The Perfect Gene Diet: Review and Giveaway

by Kelli


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.

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Kelli is a wife, mom of three and writer with a deep love for travelling, good coffee, Jazz music, laughter and the art of the written word. Kelli resides with her family in Tampa, Florida where the beaches are plentiful and the sun (almost) always shines. Kelli blogs regularly at her own site, Minivans Are

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1 Paige January 23, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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 Rebecca January 23, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Breastfeeding! Sadly not a lifetime solution :)


3 CMC January 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm

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


4 Christina Gould January 23, 2012 at 9:06 pm

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


5 Daniel M January 23, 2012 at 10:17 pm

eat whatever you want but in moderation!


6 Kimberly January 23, 2012 at 10:26 pm

My best non-diet tip is the old-fashioned move more and eat less. :) It works for me anyway!


7 Auriette January 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm

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!


8 tennille January 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm

portion control, so easy to eat more when it is on your plate


9 Van January 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm

A good workout every other day.


10 Natalia January 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Play outside with kids or go ice skating!


11 Ronnie January 24, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I workout 3 times a week with my kettlebell. I also walk my boston terrier Jack every night for 30 minutes.


12 Jessica T January 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Getting Invisalign braces – have to take them out to eat!


13 Erin January 26, 2012 at 3:25 am

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!


14 Betty January 26, 2012 at 6:42 am

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.


15 Francesca Marchini January 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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.


16 Lori January 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

I always watch what I eat, and stay away from the sweets as well.


17 Kristi P January 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm

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!


18 Jody Sisson January 26, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Exercising More!


19 Jaque R. January 26, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Lots of water and lots of walking, those work the best for me. :-) Thank you.


20 Susan Smith January 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I eat what I want only in small portions


21 Shannon B January 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm

Staying away from caffeine.


22 Linda Kish January 26, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Eat breakfast

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23 angie January 27, 2012 at 8:15 am

Get some exercise daily and drink plenty of water


24 Eva Mack January 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm

think before you eat


25 Chuck January 27, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Try to make wise choices.


26 catherine c January 27, 2012 at 11:15 pm

Be as active as you can throughout your day


27 Anita Yancey January 28, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I use smaller plates and bowls to control portion size.


28 lisa morse January 28, 2012 at 5:28 pm

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!


29 Angela E. January 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

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.


30 Ane January 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Staying active and eating a great breakfast…these help a lot! :)


31 bhaley518 January 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm

my best non diet tip is increase my water intake to help keep my body flushed


32 Jennifer Deese January 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

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.


33 rebeka deleon January 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm

portion sizes and lots of water. still trying to drink more water than i have been.


34 Alison S. January 30, 2012 at 12:44 pm

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.)


35 Tia January 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Eat what you want in moderation, not the whole thing.
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36 CMC January 31, 2012 at 12:21 am

I find that when I exercise, it stifles my appetite. That’s half the battle, right?


37 Shea Balentine January 31, 2012 at 1:34 am

Don’t deprive yourself the foods you love. Enjoy in moderation =)


38 Francine Anchondo January 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Eating on a smaller plate


39 Jamie January 31, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Drinking water and not eating late at night.


40 andrea February 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

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


41 Ali Peterson February 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

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!


42 Debbie Kennedy February 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm

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


43 Kelly Hutchinson February 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Park farhter away from the entrance to a store and walk


44 Kimberly February 2, 2012 at 10:49 am

To get enough restful sleep at night, which is easier said than done.


45 Don February 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Just be aware of what your eating.


46 Garrett February 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Plenty of rest helps me.


47 Jeff February 3, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Never go to the grocery store HUNGRY ever!


48 Erica Best February 4, 2012 at 1:17 am

i learn when cooking a drinking water i eat less then half of my meal


49 June February 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Stay away from sugary drinks.


50 Janet Black February 4, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Drink a large glass of ice water before a meal.


51 Sherie February 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm

My tip – Always eat breakfast, and drink green or white tea, the more the better!


52 Wendy R February 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm

my tip is to drink lots of water & to never skip breakfast!


53 Natural Health Magazine February 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm

My tip is to exercise and eat healthy. Make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. This may be cliche but it really does wonders for the body, even for your weight.


54 Ben February 8, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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.


55 virginia April 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm

i know it late but just finding out about this n hopeing u might still have one n water water water


56 Cathy Fournie June 27, 2012 at 11:10 am

Cutting back on carbs jump started my metabolism a few years ago. Time to do it again.


57 Paula July 31, 2012 at 9:33 am

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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