A compelling call-to-arms on the sins of the commercial food industry combined with a how-to guide on dieting without deprivation.
Delivered in a brisk, upbeat tone, Floyd’s debut comes complete with a tenable plan to assist fast-food addicts in shaking off their sugar- and carb-induced comas for good. The author provides a drum-beating diatribe against the processed-food industry and its devastating effect on health, the environment and the economy. A certified holistic health counselor, Floyd isn’t shy about taking the culprits head-on. Eye-popping sections on whether milk is the perfect food or poison and the chemical dosing of once-naked produce leave little room for readers to doubt the author’s position. But Floyd pushes further, turning a cautionary tale into a standout title. She argues that any food with a label hardly qualifies as real food. Even the humble soybean, presently passed off as a health food, is singled out for a particularly serious smackdown. What was once a perfectly decent “naked” food when traditionally grown and prepared has given way to an overprocessed, tarted-up incarnation that should cause many a veggie-burger chomping vegan to stop mid-chew and ponder Buddha’s observation: “Consider the loathsomeness of food.” Enlightenment lies in transitioning to what the author calls a “naked diet,” and she offers tasty recipes for food and drink and tips on shopping and cooking. It’s all topped off with advice on soaking, sprouting and fermenting naked food at home. Deserves a space on the brave new bookshelf of conscious eating.