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Throw Out Your Official "Food Guidelines" and Use This
March 21, 2018
I consider myself a "common sense" and reasonably healthy eater and cook, and I found this book to be an extremely practical, helpful resource. With so much confusion out there, it's hard to know who to believe and what private interests are at play, especially when consulting the internet. I especially appreciate this book for all the research cited, the organization of the chapters around specific food groups, the clarifications about "what the experts got right" and "what they got wrong", the lists of foods to have in your pantry and fridge, and which foods to toss or avoid. I also appreciate the nuances about what's okay on an occasional basis, depending on what your specific health goals are at any given time. Throw out your "recommended food guidelines" provided by the health authorities in any jurisdiction, use this instead, and just cook from scratch.
I do wish there could be less emphasis on obesity, with the assumption that everyone is trying to lose weight, and more emphasis on healthy eating to enable your body to be in balance. The latter is the general emphasis of this book, but as someone happy with my weight, and supporting a daughter suffering from Anorexia, I find myself still being confused by the information on fats and grains/carbohydrates (highly encouraged in eating disorder programs). Should my daughter and I be eating more carbohydrates and decreasing fat, in order to NOT lose weight, or gain needed weight? Or can I safely assume my body will find its own balanced metabolism and weight by eating the recommended foods? I'm guessing the latter, but this question is not addressed in the book, sadly.
In fact, I hope Dr Hyman will someday come out with a book that tackles the biological processes (alongside psychological ones) that lead to gluten and sugar addiction, food restriction, and the vicious cycles involving the brain-gut connection that hold so many people hostage to disordered eating.