The Meat Fix : How A Lifetime of Healthy Eating Nearly Killed Me Paperback
For twenty-six long years, John Nicholson was a vegetarian.
No meat, no fish, no guilt. He was a walking advert for healthy eating. Brown rice, lentils, tofu, fruit, vegetables, low fat and low cholesterol - in the battle of good food versus bad, he should have been on the winning side.
But the exact opposite was true: his diet was making him ill.
Really ill. Joint pain? Tick. Exhaustion? Tick. Chronic IBS and piles? Tick, tick. Not to mention the fat belly and the sky-high cholesterol.
His mind may have forgotten its taste for flesh and blood but had his body?
Tired of being sick, John decided to do the unthinkable: eat meat and eat lots of it.
Going against all the official healthy-eating advice, he returned to an old fashioned red-blooded, full-fat, high-cholesterol diet. The results were spectacular. Twenty-four hours later, he felt better. After forty-eight hours he was fighting fit. Twelve months on, he had become a new person. His health was utterly transformed. He was first shocked, then delighted, then damn angry. The Meat Fix charts one man's journey to the top of the food chain, uncovering in the process an alternate universe of research condemning everything we think we know about healthy eating as little more than illusion, guesswork and marketing.
The body is a temple - but, as John Nicholson discovered, we may have forgotten how to worship it.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 274 pages
- Publisher: Biteback Publishing
- Publication Date: 06/12/2012
- Category: Fitness & diet
- ISBN: 9781849544627
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Review by madcurrin
I've just finished arguing my way through The Meat Fix, a frustrating yet thought provoking book. The first half reads like an evening with an obnoxious and slightly drunk uncle with whom it's impossible to get a word in edgeways, let alone disagree with. In his anger at having been duped by "healthy eating advice" for so many years, Nicholson rails against absolutely everything. Suddenly saturated fats are good, vegetables are overrated, meat is glorious, doctors are all morons and you're a dickhead if you think otherwise. He is aggressive, entertaining and irritating all at once. If there is any good evidence for his case it is largely obscured by vitriolic anecdotes. And don't look for any angst over the morality of eating animals either, that's a non issue. It's all dripping and duck lard here.Make it to the second half of the book, however, and things start to settle down. He cites a few studies to support his grumpiness. By the final chapters he almost begins to sound reasonable. If you only read one chapter I'd recommend the second to last, called "Life is a carnival, believe it or not", in which Nicholson outlines his general position on different foods. Perhaps the most important paragraph here - and the one which I can most easily agree with - is this:"I've emerged from this adventure being totally against all forms of processed food. By eating them you are handing over the control of what keeps you alive to someone else ... Remember it's not their job to make healthy food for you, it's their job to make profitable food for themselves - the rest of it is just marking bullshit." So, having closed the book, I feel like I've left the dinner party after several hours of being regaled by the aforementioned drunk uncle. For most of the night I just wanted him to shut up but I am forcing myself to look beyond his ego-centric presentation and allow that he might actually have a few valid points to ponder.I would never let The Meat Fix be the last word on nutrition but it's a lively launch into the larger conversation about how we should operate in the world of modern food. I can't decide if The Meat Fix is an important contribution to that larger conversation or if it is just an annoying one. It has got me thinking about some foods in a different way, particularly the proliferation of soy products, so I'm going to vote for 'important'.