So far I’ve lost 11 pounds and over 2 inches around my waist. My BMI is still higher than it should be at 31, but that’s a lot better than 35. My blood pressure is back where it was in my 20s.
I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2004. About a year later, after going through a standard ADA-approved “education,” I felt there had to be a way to do more to feel better. I started reading and following some advice from non-traditional doctors. It helped, but not enough. In 2007 I started seeing a “holistic” doctor, who helped me deal with some yeast overgrowth issues and started rebalancing some systems. Unfortunately, in early 2008 my job melted away, and with it my ability to pay the doctor. I was on my own again. I continued reading and doing what I could on my own. I joined Dr. Hyman’s UltraSimple Diet Challenge in 2010, and that helped. Over a period of about 8 months I lost a few pounds and dropped my fasting glucose from around 130 to around 120. So I started this beta program with a strong touch of cynicism. I hoped it would work for me, but I didn’t really expect it to. Imagine my surprise when, just a few days into the program, I started bouncing out of bed in the morning instead of falling out. . . my fasting glucose dropped into the low 90s. . . I had plenty of energy to get through my busy days. . . I was more productive in my work as a freelance writer. . . I felt calmer, more centered, less anxious. . . So far I’ve lost 11 pounds and over 2 inches around my waist. My BMI is still higher than it should be at 31, but that’s a lot better than 35. My blood pressure is back where it was in my 20s. I can’t tell you about other markers like A1C, cholesterol, and such, because I’m still without medical insurance and can’t get the tests done, but I haven’t felt this well in over 20 years. I can’t tell you if this is the right program for you, but it certainly has been the right program for me. I was on the Advanced plan for 6 weeks, and I plan to continue for at least another 6. I know I’ll never go back to eating the way I used to.