If You Can't Read It, Don't Eat It

A Quick & Simple Guide to Eating Clean

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
40 Pages
Reviewed on 02/13/2016
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

If You Can't Read It, Don't Eat It: A Quick & Simple Guide to Eating Clean is a Bible-based guide to health and wellness through nutrition written by Harriet Hammond. The author was diagnosed with heart disease when she was in her twenties. She was prescribed medications which, while treating her arrhythmia, impacted on her naturally healthy blood pressure. Heart surgery helped her condition somewhat, but her doctor told her that she would be taking heart medication for the rest of her life. This grim pronouncement prompted Hammond to become proactive about her health and to find her own solutions, and she's now at her ideal weight, active, and medication-free. Her approach to nutrition is based upon her readings in the Bible as well as her research into food additives, pesticides and GMOs. She includes an extensive list of resources and references in her text as well as her appendix.

Harriet Hammond's guide to health and wellness, If You Can't Read It, Don't Eat It: A Quick & Simple Guide to Eating Clean, delivers what it promises: an accessible and easily followed guide to eating healthy, additive-free food. She follows biblical strictures on clean/unclean animals and offers detailed explanations on how these rules are applied. Hammond offers some impressive arguments on the dangers of processed foods, and her two-step dietary program is clearly set out and seems fairly simple to follow. As someone who is concerned about healthy eating, I was quite interested in her research on GMOs, pesticides and other additives, and was pleased with the links she's provided with her book. If You Can't Read It, Don't Eat It: A Quick & Simple Guide to Eating Clean is recommended for anyone concerned about health and nutrition.

Rabia Tanveer

If You Can't Read It, Don't Eat It: A Quick & Simple Guide to Eating Clean by Harriet Hammond is a book on how you can stay healthy by eating healthily. Through her personal experience, Harriet Hammond tells us some simple and old-fashioned ways of losing weight, and staying healthy and upbeat by making some very simple changes in our lives. The best thing about this book is that it has a personalized approach; it is something that she has done and got some great results from before telling us about it.

Harriet Hammond suffered from arrhythmia when she was quite young and, after having a baby, she got very heavy. She took matters into her own hands and now she is a healthy woman with a great approach to life and great lessons to share with her audience. The book tells you a lot of things in a very short amount of time. She encourages readers to eat healthy and clean food, plus with some added physical activities, she gives us tips through which we can lose weight healthily.

The diet itself is doable because you will not be starving yourself. I especially liked this part. My diet would be in my own hands and not following some plan that no one tested on themselves first before sharing. This book encourages you to eat quality food and stay motivated. And if you have this book with you, you will not have any issue with staying motivated. A really good book with solid advice.

Maria Beltran

If You Can’t Read It, Don’t Eat It: A Quick and Simple Guide to Eating Clean, as the title suggests, is a book about eating the right food. Based on personal experience and bible scriptures, it is a food book like no other. Author Harriet Hammond penned ten chapters that include topics on: Flabbergasting Fat Facts, Levitical Clean Eating, Extending the Definition of Clean Foods, Let Food Be Thy Medicine, Reading Nutritional Labels, 21-Day Clean Eating Challenge, Why This Will Work, Maintenance and Encouraging Scripture. With obesity in the US increasing at alarming rates, losing weight and getting into shape have become common problems. The usual solution, going on a diet and increasing physical activity, may sound simple, but it is a lot easier said than done especially because many diet books make it sound so complicated.

Harriet Hammond’s If You Can’t Read It, Don’t Eat It: A Quick and Simple Guide to Eating Clean is a book that should appeal to everyone and not only to those who are trying to lose weight. Easy to read and enjoyable, this is definitely a unique guide to eating the right food and it does not intimidate the reader with topics like glycemic index or body mass index that make dieting sound quite complicated. The chapter on Levitical Clean Eating really sets it apart from other diet books and makes it more appealing specifically to Christian readers. This is a book that teaches us to eat the right food without sounding authoritative, preachy and imposing. And for readers who want to stay or get into shape, this book is definitely an inspiration and a revelation.

Mamta Madhavan

If You Can't Read It, Don't Eat It: A Quick & Simple Guide to Eating Clean by Harriet Hammond is an easy and simple guide for all those who are looking to stay healthy by eating clean. The book is not about counting calories or skipping meals, but about making healthy choices and decisions about eating good and clean food. It encourages one to choose the right quantity of quality foods, go on a 21-Day Clean Eating Challenge, and keep a journal to write about their diet and exercise. The book helps readers to take control of their weight, of what they put into their mouths, and a total control of their diets.

The book is simple and straight to the point. The 21-Day Clean Eating Challenge is good to practice and helps one look at food as either harmful poisons or beneficial antidotes. The habit that readers create during this 21-day period will sustain them for the rest of their lives. The author also shares some guidelines to follow through the maintenance phase, and what I like about this book is how the author links food and eating with God and the Bible. The principles in the book are Bible-based and the book has a lot of inspiring quotes from the Bible which help readers look at food with a different perspective. The book is an effective tool in making one's immune system stronger, thereby making one healthy and fit, and also taking the step to a permanent lifestyle change.

Hilary Hawkes

Harriet Hammond’s If You Can’t Read It, Don’t Eat It is a brief look at dieting and the nutritional value of foods from a Biblical point of view. The author begins by explaining how her decision to cut out certain foods helped her health and her desire to lose weight to reach a healthy level. The Bible gives instructions on which foods God allows His people to consume, and from these rules Hammond has devised her 21-Day Clean Eating Challenge. This begins with a 10 Daniel Diet Detox (so called due to Daniel’s refusal to eat certain meats etc). Forbidden foods include pork, shellfish, shrimp. Acceptable foods include beef, deer, lamb, chicken. The reasons behind the bans are explained. Advice and reasons for avoiding modern processed foods, genetically modified, and those with artificial additives are also included. The author recognizes the benefits of exercise and also attempting to reduce taking any non-essential over the counter medications if possible.

If You Can’t Read It, Don’t Eat It is an attempt to get us all more aware of what we are eating and ask ourselves how nutritional or safe it is - and whether manufacturer food labels tell us the whole story. Harriet Hammond’s aim is to share her own discovery and beliefs. The book is aimed at those who want to tie in Biblical teachings with diet. She has found that the advice and laws around food, as outlined in the Bible, can be helpful in the attempt to detox the body and become more healthy. It may be, for some, an unusual (for modern day) view of diet. Many religions, of course, have regulations around food and it is certainly interesting to explore the reasons behind this. The author advises talking to your doctor before changing any prescription medications and I think this advice is essential. I think readers interested in this approach to diet would find the biblical quotes throughout the book inspiring and motivating as they develop the confidence to change their eating habits. I liked the list of references at the end where you can find information about understanding food labels, pesticides and additives etc. in foods. An interesting and concise guide that will make the reader more aware of eating habits and what goes into our food.