Blood Sugar Solution diet, anyone?

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!
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  • JENL52
    So I'd like to know where your head is on this now. I started it a couple weeks ago because my doctor told me to and so far so good. So how did it go for you?
    1625 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/9/2013 6:16:02 PM
    so now that you're a year out from this, how did/is it go(ing)?
    1727 days ago
  • 1NEATA
    I'm just starting reading this book. In the first few page, he confirms my own scientific study of me has proven. You can't take one med without screwing up your system and needing others.
    2171 days ago
    I just bought this book today and it appears to be a good book for reversing my condition of pre-diabetes and I am hoping it has a lot of tips on changing my lifestyle compatible with SparkPeople. I am going to have troubles going off sugar, caffeine and artificial sweeteners. Currently I am coming from a diet with eating out, chocolate and Diet Pepsi so I have a lot of work to do. Fortunately, I changed my diet to the Zone diet 4 days ago and I'm already eating more fruits and vegetables so I have less work to do. Wish you the best of luck!
    2173 days ago
    Hi! Thanks for comments last week on my blog about the Blood Sugar Solution. I have to say after 10 days on an unprocessed, gluten free, dairy free, all natural diet I have lost 9 pounds... 9 pounds in 10 days.... and you know what? The weight doesn't even matter right now because I am feeling SO great! My head is more clear, I can concentrate, I have energy. I feel free from food cravings for the first time in a very long time. Dr. Hyman isn't the only one promoting a proactive whole foods approach to overall health, but he put it in a perspective I finally listened to. I don't want to be sick anymore, I don't want to get sicker. I'm a convert!
    2221 days ago
    I bought the book the other day, and I've begun reading it. He really pushes a lot of supplements--but one of them--I can tell you, first hand, the PGX (look for it in the index)---truly works. Last year I lost 20 pounds in about a month just by taking this fiber pill with water. So, if you don't do all the supplements that he recommends--that is one I recommend. Anyway, good luck with his plan, I'm sure it will bring you a lot of success. It's all based on good science. :)
    2222 days ago
    I haven't heard of it but I may check it out. Thank you for the info!
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    2226 days ago
    I'll have to check this out. I have been slowly eliminating more and more starches in favor of veggies...
    2227 days ago
    Thank you for posting about this book. I'm going to buy it. I may be on a similar diet given to me by a holistic nutritionist. It has been tremendously helpful for blood sugar levels - my insulin production is at 2 ( between 6 and 22 is normal) - yet I am holding my own so far without having to go onto insulin. I have never felt better.

    Caffeine and coffee had to go. As a coffeholic the thought was very upsetting. Weaning off for 2 weeks really worked. I still drink a coffee substitute in the morning, it isn't coffee but it helps.

    There are also many food restrictions besides the no sugar. No oranges, soy, beef, corn, wheat, rye, barley are the big ones.

    I will be joining the blood sugar solution team.

    Thank you again, for this terrific blog! Carol

    2227 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/18/2012 2:23:32 PM
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