||In this guide to restricting carbohydrates, the authors define carbohydrate addiction as "a physical imbalance that leads to compelling hunger, craving, or desire for high-carbohydrate foods--an escalating, reoccurring need or drive for starches, snack foods, junk foods, or sweets." They argue that excessive carbohydrates stimulate the body to produce too much insulin. An overproduction of insulin, they feel, causes heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and excessive weight gain. This book teaches readers how to greatly reduce carbohydrates from their diets and provides several low-carbohydrate recipes, including Cauliflower & Ham Supreme, Classic Pork Roast, and Broiled Lamb Chops.
||Now it seems, a most amazing transformation has taken place. Food is viewed as medicine, chosen for its ability to ward off an impending state of health, rather than for the pleasure or satisfaction it gives. We keep our bodies under strict surveillance, and act as if they harbor some untrustworthy beast waiting to attack us from within--one that requires a strong hand and a disciplinarian's watchful eye. Activity, now in the form of regimented exercise, has become arduous and demanding. Pleasure has been replaced by a self-righteous sense of sacrifice and society's confirmation that by giving up all things enjoyable we offer proof of our goodness, dedication, and self-discipline.
||There was a time when we ate food simply because it tasted good and gave us pleasure .
||A guide to the low-carbohydrate diet offers advice on how to stave off heart disease, reduce blood pressure and blood fats, lose weight, and promote a long and healthy life by reducing the body's dependence on insulin. Reprint.