Today is my second proper day on the "UltraSimple" detox diet. I decided to also listen to his (Mark Hyman) book "UltraMetabolism" on my Ipod while I'm doing other things. I have to say, he is right on the money, and sums up just about everything I've learned in 15 years of amateur nutritionist-ism. Plus, he reads his own audiobook and I like him.
I feel pretty strongly that anyone who has a chronic disease or has issues with weight, or with health in general could benefit from UltraMetabolism. I swear, I don't work for him. Everything is gelling (jelling?) in my head and starting to filter it's way down through my body. I am very excited about his program. And I don't get excited about vegetables all that easily anymore.
The main difference between what he recommends and what I have been doing is the vegetables, the sugar and the refined carbs. I always figured anything that wasn't true refined sugar was ok as a sweetener. Apparently, not so much. I've seriously cut back my sugar (my lovely agave nectar) consumption. I thought I would not survive not having it in my tea, but I have. In additional, I've cut out all the crappy little gluten-free, dairy-free packaged "treats" that I'd started to pick up at the Vitamin Cottage. If I want to, I can have that crap once in a while, but not as a regular thing. Given how much better I feel already, I'm ok with that. I'm eating a ton more vegetables than I have been. I really do like them, I just lazy and don't always like all the chopping. I have been using a lot of frozen ones to make it work for me, and it does. I have developed a taste for very fresh greens - arugula, radicchio, endive. So I am looking forward to finding great versions of those.
Also, I've slept through the night twice in a row. Ok, let's not jump to conclusions. But, how great would it be if that would continue.