The Perfect Gene Diet: Review and Giveaway


Be sure and enter the giveaway for The Perfect Gene Diet. We will be giving away 10 copies!

The word “diet” tends to send a chill up all of our spines because we’ve all been there and done that. For every new “miracle diet” that comes out, there are two that have fallen by the wayside, unproven in effectiveness and stability.

I, personally, am not a fan of dieting. I sway more toward the eat well, exercise regularly and consume the unhealthy foods in moderation mentality. However, I’ve also had three babies and, oddly enough, I’m not 25 anymore. Suddenly my moderation rule isn’t working as effectively as it once did. So I’m trying to research more and pay closer attention to how I treat my body.

When I first received a copy of The Perfect Gene Diet, my first thought was, “Whoa…this is overwhelming and definitely not for me.” Written by Pamela McDonald, a leading integrative-medicine nurse-practitioner who has devoted her life to the prevention of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease and chronic illness, The Perfect Gene Diet presents a vast case for our genetic predisposition toward illness and how we can best work with our bodies to lead the healthiest life possible.

I’ll be very honest, this book is intimidating upon first glance and I wondered what on earth I had gotten myself into by agreeing to review it. However, once I took a deep breath and began to really dig in, I realized this book isn’t another fad diet intent on sucking the life and fun out of us, but is rather a comprehensive look at how our bodies work and how to best work with our bodies.

In short: This is NOT a diet book.

An excerpt: “This book is not a book about diet in the usual sense of the word. I debated using the word “diet” in the title for months. Colleagues encouraged me to use it to reach an audience that might not otherwise pick up the book, but it is most definitely not a “diet book.” I define “diet” as recommendations for individual nutritional, exercise, and other lifestyle factors that lead to disease prevention and a healthy life. This is a perfect integrative-medicine solution.

So what is The Perfect Gene Diet?

Essentially, this book gives you an in depth look at the Apo E Gene, which was a completely new concept and terminology to me. The Apo E gene is short for apolipoprotein and is involved in the energy system of the body. Basically, this is the gene that is in charge of synthesizing apolipoprotein E, an important component of cholesterol metabolism.

Stay with me for just a minute more.

The Perfect Gene Diet is not a book on how to shed fat in thirty days. There is no point system and you won’t have to kiss your carbs goodbye. The Perfect Gene Diet is a way to jump start the life back into your body. If knowledge is power, then knowing and understanding how your body specifically metabolizes and uses food will put you in a place to best work with your body and not against it.

The Perfect Gene Diet is best conducted under the care of a physician and you can get the most accurate results for your own specific Apo E gene type if you receive genetic testing. Once you read the book you have a better understanding of how powerful this diet could potentially be to your overall health.

For more information on how to get tested and more about this diet, visit The Perfect Gene I think you will love this new approach to “dieting” and once you read a little bit about it, you will find yourself intrigued and, like me, you just may want to know more.

Enter to win

We are giving away 10 copies of The Perfect Gene Diet. To enter, leave a comment here telling us your best “non-diet” tip. Is it drinking more water, eating more veggies, exercising more? Share your tip with us to enter.

This giveaway will end February 8th and a winner will be chosen by and announced the following Sunday in the Around the Blogosphere post.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to write my review. All opinions are my own.


  1. says

    My best non diet tip is to always keep your body guessing in regards to exercise. For me that means, walk, run, bellydance, weights, swimming. I do a random workout plan for the month and roll the dice and see what each day will bring me.

  2. CMC says

    I exercise – not really more – just exercise. It really keeps me in check and makes me not want to eat so much!

  3. Christina Gould says

    My best non-diet tip is to get lots of sleep. Adequate sleep aids in weight loss and maintenance. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. says

    I struggle with my weight, too. It’s so tough to eat a decent meal when we’re both on the run, working different hours. I feel like I never get enough sleep, and studies have proven that getting 8 hours of sleep can help your body process what you eat better and aid in weight loss. So that’s my tip (which I should follow) – get plenty of sleep!

  5. Erin says

    To keep moving: take the stairs when you can, walk rather than drive, be as active as you can be. Do I follow this advice? Not always! I could do better!

  6. Betty says

    I pay more attention to shopping. It really is true that the family eats what is available in the house. The fresh and wholesome choices do not tend to be the loss leader specials for the week in our grocery stores. Fortunately a Fruit and Veggie store opened up close to home which offers a wide array of affordable choices.

  7. Francesca Marchini says

    Eat fresh foods, moderate portions, biggest meal of the is breakfast or lunch, and stay consistently active. Easy way to eat fresh is go to the local market or only stay on the perimeter of a grocery store. To eat moderate portions fill up with veggies and fruits, then protein and carbs. By eating more earlier in the day your body can used all the energy to help get you through your day. Staying active is the easiest of them all, run, walk, lift, hike, stroll, almost everyday. Twenty mins, an hour, what ever your body is telling you. These are the lifestyle (non diet) tip I that keep me going.

  8. Kristi P says

    My best non-diet tip is to drink more water. I don’t necessarily loose weight, but my skin looks better and I eat less!

  9. lisa morse says

    When eating at a restaurant, always have the waiter cut it in half and wrap it up and eat the rest. Most of the time we stuff ourselves and you wont even miss it!

  10. Angela E. says

    Would like to read this book, my Fathers side of the family has some gene factor problems for sure, where my Mothers side has none. I have to fight the gene’s from my Dad’s side allot to keep my weight under control.

  11. Jennifer Deese says

    I take vitamins, exercise daily, and drink water. I keep my water in a marked 64oz container so I know I get my full 8 cups daily.

  12. Alison S. says

    I’m working on keeping my water intake up and making small adjustments in how I eat to help lower calories. (For example, skipping cheese or mayo on a sandwich.)

  13. andrea says

    Just be mindful of portion size and what you are putting into your mouth add more water to your day and you will feel amazing

  14. Ali Peterson says

    My best, non-diet tip is to eat lots of crunchy fruits and veggies! They are way healthier than grabbing a bag of chips but fill that snacking desire for me!

  15. Debbie Kennedy says

    Non diet tip- stick with foods your body knows how to process and avoid preservatives and artificial sweetners when you can

  16. says

    The best tip I can give is find something that you can sustain. Crash dieting of any kind to get to a certain bodyweight, BMI, or whatever the goal won’t work. Find a healthy way of living that will last you for 50 years!! The way of living that will allow you to dance your tail off at your kids wedding, and run around with your grandkids! It’s change your life.

  17. Paula says

    My best practice is keep moving regularly. At work I do rounds up and down stairs, I try to walk to deliver messages instead of e-mail messages. It is a routine that has added exercise to my day without calling it exercise. Plus lots of plain ‘ol water.

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