Book Review: The Thyroid Solution Diet

The Thyroid Solution DietFirst off: Don’t let the title throw you. This book is not just about the thyroid or those who suffer from thyroid related issues. Second: Anyone interested in extending their life should read it.

I have for years, since well before Lia’s diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes, been interested in the connection between food, exercise and physical health and this book, which falls along the same lines of Gary Taubes’ Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About ItDr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars and anything by Michael Pollen, does a wonderful job explaining it using both science and a keen ability to speak in terms any layperson serious about their health should be able to understand.

Though the book does not speak directly to people with diabetes (and where it does it is doesn’t differentiate from type 2), it says volumes about insulin and maintaining healthy blood sugars. It is, in short, the hard stuff I wish our endocrinologist was either trained or knowledgeable enough to discuss with us. But Franca and I learned early on that taking care of diabetes meant TAKING CARE of diabetes. Not signing that task off to someone else.

But back to the book. I was much more interested in the first two-thirds in which Arem goes into fabulous detail about sugar, fat and how these foods breakdown and based on various factors combine with the body’s multitude of hormones (but especially insulin and leptin) to regulate/affect/and in many cases generally muck up the body’s natural metabolism (i.e. Garbage in. Garbage out, which reminded me a great deal of Alejandro Junger’s, Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself, which I also highly recommend from personal experience). The last third spells out specific recipes, which I may or may not use, but offers to those not interested in coming up with their own menus, excellent examples of not only what to eat, but when to eat it. Great information to anyone, regardless of what state their personal health is in, in terms of converting food to fuel as opposed to fat.

While I don’t agree 100% with what he says—for instance, I don’t follow the low-fat-is-better-for-you theories on health—rarely have I found a food book that speaks so clearly in terms of sugar, fat, hormones, and exercise, and also of aging, stress, sleep, and detoxification and the affect these have on not just our pant size but our mood especially. And that (the mood, not the pant size) is something we all can relate.

4 Responses to Book Review: The Thyroid Solution Diet

  1. katy May 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    i will definitely read these! I’m just coming into a new level of D-related food obsession. (All of my food obsessions used to be about achieving the crackliest bread crusts.)

  2. Angela March 18, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    I have been following your blog anonymously for a long time – I love it! I am with you, low-fat is NOT the way to go. Especially if you want to keep blood sugars stable, HIGH fat is actually much better! A certain amount of starches are necessary, I believe, but not overload like the typical American diet. I am learning about the Perfect Health Diet, written by a scientist and his wife, a cancer researcher in Boston. Lots of good science to back everything up! You may be interested. http://perfecthealthdiet.com/

  3. Tim Brand March 11, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Thanks for sharing. I will get this book soon. I think we are about the same age, lol, and I have taken steps to stop eating garbage food. I think about every meal. I think this book and a few other use referenced will be a good resource. Thanks again

  4. Heather March 2, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    Thank you for this recommendation. I’m deadly serious about the nutrition-wellness connection as well, with Michael Pollan’s work opening the door for me. I have recently found The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, and it is incredibly informative on the same topics you mentioned above, as well. I will be checking out this book!

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