Once again I am reaping the benefits of my public library! This time, I checked out The Ultra-Metabolism Cookbook, by Mark Hyman, M.D.
I had wanted to read his book Ultra-Metabolism first, but it wasn’t available. However, the cookbook outlines Dr. Hyman’s background as an experienced physician with years of practice and research involving food and metabolism; using food to heal and prevent illness, toxicity, and disease (including obesity, diabetes, etc.). Dr. Hyman explains how when we eat the right foods–whole foods & non-processed–our metabolism is revved and our bodies run efficiently to keep us healthy & trim and to maintain a positive relationship with food!
I’ve only read a few pages in the section preceding the recipes, titled: “Ultra-Metabolism: A Revolution in Food and Medicine”, so I haven’t learned everything he has to say, but I’d like to share this quote:
“The science of nutrition has advanced far beyond what the average person hears about in the media or from health care practitioners. Consensus among scientists and researchers about what constitutes a healthy diet actually does exist. Unfortunately, we don’t hear about this research because the food industry and the government encourage confusion and the consumption of foods that feed profit, not health”.
Yesssss!!! So when people question this sort of eating lifestyle in contrast to “current” research, Dr. Hyman has summarized exactly why common medical practices and diets fail to address whole body nutrition. It’s sad when we as consumers come second to profit, but that’s just how it is (for now, anyway). All we can do is educate ourselves and try to do the best we can, which I know first-hand isn’t always easy. These past couple of months I have been eating more whole foods and instead of using refined flours/carbs, fats, sugars, I’ve substituted natural fats, oils, & sugars (e.g. avocados, nut butters, natural butter, coconut oil, honey & maple syrup) and I have felt better than ever. I have more energy and also feel leaner/less bloated. BUT, it can be more time-consuming, expensive, and takes some getting used to (e.g. transitioning away from foods with addictive processed sugars & carbs!). But I’m really loving it. I don’t crave the junk or even the complex carbs like I thought I would. Although I will still make exceptions now and then when I want traditional pizza, pasta, etc. but then it’s definitely more like an occasional treat. More often than not, I am eating mostly fresh salads and fruit, nut butters, simple starches like sweet potatoes, and I’m not lactose intolerant so I still enjoy my plain yogurt (although I tend to eat less dairy anyway). I’m simply eating more whole food choices that are unprocessed and unrefined than I ever have before in my life, and I can feel the difference! I’m fueling my body and mind with real nutritionally-dense energy 👊🏼.
Overall, I’m grateful this book is out there with recipes to reflect the healthy food choices that I know will promote the wellness I desire for me and my family.