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Losing weight is not your life's purpose.

Do carbs make you fat? 

Could the keto diet cure mental health disorders? 

Are eggs as bad for you as smoking? 

No, no and absolutely not. It's all what Dr Joshua Wolrich defines as 'nutribollocks', and he is on a mission to set the record straight. 

As an NHS doctor with personal experience of how damaging diets can be, he believes every one of us deserves to have a happy, healthy relationship with food and with our bodies. His message is clear: we need to fight weight stigma, call out the lies of diet culture and give ourselves permission to eat all foods.

Food Isn't Medicine wades through nutritional science (both good and bad) to demystify the common diet myths that many of us believe without questioning. If you have ever wondered whether you should stop eating sugar, try fasting, juicing or 'alkaline water', or struggled through diet after diet (none of which seem to work), this book will be a powerful wake-up call. Drawing on the latest research and delivered with a dose of humour, it not only liberates us from the destructive belief that weight defines health but also explains how to spot the misinformation we are bombarded with every day. 

Dr Joshua Wolrich will empower you to escape the diet trap and call out the bad health advice for what it really is: complete nutribollocks. 

©2021 Dr Joshua Wolrich (P)2021 Penguin Audio

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Lifesaving & a little rebellion with every bite!

As an eating disorder survivor I found reading (listening) to this book very emotional. What I loved the most is that it is written in a very clear, caring way - none patronising, easy to comprehend language even if biology wasn't your subject of choice. I have gotten through it in one day as it was so eye opening and hard to stop listening to. Dr Wolrich is both serious and funny, he has taken great care to explain different diet concepts from many different perspectives allowing you to make up your own mind but also staying non biased and evidence based - great way to educate us to make food choices from the place of freedom, rather than fear. I'd highly recommend to anyone confused about diet culture and the many voices it tries to sell us unnecessary things/beliefs.

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Mind blowing

Straight talking facts- made you really question behaviour around food and the science that’s manipulated .. even charitable organisations!! Regardless of your situation as a human I’d listen to this book, it really is interesting.

You’ll possibly end up crushing on Dr Wolrich - he has a very soothing voice.

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Refreshing

I have followed Dr wolrich on social media for some time so when I saw this I was keen to listen further. After the birth of my daughter I suffered a DVT something at the time was attributed to a high BMI by one person I saw at the time. I mean I was 5 days post partum so not "in shape" or even feeling my best, this throw away comment hit hard and I have found myself overthinking my food choices ever since.
This Frank and honest account of diet culture is really helping me re frame my mindset.
would recommend to anyone!!

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Liberating and insightful

A nuanced and poised description of the types of misinformation and diets, with a touch on the socio-economic and complexities of “healthy”, including a background into nutrition. This had the effect of a warm cuddle for the heart and belly, to accept my body size, and start mending my relationship with food.
Great listen and easy to digest (pun intended).

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Super relevant

I’ve followed Dr Joshua Wolrich for a good while, so this does not come as a surprise, but the book is brilliant at promoting critical thinking and explaining complex scientific realities in an easy manner (but still nuanced and not simplistic!). If you ever check out the ingredient list of your food (assuming you don’t have a food allergy) this book is for you. Really appreciated the irony and suave sarcasm dispersed throughout the (audio)book!!

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Clear, Consise, and just what we need

This is a brilliant book. Clear, concise, and packed full of backed up science. Dr Wolrich is a great narrator and has written a book that I want all my friends to read.

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This should be basic knowledge

So many nutribollocs debunked in a simple to understand and straight forward way. I predit sequels of the book since there are new nutribollocs popping out daily.

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Knowledge is power

Loved it. Learnt lots and now I can challenge when I hear misinformation. Well done.

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informative

very interesting clears up a few myths, will have to listen again to take it all in

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Loved It!

Great book, would highly recommend - straight talking and most importantly factual! thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • 30-04-21

A doctorate in medicine or hypocrisy?

The amount of half truths and appeals to incomplete narratives along with appeals to bad science in every sense and methods of investigation held up by profit or dogma is astronomical. This guy either hit his head one day hard enough to cause cognitive damage, found a gap in the market to capitalise on or is being blackmailed to have written this crap. Single worst use of an audible token in my life.

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  • Helga Olsen Gunnarsdottir
  • 22-04-21

Brilliant

Loved this book, everybody should read it, as someone dealing with both chronic disease and little extra weight it's was really eye opening, special about following your own gut and don't let anyone ( friends/family/stranger ) tell you what to eat or not