Book Review: Kale & Coffee by Kevin Gianni

July 21, 2015 Blog, Book Reviews, How To's, Living Healthy 0

Book Review: Kale & Coffee by Kevin GianniKale and Coffee by Kevin Gianni
Published by Hay House Incorporated on 2015-07-21
Genres: Diet & Nutrition, General, Health & Fitness, Healthy Living
Pages: 248
Source: NetGalley
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“Four years ago, when I was something of a YouTube health celebrity, I was on top of the world [and] . . . the diet pyramid. I ate the cleanest, most nutritious diet on the planet (or so I thought). A raw-food vegan diet . . .  not only pure in its contents but also pure in its intention. With this type of diet, you eat straight from the earth, only as nature intended. I ate kale salad, raw nut butters, goji berries, raw chocolate, and dehydrated flax crackers. I drank green smoothies, green juice, wheatgrass, and hemp milk. I even tried a fruitarian diet . . . I thought about food from the moment I woke up until the second I fell asleep . . . I was an addict in search of the purest dope: raw, vegan, organic food . . . I was headed down a path of self-destruction. So it’s not surprising that, like any hardcore addict, I eventually hit rock bottom.”

So begins the saga of health blogger Kevin Gianni and his wife, Annmarie, as they travel the world to learn as much as they can about health and nutrition.  Along the way they meet unlikely people in unlikely places as Kevin seeks an answer to his burning question:  What—and how much—should we eat?

Gianni’s lighthearted debunking of the hype and nonsense surrounding much of the health and nutrition world today should be encouraging to anyone who’s ever tried a fad diet and failed. Kale and Coffee is packed with research—delivered in Gianni’s warm and humorous voice—but the aim throughout is to empower you to create the diet and lifestyle best suited to you alone.

Kale and Coffeeoffers practical tips for wellness, from testing your body—and pantry—for toxic metals to selecting the healthiest coffee, wines, and green drinks to consume. And don’t miss the Kale and Coffee 21-Day Jumpstart to launch you on your own journey of transformation. 

My Thoughts

What a delightful read! Although the author has done some things that I cannot see myself doing on a normal basis, like going to the doctor to get blood testing done each month, he does bring eating down to earth.

He starts off and he explains that he was a vegan. He even was on a fruit diet for a time! These diets, as many others that I hear about, seem obsessive. Because they are! But the author is able to see that he is harming himself and he is able to take action. Funnily, he takes action like we all do, feet first, all in! That also is not the way to go, so he found out after he gained quite a bit of weight!

What makes this so great is that it is a personal experience. He tells his own story and even the mistakes and hiccups he has made along the way. Everyone dieting has had hiccups and it can be infuriating when people do not explain how they got to where they are.

There are a lot of interesting thoughts in this. He takes dieting as a lifestyle and is really striving to find the most ideal way of eating. But he also explains that DNA is a big mixture of dieting. Not knowing where you are coming from makes the food path in front of you very difficult. And i have seen this in my own life first hand.

My hubby and I both went on the 17 day diet. That diet has some yummy food but minus carbs. No big deal right? While my husband had a great time and lost 25 pounds, I thought I was going to die! I couldn’t handle it! I had headaches every day and just wanted to stay in bed all of the time. So when Kevin Gianni is talking about DNA and how your body processes are different from another person’s processes this made total sense to me!

The only downside (not for the book but for dieting) is in finding that we are all made differently that then equals that we each have to figure out what is good for us. What is good for the goose is not good for the gander! Case in point the 17 day diet with me and my hubby! Kevin stresses that it is important to know how you feel about something and pay attention to your body! He makes it sound much easier than it really is but being an advocate of paying attention to what I eat, I have to agree that it is worth the time and effort.

Overall the book has some great insights. Some information can be filed away for future use but what I absolutely put into practice on day one was learning about my DNA. I have a lot of French and I studied how they eat and funnily enough came to find that I love breads, cheeses, and fruits! I’m going to explore more and find recipes that both my husband, who is Italian, and I can eat without worry!

Recommended to everyone with a grain of salt. Take it slow, it is chock full of great information.

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