Meant to be a practical guide to preparing everyday foods following the “dissociated diet,” this book follows four basic principles: Carbohydrates and protein cannot be eaten together; fruits and vegetables should be eaten as the primary part of the diet; processed foods, such as those made from white flour, sugar or margarine, should be avoided; and at least four hours should pass between meals to allow for proper digestion.
The author encourages more consumption of raw vegetables to help promote satiety and avoid overeating. Recipes consist of whole-grain foods and heart-healthy fats from avocado, nuts and olive oil, and discourage the use of refined sugars, hydrogenated and saturated fats, and sweetened beverages.
However, protein intake is restricted to 20 to 30 grams per day, which is below the recommended daily allowance for an average adult. Because protein cannot be combined with carbohydrates in this plan, followers may be at risk for nutritional deficiencies and suboptimal protein intake. The diet assumes our digestive system is too fragile to multitask many nutrients and infers digestion happens sequentially. Rather, our digestive system is highly evolved to carry out complex functions in a matter of minutes to maintain proper digestion.