The Swift Diet_Kathie-Swift4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight and Get Rid of the Bloat

by Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN and Joseph Hooper

“The scientific world has undergone a revolution in the way it understands the gastrointestinal tract, specifically the role played by the bacteria that live there… we’ve only just recently appreciated that if the microbiota are not being properly attended to – if they’re not being fed enough plant fiber or if they’re being indiscriminately wiped out by the overuse of antibiotics or they’re damaged over time by excessive amounts of stress hormones – a Pandora’s Box of bad things gets opened up. Weight, digestion and the workings of the immune system can go haywire.” – Excerpt from THE SWIFT DIET 

From Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, one of the country’s most influential holistic nutritionists and Joseph Hooper, co-author of the bestselling Muscle Medicine, comes THE SWIFT DIET: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight and Get Rid of the Bloat (Hudson Street Press; September 4, 2014; ISBN: 978-1-59463-332-4; $25.95). THE SWIFT DIET is the new, revolutionary health and diet plan which shows women how to fix their digestive problems and lose weight permanently, by changing the way they eat and altering their gut bacteria.

THE SWIFT DIET introduces us to the microbiome – the collection of genes belonging to the bacteria that live inside our bodies. These bacteria impact just about every aspect of our lives, from food cravings and how our bodies store fat, to ouremotions, our digestion and our immune system response. The good news is, by paying close attention to how you eat and how you live, you can influence how the microbiome behaves for the better. In other words, “Take care of your gut bacteria, and they’ll take care of you!”

We’ve all heard the statistics – roughly two thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese — but what hasn’t been talked about is the massive and rapid rise of digestive problems (often called “irritable bowel”) particularly in women. Now, new groundbreaking research shows that with the right diet, heavier people can change their gut bacteria to more closely resemble the bacteria that helps keep lean people lean, and healthy. Swift’s four weeks of delicious meal plans, healthy recipes and stress-reducing lifestyle changes will help readers lose excess weight as well as:

  • Banish gas and bloat
  • Improve digestion
  • Sharpen concentration
  • Boost energy
  • Clear up skin
  • Reduce stress

THE SWIFT DIET is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to a healthier way of life. Incorporating innovative research, a positive message and a delicious eating plan, THE SWIFT DIET will, at last, enable you to get the weight off and heal your belly – for good!

KATHIE MADONNA SWIFT, MS, RDN, is the co-author of The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health, and she is recognized for her pioneering work as the head of nutrition at three landmark centers of health and wellness, all in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts: Canyon Ranch Health Resort, Dr. Mark Hyman’s UltraWellness Center and the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She also maintains her private nutrition practice ( in the Berkshires.

JOSEPH HOOPER coauthored the 2009 New York Times bestseller Muscle Medicine and is a contributing editor/writer at Elle, Men’s Journal, and Popular Science magazines. He has written regularly for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, and Esquire.

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“Kathie Swift, a leader in the functional nutrition and functional medicine revolution, brings her wisdom to the pages of this groundbreaking book, synthesizing the principles that she, and we, have been cultivating for 20 years to bridge the gap between food and medicine. This is an easy-to-read, how-to manual that will surely help readers finally understand what they should eat to heal themselves and to feel better.”
– Susan S. Blum, MD, MPH, author of The Immune System Recovery Plan

“Kathie breaks down nutritional science and the age-old question “what to eat?” into easily digestible morsels, leaving us feeling nourished, optimistic and joyful about the healing power of food.”
– Robynne Chutkan, MD, author of Gutbliss

“This book is a gem. Kathie Swift has mentored many of us and she has helped heal thousands of people with her deep knowledge of food and nutrition. Buy this book and let her wisdom about food heal you.”
– Drew Ramsey, MD, author of Fifty Shades of Kale

“I’ve learned everything I ever wanted to know about gut health, and then some, from Kathie Swift. Now, she is sharing her 30 years of knowledge and clinical pearls with you. In The Swift Diet, Kathie takes you by the hand and explains, as only she can, the science, story and wisdom behind good gut health.”
– Rebecca Katz, MS author of The Longevity Kitchen

“Kathie Swift is a wordsmith, nutrition master, and wise woman. In The Swift Diet, she takes you on a wondrous journey into the intimate world of your gut, your food, and your health, and offers you the tools you can use to make changes that will revitalize your life at every level.”
– Aviva Romm, MD, author of Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health