By Diane Donovan – Senior Reviewer at Midwestern Book Review:
Diet Slave No More!: A Fun Literary Journey into Your Self is an unexpected journey in that it’s not another book on “how to diet”. Instead, its holistic approach combines the medical traditions of East and West as it considers the fact that typical dieting strategies just don’t work, and it reviews a new idea that offers better balance and insights.
Where most diet books advocate a singular program that can be followed by all, Diet Slave No More maintains that in order to achieve lasting results, diet efforts must be customized and tailored to and by the individual dieter.
This is further emphasized by the fact that ninety-seven percent of those who lost weight gained all of it back within a few years, neatly demonstrating that artificial weight loss efforts not backed by deeply life-changing strategies are likely only temporary achievements.
One of the purposes of Diet Slave No More is to provide medical insights into weight gain and loss and what occurs on a metabolic and physical level when one’s diet changes. Discussions move to a cellular level as they probe how food is digested and absorbed into the system.
A touch of metaphysical insight adds to Dr. Kogan’s approach, as well: “By coming to understand that your Cells are highly intelligent by design, you are not committing to any religion or a cult. You are simply coming to terms with why you were born perfect and why you are such a mess today. And what’s more: you are learning to tap into your birthright—your cellular integrity, to recreate your perfection.”
Specifics of emotional ties to food are revealed (“Just like a positive emotion, like hearing your beloved calling you with a cup of coffee, can strengthen your positive perception of an object, in this case coffee, the negative emotion will cause predictable results. Even if only one of the five senses is suddenly conveying an unpleasant emotion, the overall perception of an object will be affected dramatically. A cup of coffee offered by someone you resent will make this beverage tough to swallow. So, emotions are always there, accompanying our five senses, feeding into them, and getting nourished by them.”), backed by the latest research, the author’s case history examples, and discussions of how perception and taste play a part in food choices.
Part of the book promotes an accompanying app of the same name – Diet Slave No More! – as part of a plan to link outside world experiences with reinforcements for habit change, which can be as basic as eating healthy at home before an event or outing to adopting a slower pace of life and an organic, non-GMO-based diet.
The result advocates not one approach, but a series of psychological, physical, and spiritual insights into the mechanics of eating, diets, and decision-making and choices that will help readers realize and define a better path for overall health. Serial dieters will be surprised and delighted with a book that doesn’t advocate yet another regimen, and which blends science with anecdotes and examples from real-life situations.