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The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet, 3rd Edition

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The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet, 3rd Edition: A Healthy Eating Program to Improve Your Type 2 Diabetes by Donald D. Hensrud is a fantastic overall approach to losing weight for health reasons. While this book is targeted for those with diabetes, the author points out the benefits of this lifestyle for anyone who might be at risk for diabetes, which may be quite a few people. I love how this book is laid out— it starts with an assessment for readiness and then goes on to explore nutrition and the psychological factors that contribute towards success or failure. Recipe ideas are also included. Great overall resource! I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

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So glad I found this cookbook! As someone with diabetes at times meals can become a challenge. But this definitely helped me plan some great meals!

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In The Mayo Clinic Diabetes, Donald D. Hensrud has written a comprehensive to guide readers on how to eat healthier and to exercise more. He explained the most important thing to do to prevent our risk of developing diabetes is to lose weight. If we would lose the weight, we could reverse the process and our blood sugar glucose levels could improve. This book is meant to be a lifestyle change. The book covered the lose it phase and we could potentially lose 6 to 10 pounds in two weeks. You will first need to look at your habits which five to add, break and adopt. The book also discussed how life changing it is when you eat a healthy breakfast and has been linked to better performance in school/work. The next phase is live it and this one discussed how to continue the journey. It will help you set new goals. The book contained helpful hints on eating out, portion size, serving size, activity plan, and what to do when you mess up on your plan. It enclosed new recipe ideas. He revealed how people tend to underestimate how many calories they consume and this is key. Another critical lesson is working up to exercising for 300 minutes a week for five days a week to lose weight.



I would recommend this book to anyone who is at risk for getting diabetes and that is pretty much everyone! I have recently been warned to watch my sugar and I could get prediabetes. It definitely runs in my family. It was surprising to read about the effects that my body could already be experiencing and it could damage my heart or blood vessels. This book contained tons of information on eating healthier and controlling your blood sugar. Some of my favorite recipes included, California avocado wrap, buffalo zucchini sticks, pita pizza, just to name a few. I liked how it contain chef comments. It was also really helping in how he explained and compared the serving sizes to real life objects where readers can easily measure it out. It also had a helpful chapter that was written like a Q and A. This book will assist you in changing your entire lifestyle to become a healthier you.









"I received this book free from Mayo Clinic Press for my honest review.”

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I have been a diabetic for 31 years. Thought I knew everything about it. I didn’t. Interesting read, It helped in a lot of ways. Diabetes is hard and a diabetic diet is more harder.
I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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Rather than looking for background information, I was looking for more recipes and meal planning. It would have been beneficial to have a book that was more actionable in this today's world of instant access.

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This was a really good book on the diabetic diet. Making it clear for readers to understand. If you have diabetes this is a good reference.

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I was excited to get a copy of The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet, 3rd Edition, because I am interested in ways to improve my nutrition and prevent many of the diet-related health issues that tend to come with aging. While this book is a medically sound, healthy diet book, the information included in the book is not any different than any other diet book with a sound research basis. I was disappointed that there really is not any different advice than 'lose weight and you will reduce type 2 diabetes risk' and the book provides a framework for doing that. There is very little information about managing blood sugar included.

Overall, if I were to recommend a book for someone who had no idea how to plan a healthy diet to lose weight, this would be an excellent choice. For anyone who is interested in the topic and has a good general knowledge about what constitutes a healthy diet, this is not the book for you.

Thank you to Netgalley and Mayo Clinic Press for the digital ARC of The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet, 3rd Edition by Donald D. Hensrud M.D. M.P.H. The opinions in this review are my own.

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The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet, 3rd Edition: A Healthy Eating Program to Improve Your Type 2 Diabetes by Donald D. Hensrud is a fantastic overall approach to losing weight for health reasons. While this book is targeted for those with diabetes, the author points out the benefits of this lifestyle for anyone who might be at risk for diabetes, which may be quite a few people. I love how this book is laid out— it starts with an assessment for readiness and then goes on to explore nutrition and the psychological factors that contribute towards success or failure. Recipe ideas are also included. Great overall resource! I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher with no obligations. These opinions are entirely my own.

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This book is intended for those with type 2 diabetes or those at risk for diabetes (people with pre-diabetes - and I fall into this category). The book is visually appealing, easy to read and follow and has lots of great tips. It starts with a 2 week "lose it" phase - and has a quiz to make sure you are ready. In taking that quiz, I realized I need to wait until after Thanksgiving to really dedicate myself to the two week plan. After you get through the two week plan you move into the "Live it" plan which helps you do gradual weight loss and find new sustainable habits without depriving yourself. One of the key suggestions for the first part is to add 5 habits, break 5 habits and adapt 5 habits. They also have good illustrations for portions as well as meal plans that break down how many carbs, protein, fats, etc. are in it. And there are grocery lists and recipes. I have read a lot of books like this and this one stands out as being really helpful and clear. I recommend this book.

Thank you to Netgalley and Mayo Clinic Press for an ARC and I left this review voluntarily.

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A solid update, enjoyed the new recipes and plans that are in the book. More suited to someone newly diagnosed than someone who has been living with diabetes for a number of years.

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While this book was hard to read because of the formatting, I could decipher that it presented inspiration in terms of healthy recipes and the cumulative impact our daily choices can have on the quality of our overall lives. It leans toward an "old-school" approach but since it’s by The Mayo Clinic, I was expecting that.

