Mark Hyman, MD has dedicated his career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach known as Functional Medicine. He is a family physician, a four-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader in his field. Through his private practice, education efforts, writing, research, advocacy and public-policy work, he strives to improve access to Functional Medicine, and to widen the understanding and practice of it, empowering others to stop managing symptoms and instead treat the underlying causes of illness, thereby also tackling our chronic-disease epidemic. Here is just a small sample of the endorsement he has received recently.
Christiane Northrup, M.D Author of The Wisdom of Menopause http://www.drnorthrup.com
UltraMetabolism is a gem. Scientific, practical, and user friendly, it gives you everything you need to know for creating a lean, healthy body
David Ludwig, M.D Director, Obesity Program, Children’s Hospital Boston http://bit.ly/Qzhh0k
Dr. Hyman has worked at the interface of science, Western medicine and alternative health for over 20 years. In UltraMetabolism, he distills this experience into a provocative prescription for weight loss. I have no doubt that this book will make an important difference in the lives of many Americans seeking optimal health
Dr. Kenneth Pelletier Professor, University of Arizona School of Medicine http://www.drpelletier.com/
At long last, a clear and practical book by an internationally recognized clinician who creates a sound diet as the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. There are no gimmicks, quick fixes, or misleading before and after photos since this diet is based on the latest science which underlies all effective weight management. If you are going to read and use only one book on diet and lifestyle, this is the one!
Peter Libby, M.D Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine, Harvard Medical School http://bit.ly/OfxMyg
A healthy lifestyle holds the key to maintaining optimal health as we age. Dr. Hyman provides some sensible signposts for those ready to embrace healthy living, and lower their risk of developing cardiovascular and other chronic diseases
Jeffrey S. Bland, Ph.D Former Chairman and Cofounder, Institute for Functional Medicine http://www.jeffreybland.com
UltraMetabolism delivers on its title with a real program that has been developed by one of America’s leading nutrition and preventive medicine doctors who also knows how to communicate his successes in writing. The book is both educational and inspiring, and coaches the reader through an effective program for ‘tuning up metabolism’ and improving functional health. This book will be the catalyst for many people accomplishing their goal of good health
James S. Gordon, M.D Founder and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine http://jamesgordonmd.com
Combining cutting edge science and clinical wisdom, Mark Hyman provides a clear, carefully individualized, blueprint for weight loss and good health. It is, quite simply, the best book I’ve seen on the subject
Jack Canfield Author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series http://www.jackcanfield.com
If you want to be empowered to change your life, lose weight, and get to the bottom of chronic health problems, The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman will take you all the way there. Dr. Hyman is the best kind of doctor—educator, coach, and motivator. He presents a radically new scientific approach more powerful than any drug or surgery. Read this book and solve your struggles with weight, diabetes, and other diseases forever
Kris Carr Author of Crazy Sexy Diet http://kriscarr.com
Are you desperate to feel better but don’t know where to begin? Has your doctor prescribed a quick fix pill, but no solid game plan? This is your lucky day. Dr. Mark Hyman’s revolutionary work has the power to radically transform and uplift your life. He is the shining, break-out voice of a new breed of functional medicine doctors who treat root causes rather than symptoms. Let Mark be your guide and your teacher as you create a happy, healthy body filled with sustainable energy and balance. I can’t say enough about this brilliant pioneer, and once you read his book, I know you will agree.
Arthur Agatston, MD Author of The South Beach Diet http://www.southbeachdiet.com
Dr. Hyman has taken on the most important health issue not just in the United States but around most of the world—diabesity. And, as usual, he has performed a great service, this time by providing a blueprint for attacking diabesity for individuals struggling with its complications and for the larger community, where it is a major economic as well as major health problem.
David L. Katz, MD Director, Yale University Prevention Research Center http://www.davidkatzmd.com
Rare, indeed, is the individual who combines scientific expertise, deep caring, and equally deep insights. Dr. Hyman is one of these, and in addition, as a leader in functional medicine, has a unique ability to see past the many adverse effects of a lifestyle at odds with health to the underlying causes both within and all around us. He puts all of these attributes to work for you in The Blood Sugar Solution, providing detailed guidance for both individuals and the population to avoid the perils of obesity and chronic disease—and get to health.
Joseph Pizzorno, ND Author Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine http://drpizzorno.com
Diabesity is no longer a hidden epidemic—it’s visually obvious all over North America and the primary driver of ill health and out-of-control healthcare costs. Dr. Hyman once again nails the problems and provides real solutions.
Daniel Goleman Author of Emotional Intelligence http://danielgoleman.info
In The Blood Sugar Solution, Mark Hyman maps a road to health that will benefit anyone. Read it for yourself, your family, your friends. Give this book to the people you love.
Arianna Huffington Founder, Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/
With our world facing multiple crises, including a dramatic rise in diabetes, The Blood Sugar Solution arrives not a minute too soon. Dr. Mark Hyman’s insistence on identifying the root social causes of obesity and diabetes is a crucial step beyond many of our long-held assumptions and in the direction of real solutions. Our children deserve nothing less.
Rick Warren Author of The Purpose Driven Life http://www.rickwarren.com/
Dr. Mark Hyman makes managing your health simpler than you ever thought possible. There’s no time like the present to get started. Don’t wait till tomorrow! Start today!
Dean Ornish, MD Founder Preventive Medicine Research Institute http://www.pmri.org
First, the bad news: Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes will affect half of Americans in the next few years. Drugs are not very effective at preventing the complications of diabetes, including heart disease, blindness, impotence, amputations, and kidney damage. Now, the good news: diabetes is completely preventable and even reversible for most people–today–simply by changing diet and lifestyle. In The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Mark Hyman shows you how.
Deepak Chopra, MD Physician and Writer http://www.deepakchopra.com
With compassion and authority, Dr. Mark Hyman addresses the real driver of overeating, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and more—insulin. Insulin imbalance, the secret killer, robs millions of a rich, joyful, happy life. If you have struggled with weight and ill health, you will find a new doorway to wellness through his solid science-based, personalized solution.
Mehmet Oz, MD TV Presenter & Author http://www.doctoroz.com
Dr. Hyman has done it again with a lucid description of the causes of the diabesity epidemic and a powerful treatment program. The Blood Sugar Solution is a must-read for anyone anywhere on the spectrum between mild insulin resistance and full-blown Type-2 diabetes–a groundbreaking, science-based, easy-to-follow prescription. Start your journey to healing now!
President Bill Clinton President & Founder Clinton Foundation http://www.clintonfoundation.org
In the last decade, the rise of obesity and diabetes has emerged as a crisis that threatens our families, the global economy, and the success of our next generation. I’ve made drastic changes to my own diet and exercise routine since my heart troubles surfaced in 2004 and I hope Dr. Hyman’s new book will inspire you as he has inspired me.
I have been trying to get my husband to ditch dairy, gluten and sugar for years as I know it plays a role in his health. As a nutritionist I run a 21 Day Gluten, Dairy and Sugar free online Challenge where I help people get off these foods the healthy way. It seems embarrassing that I can help others but not my hubby, so when I decided to do Dr Mark Hyman’s 10 Day Detox I casually asked my husband to do it with me. I am not sure why – but he said yes!!! Thank you Dr. Hyman!! He even got some of his co workers to join the closed facebook group I formed to help others do the 10 Day Detox. We had a great group and everyone was so supportive.
I came up with additional recipes which I shared with the group as did other group members. It was so inspiring to hear others tell their success stories and how people started to feel better. Amazing! My husband felt less tired and realized that these foods did play a role in his health. No it was not earth shattering, but it was so very important for him to realize that food does play a role in our health. Thank you Dr Hyman for writing this amazing book and helping others to detox and realize that food can heal or harm us. Be sure to check out my latest blog where I have posted what helped me during the 10 day detox and a few of my recipes that I created.
Although choosing to restrict food intake to improve health is a difficult choice in our food oriented society, the benefits are significant. Losing 10 pounds and being free of food cravings is worth the commitment.
My mind is clearer than it has been in years and I am happier than I have been in years. I saw the difference in my eyes and sleeping when I truly stuck with the program fully and took the offending items (sugar) out of my diet. I had a lot of things wrong with me, vertigo mainly and I saw how gluten and my digestive system did not go together. I understand what I need to do now, I have the tools to make better decisions and I want to make better decisions for myself for the first time in a long time. I want better for myself, I deserve it. My mind is clearer than it has been in years and I am happier than I have been in years. I want to totally recover my health and I will continue this program working with my functional doctor because I have so many health issues. This will take time, but I am committed to this.
This program put it all together for me, and gave my body a much needed break it needed, the support to carry it out and it truly works. I have a history of addiction in my family and am beginning to believe that so many of the effects of that disease,– depression, anxiety, fatigue, brain fog, are somehow tied into a sugar metabolism dysfunction.
At one point in my life I had such a severe case of systemic yeast that my doctor told me that eating grains was like having a drink…it just put me to sleep. I have struggled over the years to combat this problems with diets, exercise, medications…this program put it all together for me, and gave my body a much needed break it needed, the support to carry it out and it truly works. I am staying on the program, debating about going to the basic from the advanced for another 6weeks to see if I can resolve the last of my issues. I plan to give this book to family members who suffer from so many of the “symptoms” of sugar metabolism malfunction. I only hope that what they see in me and my physical improvement will convince them to try this for themselves.
I think as a family we have just about every disease mentioned in the case studies…scary… I know so many people suffering with these symptoms that don’t know where to turn. I hope this book will give them the chance to regain their health and well-being.
The change I noticed within the first week was how a protein breakfast smoothie with fruit and almond milk and/or an egg was enough to keep me from being famished at dinner time. I don’t keep looking for more food through the night. Also my energy leveled out so I was the same level going to work as I was going to work out. Excellent! I have never had that before.
Excellent program!!! I am on the advanced program and I lost 9 pounds and 6 cm around the waist. My breathing improved, my energy level is much better. I feel lighter and more focused. I was really desperate to improve my health when I got into the program. I was so bloated and felt like drowning. Even though I was eating healthy, there were no results… but when I cut gluten and milk products I felt better in 2 weeks. I feel like I don’t have to think about food at all. I am not hungry most of the time so I can focus on other important and fun aspects of life. I loved it!!! I will continue on the path of better health and healing! Thank you Dr. Hyman!!!
I am not a diabetic, nor do I plan to become one just because a doctor said I would. I am a healthy, vibrant, energetic person who lost 17 pounds, and 13 inches from my waist, who reversed a pre-diabetic condition, insulin resistance, and severe muscular and joint pain. My arms and legs no longer have little bumps on them, I don’t have patches of dry skin, my digestion is improved and I no longer need to take naps because my energy level has increased immensely. My self esteem has improved because I was able to take charge and make decisions for myself that worked and have improved the quality of my life.
