I think that there is something else that you can’t measure as easily as the weight – the psychological lift that you get from your Facebook buddies. I heartily recommend this program to not only those with blood sugar problem, but those of normal weight and no diabetes. By cutting out all the inflammatory foods (sugar, grains, most grasses) from one’s diet, and following the lifestyle suggestions in this book, one’s body can rest and repair itself, thus saving more energy for you!
Thanks Dr. Hyman for choosing me for the Beta because it made me get a blood test to find out that there was something wrong. At first I thought that this was about participation in a more formal study, and that I might be part of some group that was being studied to find out something. Boy, am I glad that I did not drop out though! I learned SO much from the program and the people who were living with diabetes every day. I was also able to help my dad, keeping in mind an uncle of his who died of diabetes-related illness (Alzheimer’s) only a few months ago. I listened to the Beta face group pals as they supported each other through cravings and other challenges. At first I felt shy but then I was jumping right in there. My current health status – minus the microcytic anemia that had nothing to do with the Beta program – is terrific! I eat well, sleep well and work fairly long days, when I should have been exhausted with a ferritin of 4. My weight remained exactly the same (good because my goal was not to lose weight), but my whole body feels ‘cleaner’ and more toned now. I think that there is something else that you can’t measure as easily as the weight – the psychological lift that you get from your Facebook buddies. Incorporating the beta suggestions was perhaps not as difficult for me as (1) I am a holistic nutritionist and have been a huge fan of Dr. Hyman’s writings for years, and (2) I already ‘did the work’ to stabilize my blood sugar around 4 years ago when I had some adrenal fatigue and was feeling hypoglycemic. Somewhere in between that time I realized that it was the grains and grasses that were making me sick (allergies). As a health professional myself (yes, we get sick), I will with all my heart recommend this program to my family and nutrition clients. The diet and lifestyle suggestions themselves, I feel, can be used by those who DON’T have blood sugar issues, quite easily.