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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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’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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!!!
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!
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.
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 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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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’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.
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.
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.