Cooking Real Food is a Revolutionary Act

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We have lost the means to care for ourselves… We are brainwashed into thinking that cooking real food costs too much, is too hard, and takes too long. Hence, we rely on inexpensive convenience foods. But these aren’t so convenient when we become dependent on hundreds of dollars of medication a month, when we can’t work because we are sick and fat and sluggish, or when we feel so bad we can’t enjoy life anymore.

 Convenience is killing us. We need a revolution. Cooking real food is a revolutionary act.

— Dr. Mark Hyman, NY Times bestselling author, family physician, and international leader in the field of Functional Medicine.

Last November, I wrote about my surprising pre-diabetes diagnosis (yep — I have family history), and how Dr. Mark Hyman’s book, “The Blood Sugar Solution” showed me how to re-design and optimize my diet. Over this past year, The Blood Sugar Solution has helped me understand my diagnosis and the potential contributing factors to pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

The book was especially useful to me since I was initially baffled by my diagnosis. After all, I was exercising regularly and eating what I considered a healthy diet — lots of fruits and vegetables, green smoothies, salads, whole grains — and none of the obvious unhealthy food choices such as fast food, soda, trans fats or high fructose corn syrup.

After reading The Blood Sugar Solution, though, I saw areas where I could make improvements. For starters, I began using more veggies — and less fruit — in my daily smoothie.

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I switched from coffee to green tea, reduced my portions of grains and legumes to 1/3 cup per serving, and drastically reduced my consumption of gluten (found in wheat, barley and most oats), flour-based foods (bread, pasta, crackers) and dairy. I’m proud to say that my kitchen is now 100% gluten-free, and we use very small amounts of dairy at home. Cheese is now a splurge food, which I sometimes enjoy on my weekly “cheat day.”

What’s wrong with gluten and dairy — and what does it have to do with diabetes? Well, nothing — at least for a small percentage of lucky people out there. But, as Dr. Hyman points out in his book, many of us have food allergies and sensitivities to common suspects such as gluten and dairy, and these conditions can cause inflammation and ultimately contribute to weight gain, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. So if you have weight issues or pre-diabetes or diabetes, food sensitivities are definitely something you can explore as part of your game plan for healing.

As I continue to evolve my diet and lifestyle, The Blood Sugar Solution has continued to be a powerful resource for me — in my own health and as I provide nutrition counseling to others. And now there’s a separate cookbook to go with it — “The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook” hits the shelves this week!

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Available in hardcover and Kindle editions, the cookbook is a great companion piece to the “The Blood Sugar Solution.” It would even be helpful as a stand-alone reference for people who want to go light on the science and simply start eating a healthier diet to manage and ideally resolve weight issues, pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.

Didn’t think that kind of healing was possible through nutrition alone? Not sure which foods to eat and how to prepare them? Then you need this book!

First, The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook includes diagnostic quizzes to help you determine where you are on the “diabesity” spectrum of blood sugar and insulin imbalances. For example, you might have mild weight issues and a little belly fat, or you might have full-blown type 2 diabetes. After you’ve determined where you are on that continuum, you can utilize either the cookbook’s Basic Plan or Advanced Plan.

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Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai. Photo: Dr. Mark Hyman.

In addition to offering a full slate of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options for both the Basic and Advanced Plan, the cookbook also offers great tips to help people detox their kitchens, stock up on healthier foods, organize meals and kitchen prep, eat organic on a budget, and create the perfect plate.

I’m still making my way through the recipes, and have been especially impressed by the Ultrashake (love my smoothies!), Tuscan White Bean Stew, Grapefruit and Avocado Salad, and Dr. Hyman’s Raw Kale Salad.

This past weekend I made the Strawberry Spinach Salad — the fresh strawberry vinaigrette is divine, and the addition of toasted macadamia nuts makes this especially kid-friendly. I even added some white beans for extra protein.

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As you can probably tell, I’m very excited about this new cookbook, and Dr. Hyman’s work overall. I’m a huge fan — and was so excited to learn from him as part of my nutrition training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. If you or someone you love is living with excess weight, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, I highly recommend The Blood Sugar Solution and The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook. Both books do a great job of demystifying healthy food and showing people how to, as Dr. Hyman likes to say, take back their kitchens and, ultimately, their health.

I’m also pleased to share some special perks here on my blog: when you purchase this book using the instructions on this link you’ll gain access to these exclusive Dr. Hyman bonuses:

  • Webinar: An invitation to join Dr. Hyman on a live online webinar on March 27th, 2013.  (Open to the first 500 buyers only.)
  • Videos: In the Kitchen with Dr. Hyman – a “how to” online video series where Dr. Hyman shows you how to shift from a “factory food” diet that’s making you sick to meals that make you healthy.  Featuring 90 minutes of entertaining how-to videos.
  • Meal Plan: A 1-week gluten-free meal plan, with all new recipes.

facebookYou also have a chance to win a complimentary copy of the cookbook, simply by visiting Grant us the Luxury’s Facebook page. Simply post a comment on my wall about your favorite healthy meal you like to prepare. Or, let me know where you’re stuck when it comes to healthy meal prep — what’s getting in the way between you and a nutritious, home-cooked meal? Either way, post a comment by midnight on Monday, March 4, 2013 (Pacific time) for a chance to win the cookbook. I’ll randomly select a winner among everyone who posts a comment on my wall. Good luck!

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