This week’s “Book To Read” is Food: What The Heck Should I Eat by Mark Hyman. I know everyone has their own opinions about food plans and such but I really wanted to recommend this book – it has some very interesting information.
As most of you know, I have an illness that severely limits my choice of foods. But I’m also going through a rough patch with this illness and having to add some foods very carefully to my diet to help with inflammation and more. So I’m walking a fine line here because I don’t want to create any problems with having unwanted reactions and symptoms.
Dr. Mark Hyman has, in my opinion, a very interesting take on food and what is good for us. I have been delving into several health related books lately and I like what Dr. Hyman has to say about what we should be eating and the science behind his food recommendations. He takes each food group, discussing the good and bad which is very interesting.
Lastly, he gives his take on what he believes should be the basis of our own eating plan and why then gives a handy dandy list of what to keep in our pantries and refrigerators and what to get rid of.
Now I’m not advocating that you follow Dr. Hyman’s plan, only to recommend the book if you are looking different perspectives on this food culture that surrounds us. It seems you can’t go 5 minutes without someone saying you should eat this or that, choose this diet plan or that one. It’s crazytown out there sometimes and I like to read these health books then form my own opinion. But I did like this book and now listen to Dr. Hyman’s podcast “Farmacy” which you can find on iTunes. I also like the fact that he works with Functional Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, one of the most respected medical institutions known.
As for me, I’m making some food changes (along with some other things) to see if they help me as I try to get this flare of symptoms under control. I know that food, exercise and sleep are super important but attitude and stress play a big factor too. For whatever you are facing in life right now, I hope books like these can help your perspective if you are looking to nutrition to help you through something.