The proof is in the results. My mind is clearer, I feel more energetic, and I am almost always in a good mood. My weight and other health measurements have all improved. The diet is one I can follow for a lifetime.
It was much easier than I thought to let go of the fast carbohydrates. Before, I thought I could not live without bread or pasta, but now, if bread is on the table, I don’t even look at it, in fact I forget about it. It is nice to see my slender self in the mirror.
Mary Jane Daub
This is a wonderful program to improve your overall health. I have lost 8 pounds in the 6 weeks that I was on the program and went down a dress size. My blood pressure went from the 140’s over the high 80’s to the high 120’s over the low 80’s, without medication. I have more energy and I am more productive. I feel great!
Over the years I’ve become insulin resistant which made it difficult to lose weight. Something I’ve never had problems with in the past. The Blood Sugar Solution allowed me to start losing weight that’s been haunting me for years. It makes sense now… gluten is like glue in our systems. I believe that for me, eliminating it from my diet allowed my body to shed those extra pounds. I’ve lost 8-9 pounds over the past 8 weeks and have another 20 to go. Dr. Hyman has shown me how to get this weight off and keep it off forever.
Before the diet, I was constantly dealing with bloating and swelling-my hands, stomach, ankles. More and more frequently I was taking antacids all day long. I couldn’t lose weight no matter what I did and believe me I was doing weight training and running. No budging. My doctor has had the talk with me where she tells me that I am well on my way to diabetes and my arthritis and psoriasis were getting worse too. I felt very helpless. Six weeks can’t cure all that, but it certainly has seen me make great strides in the right direction.
I’ve lost 10 pounds, the swelling is staying away, I’m becoming active again and I only had two headaches in 6 weeks (usually weekly). I will continue with this and will continue with the supplements until I feel I don’t need them anymore, but this is great and more painless than I ever thought it could be.
On this program I lost 14 pounds and over 13 inches. I have gone down 2 or more clothing sizes, and I have somewhat more energy than I had before. I had already made significant changes in my diet and exercise regime since starting to work with Dr. Hyman 18 months ago and have made more changes since being in this program. Overall, I have lost 55 pounds in that time and have gotten on a regular exercise routine of both aerobics and strength training. This program has fulfilled my expectations.
I participated in this program at a time in my life which was fraught with too many other things to complete. Nonetheless, I signed up to just get that encouragement I needed to address some health issues. Even with my following some, although not to the completeness of the program I would have liked, I experienced a steady improvement. I had never been able to get my weight under 140, and suddenly noticed that my bloated belly was slimmer, and my weight had made it below that mark. Even though only by a few pounds, it was the right direction. I had not been able to sleep well, waking up at night and not returning to sleep. I can sleep through the night, am less anxious, and best of all, I no longer have the cravings that resulted in overeating and feeling fatigue after.
I had been gradually gaining wait for several years, but after cancer surgery and radiation treatment, I suddenly put on another 10 pounds. I tried for a year to lose the weight, but couldn’t. In January, 2011, I made changes to improve my diet, increasing my consumption of vegetables and decreasing red meat and dairy products. I lost about one pound per month this way. When the opportunity to join this beta test came along, I decided to join it, to see if it would help me lose weight faster. On this plan, I lost as much weight in 8 weeks as I had in the previous 9 months. I am now back in the normal weight range for my height, and able to wear clothes that have been too small for me for two years. Overall, I feel better. I think the things I have learned will help me get down to my ideal weight and keep me from getting overweight again.
I thought the program was excellent. Very well organized and very well written. Easy to follow instructions and tons of useful information. It is a very enjoyable program to follow despite the fact that one needs to make a real effort to get results. In spite of not being perfect I did manage to actually lose almost 10 lbs, begin to eat better, begin to walk, become more aware of my health and taking care of myself, and feel more life energy. I can’t wait to get the book when it comes out and add it to my library.
It was easy, I was never hungry, I have 100% more energy, my mind is so clear. I did not lose an outrageous amount of weight in 6 weeks, but I lost almost everything in my waist and need all new clothes!! I definitely had a problem with inflammation; the weight was just the most obvious symptom. All of my aches, pains, breathing problems, fatigue, and brain fog were all very non specific symptoms of the inflammation that I never associated with my diet. I always felt I ate a healthy diet, mostly veggie, mostly organic, but way too much sugar in pastas, fruit, juices, too much soy, too much cheese, and too few green veggies.
I feel so much better when I don’t eat gluten or dairy or sugar. I am so happy that I found this book and was able to attempt to stay off these foods for six weeks. Whenever I added them back in, I could feel the negative results they have on my body. I strongly believe we have a serious problem in this society with the way we eat. I am happy to find some people who don’t think it is extreme to cut out flours and sugars and dairy from the diet. I would like to see this type of eating accepted more universally. We have accepted the toxic way of eating and are seeing the results. I appreciate Dr. Hyman’s work and will continue to support it, advocate it, and practice the healthy way of eating.
This program has helped me identify food and lifestyles changes that have helped me feel better, act better and look better. I have been struggling with my weight my whole life. Eliminating “trigger” foods from my diet and taking the supplements has armed my body with the ammunition it needs to prevent disease. I believe you are what you eat and this program has optimized this! I plan on sharing this program with many of my friends to help them with their health issues.
My blood sugar which was over 300 at diagnosis dropped to 195..then 185..then 146. After eating, my blood sugar two to three hours later was 157 not the 337 of three years ago. My A1C dropped to 8.7 from 11.6 three years ago when diagnosed. I am so happy to have participated because this program gave me power to make decision about my health that improved it in such a short time. The online support group gave me others to connect with so that you didn’t ever feel alone in your endeavor on the program. What phenomenal people from all over the country I have met! This caused me to go to the computer each day…assuming my teenagers weren’t online before me…navigating teenagers can be more of a challenge…I looked forward to checking in with everyone and saw that on days that were a little more challenging ..or on days that produced even minor victories..support was there from everyone.
I have always hated it when someone says ..”Oh you’re a diabetic!” No NO NO I am a person living with diabetes. I am a person first not a diagnosis…and online this fact was born out every single day…so inspiring to see myself and others take back control of their life and health choices and learn that this condition is Reversible. My family is becoming more aware too! They have switched from white bread to whole wheat or whole grain. This is a small beginning but a good step in the right direction.
The supermarket is just a marketing gimmick…I was so aware to start with of food that is processed but this book took that awareness to a heightened level. I began to realize that the Poisoning of America is legalized and that a country with our resources should be able to do better. If lobbyists can twist legislation so that we have to eat unhealthy processed foods then I can take back the power and choose to avoid those foods..and I can do as well as others so that one person at a time we all make a difference. Thank You to all the professionals at UltraWellness who helped and to Dr. Hyman who truly taught me that nutrition and medicine are the same thing .,.and that the most powerful medicine is at the end of your fork. Thank you ..for this and for most of all giving all of HOPE!
Even after all this time, I learned much more about his approach. As a 10-year patient of Dr. Hyman, I was intrigued when he said that The Blood Sugar Solution book would be good for me when it came out. I was thrilled to later get into the Beta. Even after all this time, I learned much more about his approach.
This is a solid program. It requires a serious commitment, but your health should be a serious commitment. Once you start it, you will notice positive changes very soon. Those quick changes in your body and mood make it easier to stick with the program, even when you feel like it is too much work or too hard. Join the community- they will help you through it. Following this program is worth the effort- your body will thank you!
My husband and I have been married for 46 years. Within 2 weeks of starting this program, we found ourselves much more interested in one another –more conversation, and more physical affection. Three family members did the program. My husband is almost down to his high school weight. My daughter and I both lost over ten pounds each. Our clothes fit better. We are more able to concentrate, are more physically active and get more done. I like to think our increased attentiveness allows us to get along better with one another. Drinking the tea, broth, and eating nuts and using olive oil seem to keep us from feeling hungry.
It is an excellent exercise to look at how drastically we all should be changing our diets. I have felt great on the program.
The beauty is, once you have powered through those first few days to a week and purged your body of those toxins that have been dragging you down, you feel uplifted, energetic, and empowered to say “no” to the things that poison your body and an enthusiastic “yes” to those beautiful foods that make you feel alive!
I don’t think the average American realizes just how addicted they are to sugar. This addiction will come fully to light when it is eliminated from the diet in the first week of the program! The fog will lift and energy that you didn’t know you were capable of will surge through your body. I lost 10lbs. and 2 inches from my waist in the first 4 weeks, and found a zest for life that I had lost a long time ago. My productivity at work skyrocketed because I had energy and mental clarity. I gained patience and composure in stressful situations. It’s amazing how you don’t realize you didn’t have any of that until you DO have it, what you had been missing out on before! What you used to accept as normal.
In 8 weeks I went from 190 lbs. to 177 lbs. and lost 6 inches from my waist. I am excited by this program and motivated to make lifestyle changes for good. This is not a “diet” but rather a way of living/eating/playing/breathing with awareness. It was difficult at first, as I had years and years of bad habits to break. But now that I’ve felt the effects of eating this way and exercising more and really looking at why I was eating and how much I was eating, I will never go back to my old ways. Whole foods, simply prepared offer so much life force energy! I really feel the difference when I choose to eat chips or processed white flour products. Caffeine, which was once a staple, sends me on an unwanted roller coaster ride now. The best part is that I didn’t have to starve myself. I ate more often than I had before! The program has definitely fulfilled my expectations. I feel like I will continue to make informed choices about what I put into my body. The evidence is overwhelming that what I put into my body directly affects what I get out of my body.
So many traditional doctors are too busy to keep up with new ideas and techniques. Dr. Hyman’s approach is on the right track. You have to change to keep up with things in life. I spent 7 1/4 years in the US Navy and was a Hospital Corpsman First Class with a Pharmacy Specialty when I got out in 1970. I still follow much of the training I was given in those days and what I’ve learned and kept pace with since.
So many traditional doctors are too busy to keep up with new ideas and techniques. Dr. Hyman’s approach is on the right track. You have to change to keep up with things in life. I spent 7 1/4 years in the US Navy and was a Hospital Corpsman First Class with a Pharmacy Specialty when I got out in 1970. I still follow much of the training I was given in those days and what I’ve learned and kept pace with since.
It was a surprise that since my last blood work 3 years ago, I was no longer “pre-diabetic”. I had been using information from your other books for a few years. I do think sugar caused a lot of pain and inflammation in my body. I do feel better when I don’t eat sugar.
