Sunday, March 18, 2012
Has anyone else heard about the new book by Dr. Mark Hyman titled Blood Sugar Solution that just came out? I saw a lecture he presented on PBS recently about the program, and it makes a lot of sense. Although it has "blood sugar" in the title, this is not a book for diabetics only. In fact, Hyman argues that anyone who is obese has an insulin problem, with the way their blood chemistry is unable to handle all the extra glucose. He has coined the term "diabesity" to get across the idea that our society's weight problems and the pandemic diabetes epidemic go hand in hand. Hyman focuses on lifestyle problems ranging from toxic stress levels, to overly processed foods, to our tendency to over medicate for everything, as all contributing to the weight.
He seems to be a thorough researcher, and very knowledgable. I found that an earlier book of his, Ultra Metabolism, really helped me to start getting a handle on diabetes and life in general.
So, it's time to get busy. I bought the book yesterday and have begun reading. I guess by tomorrow I will have cleaned my kitchen and started the "two week prep." (You know that a diet means business when it requires two whole weeks TO GET READY to diet! (grin) Since I'm diabetic, I will be following the more extreme "advanced" diet for at least the first six weeks.
CONCERNS: It looks like the carbohydrate level potentially could be significantly lower than I'm used to eating, so I'll have to monitor extra to make sure I don't slip into low sugar land.
DISAPPOINTMENTS: NO CAFFEINE! (Green and white tea allowed, so I know what I'll be drinking in the morning.) No sugar of any kind includes NO ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS of any kind. I know, I know, they're not good for you, but sometimes I have used them to fool myself that I'm really having dessert. And I love the Torani Splenda-sweetened flavored coffee syrups. Oh, wait... no caffeine ... never mind. No alcohol for the first six weeks. (sigh)
Dear husband Steve has been all gung-ho about going on the diet with me -- right up until the parts about no caffeine (he fills his 20-ounce mug 2 or 3 times) and no artificial sweeteners. "But I've already gone salt free," he whined. "No martinis EITHER?!"
One huge plus is that Spark People already has me following several of Dr. Hyman's recommendations: to track my food and water every day, to exercise and get enough sleep every day, to chart changing weights and body measurements, and to develop a support group. (Thanks, guys!) I can even use the SP built-in journal to track my feelings and thoughts about dealing with the diet.
So, is anyone else thinking of starting this? If so, please let me know so we can work together. Also, there's a brand new Spark Team called the Blood Sugar Solution (4 whole members!) that you might think of joining. Getting healthy really is better team style!