A healthy lifestyle improves health and increases lifespan. There are, of course, variables such as exercise, genetics and supplements. Dr. John Salerno in his new book Silver Cloud Diet supports this theory. After reading this book, I felt the Silver Cloud Diet is similar to the low carbohydrate diet, Atkins. In fact, Dr. Salerno is a student of Atkins and created the Silver Cloud Diet as an improvement on the diet.
The book also features recipes and information from Linda Eckhardt, author of numerous cookbooks.
The Silver Cloud Diet builds a foundation for a healthy lifestyle with low-carbohydrate eating, organic foods and detox. One stand-out difference between the Atkins diet and Dr. Salerno’s Silver Cloud Diet is that the latter allows alcohol on the plan. Readers will find a recipe section dedicated to low-carbohydrate cocktail recipes.
The Silver Cloud Diet recommends supplements for improved health. Through the Silver Cloud Diet website, branded supplements are available including Cardio Factor, Glucose Factor, Anti-Aging Factor and Carb Factor, which uses white kidney bean extract to prevent the breakdown of carbohydrates.
The book offers relative information. It’s simple, eat fewer carbohydrates and lose weight.
One draw back to the plan is that many of the recipes feature ingredients that aren’t common in most households, like caviar, for example.
If you’re looking for a low-carbohydrate lifestyle, the Silver Cloud Diet is a good choice.
“The basic principles needed revision both to make the diet sustainable and to take into account the foods available today,” he says.
How does a low-carb diet work? Salerno answers the most frequently asked questions:
• How is a low-carb diet today different from the Dr. Atkins plan? Thirty years ago, the food supply was less degraded. Now, low-carb dieters have to be more proactive about selecting chemical-free foods that are not highly processed. There are many more farming techniques today that introduce unnatural elements into our meats and vegetables, and there are many, many more highly processed foods on store shelves. We need to be vigilant about preservatives and additives; hormone-infused meat can wreak havoc on a body.
• What’s the first step? The Fat Fast Detox quickly puts one’s body into fat-burning mode. Adhering to the carb-free diet for two weeks will have participants losing five to 15 pounds and two inches from the waistline. Breakfast, for example, could include two large organic eggs and a side of bacon, sausage or ham, which can be washed down with coffee or tea with cream and sweetener
.• What about eating out? Sustaining a low-carb diet is pretty simple when eating at restaurants. Take the burger out of the bread and skip the French fries. You’re good to go with grilled fish, roast chicken, pot roast, pork tenderloin, shrimp, scallops and pates
• How can you eat on the run? A small amount of planning goes a long way. Boil eggs and keep them on hand for long car trips and office snacking. Add to that list jerky salmon, nuts and string cheese. These foods are dense with nutrients.
• Where can you find “clean” foods? Buy as “close to the ground” as possible, meaning choose organic produce, eggs and dairy. Inquire at farmer’s markets where they grow crops. Find a local provider for meats and fish if possible.
• Can you eat cake on a low-carb diet? As your health and vitality improves with lost weight and increased activity, you can introduce more carbohydrates into your diet.
• Are low-carb meals safe for family members who do not need to lose weight? What’s good for you – a broad and varied diet of unprocessed foods – is good for your family!
• When is the diet over? Eating foods that are healthy, unprocessed and natural is something you should never stop doing. However, if you feel you’re starting to gain excess weight, go on a detox regimen by cutting out carbs completely for one week.
• So, fat is good for you? Natural fat is the most nutrient-dense food there is. It’s lubricates your joints and helps your brain function at its best. It also keeps your hair shiny and helps prevent wrinkles. When you cut out processed carbs from your diet, you don’t need to worry about natural fat, which is an appetite suppressant.
About Dr. John Salerno
A board-certified family physician, Dr. John Salerno has been pioneering complementary medicine for more than 20 years. Best known for his Silver Cloud Diet nutrition program, anti-aging supplements, and natural therapies, Dr. Salerno has crafted original treatment plans to restore human health. His publications and professional studies have made him a popular expert on the physiology and assessment of many complex medical conditions. Dr. Salerno was a protégé and colleague of prestigious Dr. Robert Atkins and has worked with Hollywood actress/author Suzanne Somers (bioidentical hormone replacement therapy pioneer); actor Steven Cannell; and president of the International Congress of Integrative Medicine, Dr. Hiroyuki Abe M.D.
Julee is a quirky, dorky, North Carolina Transplant with an appetite to taste the world, meets its desserts and blog about them. When she’s not behind the computer you can find her playing with her family, reading a good book and celebrating the little things.
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