I lost 4 pounds, all bloating disappeared, and I slept great while I was adhering to the program. Felt a surge of joy and laughed easily. My care giving responsibilities made it difficult to stay with the program though.
I found this program to be well-designed for independent use. Everything was laid out in a user-friendly format that anyone could follow. I look forward to reading the published version.
I’ve lost weight, lowered my blood glucose levels, increased my energy and made positive changes to habits and behavior that allow me to continue improving my health and condition. The Blood Sugar Solution book and program has made a major impact in my life.
I’ve lost inches so I look so much better. I have more energy, I am excited about life. I’m emotionally stable. I enjoy my food and it’s not the enemy. Food is my medicine. I didn’t take pictures because in the past on other programs I did and nothing changed so I resisted doing it. But people’s faces when they see me is good enough. And I bought clothes just before the program and they were very tight. Not now! I’m looking good in my jeans. I have room for fingers at the waistband.
It was effortless losing weight on the program as I was never hungry and never felt deprived. The Blood Sugar Solution is a great program for showing how tasty healthy eating can be. I now have the knowledge and tools to help ensure I maintain my weight going forward.
Not only did this program help me lose my first 25 lbs, an average of 3 pounds a week, it helped cure my chronic periodontal disease, got me back on my bicycle which I love riding, and helped my knees to stop aching so much from the weight.
Seeing my scale climb back up to nearly 220 lbs. was worrisome. I had seen that number come and go before, but I had promised myself that I wouldn’t let it happen again. Life’s stresses and personal choices not only pushed my weight up again, but my cholesterol was high and my doctor was insisting I take the poisonous medicine. I knew that taking the medicine was not only a personal defeat, it was starting a cycle of treating the symptom, not the problem, which would cause other symptoms needed other meds… ad nauseam. However, I was frustrated knowing, finally accepting, the fact that I just didn’t have the will power to figure it all out and do it on my own. I also have to admit that I am much less self conscious having lost the weight and inches. Imagine my surprise after wearing size 18 pants for 7 years to finally be able to squeeze into a 12! How wonderful to hear from my family and friends, “You are looking WONDERFUL!” How wonderful to have the energy and agility to play “hide and seek” with my grandkids once again!
What can ever compete with the absolutely fabulous way you feel? This program works!!!! Finally a program that you don’t have to count anything except how much extra weight that comes off while you’re on the road to health. Eat anything you want except sugar, caffeine, wheat, dairy, and alcohol. When you complete this 8 week program, you can add these back into your life. You may just find that you no longer will want to. What can ever compete with the absolutely fabulous way you feel?
I lost 7 lbs., feel younger and have energy to spare at the end of the day. The brain fog that was destroying my life has lifted and I’m on top of my game at work. This program is life altering on so many levels. This may sound dramatic, but it ‘feels’ dramatic. I have my life back!
During this program I was never hungry, never felt deprived and I lost 12.4 lbs! I had lost 45 lb about 5 years ago. The weight was creeping back up, but what truly alarmed me was how my belly was getting larger and larger. I ate healthier than anyone I know, worked out 4 to 5 times a week, yet couldn’t seem to get my body into shape. During this program I was never hungry, never felt deprived and I lost 12.4 lbs! It is easy to follow if you do your grocery shopping and plan what to choose when you eat out.
Ann Marie Therrien
This program works because it takes away all of the cravings. If you are not eating sugar or gluten then you don’t even want any. Before whenever I would eat, say pizza and ice cream, I would be so tired; without refined carbs I have plenty of energy and never get tired. At times my husband threatens to take my batteries out.
I lost approximately a pound a week, slow but steady. Once you get past the first few days, you really don’t crave sugar and grains. I found plenty of food to eat, especially with the beans and nuts to fill me. I wasn’t really very hungry between meals either. Too many nuts probably slowed my weight loss down.
It is possible to control sugar cravings and still live a “normal” life. I really had no idea how much of what I was eating was affecting not only my weight but my entire life. I feel empowered to make healthy choices for my body because I’m worth it! THANK YOU!!!
I found The Blood Sugar Solution diet clear and easy to follow. I lost weight easily, and more importantly, felt increased energy and mental clarity, alertness, and focus. Several people have commented on my improved appearance, because, not only have I lost weight, but my skin has become smoother and more healthy looking. I am able to move more easily, and just feel more youthful.
Jo Anne Hay
When I started the program I weighed 165 lbs. and had a BMI of 29 and a middle that was growing. I chose to go on the Advanced Plan to prove to myself that if I went back to eating “good food” and ditched the daily 2 or 3 glass “wine break” that I would feel better. I think the thing that bothered me most was that my eyesight was becoming horrible. I could no longer see even with reading glasses on. I felt like a film was growing over my eyes. After 1 week on this plan and taking the requested supplements it was unbelievable, I feel like my eyes are working as well as when I was 20! I feel AWESOME!!!
I am stunned by my results after only 6-8 weeks on the program. It encourages me to stay on this for a life time! I am expecting even more results in 3 months when I want to recheck my lab work.
I have never been truly overweight but I couldn’t lose no matter what I did. I watched the scale go up and up while I sat scratching my head wondering why. I had resisted giving up wheat because it has always been presented as “healthy” and likened to Jesus as the “bread of life”. Jesus is from Bethlehem which means house of bread! How could wheat be bad? How could dairy and honey be bad? In the Bible the promised land is likened to the land flowing with milk and honey!
I had some mind sets that needed to change. My weight kept going up and my lab values keep getting worse. When Dr. Hyman sent the email asking for participants in the beta study I jumped at the opportunity. Of course you commit before you get the book! Thank you for doing that!!! I probably would have passed on it if I knew I had to give up both grains and dairy. Now I am so thankful.
I am going to continue this program for a life time if I can eliminate all the health risks that I was accumulating. I expect my labs values to continue to improve. With the risk of being dramatic, I want to thank you Dr. Hyman for redirecting my eroding path to a MUCH healthier road to travel! Bless you!
Once I made up my mind to follow this program and found a process that worked for me this was not so hard. I appreciate not having to count calories. I appreciated the recipes and using trials of new foods. I have become more aware of foods I am considering eating when out.
Brain fog is a disability. It inhibited me from keeping jobs and overall enjoying life. It hurts the self esteem and makes you question yourself. To be able to think clearly is a wonderful gift this program has given me. I now hold 2 jobs. Both employers value me and I have pride in doing a great job. This is something I haven’t had in 15 years. I have lost 17 pounds and friends have been noticing the difference. My husband and I have enjoyed the changes we have made so much that we have decided to make this our life style.
My digestion, energy, joints and mental focus are the best they have been in years! There has been a real shift in my eating habits that I believe will stick with me for life (and I ate pretty healthy already!) The program has made it very clear what sensitivities my body has, and allows me to work with that information. I feel great! And I am so honored to have been a part of the program. Thank you for the opportunity and the learning! I am absolutely convinced that FOOD IS MEDICINE!
I lost 5 lbs, and I wrote that I plan to stay on 6 more weeks so I can lose 5 more, but it is my intention to follow this program indefinitely. I feel so good… clear, calm, present, with all of my energetic resources available to me. I am sleeping well, and more. I have increased my workouts (Pilates, yoga, walking) to 4-5 a week, and feel that I have made great progress in terms of muscle strength and flexibility during this 8 week interval. I’m sure my blood work will reflect this when I have a chance to recheck it.
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 Facebook 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 is terrific! I eat well, sleep well and work fairly long days, when I should have been exhausted. 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.
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 also be used by those who DON’T have blood sugar issues, quite easily.
I was one of those people who were right on the borderline – blood work looked fine, normal weight, blood pressure and blood sugar – and felt ‘okay’, but vague symptoms were surfacing that any conventional doctor would attribute to age.
No one would have said I needed a program like this, including myself. But I had a gut feeling about it, and Dr. Hyman must have seen it coming too, because I was chosen as one of the participants in this beta test. I dove into the food elimination immediately, had a headache and tiredness for a few days, and after that it was smooth sailing.
My thyroid was slightly under active and it was becoming a real issue. The book made me realize I needed medical attention, and the minor dose I am on has made a huge difference in maintaining a steady weight loss, and overall improvement. It’s such a pleasure going to grocery store (I’m there frequently now, because I want the freshest of produce), and just standing in the produce aisle to choose my veggies. I’m very proud to feel so good about this. The book provided just the right action plan to get me going.
I thought I was the control group, but I’ve felt such a difference that I’m going to stick to this plan. Physically, spiritually, socially, professionally and philosophically it feels like the right thing to do.
Before the program I dreaded getting out of bed in the morning, I was just waiting to see what body part would give me trouble that day, I didn’t feel rested, I was extremely irritable and in constant pain and I am only 33 years old. As soon as the food I am sensitive to was removed I started to feel better.
The pounds fell off without effort. I noticed I felt really good after eating clean healthy foods and I was no longer tired. With energy I gained from removing the bad foods and balanced blood sugar, I was able to make more changes, incorporating exercise in to my day, I wake at 5:30 am to meditate, play with my family. The Blood Sugar Solution gave me back my life.
I’m happy to have lost 5.5 pounds, but the going was slow. I started to exercise and then quit. I really need an exercise partner or some way to keep me motivated to work out. My only support system was a friend that I corresponded with via e-mail. She became discouraged as time went on also. I learned a few new tips (sesame oil for cooking instead of olive oil, and the benefits of almond milk unsweetened over cow’s milk).
Perhaps people who did Facebook felt better supported. I resisted Facebook, feeling like I spend enough time on the computer already. I would recommend devising holiday eating strategies. Dieters need the most support during the holidays when all those temptations are placed in their path.
I lost 9 inches overall and my BMI decreased 5 points. My weight did not change. However, my attitude and outlook changed. I am more willing to eat vegetables more often. I am more aware of how food affects me. I also found some habits that I did not know I had. I am still trying to bring it all into my life to make changes that will last a lifetime.
I feel more energetic, less fatigued, less ‘foggy’, lost 17 lbs and 4 inches off my waist (went from a 34 pant to a 32.)
I reached a plateau at 200 pounds for 8 weeks while working out regularly. I started the program and lost 20 more pounds in the next 8 weeks and that includes a minor 4 pound gain over Thanksgiving that I promptly lost the next week. I have hit a low of 179.6 pounds late last week, down from 200 at the start. I will admit I went cold turkey, so I have been on the program 2 weeks longer than the rest.
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.
Losing 13 pounds during the program I am now only half way away from my goal. I plan to continue with the program as a lifestyle. On days that I veered off track there was a noticeable change in the way I felt. I Realized I needed to get back on track and stick with it since I felt so much better.
