Jesus to Betsy, did my first post get some attention!
I do have to clarify, my first post was just a brief overview of what I've read. When I said sodium was the devil, I meant anything over the recommended 1500 mg per day. I actually happen to agree that sodium bloats me up a couple pounds if I overdo it. I'm still a little iffy on the water intake after 7:30, although like I said before, it keeps me from getting up in the night and peeing.
And I do see benefits to someone who is just starting a health journey, or weight loss journey, to starting this program. You are trying to learn about your own body. However, with that said - I've been learning now for 2 years, and I actually think I know my body pretty well. I agree with her idea about certain foods reacting to your own body chemistry - pinto beans, fried foods, and cabbage are big no-nos for me.
Not to toot my own horn, but I don't have any ailments to be honest. Since I've cut out processed foods, high salt, most sugar, and started drinking water, I've been pretty healthy - not even a cold (knock on wood.) So even if I did commit to the program, I don't know that I'd see any benefits. I might lose weight, but to be honest I'm losing weight now. I sleep fine, I take no medication, and I have decent skin.
This particular diet takes a lot of prep time (I know she doesn't consider it a diet, but anything I stick 20 days to an exact menu is a diet to me). It takes a lot of ingredients that aren't all that easily available in my part of Kentucky (we don't even have a Whole Foods, gasp!). If you buy the book as an e-book, it's a lot of flipping pages, haha.
However! I have adopted some of her suggestions, and I think they are good for combating inflammation in the body. I drink lemon water in the morning, I drink dandelion tea during the day, I stop drinking at 7:30, and I weigh every morning and really learn to listen to my own body. I am a huge advocate that inflammation causes chronic illness in the body.
So while following the plan exactly isn't for me, I do see where it would be extremely helpful to someone starting out. It doesn't require membership, or buying processed foods, it just requires time and energy. That's a nice change.