160: What the Heck Should I Actually Eat? With Dr. Mark Hyman

160: What the Heck Should I Actually Eat? With Dr. Mark Hyman

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What the Heck Should I Actually Eat with Dr. Mark Hyman

Dr. Mark Hyman just might be a genius. Do you know why? His latest book title puts into words exactly what health-conscious moms in grocery aisles everywhere are thinking… “What the heck should we eat?!”

It’s certainly easy to get discouraged when sorting through all the conflicting health information out there. One health book says that meat is killing you (and the Earth); then I tell you grains aren’t the best; another source says don’t eat gluten, ever; and the latest diet book assures you all food is good, but only if you follow their 4-week, 3-phase meal plan!

Add on the fact that you’re not shopping just for you but putting food on the table for a whole family and it gets even more complicated. And if a few of those family members have health problems or food intolerances, well… it seems like a full-time job just to figure out what to eat.

Dr. Mark Hyman: It’s OK to Eat!

Today’s episode is a breath of fresh air and a good reminder that eating healthy doesn’t have to be stressful. Dr. Mark basically takes the best of everything he’s learned about food in his 40-year career as a family physician and functional medicine doctor and sums it up in an easy-to-understand and encouraging way.

And there’s really no one better to write about this topic. Dr. Mark Hyman is the medical director for the Cleveland Clinic for Functional Medicine and the chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, just to name a few of his credentials. He also has a knack for making the science very understandable and easy to put into practice, which is one of the reasons he’s author of 10 New York Times best-sellers.

Again, his newest release is called Food: What the Heck Should I Eat Now? and if you want to feel sane about food again… you need this book!

In This Episode You’ll Learn

  • where our nutrition policies really come from
  • the reason for all the confusion with diet in today’s world
  • a sneaky connection between the food industry and dietary recommendations
  • how government agencies ignore the data on food
  • the real deal on sugar and carbohydrates and how much is ok (or not) according to the medical research
  • surprising things that have more “sugar” than sugar
  • how eating meat may actually reverse climate change… if done a certain way
  • the big problem with how we farm meat and how to fix it
  • what regenerative agriculture is and how it can help fix soil quality
  • how organic vegetables contribute to climate change!
  • understanding cholesterol and how much dietary cholesterol is ok
  • the medical data on keto diets and if they work
  • the foods you should always avoid
  • how you can eat to improve the environment
  • and more!

Resources We Mention

Learn more about Dr. Mark Hyman at DrHyman.com

Books by Dr. Hyman

More on This Topic

What are your food frustrations? Have any follow-up questions for Dr. Mark? Let me know in a comment below, or leave me a review on iTunes. I read each and every one, and my guests often do too and might answer your questions!

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  2. I really cannot afford grass fed meat. (I only eat Kosher, which makes everything super expensive) Does that mean I can’t eat any meat?

  3. I agree that we have no need for added sugars in the diet, but to completely eliminate an entire macronutrient category and say that we have no need for carbohydrates at all seems like very bad advice. Anyone who eats fruits and vegetables is getting carbohydrates, and no one should eliminate those.

  4. The book is called FOOD, “What the heck should I eat?” It is so fantastic everyone should read it if they want to know the truth about how and what to eat!!

  5. Meat has all or most of the amino acids that produce collagen and strengthens to our joints, makes our hair and nails, makes all the structures in our bodies, including assists bone building and teeth. Why would anyone want to live without these Essential Amino Acids, who is making these crazy assumptions about health and foods?

  6. I almost thought he was going to jump on the Paleo wagon there for a minute, but no. Now we need a book called: “Research studies: Which ones can we truly believe?” I agree that the stress over eating is way worse than what non-processed whole foods we actually choose to eat, but I’m still stuck trying to explain food sensitivity testing and what it means, if anything serious or not!

  7. The PURE Study is flawed. It is sad when people base their entire claim on the status of one study. There is an abundance of studies out there that rebut the claims made in this study that it would take me forever to copy and past them all. So, instead, please see these articles debunking the PURE Study:

    The tried and true plant-based diet remains at the top of the healthy food chain…

  8. I highly recommend the book, “The Vegetarian Myth”, by Lierre Keith. She is brilliant. If you are too busy for the book, you will find many interviews with her via YouTube. The myths include why our bodies need meat for brain and bone health. The truth about modern agricultural methods, etc. Her insights are first-hand experience, not just dry documentary facts. Listening to or reading about her experience will balance out all the hype, and frankly, the lies on this topic. Her insight will definitely improve your health and viewpoint in this important matter.

  9. Great podcast! Dr Hyman talked about the type of matcha tea he drank each day. I’m scouring the show notes but cannot seem to find the powdered mct and brands he uses. Did this get left out on purpose? I’m interested in the brands, for example of almond and coconut milk he uses, as he mentioned some are better than others. Thanks for a GREAT podcast, site and inspiration!!!

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