The Internet is full of those who make outlandish claims for the improvement of personal health. Dr. Hyman is different. Dr. Hyman believes in attacking causes, not treating symptoms. I have only implemented some of the book, yet have already shown remarkable improvements in personal health metrics, in just six weeks. My confident prediction is that within another six weeks even more dramatic changes will occur, thanks to the roadmap in the BSS.
Michelle “Kellie” Granger
I was so happy to take part in this program. From the first day, I could see and feel changes on a daily basis. I went from someone who had limited mobility because of knee pain to someone who is able to walk a 5 mile mountain path on a daily basis.
The program was easy to incorporate and as the pounds dropped and the belly fat left and the fatigue faded and the pain disappeared, I gathered more motivation. The results were markedly lowered A1C and other improved medical markers such as decreased triglycerides and cholesterol. The bonus…24 pounds gone and 4.5 inches off my waist and new clothes too. Watch me go!
When I followed this program closely, I had never felt better before! I had more energy, more mental clarity, confidence, alertness…the list goes on. The feeling was indescribable, almost a magical feeling. It’s amazing the impact that this program had on me. My intention is to get back on the program and follow it for life
I am currently at a weight of 193.5 after 8 weeks on the program. My total weight loss is 20 pounds. I am going to continue on the program for the rest of my life, and hope to lose another 20 pounds. I find that eating according to plan makes me feel much better. After having weight loss surgery, my stomach was frequently upset and I felt nauseous and that food was just not digesting correctly. This problem has now been resolved and for the most part my meals do not bother me. I have much more energy and feel generally in a better mood.
I still need to work on exercising more, but that is a time constraint. I do try to walk as much as possible. I love yoga and want to get back to it for both exercise and relaxation. My family has loved the increase in the home cooked meals and the additional vegetables. My work colleagues have all decided to order a weekly organic vegetable delivery. The program fulfilled all of my expectations and more. I am very grateful to Dr. Hyman for choosing me as part of the beta test.
This program did meet my expectations. I found it easier than I thought to follow the diet. I had already lost 45 pounds this year, but was at a frustrating plateau. I finally broke that plateau and lost 13 pounds in 8 weeks.
I have spent the last 10+ years in the 290-300 pound weight range. I have tried several diets and have lost some weight but always gained it back. After 8 weeks on the program, I weigh 262. Besides the fact that I have lost more weight than I did on past diets, I feel much better. I have more energy and I sleep better.
Also, I feel better about what I am eating. I am eating natural, healthy foods instead of manufactured garbage. I am confident that I will be able to continue eating healthy and not only maintain my weight loss but continue losing weight.
I am 58 years old and have battled with my weight all my life. I have been on multiple “diets” that are effective short term, but then I fall back into the same eating habits and gain it back. This program helped me realize that there are certain foods that I just cannot or should not eat. Maybe not forever, but most likely very infrequently. I needed to train my body and my mouth to enjoy whole, real food. Nothing processed and artificial. It takes planning ahead and preparation. But it is worth it to feel better.
The program met my expectations. I definitely feel more disciplined with better eating and exercise. I lost nearly 20 pounds, and plan to continue for a few more weeks to achieve my targeted weight loss of 25-30 pounds. I feel great actually, probably the best I’ve felt in over a decade. I no longer have my cravings for carbs (it was extremely tough at first,) and I got rid of my worst fault: serial snacking after dinner until bedtime.
I easily lost 17 lbs on The Blood Sugar Solution. I also dropped my blood glucose levels. I am out in public more, enjoying healthier food choices and exercising more. I have more self-control with food, no crazy cravings and I feel full and satisfied. This program got me back on track. It gave me the guidance, encouragement, and knowledge I needed. Thank you Dr. Hyman!
My son had me get a blood test in June because of some of the symptoms he noticed I was having – inflammation, sores that wouldn’t heal, overweight, and high blood pressure.
When we found out I was diabetic he had me cut out all ‘white’ stuff (sugar, flour, potatoes, bread, rice, noodles, etc.), and fruit. I did that for 2 months and then tested again. I was no longer in the diabetic range. He later heard about your program and suggested that I try it.
You then let me have a little fruit (thank you) and maybe a little brown rice. But you made me give up coffee, and cheese! It was an OK trade off. In total I’ve lost 40 lbs – 16-18 of that since on your program. The Facebook community was a really wonderful part of the program. Hearing their encouragements, recipes, failings, successes, etc. let me know I wasn’t alone and that there was somewhere to go for help and advice.
Eating healthy can be a very enjoyable experience. I learned this by eating what I initially thought would be a very restrictive diet. Learning to eat without added sugar, grains and dairy can be wonderful once you learn how!
The program definitely works! Everything I have been told seems to be coming true. I am losing weight, I’m fitting into smaller sized clothes, I feel energized daily, experience zero cravings, never feel hungry, automatically stop eating when I’m no longer hungry (no overeating ever), no longer suffer from food allergies, and overall I feel fabulous!
I will find it easy to continue on the advanced plan until I reach my goal weight. After that time, I will slowly reintroduce some healthy foods into my daily diet, as per Dr. Hyman’s recommendation.
This program is a lifestyle change, not just a diet to follow to lose weight. The health benefits, and emotional benefits, are phenomenal. I highly recommend it to everyone with weight and/or health issues. It will change your life forever in many positive ways.
I have lupus so the results were not miraculous, but they were a relief. Most of my joint pains improved. Heartburn is gone. I can sleep better. I currently am taking less naproxen. More importantly for me I started to exercise again, not every day, as I wish, but most days, as my body allows. That is big for me. I live in pain, every day, for the last 5 years. So to have relief of that is so wonderful. Thanks.
I followed the plan as best as I could (which is to say that I included bagels and ice cream in my diet) and I still lost 14 pounds and 3 1/2 inches at my waist. The program makes total sense and is something that I plan to stick to for the rest of my life since it’s in my best interest. After reading the book and experiencing the weight loss, it’s much easier to pass up potatoes and the bread basket. I don’t feel deprived – I feel empowered to make a better choice for myself.
I lost nearly 13 pounds and reduced my BMI by nearly 3 points. I feel better than ever and am encouraged to continue this program until I reach my ultimate goal. So many of the recipes are delicious, nutritious, and quick to prepare. I think eating fresh, whole foods is simply wonderful! Even though I did not eat a lot of processed foods before participating, the program helped me eliminate the few I did use!!
I was so excited to begin this program and felt fortunate to be selected to participate. I began to see results about two weeks into the program and felt my stomach flatter than it had ever been!
However, right in the middle of it I got an acute sinusitis infection and had to take antibiotics, which threw my system off. I flushed it out with lots of water, but now I am experiencing severe joint pain and inflammation. My doctor was not receptive to be being on this program and did not order the suggested testing, but ordered other tests relating to the symptoms I am now experiencing.
I did manage to lose and have kept off the 7 lbs I lost. I am much more aware of how sugar can wreak havoc on health. I will continue to be on the program.
The exciting thing is that the clothes I had put in a pile labeled “never be able to wear again” prior to this program, are now back in my closet and quite comfortable. I have gone from never wanting anything more than half a pot of coffee in the morning, to desiring breakfast first thing in the morning — and no caffeine required!
My stress level hasn’t subsided, but now I am alert upon waking, and ready for whatever the day wants to bring my way. When bedtime comes, I fall asleep easily, and stay asleep until the alarm goes off in the morning.
Once I had made the commitment to do the program, it was easy to get into the rhythm and follow through. I lost weight and more importantly feel good in my own skin. I plan to continue until I reach my goal weight, and truly believe it is possible, for the first time in years.
I am so grateful to have participated in the study. I’ve lost 19 pounds of weight, 8 inches from my waist alone. I am no longer taking any medications and it all happened within a few short weeks which included the biggest eating holiday we have.
I plan to continue with the program and share it all with my family and friends when the book is available to the public. I know I don’t have to be perfect–just make the best choices consistently and the results will come. If I can feel this much better by losing so few pounds in the correct way, I will be incredible when I each my goal.
This life style change has shown me that it isn’t necessary to beat myself up or be deprived in order to make huge changes in my health. Mobility and clarity out rank the pounds. The pounds will continue to fall away and leave good health as they do.
As they say–it’s not the destination but the journey that makes it all worthwhile. Getting to know other Beta testers has made the journey remarkable. A support network can make all the difference and the encouragement and kudos received from the Betas has kept me on the straight and narrow more than once. They’ve been a great social network for me.
I needed to drop a few pounds that had crept up on my middle aged body, when I was asked to participate in the beta study. I am also a dentist, who is concerned with the oral/systemic link: heart disease/diabetes/periodontal disease. Most diets are cold turkey restrictive, and cause all kinds of cravings for me when I feel deprived. This diet prepared me mentally, by learning to read labels and preparing my kitchen, and weaned me off of the caffeine/sugar substances so it was less traumatic than going cold turkey.
My favorite part of the diet was the morning shakes, which filled me up and reduced my hunger pangs midmorning. I also liked the suggestions for snacks, snap peas and hummus became my new chips and salsa. The recipes were tasty, and used lots of fresh items, along with quinoa, soy milk, and other things that were previously unfamiliar to me.
But now, I am confident that there has been a paradigm shift in mine and my family’s eating habits, which has created a lifestyle change! I also found I had very few cravings while on this diet, but consumed lots of food. I did not feel deprived. It was challenging being on the diet over Halloween, a trip to Las Vegas, and Thanksgiving, but I found it was easy to get back on track, after deviating. (No drinks in Vegas? Are you kidding?!)
I still lost 12 pounds in 6 weeks, which seemed easy! So not only did I lose weight, but I feel better and sleep better, too. Knowing the reasons behind the diet: to reduce inflammation, potential allergies, and prescription medications by making dietary changes appeals to me as a healthcare provider interested in obtaining optimum health. Why take chemicals, when you can do it naturally, by diet? Your body is like a machine. Make it operate most efficiently, by giving it the right fuel, which this diet does!
Within the first 2 weeks my blood pressure dropped significantly, my knees did not ache anymore, my hands were no longer swollen, and my self esteem was through the roof. I had lost hope of dropping any weight as I was getting older. It seemed impossible, until I did this program.
The weight loss was quick but not huge. I went from about 164 down to 155 in 6 weeks. I am still happy with that. This is a life long journey for me, the book taught me so much on how to properly nourish my body for maximum benefits… Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. I am grateful for the wealth of knowledge that has been given to me.
