I've been reading a book called "The Perfect 10 Diet: 10 Key Hormones That Hold the Secret to Losing Weight and Feeling Great-Fast!". I really wasn't expecting much from the book (mostly because of its title) except to get a few good tips about eating and hormones. Besides that, it was free on Kindle, so I figured, why not read it?
Oh my goodness, this book has been awesome and a wealth of information! It talks about how to lose weight by balancing the hormones and how to do this with food by steering clear of bad fats and eating the good fats (butter, coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, nuts and avacados). It also talks about how the bad fats (chemically altered ones and some other oils) are just killing us as a nation. There's a LOT more to this way of eating, but the fats section really helped me understand why I haven't been able to lose weight in the past.
The diet has 3 phases, the first one being more of a paleolithic diet; however, I've decided to go right to phase three (has the most variety) and just eat food in its most natural form including whole grains. I'm definitely steering clear of processed foods and those with any chemically altered oils, HFCS, etc. Even sugar is not recommended in certain forms; I tend to eat too much sugar anyway, so I'll just be having low glycemic fruit or real dark chocolate on occasion.
This is the FIRST diet book I've ever read that has "scared me straight" with my eating habits (seriously!). It is written by an internal medicine who talks about hormones and how important they are in the body because they are everything we need to function. This book explains how certain foods destroy our hormonal balance and how this can lead to disease. My chiropractor always tried to get me to eat this way, but he would only give me bits and pieces of the information. This book has it ALL in one place, and describes the "why's" behind the recommendations.
I didn't realize the reason why I've been in poor health and not feeling good is mostly a result of what I'm ingesting.....why I don't seem to be able to stick to an exercise plan and so forth. What I'n eating is killing me, and sugar tops that list. To that end, I haven't had table ANY sugar in any form in three days. Had a little canteloupe today, but that was the first sweet I had in that time. What I found out about sugar from personal experience is that it is SO addicting. Once you start ingesting it, you simply can't get enough of the stuff. What it does to tax the pancreas and other organs just simply isn't worth it!
Here's a link to the book on amazon, but like I said, the kindle version is free:
I hope this book helps someone as much as it has helped me! If anyone reading is also practicing this way of eating, I would love to hear your results. I have 100+ pounds to lose and am feeling better already. Not a lot of energy yet, just not feeling in poor health like I have for the past several years.....
Anyway, just had to share!