Clean, Green, and Lean

Clean, Green, and Lean: Get Rid of the Toxins That Make You Fat
By Walter Crinnion, Foreword by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo
Published by John Wiley & Sons
March 2010; $25.95US/$30.95CAN; 978-0-470-40923-7

Preamble: I wish books like this one weren’t so over-hyped by the publishers and marketers; it makes them all look like something a door-to-door salesman or carny would be flogging. And sometimes, as in this case, all the hype hides some meat.

Dr. Crinnon is billed as a naturopath, which, to be honest, would normally be another reason for avoiding this book for me, since so much of what is called naturopathy seems to really be mislabeled quackery.

But the undeniable fact is that most people who lose weight will gain in back – and surprisingly quickly. If you are one of those who suffers the yo-yo of weight loss and weight gain, you may well find some helpful information and a few surprises in Clean, Green, and Lean – not to mention some great recipes (it’s okay – the tofu is optional).

From the publishers:

In this clear, easy-to-understand guide to getting slim, healthy, and toxin-free, naturopathic physician Dr. Walter Crinnion shows you how to clean up your diet, clean out your body, and rid your home of the toxins that surround you.

Clean, Green, and Lean shows you why conventional weight-loss programs often don’t deliver or can’t sustain the results you’re looking for and how the toxin-fat connection prevents you from losing weight no matter how little you eat or how much you exercise. You’ll learn how reducing your toxic burden can help you stay lean for life.

Could it be your house that’s making you fat? Dr. Crinnion helps you identify sources of toxic chemicals, allergens, and poisons in your home where you might least expect them. You’ll learn how to remove and dispose of them safely, keep new toxins out, and make your home as clean and green as it can be.

Clean, Green, and Lean contains healthy, delicious, clean, green recipes and two weeks of meal plans for lean breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. These nutritious and satisfying meals will keep your stomach full, your body toxin-free, and your body and mind working at peak efficiency.

An example:
Healthy Italian Wedding Soup 1
By Dr. Walter Crinnion, Clean, Green, and Lean
(Serves 4)

½ package lean ground turkey
4 Jennie-O Italian Turkey Sausage links, sliced
Spike seasoning to taste
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 package gluten-free pasta spirals
8 cups water
32 ounces organic vegetable broth
1 14½-ounce can organic tomatoes
3 cups organic frozen spinach
1 teaspoon onion powder

In a large sauté pan, brown the turkey. Season with the Spike, drain, and set aside. Place the sausage in a sauté pan, season with the Spike, and brown. Add the sea salt to a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Stir in the pasta and cook according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and set aside. In a large soup pot, heat the water and the broth, tomatoes, and spinach. Add the turkey, sausage, and onion powder, and stir until a low boil is attained. Reduce the heat simmer and stir in the pasta. Cover, simmer for about 30 minutes, and serve.

On balance, a book worth having a look at.

1 Reprinted by permission of the publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., from Clean, Green & Lean, by Walter Crinnion. Copyright © 2010 by Walter Crinnion

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  1. I actually tried the Healthy Italian Wedding Soup. Delicious. But I can’t find the book.:(

  2. I find books like this contain a few small kernels that are useful, but I don’t usually have the patience to slog through the whole book. I like the idea of cleansing toxins but I’d rather do some internet research myself on it, or work with a naturopath for a few sessions. Just my $0.02.

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