Energy – what’s that? I can’t even remember the last time I felt anything like energetic. Most of us are chronically tired and stressed as we battle our way through the day, combining – for many – a full-time job with the duties of a cook, cleaner, child minder, gardener and family therapist.
The modern lifestyle requires more energy than our bodies are designed to produce: physically we are stuck in the Dark Ages. Exhaustion rules supreme.
Which is why Julie Maree Wood’s 4 Week Energy Diet: From Exhausted to Energized the Natural Way will probably fly off the shelves as drained consumers search for the promised Holy Grail of renewed vitality amidst meal plans, menus and recipes.
But alas, there is no magic formula and some of the foods suggested in this book are beyond the reach of most South Africans in terms of cost and availability, not to mention preparation time. There is a need for a guide to optional nutrition for people who are on a low or no income, but this is not it.
In addition to containing pricey and obscure ingredients, many of the dishes simply take too long to prepare.
Woods does give common-sense tips: eat less meat; avoid processed food; cut out fats and sugars; have a variety of fresh fruit and veg and, of course, drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Shun booze and coffee: as for cigarettes, well – you’re joking, right?
But you know all this: there is no quick fix to our flagging energy levels. This book is a good investment – if you belong to the select group of ladies who lunch on adzuki bean and vegetable miso stew.
- 4 Week Energy Diet is published by Struik Lifestyle