Here are five good reasons to buy Thin from Within:

Blueberry Arugula Salad with Quinoa

Marbella Chicken with Prunes, Olives and Capers

Umami Mushroom Soup

Amped-Up Ketchup with Maple Syrup and Sauerkraut

Go with Your Gut Lemonade with Fennel

The sixth reason is explained in detail in the book by author Robyn Youkilis. Like just about all of us, Robyn has tried a few diets, lost weight, declared victory and then been defeated by time and schedule. Robyn is a certified expert in holistic digestive health and weight loss. She was not going to be defeated and now, in this spritely book with 75 recipes, you will find an intelligent guide to weight loss.

The book is subtitled: The Go with Your Gut Way to Lose Weight. By “gut” she does mean your gut. That internal one. The one processing your food. The one that, she believes, requires some adjustment. Her plan was worked for her and for her clients. It may well work for you.

How deep are the sacrifices to be endured on this new diet? No real sacrifices at all. There is a shift to a different class of foods:

  • Greens
  • Healthy fats like avocado and olive oil
  • Protein
  • Fermented foods
  • Cooked veggies

This is not a vegetarian, let alone vegan, book. There is plenty of protein here with fish, beef, and poultry all appearing. But they are prepared in much more healthy style. Take that Marbella Chicken, a treat she credits to The Silver Palate. The chicken is baked, not fried, after marinating with the olive oil, some vinegar and the prunes and capers. Loads of flavor and you are eating those healthy prunes. Zero sacrifice. Almost infinite pleasure.

Fermented food? Well, Robyn is very positive about the benefits of naturally fermented foods. And she supplies some intriguing ideas:

Fermented Fruit Soda

Pineapple Tepache [a Mexican treat]

That Umami Mushroom Soup has more mushrooms that you have eaten in the last month. But it is destined to give you a month’s worth of umami satisfaction.

Her breakfast secrets include frozen steamed cauliflower. Yes, cauliflower. Be calm. The cauliflower gives your breakfast smoothie the creaminess you want without any flavor contribution. It’s the blueberries and cinnamon that do that heavy lifting. The cauliflower replaces the usual smoothie ingredient, the bananas, and spares you that heavy dosage of banana sugar that lets you soar for an hour and then crash.

Thin from Within is a well-crafted book intended for all of us who want to shed some pounds and feel better. Better about ourselves and better in our ability to get up soar through the day. Thanks to that cauliflower.