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The Diet Cure by Julia Ross - Anyone read it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 12, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Hello - So far, I'm finding this book to be very informative and paleo-friendly. It's recommended some amino acids that I'm finding invaluable for keeping carb cravings at bay. It also explains why I lost nearly 20 lbs the first 2 weeks of going strictly paleo.

I do have my reservations about eating 2100 calories a day, though. That amount caused me to put on weight rapidly.

Have any of you read this book and adopted some of her methods?

If so, what are your thoughts?

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on July 13, 2012
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I think supplements can be helpful. Sometimes I just am not in the mood for whatever will provide me with all the nutrition I needs, so I supplement to cover all my bases.

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on July 12, 2012
at 04:12 PM

I didn't count calories. I didn't starve. I just dropped weight like crazy. In the book, she mentions that if you have intolerances to certain foods, your body will flush them out when they are removed. I obviously cannot tolerate grains/dairy. I have more evidence to support that. I'm not that heavy - would like to lose 15 lbs. It was surprising to drop 20 that quickly.

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on July 12, 2012
at 04:08 PM

I'm not sure it's a recommendation so much as a suggestion if you're struggling with low-calorie diets and weight loss. I'll have to read more to confirm.

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on July 12, 2012
at 04:07 PM

Yes, Jeff. I definitely feel more full. I've been negligent about bone broths and offal, so I think I was lacking in some amino acids and vitamins.

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on July 12, 2012
at 04:06 PM

Sorry her suggestions are too complex to go into here. I definitely recommend reading it. Her theory about amino acids fall in line with the paleo thinking that we should be eating offal. Interesting.

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on July 12, 2012
at 04:06 PM

I scanned it. The test at the front of the book tell you what parts you need to read and apply, so I got to skip a lot of it. I'm started taking one of the ammno acids and waiting on another one to come in the mail. So far I noticed that I tend to feel more full than I used to. In my case that is a good thing. Still waiting to see where both ammno acids take me before I report all results.

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on July 12, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Haven't read it but it has been recommended to me by a lot of people. They all benefitted from it immensely. What amino acids does she recommend? And why specifically 2100 calories?

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on July 12, 2012
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Any book recommending a flat 2100 Kcal per day across the board is inherently wrong as those assumptions can not be made. Many thrive on far less, and many require far more. I would be weak and feel like I were starving on that many. My mom would gain weight forcing herself to eat that much. If you eat quality food, you will not need to supplement amino acids, even to avoid carb cravings.

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on July 12, 2012
at 04:08 PM

I'm not sure it's a recommendation so much as a suggestion if you're struggling with low-calorie diets and weight loss. I'll have to read more to confirm.

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on July 13, 2012
at 06:06 AM

I think supplements can be helpful. Sometimes I just am not in the mood for whatever will provide me with all the nutrition I needs, so I supplement to cover all my bases.

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on July 12, 2012
at 05:59 PM

Julia Ross is a rock star in the world of balancing moods and emotions through food. (Her expertise covers a wide range of areas, but she has particular depth in treating eating disorders and in general women who have depleted themselves through long-term caloric restriction in our modern fat-phobic and animal protein-phobic society. Also tons of experience with anxiety, depression, and ADHD/ADD.)

If you use iTunes, you can download FREE podcasts - she's been interviewed multiple times by Jimmy Moore (Livin' La Vida Lowcarb and Ask the Lowcarb Experts podcasts), Sean Croxton (Underground Wellness podcast), and Nora Gedgaudas (Primal Body Primal Mind podcast).

I saw her speak at a WAPF conference and she was brilliant. (And no, I have no affiliation with her - not making any $$ from these glowing recommendations. Just a big fan.) :o)

I second the recommendation for The Mood Cure book. The questionnaires at the beginning are so eye-opening. You come to see that all these weird little disparate symptoms are all connected to the same underlying imbalances -- and very likely your mother (and maybe sisters) have the same issues!

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on July 12, 2012
at 07:26 PM

I read both Mood Cure and Diet Cure years ago, pre-Paleo. Loved them both! They changed my life, and helped me figure out that I was hypothyroid and had a few food sensitivities. It was a revelation, and the amino acids and diet made me feel well enough to be able to take care of myself better, and self advocate enough to finally get my doc to check my TSH.

I think the calorie recommendation is just to get women past the fear of eating to satiety, I've settled in at about 1700-1900, but that is just me, I suspect many people do better on more, especially when exercising heavily. I also seemed to need to fill in deficiencies by eating more whole foods before I settled on that slightly lower caloric intake.

The amino acids were super helpful for me back then, but I put my thinking cap on one day and decided to figure out how to get them from food sources, and mostly offal kept popping up. So you can either take the pills or eat some organs, whatever is more appealing to you.

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on July 12, 2012
at 05:40 PM

I have just started to read the book after hearing her on Jimmy Moore's Ask the Low Carb Experts podcast just yesterday. Her ideas intrigued me. I'm glad to see that it is working on for someone. I have not yet reached the part about a 2100 calorie diet. Just looking for more info on the amino acid supplements.

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on July 12, 2012
at 04:17 PM

I read her book The Mood Cure, which is quite similar. It was my first glimpse into a higher fat, "paleo" lifestyle, and it totally blew my mind and changed the way I thought about food and nutrition. I would recommend it to anyone.

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on July 12, 2012
at 03:33 PM

When you say you went strictly Paleo...did that also include calorie counting? If you went on a highly restricted caloric diet, you would've lost weight no matter what diet you were on....

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on July 12, 2012
at 04:12 PM

I didn't count calories. I didn't starve. I just dropped weight like crazy. In the book, she mentions that if you have intolerances to certain foods, your body will flush them out when they are removed. I obviously cannot tolerate grains/dairy. I have more evidence to support that. I'm not that heavy - would like to lose 15 lbs. It was surprising to drop 20 that quickly.

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