Suzanne Somers Has Long Defied Conventional Wisdom

Monday, March 21, 2011
Posted in category Food & Nutrition

My recent post about Suzanne Somers defying the conventional wisdom of the medical establishment generated many positive responses from readers, as well as stories from folks who experienced their own epiphany through sickness or disease. Perhaps Suzanne Somers has been reading, my website, the paleo community blogs, or even Gary Taubes? Maybe she does, but remarkably, her book “Get Skinny on Fabulous Food” was published back in 2001, even before Gary Taubes appeared in the New York Times with his pioneering article, “What if It’s All Been a Big Fat Lie?” data. Here is the editorial review for her 2001 book posted on Amazon.

“I got skinny on fat,” claims Suzanne Somers. It sounds too good to be true–a weight-loss program that lets you “eat incredible, rich foods in abundant portions while the unwanted pounds effortlessly melt away.” Most nutritionists would cringe at the idea that people trying to lose weight don’t need to restrict their dietary fat, but Suzanne Somers and her “Somercizers” insist it works. Fat (even saturated fat) isn’t the enemy, she claims–it’s “products loaded with sugar, white flour, hydrogenated oils, and chemicals and preservatives that replace real fats.” Get Skinny on Fabulous Food follows Somers’s Eat Great, Lose Weight with a recap of the Somersize program, which involves eliminating “funky foods” like sugar and starch and using a type of food combining. Also included are grateful letters from followers of the program, menu suggestions, and 150 new recipes. Recipes include such fat-filled dishes as Leslie’s Mushroom Broccoli and Egg Cupcakes (with butter, oil, Swiss cheese, and nine large eggs), Beef Stroganoff (with butter, oil, and two cups of heavy cream), Ginger Creme Brûlée (with butter, heavy cream, nine large egg yolks, and even the enemy: sugar), Cappuccino Chocolate Chunk Cheesecake (with cream cheese, eggs, chocolate, sour cream, and–yup–sugar). No calorie counts or nutritional breakdowns are included.

A lot of folks may not know this, but Suzanne Somers long ago discovered what many of us have also realized, and that is that the health and wellness paradigm is influenced and shaped by politics, and therefore the conventional wisdom on medicine and food is fraught with myths and lies. This book is not as lightweight as one would think. In this book she points to research that makes the case that fat and cholesterol do not cause cardiovascular disease, a fact that is now picked up and published fairly regularly in the mainstream news, but had little attention back in 2001. In fact, at that point in time, you were considered to be a nutjob for daring to call attention to the topic, in spite of the available scientific data.

Somersizing, as she calls it, subverts the government’s pyramid for the most part, and she promotes real food: fat (saturated fat!), protein, heavy cream, meat, butter, vegetables, etc. I don’t know if she has since changed her mind on the promotion of grains/cereals and vegetable oil, but overall, she’s thinking outside of the breadbox.

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