THE GOLD COAST CURE: The 5-Week Health & Body Makeover

Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator
Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Author, Jan Spivey Gilchrist, Illustrator . Health Communications $21.95 (280p) ISBN 0-7573-0235-1
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Ivy Larson's story of reversing the debilitating effects of multiple sclerosis at age 22 (she's now 30) without medication is alone worthy of serious consideration, but it may be the enticing recipes included here—traditional (Mint-Infused Leg of Lamb), vegetarian (Grilled Tofu Kabobs with Rosemary-Lemon Yogurt Sauce), child-pleasing (Chocolate-Covered Peanut Buttery Balls)—that convince readers to try the Gold Coast Cure. The husband-and-wife team behind this diet and fitness manual (he's a surgeon; she's a fitness instructor) promises readers weight loss, prevention and reversal of 10 major illnesses on the rise in the U.S. as well as optimal health. Their "cure" consists of rejecting fad diets in favor of whole foods, selective vitamin supplements and regular exercise. While this common sense approach is not new, the Larsons' formula, which emphasizes essential fatty acids, nutrient-rich carbohydrates and circuit resistance training, includes so many easily implemented tools (kitchen tips; name brands of acceptable foods; meal plans; and simple, feel-good exercise routines), there may be no excuse not to try it. For those who've struggled with any of the diets being touted by today's high-profile experts, the hope the Larsons offer—that good health is easily attainable with a few fundamental dietary changes and two hours of exercise each week—will likely come as refreshing news. (May)

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