Clean Cuisine: An 8-Week Anti-Inflammatory Diet Book Review (& Giveaway!)

This takes "clean eating" to the next level.
This takes “clean eating” to the next level.

Here at FBG, we don’t believe that there’s any such thing as a “perfect” diet — we’re all individuals, and different ways of eating work for different people. (Not to mention that trying to be “perfect” with anything totally takes the fun out of everything.) However, are we always interested in new points of view and new tips and info that might help us to try something new or feel a little better or healthier? Abso-freakin’-lutely. And the book Clean Cuisine: An 8-Week Anti-Inflammatory Diet that Will Change the Way You Age, Look & Feel, which we were recently sent, definitely did just that.

Although the authors Ivy and Andrew Larson promise a lot — hunger-free weight-loss, better energy, improved overall health and wellness — it has a lot of good info in it. Like any book we read and review, we always focus on learning and then incorporating those newly learned things into our lives and seeing if they work for us. And this book has a lot that we think could work for a lot of people. Based on the idea that your diet, exercise and lifestyle can help reduce inflammation in the body — and therefore sickness and the risk of other health issues (an idea we’re hearing more and more about lately!) — the authors outline a whole way of clean eating to keep inflammation down.

From drinking a daily green smoothie (get a recipe for one here!) to making sure you’re eating enough healthy fats to why eating a plant-based diet is so damn good for you, it’s jam-packed with facts that’ll have you thinking about what’s on your plate and how it can be tweaked to be even healthier. There are even fun functional workouts included, along with TONS of recipes (for an example, check out this healthy soup recipe). It’s almost like a diet book and cookbook in one! And while we’re not usually fans of books that include a regimented “program” of what to do when (read: “diet“), Clean Cuisine is different. Yes, there are sample meal plans, but they’re more of a suggestion than a “do exactly this,” and the program itself is more of a gradual way of introducing change. Each week you’re challenged to add a new healthy behavior. It’s good, sane stuff that encourages gradual change.

Now, if you’re someone who doesn’t eat a pretty clean and plant-heavy diet, this book may be a little too much change too quickly — there’s a lot of detailed science info in it that we can see being overwhelming. But, if you’re someone who eats a pretty healthy diet and is looking to learn more and take it to the next more optimum level, this could be your read.

Sound like this book might be for you? Leave a comment with one change you’ve recently made to be healthier, and we’ll select a random U.S. winner to win in about a week! —Jenn


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  1. My favorite change is switching to dates and natural granola bars for long run fuel – no more energy gels with 100 ingredients!

  2. I have added more healthy fats to my diet. This book looks great, and Ivy also has a really great workout DVD!

  3. I have started drinking alot more water, and reducing the amount of processed foods that my family eats.

  4. I started exercising more consistently again after an injury and am excited to get back to “normal”! I am also cutting out most dairy and extra sugar.

  5. My recent healthy change was to make sure to eat veggies at lunch and dinner and to eat 1-2 pieces of fruit per day!

  6. I have been making fresh juices at home from fruits and vegetables, then I add in some superfoods powder to the mix and drink up.

  7. I have recently started cooking at least one vegetarian dinner a week. We now have meatless Monday (or sometimes Wednesday).

  8. Switching my family over from processed foods to ones with ingredients I could pronounce and recognize in a garden.

  9. I try to incorporate fruits and vegies into every meal. I still enjoy the things I like but get in the healthy things with it.

  10. I recently replaced large daily quantities of diet soda with plain water, water with fruit slices, and club soda with cranberry juice and a few drops of liquid stevia. My skin has never looked better and I feel great now that I am not a slave to caffeine.

  11. I recently started cooking with coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. Everything tastes so much better and it’s way healthier for you!

  12. I have hypothyroidism and recently read a few things in my diet can be inflammatory to those with autoimmune diseases. I had noticed insane heartburne and an overall toxic feeling after a week of not so great eating. I decided to cut all processed food and dairy for 2 weeks. I noticed a change within a week. My heartburn and acid reflux disappeared and I felt focused and clear. I have added some dairy back, like greek yogurt and goat cheeses and still feel great.

  13. I am working on no processed foods. Harder than it seems at first but I will do it! I am a 2 time cancer survivor and I KNOW processed foods and poor nutrition has played a HUGE role in our cancer epidemic.

  14. My biggest change is over the last year is I’ve gone completely dairy free and gluten free (my fiance has been more than supportive and he eats GF and DF at home as well)…and I started training for my first half marathon!!!

  15. I’ve started doing “Sunday meal prep” for the week so I always have something healthy in my fridge!

  16. I’ve started crossfit, and I can already tell how much healthier and stronger I am feeling! As a mostly-vegetarian, this book would be a great addition to my lifestyle!

  17. This year I completely changed my diet and exercise regimen (being that I didn’t have one at all before) – I lost 20 pounds and gained muscle, strength and endurance. I’ve never been able to run before and now I can run about 2 miles without stopping – that’s HUGE for me. However, I struggle with digestion and intestinal issues and I know cutting out processed foods would help a ton, it’s just been difficult getting started.

  18. You got me at “anti-inflammatory”. I’ve been eating tons of anti-inflammatory veggies (to start with and even for breakfast!) and feel so much better. This book would be a good read and no doubt help me.

  19. We are trying to eliminate processed foods. I’ve started shopping from Natural Grocers, our local coop and local farmers.

