For 50 years, the debate over high-protein, low-fat, and high-carbohydrate diets has confused the American people. Each diet is backed by convincing scientific research indicating that it is the best and only way to lose weight. But how can they all be right?
The answer is astonishingly simple. Each one is right, but for only four months of the year. The secret to making these diets work together for a lifetime is to use each one in the appropriate season as designed by nature: low-fat in the spring, high carbohydrates in the summer, and high-protein (fat) in the winter.
The 3-Season Diet aligns our desires with the foods that nature has provided in-season for thousands of years. In the winter, we naturally crave soups, nuts, warm grains, and other high-fat and high-protein foods such as meat and fish. In the spring, we want salads, berries, and leafy greens, a naturally low-fat diet. And in the summer, when the days are long and hot, we require cooling and high-energy foods such as fruits and vegetables, which make up a naturally available high-carbohydrate diet.
Of course, we are used to four seasons but, in nature, one season is typically dormant; a resting season. There are three primary harvests: spring, summer, and fall (that is typically eaten in the winter), thus the 3-Season Diet. In The 3-Season Diet, we have classified foods from around the world into winter, summer and spring, so you can eat with the seasons, but still eat like a king!
From the Inside Cover
- Do you drink coffee in the morning to get your day started?
- Do you work through lunch?
- Do you crave sweets or a nap in the afternoon?
- Have you tried losing weight in the past three years and given up?
- Do you tend to have bouts of worry, anxiety, and depression?
- Do you have difficulty remembering things?
If you do, this book will help you restore balance to your daily life. By following its simple instructions for eating foods appropriate to each season, adjusting your diet to your body type, eating at the optimal time of the day, and exercising without triggering a survival response, you will not only lose excess pounds and maintain your ideal weight, you will generate energy and power in your life.
Derived from a 5,000-year-old traditional medical system, the 3-season diet does what no other diet will: work along with the body’s natural response to the changing seasons, feeding it what it craves and can best utilize at all times. In spring, for instance, we want salads, berries, and leafy greens, a naturally low-fat diet. And in winter, we yearn for hearty soups, nuts, warm grains, and high-fat and protein-rich foods such as fish and meat. Following the foods that nature provides seasonally creates the best diet for balancing weight, mood, and energy for anyone living anywhere on earth.
Excerpt from the Preface
Over millions of years of human evolution, nature has figured out how to feed us with astonishing accuracy. The more deeply you study the 3-Season Diet, the more logical and compelling you will find its wisdom. And the proof is in the craving: When you practice this diet, you will crave exactly what nature is about to harvest. You will not experience any struggle or strain, only a growing appreciation of how nature has designed the best diet for balancing weight, mood, and energy for everyone living anywhere on the earth.
In the late 1980s, I went to India to study their natural system of medicine, called Ayurveda. That ancient Sanskrit word means literally “the science of life,” an in-depth study of nature itself. To the masters who described Ayurveda in the ancient Vedic texts, perfect health was a reflection of a life attuned to the changing cycles of nature and with all plant and animal life.
They saw that these cycles, from annual growing seasons to daily rhythms, were connected to the rhythms of the cosmos and influenced every aspect of nature. Because Ayurveda was derived from natural rhythms, its research and proving ground was found in the expression of nature itself. The 3-Season Diet that I am presenting here is based on the Ayurvedic nutritional map, but with some important differences.
After my postgraduate training in Ayurvedic medicine in India concluded in 1989, I returned to the States and started teaching Ayurveda to doctors and lay people. During my years of teaching, I realized that the original Ayurvedic diets, which work for India, don’t always fit well in our culture. So I began to apply the concepts and rules I had learned in India to the pace of life and the foods that are available here in the West.
I have spent the last 10 years translating Ayurvedic concepts into the American way of life, including diet, exercise, eating habits, and stress-prevention techniques–all of which are included in this book. The deeper I delved into nature and its growing seasons and harvests, the more respect I had for nature’s wisdom. I discovered that the principles of Ayurveda provide a universal body of knowledge that applies to every culture and each individual in all parts of the world.
Although I would not call this an Ayurvedic book, the principles from which the 3-Season Diet is derived have been proven over more than 5,000 years. In fact, I like to think of the 3-Season Diet as an updated version of the original American Diet. It is based on the same logic farmers have been using to feed us since the very first harvest.
“Based on one of the most healing theories in the world, John Douillard offers an easy, effortless and joyful solution to weight problems and food cravings. This is a book well worth reading.”
~ Deepak Chopra, M.D., founder, The Chopra Center for Well-Being
“The 3-Season Diet is very informative. It helps me on game days when I need energy most. This book is a winner.”
~ Kendall Gill, team captain, the New Jersey Nets