Reviewed by F. Scott

This book does not contain any pictures of nude people eating or doing anything else. In fact, there are no pictures at all except for the cover. Quel dommage. What Eat Naked, by Margaret Floyd, does contain is very sound advice on what to put into your body. A nutritional practitioner in Los Angeles, Floyd paints processed foods as the enemy—and they are. Essentially, these are “foods” found outside of your produce section at the supermarket.

Floyd as a self-confessed and reformed “junk-food vegetarian” tries to steer her readers away from unnatural and harmful foods that constitute what we all know as the Standard American Diet, or SAD (she herself doesn’t mention this term). Junk-food vegetarians or vegans are a common phenomenon among those ideologically opposed to consuming animal products. Instead, they eat all manner of stuff simply because “no animals were harmed in the making of this food.” But you can relax because Floyd’s book is intended for omnivores.

So, we’re talking about unprocessed, natural, whole, and organic foods, and Floyd tells us about why they’re better, why to eat them, and where to find them. Our fruits and veggies are full of pesticides, so one must be careful, she says. Buy organic. (I say just eat the damn fruits and vegetables however you can get them.) Beef, poultry, eggs, fish, and dairy products are all okay—provided they come from the right place, which is not your average commercial farming operation or your average corner grocery store.

Animal products come full of things like antibiotics and growth hormones. Other toxins find a home in the fat that always accompanies animal tissue. Grass-fed beef, cage-free chickens, wild fish, and raw, unpasteurized dairy are what you want to look for. The problem is that these things can be hard to find—and expensive, if not illegal.

Floyd’s presentation is in two parts: (1) the basics of eating naked and “What is naked?” and (2) how to get naked. (I’m sorry but this whole “eat naked” thing must be some marketing person’s idea of how to sell books; it is repeated ad nauseum. It is all just a bit too girly rah-rah for this man. And all those exclamation points really increase the value of the book, too.)

Nevertheless, Eat Naked is as good a place as any to start transforming your eating habits and in the process your body and your life. I find just about everything she says to be sound and accurate advice. Plus, the information she presents comports with my own dietary changes and experience over the last 10 months. However, I still don’t believe that drinking distilled water will leech my body of essential nutrients, as she claims.

Floyd directs you to her Web site, which I haven’t seen yet, so even more ideas await the reader there. That second part of the book, by the way, contains recipes, but they all seem to me to have too many ingredients. Thus, I offer you one of mine: Get an avocado. Cut it in half. Scoop out the green stuff. Eat it.

Rating: 4.5/5

F. Scott drinks a blended green smoothie every day containing kale or collard greens, two bananas, one apple, grapes, strawberries or blueberries, and two cups of distilled water.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Planned Television Arts. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.