Fueling your body for lifelong health is simple with Mark Hyman’s new guidebook
Most health-conscious consumers know that soda, desserts, and refined, packaged foods are unhealthy and contribute to chronic disease. But beyond that, knowing exactly how to load your grocery cart each week—even if you’ve been pursuing a healthy diet for years—can feel daunting. Are eggs healthy? Is all sugar bad? Should you go vegan? Seemingly every other day, a new study comes out vilifying or singing the praises of a particular food or style of eating. How do you wade through the morass of conflicting nutrition information in order to fuel yourself for health and not disease?
This is precisely the question Mark Hyman, M.D., New York Times best-selling author and functional medicine physician, answers in his new book, Food: What The Heck Should I Eat? Using the most recent nutrition science available as well as his expertise treating thousands of ill patients with the principles laid out in the book, he breaks down why food has become so confusing in the United States—in short, unethical food marketing, governmental policies that don’t reflect emerging science, and food industry corruption—and charts a clear path out of the overwhelm.
Hyman dedicates a chapter to each of the 12 food groups he discusses, including meat, poultry and eggs, dairy, fruit, fats and oils, vegetables, grains, beans, beverages, and more. He outlines the prevailing beliefs about each food group, tells us what the experts got right and wrong over the years, and where appropriate, shares what we still don’t know—but offers clear guidelines based on what we do know.
Egg yolks, for example, have been avoided the world over due to the belief that they raise heart disease risk—but recent research has vindicated them, finding that dietary cholesterol doesn’t actually increase blood cholesterol at all, and eggs are totally safe for even those who’ve had a heart attack. Red meat is notorious for being too high in saturated fat, but studies are now showing that saturated fat isn’t bad after all—and it’s actually processed meat that is the worst health offender. Low-fat diets were promoted by the U.S. government for decades, leading people away from butter and toward margarine, yet we now know that butter’s dangers were completely overblown and butter substitutes are filled with toxic cholesterol-boosting trans fats—the health effects of which are disastrous. What’s more: Eating the right kind of dietary fats can speed up metabolism, lower blood pressure, and reduce your risk of diabetes.
So what kind of diet does Hyman ultimately recommend? What he jokingly calls a Pegan diet, which is a combination of Paleo and vegan ideals. It emphasizes real, fresh, local, organic, whole, unprocessed foods and excludes sugary, starchy, nutrient-depleted foods laden with pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics. This is the exact diet recommended by the physicians of the BodyLogicMD network. Hyman maintains that “food is the most powerful drug on the planet,” and it not only has the power to prevent and reverse chronic illnesses, but also to improve gene expression, balance hormones, and reduce inflammation with every bite—but only if you know what to eat.
If you’ve ever been perplexed by nutrition advice, Food: What the Heck Do I Eat? is an in-depth, easy-to-understand, entertaining look at exactly why it’s impossible not to be—and helps you craft a diet once-and-for-all that promotes optimal health and weight loss and suits your individual needs. If you want more customized, one-on-one support, the BodyLogicMD physicians are dedicated to helping patients develop a nutrition and exercise plan that fits their unique physiology and health goals. Contact a specialist in the BodyLogicMD network today to harness the medicinal power of food—and be sure to pick up a copy of Food when it releases on February 27, 2018!