This program exceeded all expectations. I found it very easy to follow after the first week after getting all those cravings out of my system. I have realized that food is medicine and eating right makes aches/pains, allergies, fatigue, etc. just seem to disappear.
Dropping 25 pounds and 6 inches off the waist in six weeks is something to brag about. The best part is that it was so easy to follow. I do believe this style of eating is going to be a lifelong commitment for me!
I feel more energetic, alert, focused. I do not have any cravings like I used to, don’t even crave carbs or sugar. No more headaches, no more heart palpitations due to elimination of caffeine. I lost only 8 pounds due to not being able to exercise (working full-time, going to school, and caught a cold), but now that I’m on a school break, I will find a way to incorporate exercise into my daily life.
I feel so much energy, lightness, and knowing I am finally on a program that works (as evidenced by the incredible “after” blood test results I received. In 8 weeks, A1C reduced by .7%, total cholesterol reduced by 35 points, triglycerides reduced by over 200 points, fasting blood sugar reduced by 65 points! Fantastic!
Over the past 13 years I lost 70 pounds, but was stuck. Kept gaining 10 and losing them, over and over. But couldn’t go lower, and still felt miserable. I started the BSS program, and lost 7 pounds, 2 inches off my waist, and lost many unwanted aches and pains! I now have so much energy, that some days, I don’t know what to do with all of it! My stomach rarely hurts, because I am not putting foods into my body that aren’t beneficial.
It is great to feel great, instead of the bloated, sluggish feelings I used to feel. After completing 6 weeks on this plan, I improved on every test except for one. Now I am on the basic instead of advanced plan. I have made major strides in being in control of my food, whether I am at home, eating out, or being in someone else’s home. The online community has been so beneficial. These people understand totally about good eating, and what it does for your health. I am so blessed to have found this program.
In the last few years, my doctor has been bugging me to take statins for my high-ish cholesterol. Last year, I succumbed and took them for about 6-months, but as I read more about them, I decided to take myself off after about 6-7 months. I read The UltraMind Solution in May and started the 6-week cleanse. I didn’t lose weight, but I liked the way I was eating, so I pretty much stayed on the program until I started The Blood Sugar Solution beta-test.
Between April and October of this year, my cholesterol went from 239 to 196. On the beta-test, I started preparing for the test 3-weeks before the actual start-date. When I ran out of bananas, I didn’t get any more, etc. As soon as I cut down the carbohydrates in my diet, my cravings and munchies went away – poof. I was sold.
No matter how much weight I lost, life without the monkey on my back is the best gift ever. I lost 10 pounds on the beta-test, including my three-week preparatory phase. My current weight is 155.2, and I plan to keep up this program until I reach my goal weight of 121. This weight is 100 pounds less than my highest recorded weight. My total cholesterol is now 161, and HDL 67. And now that I know how to keep the cravings away, I really believe that my goal is achievable. I have nothing but gratitude for being chosen for the beta-test.
When I started this program I weighed 247 I now weigh 188 and still going down. The weight came off easily. It was so easy to stick to this program and watching the weight fall off was amazing. I have stopped taking all medication and now my weight no longer fluctuates up and down 10 lbs. My skin looks great. I look 10 years younger. Symptoms I had are gone forever.
When you first read the proposed dietary changes Dr. Hyman recommends, the program sounds impossible. It’s not easy at first, but it’s possible. You have to change your mindset from “that’s what I’ve always eaten” to “this is what I will eat to regain my health”. I lost eleven pounds and 2 1/2 inches off my waist in 8 weeks. I never felt like I was starving. The cravings for sugar that used to control my life are gone. My new way of eating now seems automatic and I am happy to be on the path to a long and healthy life.
Before beginning The Blood Sugar Solution program I felt like I was in fairly okay shape other than my weight and pre-diabetes issues. When going through the questionnaires I realized that there was way more room for improvement in my health than I realized! Previously, I wasn’t sure that I’d ever be able to lose the weight.
Now that I’ve been on the program for 8 weeks I feel like I can and will lose the remaining weight and get to a place that is truly healthy for me and my body! Some other bonuses of this program – my skin is clearer, my energy is increased dramatically, exercise is no longer a dirty word – in fact I look forward to it, food is no longer the focus of my days – I do plan for it, but it does not consume my thinking.
I’ve tried many kinds of healthy weight loss programs in the past and felt like my efforts were good and should have produced great results – but they did not. The Blood Sugar Solution gets to the root of the problem and makes changes at the base that affect so much of my life! Thank You Dr. Hyman and your team!
I lost 9 pounds and 14.75 inches. I lost 4 inches in my belly button measurement and 2.5 in the largest part of my belly. I now fit into smaller pants and look so much better in my clothes. Did I mention I also lost 2 inches off of my hips?
As the days went on with the program, my energy increased tremendously! I dress totally differently now. I am ditching my XL and baggy shirts. I do not have the folds and folds of belly fat that made me hide myself under baggy shirts and sweaters. I have a whole box of skinny clothes in my cellar that I can’t wait to tear into. It has been 5 years since I have worn some of those clothes.
I went on a business trip last week and I had to buy new clothes. My 17 year old daughter picked out my new clothes. I felt like a kid again trying on all of these fashionable, trendy clothes and my husband said he hadn’t seen that smile on my face when I came out of the dressing room and showed off each outfit. He said the look on my face was, “I look good and I know it.” He was right. I am crying now as I write this because I forgot what that felt like. I didn’t like myself and I hated how I looked. I had totally lost me. I happily bought over $300 worth of new clothes that day.
I went to Kansas City for a week of classes and meet and greet with corporate presidents and V.P.s and I felt great. I had so much confidence. I didn’t have to adjust my clothes all day in class to make sure my stomach and back fat weren’t showing. I didn’t have to keep covering my belly with my sweater. At 53 I was the oldest woman attending and I looked as good as 30 and 35 year olds attending.
When we got home 2 days ago my 17 year old daughter asked my husband when they didn’t know I was listening, “Was mom one of the best dressed?” My husband said, “No. She was dressed like everyone else. But she knew she looked good.” That meant the world to me. I was able to dress like other business people younger than me. And I did know that I looked good. I can actually look at myself in a mirror again and enjoy it. And I’m not done. I am still losing inches, weight and gaining energy.
Before this program I wondered how I would get through next year’s tax season. My days would be done by 6 p.m. I couldn’t wait to get into my pajamas and crawl into bed. At the accounting firm my husband and I own, we work from January 2 to tax day without a day off, day and night. It was brutal for me last year and my depression was horrible this year. I had totally given up on myself and my goals. I didn’t know how I would face another year.
I started drinking while on antidepressants and felt worse and got heavier. I have weaned myself off of Lexapro and on this program stopped my Zocor. I haven’t had a drink in 10 weeks and I don’t crave it at all. I signed up for an intensive 9 month online course in life coaching which will help me with the alternative healing practice I want to open.
I have my eye on the building across the street from our current business. I want to help other women realize it is never too late to get healthy and fulfill your dreams. I will continue to use food as my “farmacy” and pay it forward to other women who don’t know where to start.
When you have more energy you can handle the stress and obstacles that are thrown at you. Will it be a hard stressful year? Yes. Will I be able to handle it? Yes, thanks to Dr. Hyman and everything he has taught me with this book and his continued work. Now I say “Bring It!” Thank you so much Dr. Hyman for giving me my life back. I have a whole lifetime of goals to start at 53!
I’m a loner and I’ve suffered in silence all my life rarely discussing how much emotional pain I was in from being overweight. I’ve learned to make comments and to even admit when I’m struggling. I look at the Facebook page several times a day to get inspiration. For me this is just as important a result as the 14 pounds I lost on the scale.
I’ve learned so much from this program. I now understand that the food I eat communicates with my body. I’ll never be the same again and I’ll be healthier because of my participation in The Daniel Plan first and then The Blood Sugar Solution.
After completing this program I feel better than I have in years. A lot of symptoms that I was attributing to menopause/aging (hot flashes, sore joints, fatigue, inability to concentrate/remember things) disappeared once I began this program. I lost 22 pounds and 5 inches off my waist in 8 weeks. I started at 218.5 and am now 196.5 and still losing. I got enough energy back to start exercising again. I am happier, calmer and less stressed than I have been in years. I feel like this program is helping me to save my own life. This program has exceeded my expectations.
This program did not just meet my expectations, it surpassed them! Several years before the beta, I was tested for food allergies. I had several allergies but the tests indicated that I had no problem with gluten or dairy. As a beta participant, among the things I gave up for six weeks, were gluten and dairy. During the program, there were a few times where I had off plan eating and consumed either gluten, dairy, or both. I was very surprised to discover that I have a problem with both of them.
Following the dietary recommendations alone produced dramatic results for me. Like many people, my family has a very modest budget with little room for additional things like supplements or gym memberships. I had only some of the recommended supplements because I just couldn’t afford to buy all of them, truthfully, not even half of them. One of my allergies is to corn and so I can’t buy just any supplement, even those that are from reputable companies; my supplements have to be corn free. With only minimal supplements and not much exercise beyond walking to and/or from work (about a 15 minute walk one way), with primarily only the dietary changes, I have had phenomenal results!
In six weeks, I’ve lost 15 pounds, six inches from my waist, three inches from my hips, and reduced both my BMI and waist to hip ratio. I now have more energy, much less pain and nearly no swelling in my extremities. But the most amazing thing of all is that I have reduced my overall insulin use by 75 units! In just six weeks! All of these changes have been the result of primarily dietary changes.
So don’t say “I can’t afford supplements so why bother trying the program” don’t say “I have no energy (or money) to exercise so why bother trying the program”. Start with just the dietary changes, you have control over what goes into your mouth and your body. Reduce consumption of, or eliminate entirely, the potential problem foods. You can do it. Just try it for six weeks. You will be amazed with how you feel and how you look. If you need some encouragement, try taking measurements every week around various parts of your body and record them on paper or in a spreadsheet. If you have a trusted loved on who can take swimsuit type of photos, take photos every couple of weeks in the same clothing in approximately the same position. By comparing the photos, you will be able to see just what is happening as your body reshapes into a better you. It is worth six weeks to see that you really can turn you health around. I cannot recommend this program enough.
Last May, I couldn’t breathe through my nose, and my right knee, hip and shoulder hurt all the time. Now, three months of no gluten, dairy or sugar, I am pain free and can breathe freely. Joined the gym, I go three times a week and eat natural and organic foods. I am now 36 pounds lighter and feel great.
Thank you Mark!
In March, I found The Blood Sugar Solution and read the book cover to cover three times because I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was like a light went on, an epiphany if you will…suddenly, it all made sense. I had been sabotaging my own health and weight-loss.
