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The 80/10/10 Diet™: Balancing Your Health, Your Weight, and Your Life, One Luscious Bite at a Time
Article by Laurie Masters
What’s so special about The 80/10/10 Diet? Dr. Doug Graham has taken the increasingly popular and tremendously successful low-fat, plant-based diet and turbo charged it for unprecedented, off-the-charts results. Eclipsing even the astounding benefits so well documented by renowned world-class vegan health professionals who also advocate low-fat eating , Dr. Graham’s plan is the first to present a low-fat diet and lifestyle program based exclusively around whole, fresh, uncooked fruits and vegetables. From effortless body weight management to unprecedented vibrant health and disease reversal to blockbuster athletic performance, The 80/10/10 Diet delivers … in ways no other plan can even hope to match.
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Comprehensive in scope yet simple in implementation, the 80/10/10 approach makes good sense. Every element of the program is based in hard science, and every meal is delicious and appealing. Fresh, juicy fruit takes center stage in this symphony of simple taste sensations, and tender greens and nonsweet fruits like tomatoes are their sole accompaniments. Grains, legumes, supplements, superfoods, dehydrates, juices, stimulating condiments, and refined oils play no part in the 80/10/10 program, and the healthful fats in nuts, seeds, avocados, and coconuts are invited for rare guest appearances only.
Essentially, The 80/10/10 Diet outlines a plan that derives a minimum of eighty percent of its calories from carbohydrates. All the best science points to this key dietary concept, yet no approach has taken the low-fat vegan plan to its rightful heights, because they all rely upon the consumption of cooked, complex carbohydrates as their primary calorie source. Starches and grains are bland foods, so inevitably we end up compromising their potential health value by amending them with fat, refined or chemical sweeteners, and salt. Dr. Graham bypasses the entire problem by using the simple carbohydrates in fruits as the main staple of his program.
Once the commonly held misconceptions about fruit are laid to rest, which Dr. Graham accomplishes with aplomb, The 80/10/10 Diet has the potential to bring more people to the vegetarian movement than any book ever written. Why? Simply because it converts dessert into the main course, offering people the chance to eat as much healthful sweet food as they could ever care for. It offers a diet not of fast food, but of instantaneous food. In stark contrast to the laborious effort required to prepare most raw-food concoctions, 80/10/10 fare wins the simplicity award, hands-down.
Sure, readers are wary when they open the book, for widespread fruit-phobia abounds, and the maladies and shortcomings misattributed to fruit are legion, even among health professionals who should “know better.” In a caring and thoughtful fashion, Dr. Graham systematically eradicates every common fear, argument, and supposition about eating sweet, delicious fruit. Concerns about blood sugar, glycemic index, candida, cancer, diabetes, chronic fatigue, protein, tooth decay, weight control, digestion, triglycerides, and many other topics are handled in depth, with precision and clarity.
Says Graham, “All I did is create a synthesized version of the world’s most respected health science, and present the obvious outcome. The 80/10/10 diet is without a doubt the healthiest, most nutritious, and most satisfying way of eating, as it is the diet for which our species is anatomically, physiologically, emotionally, and philosophically designed.” Dr. Graham cites statistics and research from the fields of nutritional science, sports physiology, and medicine, and he makes copious use of real testimonials in order to prove his points: Sweet, juicy fruit is Nature’s most perfect food for humans. The low-fat, raw vegan diet is richly rewarding and completely satisfying.
Written in a no-nonsense style and constructed so that even totally new concepts flow smoothly from one to the next, The 80/10/10 Diet makes for effortless and intriguing reading. Dr. Graham obviously did his homework and presents a sound, compelling argument for trying his approach.
Although similar-sounding results can be gained on cooked starch-based plans, the body’s true potential for healing and athletic prowess on a diet of Nature’s “rocket fuel” is astronomical. Just ask some of Graham’s longtime fans:
As if reclaiming your health and exceeding your wildest dreams for athletic performance were not enough reason to embrace this plan, The 80/10/10 Diet offers other far-reaching benefits. As is true of any vegetarian or vegan program, 80/10/10 contributes to a kinder and safer place for the creatures with whom we share this planet. Too, a recent UN report shows that eliminating animal foods could dramatically turn the tide of global warming and ever-increasing erratic world weather patterns . But has anyone stopped to contemplate the environmental impact of cooking our food? If humans ceased this nutrient-damaging and health-compromising practice and ate exclusively of simple, colorful, luscious fruits and vegetables, fresh and alive from Mother Nature—consuming nothing with a package or a label—just imagine how we could replenish and regenerate our bodies and our planet!
Packed with source references, engaging sidebars, illustrative tables, on-point FAQs, eye-opening nutritional analyses, sixty-plus pages of candid success stories, dozens of simply delicious recipes (a complete week’s worth of them—every meal employing perfect food combining—for each season of the year), and explanations galore, The 80/10/10 Diet is the ultimate resource for anyone wishing to thrive on a sustainable, healthful, raw-food diet. Admittedly, The 80/10/10 Diet is a difficult book to put down, and an even tougher book to forget.
¨ …And if you are hoping to steer friends, relatives, and loved ones in the direction of a healthier way of eating and living, give them The 80/10/10 Diet. It is one diet book that everyone should read.
The 80/10/10 Diet is available from Dr. Graham’s web store, www.foodnsport.com. With your support, it will soon be available in bookstores nationwide.
1. A short list of the better-known and most successful proponents of the very-low-fat, plant-based diet includes accomplished professionals such as John McDougall, Dean Ornish, Nathan Pritikin, T. Colin Campbell, Ruth Heidrich, William Harris, Michael Klaper, Michael Greger, Joel Fuhrman, Caldwell Esselstyn, and Alan Goldhamer.
2. Visit www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000448/index.html to read about the November 2006 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization entitled Livestock’s Long Shadow –Environmental Issues and Options. The report pegs livestock as one of the top contributors to every one of our most serious environmental problems. In fact, the livestock sector generates 18% of our greenhouse gas emissions. The transportation industry contributes 13%.