The All-Day Energy Diet by Yuri Elkaim

If you’re looking for a different type of health/fitness/diet book, you can definitely find it in the All Day Energy Diet. The focus here is on the acidity/alkaline imbalance in your blood, enzyme levels of the body, and your chi – the energy that surrounds you and food. Elkaim has a distinct viewpoint on health: e.g., you’re going to want to eat raw rather than cooked foods since cooking reduces that food’s energy glow or chi. To sum it up, it’s a lot of new age, homeopathic, mostly unproven theories about health.

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Problematic for me is that the book really needs more editing. Really poor sentences are distracting enough to cause stumbles when reading; e.g., “I hate to break it to you, but understanding what happens inside of your body when you eat a meal is critical to breaking through the energy slump you’re trying to get out of.” is painful to read. Attempts to connect to the audience feel very forced and instead have the opposite effect. The tone never felt anything other than uncomfortable.

The information and personal story that lead up to Elkaim’s claims also feel very specious. E.g., he talks about losing his hair at 17, learning to eat better and it grows back, but then falls out again because of alopecia. So the poor eating wasn’t the cause of the hair loss as implied and is completely irrelevant to the topic of discussion about this book. It’s almost like a magician’s sleight of hand trick – he’s lethargic, in poor health, even lost his hair while eating a bad diet – but then grows it back again when eating better! Oh wait, but loses it again anyway because it is alopecia, not bad diet. We should only be reading about the diet relevant parts of his past.

The studies listed for his conclusions are questionable. If the only study you can find that supports your theory about energy glows/chi is from 1934 (the era of quack medicine), then it would probably not be a good idea to put it in your book. There’s a lot of that in this book, unfortunately.

New age energy glows aside, the focus of the book is on enzymes and alkaline foods. Avoid acidic foods because they will drain your energy. Avoid sugar, bad fats, eat more greens, avoid high glycemic foods, watch for added salt, don’t eat any grains, sprout your legumes/nuts, etc. are all in here. As well, the usual recipes – from broccoli-kale soup to quinoa salad are in here. The recipes are fairly unformatted, hard to read and use since the directions are in block paragraph form with few breaks between.

I’m not a new agey person and I tend to like a much more rational approach to a diet/fitness regime. Because of a lot of the unsupported claims in this book, it tended to read more like a fad diet. But at the same time, I haven’t read a lot of what he purports in any other book, so there may be something here for someone who has been unsuccessful in other diets.

Reviewed from an ecopy provided by the publisher.

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