Peeps, you know how we’re all so busy. Wearing that busy badge like some kind of accolade?! Well, during the summer, I thought I was snowed under so when I got the opportunity to review what sounded like a potentially great book all about gut health… I thought “yes!”… then, hmmm can I find time to read it properly and then write the review. So I passed on the task to my Deputy Blog Editor, aka my Mum. Little did I know that my mum would take this role very seriously and take months… and months to send me through her final draft. But, people, behold… we have the review…
The G Plan Diet – the revolutionary diet for gut-healthy weight loss by Amanda Hamilton and Hannah Ebelthite.
This book is written by Amanda, an experienced Nutritionist and Hannah, a health, fitness and wellbeing writer and consultant. They are therefore both well qualified to discuss the subject covered. The basis of the book is the fact that gut health is inextricably linked to one’s physical and mental wellbeing.
The G Plan Diet (available here on Amazon) is comprised of three phrases – the rest phase which is like a detox giving the gut a rest lasting for five days. The “re-wild” phase then repopulates, nourishes and supports the gut with friendly bacteria. This phase lasts nine days. Phase 3 is about rebalance; it lasts for 7 days and is “about getting to the place where you can easily maintain your well deserved results, enjoy more freedom around food and most important of all feel happy”. The book is researched / evidence based and the diet is validated by Hannah’s lived experience of it which resulted in weight loss and a better mood.
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Chapter 1 starts by explaining that there are trillions of microbes, mostly bacteria living in and on our bodies and the majority of these are found in our gut (large intestines). These bacteria are known as your microbiota and collectively form our microbiome. It goes on to discuss the origin of the mircobiome and its impact on health, immunity and emotions. Subsequent chapters cover subjects such as – whether or not the diet would be suitable for an individual, gut friendly foods and gut irritants, supplements, frequently asked questions, example menus and shopping lists.
Overall, the book is well written and easy to follow. Rationales are given for the phases of the diet and the information provided pre-empts any questions that may arise. The provision of example menus and shopping lists makes it easy for users particularly as most people lead very busy lives. I have been as objective as possible and tried very hard to find a weakness in the book but to no avail. I recommend this book as a ‘must read’ for those interested in improving their health and the diet as a ‘must try’ for health and fitness enthusiasts. Changing ones eating habits can be a challenging journey but because Amanda and Hannah have done the groundwork, all that is needed is to make the decision, go shopping for the ingredients (which are easy to find and relatively inexpensive), prepare meals and start living the rest of your life with a healthy gut and all its benefits.
To find out a little more about gut health, read this post about looking after yourself this winter from the inside out including the benefits of kefir on your gut.
Are you conscious about looking after your gut health?!