Author Archive | Mark Hyman, MD

Food Bites with Dr. Hyman – Raw Honey/Pure Maple Syrup?

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Roxanne L asks:  Are raw honey and/or pure maple syrup good sweetener substitutions? Dear Roxanne, With the holidays upon us we know there will be a lot of interest in dessert, so thank you for your question, Roxanne! The short answer is that all sweeteners impact your metabolism. Whether it is the toxic overload from […]

Get Through the Holidays without Feeling Sick and Gaining Weight!

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I always advocate preparing your own meals whenever you can. Making your own meals saves you time and money, plus you know exactly what goes into everything you prepare. Today when you take a trip, you have to take real food with you. It’s not your fault that you can’t find real food in the […]

The Easiest Thing You Can Do for Weight Loss and Longevity

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I had a patient not too long ago who struggled to lose weight. A quick look at her food journal revealed why. To save calories, she skipped breakfast and simply sipped on coffee or one of those “skinny lattes” that actually contain a good bit of sugar. She’s not alone. “I hate breakfast,” many patients […]

Food Bites with Dr. Hyman – Eliminate Grains and Beans Too?

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Rachel R asks: For the last 6 months, I have kept my diet free of sugar, dairy, gluten and oats. I couldn’t imagine now eliminating rice and legumes but certain communities insist they are bad too. What gives – it is becoming ridiculously hard to feed myself! Dear Rachel, Way to go on detoxing your diet! […]

How Chronic Stress Creates Hormonal Havoc

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“If you really knew what was happening to you when you are stressed, you would freak out. It’s not pretty,” I said during the 2013 Third Metric women’s conference. I wasn’t kidding. I could write several books about stress’s massive, chronic havoc on your body. If you want to avoid stress, you’ve been born in the […]

15 Ideas to Survive the Holidays While Feeling and Looking Great!

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It’s holiday time!  This is when we are all tempted (even me) to indulge and eat too many things that taste good but make us feel bad.  Then, of course, we promise ourselves to go into food rehab right after the holidays.  But what if you could enjoy the holidays, have amazing food and not […]

6 Simple Strategies to Eat Healthy When You Don’t Have Time

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“How do I make smart eating choices on a busy schedule?” patients frequently ask.  As a busy doctor, I can understand how eating healthy might feel like a herculean demand and become short shift among the numerous demands in your life. While eating healthy on a time budget does require a little planning, it’s easier […]

Pumpkin Spice Cookies

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Satisfy that holiday sweet tooth with this healthy Pumpkin Spice Cookies recipe! Look for aluminum-free baking powder the next time you go shopping. Aluminum may pose potential risks to our health as a neurotoxin. While the dose makes the poison, some studies show a relationship with aluminum that is stored in the body and neuro-disorders […]

Why I am a Pegan – or Paleo-Vegan – and Why You Should Be Too!

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As a doctor, it is my job to figure out the best way to keep my patients healthy. We now know that food is medicine, perhaps the most powerful drug on the planet with the power to cause or cure most disease.  If food is more than just calories, if food is information that controls […]

Think Yourself Thin? How About Think Yourself Well!

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We all have heard of the mind-body effect that says suggestions, desires, beliefs, expectations and fears influence what people experience.  We all know that thoughts and feelings affect our health. And, we all know that stress is bad for us.  I used to think this was soft science. But a few recent discoveries of how […]

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Really that Bad for You?

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High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an insidious chemical that has crept into our food supply over the past few decades. Today HFCS represents1 more than 40 percent of caloric sweeteners added to foods and beverages. HFCS can contain anywhere from 55 to 90 percent fructose and is derived from corn, a heavily subsidized (read: cheap) […]

The Real Food Revolution: A Manifesto for a New Food System!

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“Treat the whole problem of health in soil, plant, animal, and man as one great subject.” —Sir Albert Howard, The Soil and Health There is one place that nearly everything that matters today in the world converges. It is our fork, and what we decide to put on it every single day is of utmost […]