Dr. Mark Hyman recently released his book titled, The Blood Sugar Solution.
His book details how you can achieve optimal blood sugar levels for better health.
His main focus is on how to reverse and treat disease with a healthy diet.There is nothing new or revolutionary in this diet approach, however, the recommendations described are nearly perfect. Perhaps we don’t need diet secrets or drastic measure–just pure and balanced foods.
Blood Sugar Diet Claims
- Prevent diabetes, heart disease, dementia, cancer
- Balance hormone levels
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve digestion
- Detoxify the body
- Improve metabolism and energy levels
- Improve mental health
- Avoid: Artificial sweeteners, sugar, honey, agave, most vegetable oils, white flour, trans fat, alcohol, dairy, processed foods, corn syrup,
- Limit: Some grains, stevia, fruits (2 per day), other flour products, starchy vegetables
- Include: Eggs, brown rice, lean and clean meats, seafood, nuts, beans, avocado, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, vegetables, seeds, seaweed, organic foods, rBGH-free foods (no hormones), non-GMO foods (non genetically modified).
- Exercise daily for 60 minutes
- Perfect Plate Rule: Make half your plate non-starchy vegetables, one-quarter full of lean protein, and one-quarter full of starches (from beans/lentils/starchy vegetable).
Dr. Hyman Video
Pros and Cons
I listened to an interview with Dr. Hyman, and his principles are almost spot-on with what scientific research has revealed. I find that many dietitians would even agree with most of his diet approach.
The main downfall is that he limits starchy vegetables, fruits, and high quality whole grain flours in his book. Blueberries and strawberries should not be limited in order to achieve optimal health!
Low fat and fat free dairy should simply be limited–not completely avoided. There is always controversy surrounding dairy, but a few small servings can get you calcium, vitamin D, and balance in your diet.
All of other Dr. Hyman’s principles are in line with what other health professionals would consider to be the perfect diet approach–plenty of high quality fresh ingredients and a diet consisting of mostly fruits and vegetables.
What do you think? Would you try the Blood Sugar Solution?
You can buy the book here on Amazon.