Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energize, and Supercharge Fat Loss by Manuel Villacorta MS RD

Release Date - December 30, 2014

Manuel Villacorta MS RD

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

With a slew of diet books on the market and more hitting the shelves every month, I always look for one thing when looking at a book - who is the author? In this case, I am happy to say that the author is a registered dietitian, something I feel is important. That said, as much as I found the advice and recipes in Whole Body Reboot: The Peruvian Superfoods Diet to Detoxify, Energize, and Supercharge Fat Loss to be easy to make and appealing, the cost of the superfoods might be a deterrent for some.

The recipes and diet you follow in Whole Body Reboot relies on a handful of superfoods. Some are easy to obtain:

  • Artichokes
  • Avocados
  • Beans
  • Cacao nibs
  • Chia seeds
  • Cilantro
  • Papaya
  • Purple potatoes
  • Quinoa

Others are definitely not as easy. It's likely for these that you're going to have to order them online, with shipping costs adding to the expense.

  • Aji
  • Amaranth
  • Camu Camu
  • Lucuma
  • Maca
  • Pichuberries
  • Purple corn (might be easier to find in other areas, but I asked my local supermarket and they do not carry it)
  • Sacha Inchi
  • Yacon syrup

There's also the recommendation to buy and use YouthH20. I checked Amazon and a month's supply is just under $32, plus shipping costs if you do not order something else to bring your total to $35 or more.

Following it may also be a challenge. The first five days involves smoothies of every color under the rainbow. You drink a smoothie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and usually follow it with a half-cup or cup of plain oatmeal that's been cooked. There are tips for what you can have for a snack if you get hungry, which is likely for many. Another issue is going to be for those with food allergies. I cannot eat tomatoes, so that automatically rules out one of the smoothies from the start.

That said, I did try some of the recipes, but stuck to those that I could make from ingredients in my house. The scones made with oat flour and dried cranberries were excellent. The blue/purple smoothie made with yellow squash, blueberries, blackberries, chia, and protein powder was good. I skipped the Chicha Tisane as I could not find it locally and when I looked in the glossary for where to find it, it wasn't listed. A search of Amazon led to nothing.

In the end, I'd love to give this diet a shot, but the difficulty finding ingredients locally makes it impossible.


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