By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.
I’d like to bring to your attention a new book that my colleague, Dr Mark Hyman, recently released: Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the fat we eat is the key to sustained weight loss and vibrant health (Little, Brown and Company, 2016). Let me just say, it is well worth your time and investment.
I wholeheartedly endorse Dr Hyman’s assessment of healthy fats, and why they are integral to a health-promoting diet. His position dovetails perfectly with the advice in my books, including The Great Cholesterol Myth, and its companion cookbook. You see, Dr Hyman isn’t just a popular author (as if penning a NY Times best seller wasn’t enough!)…He is also Founding Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and Founder of the UltraWellness Center.
In Eat Fat, Get Thin he joins me in challenging our cultural myth that eating fat makes us fat, is detrimental to our health, and causes heart disease. This book presents more science to dispute the benefits of low-fat, high carbohydrate diets in a step-by-step process that is straightforward and easy to understand. Dr. Hyman also presents a section on how to choose healthy fats that are essential to health, and set up your transition plan to shift your own diet. One of my favorite things about this book is that recipes are included, presenting healthful meal options with elements of the Mediterranean Diet: avocados, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and so much more!
The functional medicine approach embraces the concept that consciously chosen, healthy foods are medicinal— a tenant proposed by Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, so many centuries ago. So, let food be your medicine, and learn how to make mealtimes a celebration, not a chore.