading the info on his website and figuring out your own diet based on that. Download :