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The book that rocked SmugMug

The last people you’d expect to read a book about diet would be thin, Coke-drinking, bacon and burger-loving young geeks.

But The China Study rocked the house, getting half of SmugMug’s 25 people and 3-dozen of our dearest friends to completely change what we eat. I didn’t dare blog about it for a year because who knew how many people would grow tired of our new diets and quit? Or gain back lost weight…

Amazing, but none of us have. Andy lost 50 pounds and kept it off. Several lost 25, everyone feels better, blood tests improved, and our diabetic friend had his blood sugar drop enough that his doctor reduced his insulin.

The China Study

I got so fascinated I read a dozen other books and maybe 30 research reports. The books that moved us most were:

Eat To Live

Healthy at 100

The Omnivore’s Dilemma

The bottom line is most of us now eat mostly plants and some fish. Whole plants, not refined. It sounds awful but my 4 kids and their spouses uncovered yum recipes and our tastes adjusted so we no longer crave the stuff we once ate. We’re not hungry, don’t feel deprived, and we all feel we have the best Christmas and Easter dinners ever.

Well… All but Mark. He’s not so fond of veggies yet. :-) And our dogs think we’ve gone insane.

What made The China Study different from a thousand diet books we had always ignored? Data. And compelling peer-reviewed science from people with real scientific stature published in the leading journals.

It’s the most important book I’ve read in 10 years.

Categories: Chris MacAskill, SmugMug
  1. February 20, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Thanks for posting this! Also – it was great to see the USAToday coverage on SmugMug this morning! I’m a proud SmugMugger – with a sticker on my car. I’ll look for a cap on the gear page.

  2. June 25, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    I’m not a smugmug user, but I’m a fan of the company, and an occasional reader of this blog.

    After reading your review of the China Study some time ago, I read the book for myself, and was motivated to follow its advice.

    I’ve lost almost 60 pounds so far, and though I haven’t gotten a physical yet, I’m sure all of my vital signs are better.

    I’ve tried switching to a healtyh lifestyle before, but never found the right path to walk. The differecne with The China Study? Just like you, it was the data.

    So, thank you for sharing this. Your blog post perhaps has saved my life.

  3. July 29, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    chris,

    after seeing this blog and getting a bloodwork result showing a triglyc. level at 435 (yes – thats walking heart attack level!!)

    I bought the book and a friend loaned my their juiceman…
    4 months later my tryglc. is down to 169 (“almost “normal”).

    I too lived at jack in the box – now its jacks grilled chicken or nothing!

    Thanks for pointing me in a new healthy direction…

    Rich

    ps: I was the guy that at the age of 51 had never peeled an orange or made a salad for myself – I was totally intimidated by the produce section – now thats all behind me – read the china study!!!

  4. December 18, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    I’m not a smugmug user, but I’m a fan of the company, and an occasional reader of this blog.

    After reading your review of the China Study some time ago, I read the book for myself, and was motivated to follow its advice.

  1. April 29, 2010 at 6:08 pm

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