I began following The Blood Sugar Solution on 3/15/2012 and in just 4 months I have lost 74 lbs, my A1C is down from 8.3 to 5.1, triglycerides from 934 to 126! Total cholesterol from 390 to 163 and I am no longer taking ANY prescription medications!
That’s right, I am no longer a Diabetic! I have the solution: The Blood Sugar Solution!
Thank you Doctor Hyman for saving my life! If I ever get the chance, I would love to shake your hand my friend!
I am 34. Up until 3 months ago I weighed 89 kg and I had an addiction to anything sweet. I did not consider lunch to be over until I had a dessert of some kind. I worked out hard but lost very little weight. I ran almost everyday but rarely over 1.5 miles as my body weight was considerable.
After reading Dr. Hyman’s book, I followed the Basic Plan, got rid of white sugar, white rice, white wheat, sodas, coffee and for the first few weeks, all bread and dairy. Eventually I re-introduced them in my diet. I now weigh 82 kg having lost 7 kg(15.5 lbs), I have no sugar craving, I look at sugar drinks with disgust and I can run up to 4 miles.
My mother who was obese and on Diovan for elevated blood pressure followed the plan with me and lost 11 lbs. She has had no blood pressure spikes since and has a lot more energy.
Thank you Dr. Hyman!
I have been overweight almost my whole life. I love food and love to cook. My mom always tried to gently change my eating and exercise habits but I just wasn’t ready. June 2011, at the end of school I was not happy with the way I looked and always tried to blend into the background.
I decided to start trying to eat healthier. I was a complete carb junkie so first thing I did was to cut out all carbs to try and break the habit of always filling up on everything carbohydrate. I stuck to lean proteins and vegetables. I didn’t cheat ever, I found my craving for carbohydrates was almost nil.
I also started exercising. I love watching TV so I would park our stationary bike in front of the TV and I would cycle as long as I was watching TV. Some nights it was 3 hours of just sitting watching TV and peddling.
Sometimes my mom would tell me I had done enough. Quite a difference from her always yelling at me to go outside and get some exercise. She always said when I was a little boy, I wouldn’t even crawl for a toy and when she took my brother and I outside to play I always wanted to ride in the wagon instead of walk.
By Christmas of 2011, I had lost close to 80lbs. I felt great, I had lots of energy and I felt really good about myself. I would every now and then let myself have a treat, but always made sure I exercised regularly. I found myself walking to friend’s houses instead of asking for a ride. I also bugged my mom to get a treadmill, she was a bit shocked.
It is now a full year later and I have lost 110lbs, from 277lbs at 15 to 167 at 16. I love my new body and how I feel. I have so much confidence and my mom is so proud of me.
I am a sixty three year old female, 5’2 tall. I have a history of hypercholesterolemia. I inherited that along with my obesity and wrong eating patterns. I have been “doctoring” the high cholesterol for years.
My top weight was 250 lbs and my top cholesterol was 315. A few years back the doctor put me on drugs to lower the cholesterol and I had such a bad reaction…leg cramps, swelling in ankles and pain in my knees. After trying two drugs and red yeast rice I gave up. I refused medication.
I have lost 100 lbs three times in my life. This last time I went on a popular diet plan, and counted points and over the course of one year I lost 60 pounds. Still the cholesterol wouldn’t budge and the triglycerides were 422! Then my weight went back up as well.
My daughter heard about Dr. Hyman’s Blood Sugar Solution and she and I decided let’s give it a try. Well today is my 9th week. I have lost 15 lbs and I cut out all sugar in ALL forms from my diet … didn’t think that would work. I eat an avocado for breakfast every morning and enjoy no hunger till lunch. The confirmation for me was the blood work results that came back today.
My cholesterol is 220! The triglycerides are 95!! The HDL is 45 and the LDL/HDL Ratio is 3.5…This confirmed for me that this is a NEW way of life for me…learning to eat for my health. My weight is 171 and I have 30 pounds that I would like to lose. We have been told for years to eat all the wrong foods … not for our benefit but for the profit of many who make money by our illnesses.
Today starts week two for me on the Blood Sugar Solution plan. After my prep week, my doctor took me off of my insulin (Lantus 130 units each night), and reduced my Metformin by half.
I could hardly believe it, and if it hadn’t happened to me I wouldn’t believe it! This has encouraged me to continue on. This morning I was 9 pounds lighter than day one of prep week, and just slightly over one inch was gone from my waist. It’s amazing!
I saw Dr. Hyman’s show on PBS during a fundraiser and was stunned that the list of diseases attributed to the western diet were the diseases from which I suffered. I was taking umpteen pills a day and I still didn’t feel well. I took Metformin and 47 units of insulin twice daily for my diabetes. I was 35 lbs. overweight but I wanted the program for my health with the hope I could lose some weight.
I decided to buy his book and start the program. That was 4 months ago. My fasting blood is at 5.2 and all of my other tests returned to normal. I take 25 units of insulin twice a day and I have dropped 28 lbs. I know I will lose the 7 lbs. and will reduce my insulin further. I have had diabetes for 22 years so I didn’t expect it to go away immediately. My doctor was shocked and awed by my results.
I cannot recommend this way of living enough. I no longer crave any sugar and I have no problem staying away from “bad” foods. I cook now, after buying prepared foods,and the taste of food is a revelation.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Dr. Hyman – you have saved my life and helped me make it one worth living.
My story is still a work in progress.
I saw you, Dr. Hyman, on morning television while I was laid up with a broken pelvis. I immediately ordered your book.
My medical history is long and involved. I was given the apt diagnosis of “a mystery wrapped in an enigma”.
Basically, my liver was failing due to an unknown autoimmune disorder.
I couldn’t believe *I* had a liver problem. That was for alcoholics and druggies! I used to joke that my worst addiction was pasta and chocolate. And after reading your book, I have come to realize, that may have been my undoing… seriously!
So here I am, in 2012. I have had 2 liver transplants and 1 kidney transplant. My current kidney is failing due to transplant glomerulopathy, which I have been told is progressive and incurable. I am currently looking for a live donor.
Prior to your book’s arrival to my life, I came to realize, thru a friend and my own research, that I might have a problem with gluten. So before embarking on your plan, I had been gluten free and (mostly) dairy free for a year. While that helped with belly issues, my kidney continued to deteriorate.
I started your diet, in August 2012, with baby steps. Eliminating all processed foods, anything with corn syrup. A couple weeks ago, I eliminated coffee (and added green tea!). Although my sugar intake has been drastically reduced, I am having trouble letting it go completely. Again, I am a work in progress.
So here’s the thing. My most recent (comprehensive) blood draw in September showed a reduction in my creatinine. A REDUCTION!!
5/3/12, my creatinine was 4.27, BUN 54
9/19/12, creatinine 3.54, BUN 49
I am so excited about this, but I have factors to consider, like lab error and, I don’t know… a glitch in the matrix.
But seriously… could I be beating an unbeatable disease process simply by changing what I eat?
I am also happy to report that my husband has joined me on this eating adventure, and I see this achy man moving around with a bit more ease. He is astonished that this is making a difference in his pain level.
This has been such a gift.
Even if I don’t beat my kidney disease into submission, you have restored my hope, which I have to tell you, has been in short supply lately.
I hope, one day, to meet you in person and give you a hug. In the mean time, I just want to thank you and send you warm thoughts and good wishes from NJ.
I watched your special on PBS about 6 months ago and blew it off. Watched it about 3 more times and it started making sense. I ate everything wrong – candy bars for breakfast, 1/2 a loaf of bread and jelly for lunch, all this time being diabetic, and on insulin.
I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I bought the book, and started on the diet Halloween Week. I have lost 8 pounds, and had to cut down my insulin 10 units just on the 2 weeks since Halloween. I feel so much better (except when my sugar goes too low, but we are working on that) and, surprisingly I’m not having the cravings I used to have that would sabotage my eating in the past.
Thank you for helping me see, emotionally and intellectually, the advantage to this lifestyle, the path to success, and ultimately health.
Aug 10, 2012 I hit a low. I prayed for help and a friend showed up at work with your book. I was overweight, blood sugar 164 and so inflamed I couldn’t even lay on my back with my shoulders hitting the bed. I was in a stiff C shape.
I read your book, bought your suggestions, and changed my diet. I went off my medications for inflammation. The first 20 days I lost 20 pounds. I had so much swelling! Three months to the day, I have an overall loss of 40 pounds, and fasting was 96 this a.m. You’re the answer to my prayer.
I was unhappy and unhealthy at 222 lbs. I saw The Blood Sugar Solution on PBS and felt like Dr. Hyman was talking directly to me. I immediately ordered the book, and in 8 months I am down 48 lbs.! I’m still going strong.
I now have the energy to exercise, play with my son, and just live my life. I no longer get that “2:30 feeling” at work. I am off my prescription meds, and I focus on real foods and a few dietary supplements to give my body what it needs rather than mask symptoms. I went from feeling like it was impossible to being unstoppable!
Carrying around 100+ pounds of excess weight and being on a serious junk food diet finally caught up with me at age 40. I got very ill and finally went to the ER, I thought I was having a heart attack! My blood pressure was 200/150 and I was admitted to the cardiac ICU unit. I was diagnosed with high blood pressure, high cholesterol (289!) and pre-diabetes (fasting 115). What a wake up call! I was put on high blood pressure and high cholesterol meds and sent home with stern warnings to change my ways.
The medications seemed to make me sicker than ever and I was back at the ER. I had a horrible reaction to Lipitor. The commercials say to beware of symptoms of “muscle weakness”, well that is the understatement of the year! I had trouble holding my head up and breathing, and I felt my heart had trouble beating, I thought I was dying.
I was told I was “allergic” to Lipitor and statins and I had to work harder with lifestyle changes. I also have asthma so I was seriously out of shape, weighing 100 more pounds than I should have, and trying to avoid exercise since it brought on asthma symptoms.
I tried harder with my diet, although I did try to be more active and walked a bit more. I made all of the “right” diet changes. Smart Balance oil, margarine, peanut butter, and other health claim foods. I switched to low-fat cream cheese, low-fat sour cream, low-fat cottage cheese, and soy milk. I severely cut down on junk food and Splenda became my best friend. I drank Splenda pop by the gallon and made countless cheesecakes with Splenda and low-fat cream cheese.
I thought I was doing great, but my cholesterol barely budged – it went down to 259. I got very discouraged and felt like a ticking time bomb – like anytime I would get the heart attack or stroke that I knew was coming to me. I went about my life with a heavy heart, not understanding why my cholesterol wouldn’t come down with all of the “healthy” food claim foods I was eating.
