This is not just another diet/nutrition book that promises immediate and rapid weight loss and renewed vigor and health. Gianni is a food blogger and internet celebrity, and this book really works best in those terms. The time sequence jumps about from chapter to chapter and I found it somewhat hard to follow, but the book works well if you consider each chapter just an independent commentary.
In his search for the best diet, Gianni starts with vegan, vegetarian, paleo and raw foods diets, and rather than getting healthier he gets sicker. This leads to a lot of blood and genetics testing and travel all over the world checking out how other cultures eat.
Certain themes are constant, primarily his concern that foods be as uncontaminated and true to their original nature as possible. He has no time for anything genetically modified, and advocates using locally grown foods. At one point he goes through his kitchen cabinets and sends all kinds of common things to be tested. He is horrified to find, for example, that the green tea he has been drinking for several months tests very high in lead. He and his wife agree to send foods they commonly eat to be tested on a regular basis and to eliminate those that are most toxic.
Gianni suggests reducing body toxins by buying a water filter, limiting the use of plastic in your home, using natural cleaning products, keeping windows open when possible, and eating organic foods.
In the end, Gianni believes that there is no single eating approach that is right for everyone. He believes genetic testing can allow people to find the diet that works best for them. He also includes information on how important it is to control stress and suggests some techniques for doing so, and discusses ways to keep the brain active and healthy.
There is a lot to absorb here. Many readers will find several ideas or practices they will want to try.
Reviewed by Kate Tesdell