I just finished reading the book. I do have a comment and a question. Overall, the book was great and well worth the price. I do wish that the text was not continually interrupted with the Star McDougallers. It served to disrupt the natural flow and meant I had to go back and figure out where I left off. Eventually I just skipped over them. I would prefer they were moved to an appendix. My question is that I can't find anyplace where a total cholesterol goal is mentioned for good health. Did I miss it or is it no longer considered important? As an aside it seemed that while starches were (as expected) emphasized, the green and leafy vegetables were almost treated as an optional addition. Could one deduce that a healthy meal could consist of only starches without the addition of non-starchy vegetables or do they provide some unique value?
I felt the same way about the Star McDougaller stories. I think they are important (although I had read them all before here on the McDougall website), but they do disrupt the flow of the text. I wish they had been at the end of each chapter or in a special section. I don't know if Dr. McDougall stuck them in that way or if it was the publisher. As far as the cholesterol, most people's cholesterol goes down on the McDougall program. I know mine did. As far as veggies go Dr. Mcdougall has never said green leafy vegetables were more important than other vegetables, nor doe he recommend eating only starches, although he does say potatoes are an almost perfect food. I own 5 McDougall books which all have recipes and they all have lots of vegetables. I was actually astounded at the wide variety of vegetables in the recipes in their two cookbooks and other books. If you read the recipes in The Starch Solution
, you'll also find many vegetables, such as in the Autumn Garden Vegetable soup which contains 9 different vegetables in addition to beans. The recipe for Artichoke Paella has 7 different vegetables and the Thai Green Curry Rice has 9 different vegetables. The McDougall's are sneaky that way.
The recipes in the McDougall books are loaded with all types of vegetables including leafy greens. Go through and read each recipe and you'll be surprised.