I finally discovered The Blood Sugar Solution while staying up one night and watching public television, it made sense so I bought the book. It was hard, but I wanted to try it. I gave up all dairy and processed foods. I barely ate chicken or beef anymore, and mostly ate fish and eggs for protein. I switched to only extra virgin olive oil and gave up Splenda and all other artificial sweeteners entirely.
My first thoughts were lowering my blood sugar, since my doctor was becoming increasingly alarmed at its steady rise I was on the verge of full blown diabetes. A few months ago, my doctor ordered another cholesterol check and I was avoiding it, not wanting to be reminded of the “ticking time bomb” inside of me.
I saw a health fair advertised for seniors and took my Mom for a hearing test, as well as a cholesterol screening. While there, the public health worker invited me to get mine tested. With a heavy heart I told her I already knew it was high and I didn’t want to know how high and told her about avoiding the test with my doctor. I asked her if the test was confidential, that the results would not be sent to my doctor for her to “yell” at me. I was promised no one would know but me, so I decided to go ahead. I told her that my cholesterol was 259 for YEARS and not to be alarmed at my numbers, since my doctor was already “yelling” at me sufficiently about it.
Well, I was SHOCKED to be told that my cholesterol was now 203!!! Just three points away from being considered “normal”! The public health worker was very impressed after hearing how high my cholesterol used to be and asked me more about my dietary changes, since I have not yet lost any weight (I am heavy on the fruits, I can see that giving up sweets is going to be a long term project, but at least I only eat whole real foods now).
I told her about The Blood Sugar Solution book and Dr. Hyman’s methods and now she wants to buy the book. WOW! I thought my body was “broken” beyond repair with not being able to budge my high cholesterol for years with all of the “health claim” frankenfoods. Now I know my body works fine when fed REAL food!
I can’t tell you how encouraging and empowering this is to me, I no longer have to live with a feeling of dread at a ticking time bomb inside of me. I now have the POWER to keep healing my body without the dangerous meds that nearly killed me.
Thank you Dr. Hyman! I know if I keep on following the program and detoxing, soon I will be below 200 on my cholesterol and my blood sugar and weight will begin falling as well!
In 2008 I was taking Claritin for allergies, Levothyroxine for hypothyroidism, acid reducers and PPI’s for reflux. I was also taking many medications for chronic cornea infections and dry eyes. I was experiencing menstrual migraines, daily silent migraines, I had extensive gum surgery, my gallbladder removed, and I was shedding hair faster than I could vacuum it up.
Then I read The Ultramind Solution. I couldn’t get enough! I went green. I overhauled my diet. I followed The Ultra Metabolism and Ultra Diet. I bought the correct supplements from the Dr. Hyman store. Menopause came and it was easier than any I have ever heard of.
Three+ years have passed and I am a devout Ultrawellness follower. I need no Rx’s, I have nothing to complain about other than an extra 20 lbs. I have beautiful blood work, and great omega and Vitamin D levels. I am a different person. I believe Dr. Mark Hyman’s brilliance can give any self-motivated person a wonderful healing health makeover without ever meeting him.
My brother and I both have type 2 diabetes. He started the program over the summer lost 30 lbs and is off all meds. For my birthday he bought me the BSS book in April. I did not pick it up until the end of September. I read it and also bought the audio book to listen to on the way to work and back.
I went from 275 to 253 pounds in 4 weeks, I stopped all my meds (Meformin, Bydorian, Losartin, simvastain) and baby aspirin – all by stopping the diet I had been on for 42 years (the American diet). When I was diagnosed seven years ago I had a post meal blood sugar of 315; now with no meds it’s in the low 100’s.
I used to feel very lethargic not wanting to work out and getting into worse shape. It is a vicious cycle eating unhealthy food that makes you want to eat more and the meds that made me not want to work out. You must break both cycles. Eating the wrong types of food, I was addicted to bad carbs and unhealthy foods such as bagels (two with cream cheese for breakfast), pizza (sometimes eating 4 slices for lunch), and dinner was chicken parmesan and lots of pasta.
Now at 7 a.m. I have a vegan shake with vanilla extract, peanut butter, flax seed oil, PGX Daily, berries, and a small handful of spinach and a little kale. At 9 a.m. I eat a hard-boiled egg and smoked salmon. At noon I have ½ a large salad with chicken and the other half at 2:30 p.m. At dinner I eat a salad, broccoli, or red Swiss chard with olive oil and garlic, white cabbage with cannellini beans or zucchini and onions with marinara sauce. A favorite dinner is chicken breast with veggies, coconut milk, chicken broth, cumin, and curry or a turkey and three-bean chili. Snacks are almonds, pistachio, or cashew nuts.
Not only do you reset your metabolism with the BSS you reset your pallet. I am taking all the supplements on the advanced plan. A simple thank you to my brother or Dr. Hyman seems very inadequate for two people who basically saved your life.
In 1997, I saw my doctor for my annual physical. I mentioned, in passing, that I’d noticed some lumps down the sides of my neck. They weren’t obvious, painful or even uncomfortable, so I was just mildly curious about them.
My doctor ordered blood tests, and within a couple of days, she called me with a diagnosis of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I was 45 and our two children were still in school. At that time, getting a cancer diagnosis was automatically equated with a very poor prognosis, so I was terrified what this would mean to me and my family.
After a surgical biopsy confirmed the diagnosis, I saw my first oncologist, who told me there was nothing I could do about the cancer that was throughout my body. I would eventually need chemo, which would bring my white blood count down for awhile, then when it began to rise again, I’d have to switch to a different chemo because I’d have developed an immunity to the first by then, and so it would go for the rest of my life.
This is when I began to fine-tune my ability to listen to my own instincts, which were telling me that there certainly WAS something I could do to affect the cancer in my body. After a couple of visits with this oncologist, I realized this doctor was not interested in working with me toward better health, but instead was completely invested in her own regimen of cancer drugs. I never went back to her. Instead, I sought out medical professionals that were focused on healing from within and began to learn from them. Dr. Hyman has been one of those professionals.
Over the next couple of years, I did a complete “life review,” from emotions and relationships, to exercise and diet. I read dozens of books (including The UltraMind Solution), watched many different documentaries and TV specials (including Dr. Hyman on PBS) on nutrition and health (I still do this!), and went to every alternative medicine practitioner I could find to help me understand the mind/body connection. As a result, I learned to let go of emotional wounds I’d held onto for decades, learned skills to better deal with life’s stressors, and began to better understand nutrition and its tremendous importance in my life.
Now, 15 years later, I’ve gradually lost about 25 pounds, dropped my white blood count from over 25,000 to about 10,000 (normal range), reduced inflammation in joints, and I haven’t seen an oncologist in a few years. My focus has changed from tracking and worrying about my disease to listening to my body, seeking out the most healthful lifestyle and nutrition, and being happy and grateful for my life.
I can’t say that I’m glad I developed cancer, but I can say that this terrifying diagnosis gave me the push I needed to clean up my life and my health. Health is a journey, not a destination, and I’m so very grateful to be on the right road and have experts like Dr. Hyman to provide helpful and healthful advice.
I am a 49 year old white male living in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Six months ago I received a letter from my doctor suggesting I get rechecked for my fasting blood glucose because it was at 183 and he indicated that I probably had diabetes. I immediately went into panic mode because I had always dreaded the possibility of getting diabetes from being overweight but now the reality looked me straight in the face.
The first thing I did was go online and start researching diabetes. I discovered your book The Blood Sugar Solution and was encouraged by the possibilities of reversing my condition. First I went through all my food and eliminated everything that contained sugar, anything that was processed, starchy food like potatoes, basically everything you recommend in your book.
In addition to that I started walking fast three miles, six days a week, and strength training three days a week. My new diet consists of eating one hardboiled egg with fresh fruit first thing in the morning and following that up with more fresh fruit and raw nuts at my 9AM break. For lunch I have homemade soup consisting of broccoli, beans, red onion, mushrooms, chicken, bell peppers, habanero, chicken broth, peas, corn, sweet potato, yam, minced garlic, and spices. For dinner I always have lean meat and a fresh vegetable. After my workouts I have a smoothie consisting of blueberries, whey protein powder with no artificial ingredients or sweeteners, raw nuts and Ultra Fiber DX and one bottle of fresh water.
Additional supplements Include omega 3 fish oil, baby aspirin, Coq10, multivitamin, vitamin D3. Since the end of June 2012 I have been on this diet and recently had a physical November 30th 2012 where I had more blood work done and to my delight all my labs came back perfectly normal with a fasting blood glucose level of 91. I went from 268 pounds to my present weight of 195 lbs. I went from a 2X shirt size to a large, a 40 waist to 34 in pants. My feet and back don’t hurt anymore and I have never been in better health! Thank you very much for your life saving program!
My husband and I read The Blood Sugar solution and began the process of changing our lives to better health. To say the least, it has been life changing for us both and on multiple levels.
We wanted to do this as a couple and both had different reasons for why. But this book not only educated us, it challenged us to take seriously this epidemic not on in our nation but in our communities as African Americans. I don’t think I realized the impact and importance of preparing our kitchen and minds for this transformation in our lives.
It has been almost 8 weeks since we began and as a team we have watched our bodies and minds transform before our eyes and have lost a total of 48 pounds collectively. We are still on this journey to great health but wanted to share the beginnings of our story. Thanks to this book we have now shared it with our friends, family, co workers and church members and some of them have gotten the book and begun their own journeys. We will be forever grateful.
I am 58 years old and have suffered with lung problems all my life. In 2011 I was finally diagnosed by UC Davis as having PCD (Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia). I am down to 30% lung function and get respiratory lung infections from every other month to every 2 months depending on the weather. Infections include but are not limited to: Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and Strep Pneumonis.
Before going on this detox diet I mostly prayed to be able to go to sleep and not wake up. I was so tired of being sick. The fatigue was overwhelming, and all my activities were so limited by not being able to breathe well. I could no longer live by any schedule because I had to wait to see how I would feel in the morning. Some days I just stayed in my nightgown and rested on the couch all day.
When I was sick with infections sometimes my breathing was so bad that just the movement of my arms as I tried to do dishes would make me so out of breath that I’d have to just sit down and take more nebulizer treatments.
Because I wanted to do some things as a wife for the house I used a lot of Pepsi and Viverin just so I’d have a little energy to make a meal or pay bills.
I just want you to know that I have been addicted to Pepsi since I was 16 years old. I started using Viverin daily since 1979. Since becoming so ill, I often used it 2 to 3 times a day. I justified the use of it because I read in a pamphlet at the lung specialist office that caffeine was good for opening the airways. Despite using the soda and Viverin, I was still tired.