  20. I am eating am anti-inflammatory diet for the most part! Oh, and trying to workout twice a day too!!

  21. This past week I’ve gone to a low-FODMAP diet due to inflammation. Have to admit, it’s still new and I’m still cranky but now I’m looking for great resources. 😀

  22. I am working on no processed food. With three children – snack time seems to be the hardest in this area. I have one child with an autoimmune disease and another being tested. I am always reading and trying new recipes/foods that help with inflamation.

  23. I would love to read this – any new way of doing things and learning to adjust them to your life is so interesting to me! I recently started drinking A TON more water, aiming for a gallon a day. It takes a conscious effort, but I definitely notice a difference between the days I do and don’t hit it.

  24. I am making sure that every meal I eat is mainly vegetables/fruit or whole grains. Also trying to snack less, but when I do, eat healthy things like mixed nuts or fruit.

  25. I have been drinking Mate tea instead of coffee & only using stevia or Agave to sweeten it! I have been trying to “listen” to my body lately and use that as a guide for eating.

  26. rule #1 – I eat NOTHING out of a bag and # 2- drink at least 80oz a day of my special cucumber, lemon, and fresh mint water

  27. I got mono a few of years ago and it really killed my immune system. I would get any flu or illness that went around, and would end up sick at least once a month. It was awful. I have gradually cleaned up my diet (eating more veggies, reducing wheat and dairy) but the biggest difference came when I started practicing yoga a couple times a week. I haven’t been sick since January (aside from allergies) which is a 3 year record. Yoga improves circulation, boosts your immune system, helps your body detox and the list goes on. I’m still learning to practice better with every class, but I always leave feeling better.
    I know that there are still a lot of improvements that I can make to my diet that would aid in my daily health (energy and stress levels are still pretty iffy with my sales job). I’d be very interested to learn what suggestions they have to further improve my health.

  28. My husband and I switched to a plant and protein-based dinners recently. Last nights walnut crusted baked chicken with a simple salad was great.

  29. After I joined a light-barbell class at the gym, I started lifting heavier on my own. Makes me feel badass to be getting stronger even if I can’t do as many reps now. My husband encourages me by telling me to get strong enough to hold him down or win an arm wrestle 😉

  30. I recently changed my diet by cutting out all wheat products completely! I feel lighter, healthier and more energetic than ever!

  31. I’m working hard to cut down on sugar. Or at least added sugar. I’m not worrying about sugar in fruit or dairy or that sort of thing. Also added fermented foods to my diet!

  32. I’m working hard to cut down on sugar. Or at least added sugar. I’m not worrying about sugar in fruit or dairy or that sort of thing. Also added fermented foods to my diet!

  33. I have recently brought Yoga back into my life. What was once a true passion and obsession of mine got put to the side for the past couple of years and replaced with straight intense cardio exercise and weights. I found myself bored with my cardio/weights routine and not happy with the results (body-wise) it was giving me, so I decided to give yoga a try again… and I did it one time and realized how I had forgotten how great yoga made me feel. I now make yoga a part of my daily routine and in return find myself feeling better, more relaxed and at peace with my body, and of course – more flexible!! One of the best decisions I have ever made! :)

  34. I watched a documentary about juicing and its benefits and went straight to the store to get my own juicer! love it!

  35. This year I began having major joint problems including inflammation and pain. I wasn’t even able to exercise anymore. I decided to face these issues head on and have began a NON processed (as much as possible), Gluten Free, Vegetarian diet. In a short time, I am feeling so much better; and can’t wait to see the long term effects!!

  36. I’ve recently started drinking a cup of hot lemon water every morning. I love it as a healthy routine to start the day!

  37. As a soon to 50 year old I realized that my body was changing. So I cut out all the junk food from my diet and have been eating only healthy fresh foods. I find its hard to find a good balance though

  38. My husband and I have tried to eat more vegetables and to get the kids to join in too. And having the kids make their lunches the night before thinking about what they’re doing instead of throwing 3-4 processed items in a bag in the morning.

  39. I recently started working at Life Time Athletic Club. I did their detox program and have since that ended I have continued to eliminate all processed food. My digestive system has been so happy!

  40. After recently moving to a new area, I’ve made a commitment to try a new hike or bike ride every week in addition to my regular workouts. Today we made it to the 10,200 foot summit of the South Sister mountain, in spite of a fairly serious heart problem.

  41. And our lucky winner is … drum roll, please … Krista with comment #24! Congrats, Krista! Emailing you now to get your mailing address. And a big thanks to EVERYONE who entered. Congrats on making so many healthy changes!

    —FBG Jenn

  42. My wife just delivered her second born and she wants to shed off the baby fat especially around her belly. Im looking at a training regimen that she can safely follow which guarantee results and i think im a step closer now.

  43. Started to work out 5 days a week (great results so far) and concentrating on more veggies and less fast carbs.

  44. I researched which produce should be bought organic and switched over from the conventional versions. Love putting whole healthy foods into my body!

  45. Not only have I been going to the gym with my boyfriend for motivation, but I’ve also been making a point to drink more water. If it’s offered, I generally accept.

  46. I’ve made a lot of changes to my diet in the past year, but the most beneficial I think is the switch to mostly whole foods. Staying away from the inside aisles of the grocery store has had tremendous health benefits.