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Making the Top 100
You probably assume you're a product of your genes. You have your father's I eyes, your mother's freckles, and your grandmother's diabetes. I, too, am a product of my genes. Every male on my father's side has died at an early death after suffering a premature heart attack. My father died in 1972 at the age of 54, and I was sure that I was genetically destined for this same fate.
Although I knew I couldn't change my genes, I didn't want to be a slave to them either. I was determined to alter my genetic destiny and live a normal, healthy lifespan. I didn't buy into the notion that some new medication would come along to save me. I had to take charge of my own health directly by changing my eating habits. So I decided to devote my work as a researcher to discovering what, if any, dietary habits could reverse my impending collision course with my genetic fate. Through 20 years of research, I've learned that food can indirectly turn certain genes on and off by altering the levels of hormones, the chemical messengers that control our lives. These hormones can alter our genetic fate by increasing or decreasing our natural lifespan.
One of the most powerful hormones controlled by the foods we eat is insulin. My research found that if you could keep insulin levels within a certain zone -- not too high and not too low -- you could, in fact, bypass your genetic glitches and avoid certain chronic diseases. The result? A longer and healthier life.
What does it mean to be in the Zone? Picture yourself going through your days feeling energized, happy, and satisfied. That's the feeling you get in the Zone. Now picture yourself feeling exhausted, hungry, and down in the dumps. That's what you feel like when you're out of the Zone. If you follow my Zone prescription, within a week you will be thinking better, performing better, and looking better. In the long run, you'll receive some rather remarkable health benefits like the permanent loss of excess body fat and a dramatically lowered risk of diabetes and heart disease.
The Zone has been incorrectly dubbed a high-protein diet by the popular press. The Zone is not a high-protein, high-carbohydrate, or high-anything diet. These diets are faddish quick fixes and run contrary to what Nature intended. The Zone is a balanced diet in the truest sense of the word. To stay healthy, you need to keep all of your body's systems in balance, and that's what the Zone Diet will do for you.The Healthiest Diet In The World
The Zone Diet has continued to evolve into increasingly healthier versions; such as replacing low-fat animal protein with increasing amounts of soy protein. I wrote "The Soy Zone" based on the diet eaten by the longest-living population in the world, the Okinawans. Their basic diet is the Zone Diet, containing primarily vegetables, some fish and animal protein, but with most of their protein from soy. That's why you'll find numerous soy protein products on my Top 100 list.
For this book I took a little journey down memory lane. I went back through all my years of research and searched through studies conducted by other scientists to determine which particular foods are the absolute best for your health. New information is coming along every day, but all the foods on my Top 100 list have been found to have significant health benefits in study after study.
Of course, I'm not telling you that you need to eat only these foods. I want you to experience the hundreds of varieties of fruits and vegetables whose shimmering colors catch your eye on produce stands. (As you will find out later, more colormeans more free-radical-fighting abilities.) I do, however, think it's important to make certain foods staples in your diet. For instance, you can follow the Zone Diet and never eat a single cruciferous vegetable, yet you'd be missing out on the cancer-and aging-fighting chemicals that make broccoli, spinach, and kale so potent in lowering the risk of heart disease and cancer.
If you aren't using the highest-quality foods in your Zone meals, then you aren't reaping the maximum health benefits of the Zone. It's as simple as that. Maybe you're not quite sure how to fit your favorite fruits and vegetables into the plan. Perhaps you're reluctant to try something new if you don't have a recipe to use it in. Chapter 4, "The Top 100 Zone Foods," will give you easy and delicious recipes containing all of these foods.
With his number one New York Times
bestseller The Zone,
Dr. Barry Sears revolutionized nutritional thinking around the world. Now in The Top 100 Zone Foods
he shows you how to incorporate the absolute best Zone foods into your diet. Using his new Zone Food Science Ranking System, Dr. Sears has analyzed thousands of foods to find the best proteins, carbohydrates,fats, and spices on earth. The Top 100 Zone Foods
will introduce you to the exquisite flavors of Zone-perfect dishes such as Pork Tenderloin with Apple Compote, Kodiak Trout with Green Beans, Mediterranean Mushroom Gratin, and Broiled Tuna Steak with Dill Sauce and Fruit -- and you'll reap the rewards of high-performance living at the same time.
The Top 100 Zone Foods features:
- The world's healthiest fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, and spices ranked according to nutritive value
- 100 delicious, easy-to-prepare Zone-balanced recipes, including Zone food block information
- A Day in the Zone, complete with typical delicious meals and their timing
Live in the Zone -- and enjoy improved health, vitality, and strength!
Dr. Sears continues the phenomenon of his Zone diet with this new collection of 100 sumptuous "mix-and-match" Zone recipes, complete with simple directions, appropriate Zone Block information, and fool-proof formulas for perfect nutritional and hormonal balance.
About the Author
Dr. Barry Sears is recognized as one of the world's leading medical researchers on the hormonal effects of food. He is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller The Zone as well as Mastering the Zone, Zone-Perfect Meals in Minutes, Zone Food Blocks, A Week in the Zone, The Age-Free Zone, The Top 100 Zone Foods, The Soy Zone, The Omega Rx Zone, Zone Meals in Seconds, and What to Eat in the Zone. His books have sold more than five million copies and have been translated into twenty-two languages in forty countries. He continues his research on the inflammatory process as the president of the nonprofit Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead, Massachusetts. The father of two grown daughters, he lives in Swampscott, Massachusetts, with his wife, Lynn.