Today is my 11th day on the diet. Later this month I have an appointment with my doctor to get the blood testing done that you recommended before getting real strict with the diet. So I have been casual about following the food guidelines, cheating on the no, no’s once in a while, but sticking to a lot of the things I should be doing.
Despite my cheating, I am walking, I can sometimes twice a day. That is hard since I get so out of breath just going short distances. I also try to do slower exercises to work muscles that do not require a lot of exertion.
In 10 days I have lost 5.8 lbs., 2.5″ in off my waist, and 2.25″ off my hips.
Because I have eliminated the soda, Viverin, dairy and grains for the most part, I can’t believe how much better I am feeling already! I have natural energy most of the day now. I am feeling I may actually regain some of my life that I thought was forever gone. I am no longer resigned to die, complaining that death is not coming soon enough to put me out of my misery.
I don’t know how much lung function I will get back but I am already doing better than I have in so long. In fact, I am feeling this improvement in spite of having yet, another lung infection.
So when I get all my testing done, I will be completely on your program, as much as I can physically, as my body allows. In the meantime I am acquainting myself with the recipes and preparing my kitchen, cabinets, and the freezer for better success.
My husband is even doing some of this program with me. He is trying to come with me when he can on my little walks. That makes me feel so good.
Dr. Hyman, thank you for putting your book out there to educate others, I even bought the book on CD to learn faster. In my case I truly feel it is my last hope. I don’t expect this diet to rid me of my lung disease, but if I can live my life with “quality of living” instead of just wanting the suffering to be over with, then I feel all this will have been a success.
Thank you so much.
I am a 49 year old woman. I have been on every diet there is known to man. I did not consider my self an overweight person, but I was not living a healthy lifestyle.
My husband and I moved to our beach house on Salisbury beach and let’s just say….”the party began.” We started drinking and eating like it was our job. We had this “we deserve this, because we have been through a lot” attitude.
On Feb. 9, 2013, we had a bad storm and we were hit by a thirty foot rogue wave. We lost everything in a flash. That’s when we really started to indulge. The eating and drinking was way out of control. My children started to notice the change in us and encouraged us to find other things to do. I knew what we were doing was bad, but it didn’t matter. Food and alcohol were our drugs of choice. I thought it was helping us…needless to say, it was destroying our health, spirit, and relationship.
Fast forward to March 10, 2014, my start day for yet I thought was another “diet” book. I was so wrong. I had my list and I was off to the grocery store. Let’s just say it was a challenge. I called my mother and said, “Oh my God, I don’t go down the aisles of the store! Everything I can eat is on the outside.” I walked down the aisles because they were familiar to me. I looked at all the things I used to purchase and I could not believe what I was putting in my body. No wonder I was having anxiety.
I think my favorite part of my new journey is writing in my journal. I could not believe the emotions it brought up for me. I felt scared, angry, and alone. By the third day my journal was filled will anger and tears. By the fifth day I felt better, but still nervous. I rested as much as I could, drank lots of water, and meditated. Slowly I started to feel like I was regaining control. I realized I am the person to get my family healthy and on the right track again. My son looks in the refrigerator and can’t believe all the green veggies. The best thing about it, is I make my morning shake and my husband and son are waiting for theirs as they head out the door for work. When I oversleep, they wake me up to make them one. I LOVE IT! I have my girlfriends and sister asking “What are you doing? You look amazing!” I think I might start a “Ten Day” support group.
Dr. Hyman, I don’t know what to tell you. I am so happy and excited to continue my journey. I always have helped others and want to tell the world about what I am doing. For now, I need to take care of myself and then help the world.
Thank you for being such an inspiration to me.
Having grown up in the 70’s fed by a mother who bought the latest and greatest prepared and snack foods, I fought obesity from childhood losing large amounts of weight twice in my life; once as a teen through long term starvation that wrecked my metabolism and once five years ago by injecting hcg I bought over the Internet from India while eating 500 calories a day for nine straight months. The hcg destroyed one of my ovaries and I gained all the weight back plus 20 lbs when I stopped injecting.
At 52-years-old I was riddled with stiffness and tenderness from the hairline on the back of my neck to the base of my spine. I literally could not tie my shoes without groaning loudly all the way down and all the way back up. A typical day consisted of painfully showering, dressing and going to Starbucks for a 16 oz latte. Then I’d work my office job, where I struggled through back and hip pain for eight hours, breaking for a store-bought sandwich or a salad smothered in bottled dressing for lunch, munching on chocolate candy in the afternoon; then coming home, eating a quart of ice cream, and throwing myself across the bed where I stayed until the next morning.
I was spending 12 to 14 hours a day on my bed because I had no energy and it hurt too much to move, but it also hurt to stay still. Doctors offered pills and diagnosis like “fibromyalgia” but I knew my pain was inflammation and deep down I knew it was all diet-related. I just didn’t know how to get a grip on the situation. Then one Sunday afternoon while channel surfing from my bed, I came across your lecture on a PBS fundraiser. I knew immediately that what you were saying was right. I listened to every word and bought your book the next day. I read it from cover to cover in one weekend and decided to do the 10-Day Detox, and do it all the way.
I took a week’s vacation from work so I could concentrate solely on me, myself and the detox. I gathered everything I needed and began on Saturday March 22, 2014. I followed your instructions to the letter and was shocked to realize about 24 hours in that this was a TRUE detoxification the same as if I was quitting pills or heroin. I was so physically ill with flu-like symptoms all day Sunday (the second day), but I knew this was my body withdrawing from caffeine and sugar, so I stuck with it. Monday I felt a little better and by Tuesday I felt pretty darn good!
I took my walks, took my baths, got my rest, and most of all I cooked and cooked and cooked like I hadn’t done in years! It’s quite a switch from picking up an Italian submarine sandwich on the way home to washing, peeling, chopping, sautéing, roasting, baking, and truly enjoying good, wholesome food. It takes a lot of time; time I never thought I’d spend in the kitchen before this. You can’t get me out of there now though, because the pay-off has been unbelievable!
At the end of my 10-Day Detox I decided to just stay with the plan. Why not? I don’t feel deprived. I’m becoming a pretty good cook. Most of all, I feel at least 10 years younger, no exaggeration. Dr. Hyman, I cannot express my gratitude to you for this program. I have ZERO body stiffness. No back pain. No hip pain. Here’s the best part: I have oodles of energy I thought was gone for good. It’s no longer difficult for me to get up in the morning and when I come home from work, I’m often doing laundry, cooking, cleaning or tackling a household project for three to four hours after dinner. I feel GREAT! The only one not happy about this is my cat. She’s lost her napping partner!
I know from years of dieting and doctors that I have (or had) reactive-hypoglycemia (pre-diabetes) and weight loss resistance, so I don’t drop pounds like many people might , but I DID lose five pounds from the original 10-Day-Detox and it appears I’ve lost another 5 since then. I’m very happy about the 10 pound drop, but I don’t focus on the weight, which is the opposite of any diet I’ve ever done before. The reason for that is, I’m not doing this to lose weight. I’m doing this to feel healthy and alive again! Weight loss is going to be a nice side effect to my new lifestyle in the same way weight gain was a side effect to my poor eating habits before.
Thank you Dr. Hyman. You’ve changed my life!
One night about two months ago I picked up my remote to turn it off and go to bed when the program playing caught my attention because I heard the words “break you sugar addiction…” I sat down and began listening to what the speaker was saying. It was late and I needed to get up early so I taped the PBS program. The next day I watched it…hearing my story in Dr. Hyman’s words. I mulled everything I heard over for a day, then made the decision to order the 10 Day Detox book and do the program.
I had the book for over two weeks, devouring it, making lists of things I’d need…which was everything because I’ve never taken any kind of supplements and never thought to drink any water. As a result of my lifestyle, I found myself a 70 year old shriveled up, wrinkled, dry alligator skinned of an old woman with a large sugar belly. And exercise… not an iota of interest. But I knew I needed to do something or I’d soon end up like most of the 70 year olds around me in my retirement community. I, too, have tried multiple diet programs with great success initially, but soon succumbed to my sugar addiction, and eventually the pounds and belly would come because every one of the programs, which sold their own products to use in their diets, contained loads of sugar.
I went into the detox with a firm understanding and conviction that I HAD to follow your program. I’m very glad I read all of your book before beginning your program because I never dreamed I could be so sick for the 2nd and 3rd day. But I kept yours words in mind…”It means the program is working…” and got through it. I loved the food in the detox book as well as the 10 Day Detox Cookbook, although I stuck with your recipes until I finished the detox. I followed the program to a tee, including the nightly soaks, which have become a part of my nightly ritual before going to bed.
I did not loose but 3 pounds and only a couple of inches, but my belly is going down…still have a bit to go yet.
The most important and noticeable change in me is my skin. I faithfully drink 10+ glasses of water a day now and have learned to love water and my skin has gone from crinkled, dried up leather to supple, moist, soft, 15 years younger looking skin. My friends are even commenting on the difference in my face….far less wrinkles. I have learned that the key to softer, younger looking skin is hydration!
As for exercise, I get up in the morning, walk and feed my little dog, then don my walking shoes and head out the door. It was really hard the first few days, but after that I began enjoying the walk. I challenged myself with the interval training you suggested. I’ve increased my distance three times over in the past three weeks. My reward each morning is a delicious protein shake, either from your book or the cookbook.
Over the years I’ve all but stopped cooking. This program has brought back the joy of cooking again and now my shelves are stocked with healthy ingredients to create delicious meals and there is NO sugar in my home. I wasn’t even tempted last Easter Sunday when the family went out to eat and all sat around eating ice cream (my personal choice of poison in the past) and cup cakes. There was also a wedding in the midst of my detox and I did succumb to a few bites of one of the wedding cupcakes… it made me so sick I threw it up. Validation for me that there is no going back there again! I’m on the path I’ve been searching for so many years.
Thank you for my new lease on life….I’m living proof that it can even have gigantic results for a person 7 decades old.
My mind is clearer than it has been in years and I am happier than I have been in years. I saw the difference in my eyes and sleeping when I truly stuck with the program fully and took the offending items (sugar) out of my diet.
I had a lot of things wrong with me, vertigo mainly and I saw how gluten and my digestive system did not go together. I understand what I need to do now, I have the tools to make better decisions and I want to make better decisions for myself for the first time in a long time.
I want better for myself, I deserve it. My mind is clearer than it has been in years and I am happier than I have been in years. I want to totally recover my health and I will continue this program working with my functional doctor because I have so many health issues. This will take time, but I am committed to this.