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Since I was recently diagnosed with prediabetes and need to shed some weight in hopes of not moving further into this horrible disease, I had hopes for this book. However, if I could follow this diet, I would not be in this mess. I'm sure it will work for someone and the advice is sound - pretty much, if you take all the joy out of eating, you will be healthier. True, but such a sad life.

There is nothing groundbreaking here. It tells you to eat lots of steamed or raw veggies, whole grains, and grilled poultry and fish. It says you can eat as many fruits and veggies as you want as long as you prepare them in a manner devoid of flavor. It also says to make sure you get as much enjoyment out of eating as possible so that you won't backslide. Hmm. Not possible on this diet.

If you can follow this, you will be an extremely healthy, grumpy person and if you don't live a long life, it will at least feel very, very long.

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The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet, now in its 3rd Edition, continues to be a highly recommended resource for individuals living with diabetes and those seeking a healthier lifestyle. This book, backed by the renowned Mayo Clinic's medical expertise, offers a comprehensive and practical approach to managing diabetes through diet and lifestyle changes.
The book builds on the success of its predecessors, presenting updated information and strategies for addressing the growing concern of diabetes in our society. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for years, this book provides valuable insights and guidance.

The most commendable aspect of The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet is its accessibility and readability. The authors, who are medical professionals with extensive experience in diabetes care, have managed to simplify complex medical information into layman's terms without compromising on the scientific integrity. The book is well-organized, and the language used is clear and easy to understand, making it an excellent choice for those who may not have a medical background.

The core of the book is its dietary recommendations, which are grounded in evidence-based research and years of experience in managing diabetes. It emphasizes a balanced, portion-controlled approach to eating that can help control blood sugar levels. The book outlines meal plans, recipes, and dietary guidelines that are not only suitable for people with diabetes but also applicable to anyone looking to improve their overall health and well-being.

The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet's 3rd Edition also introduces readers to the concept of the Diabetes Food Pyramid, which is a practical tool to help individuals make healthier food choices. The inclusion of recipes is another significant improvement in this edition, offering a wide range of delicious and diabetes-friendly meals, making the transition to a healthier diet more manageable and enjoyable.

One unique feature of this book is its focus on behavior change and long-term sustainability. The authors recognize that making lasting lifestyle changes can be challenging, and they provide valuable tips and strategies to help individuals overcome obstacles and maintain their dietary and fitness goals. It is evident that the authors truly care about the well-being of their readers and aim to empower them to take control of their health.

While the book excels in many areas, it is worth noting that it primarily focuses on dietary aspects of diabetes management. Readers who are looking for a more comprehensive guide that covers other facets of diabetes, such as medications, insulin management, and psychological support, may need to supplement this resource with additional reading material.

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A Must Have Book for Eating Healthy

The author states that good lifestyle habits give you the best chance to manage your diabetes and prevent health complications. Therefore, the two main principles of the Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet are:
1. To follow an eating plan that’s low in calories yet satisfying so that you’ll stick with it
2. To burn more calories through physical activity.

The clinic offers quite a few tools ti help you remember and track your progress such as:
1. The Mayo Clinic Diet digital platform
2. Reminders and tools to keep you on track, including an all new Habit Optimizer, a digital food and exercise journal, and a digital weight tracker with the ability to upload photos.
3. Customizable Mayo Clinic approved meal plans, recipes and grocery lists
4. An interactive food journal with a food tracker that contains over 1 million foods
5. Multiple meal plan options, including the original Mayo Clinic Diet and Mediterranean, higher protein, vegetarian and healthy keto diets
6. Webinars with Mayo Clinic health care providers and experts
7. Practical at-home workouts — no equipment required
8. Unlimited access to a private Facebook members group, where you can share your story and get advice and tips from other members like you.

Additionally, you may find another app or tracker that you like and that works well for you, such as:
1. A Journal
2. A Notebook
3. A Mobile App
4. Online tool or whatever works best for you
5. On the other hand, a pencil and paper work just as well — maybe a notebook designated especially for this purpose.

The important thing is to find the tool that works best for you and fits your needs.

This is a great book for anyone experiencing any issues with their weight or being a diabetic. There are numerous meal plans, foods, and suggested workouts or exercises that can and will be beneficial in you losing weight. Also, there are several habits discussed that are beneficial.

The author discusses setting goals, whether they're for losing weight, healthy eating, activity goal, or something else. He states that goal setting can often mean the difference between success and failure, because goals help motivate you and keep you focused. They put your thoughts into actions and help you meet your expectations.

Additionally, the author states that our goals should be:
1. Specific, by stating exactly what you want to achieve, how you’re going to do it and when you want to achieve it.
2. Measurable, by outlining how you will know if you’ve reached your goal if you can’t measure it?
3. Attainable, by setting setting goals that are realistic and that you have sufficient time and resources to achieve.
4. Relevant, by setting goals that are in line with your purpose for each activity you decide to undertake.

Then underneath each goal, write why it is important to you. What is it that’s motivating you to make this big change? Would you like a better figure or to be able to fit into a smaller clothing size? Are you looking to reduce the amount of medication needed to control your blood pressure or cholesterol levels? He further states that you may have more than one motivator.

This book provides a wealth of healthy eating habits and foods from all the basic food groups, specific portions to eat, and it provide many healthy substitutes for may be considered as unhealthy.

I highly recommend it for its targeted audience.

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Thank you to NetGalley and Mayo Clinic Press for the ARC. As a diabetic, I found this book to be full of good advice. I like the straight forward approach in the presentation of the steps towards maintaining a healthy diabetic diet and lifestyle.

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I recommend this book to anyone who is pre-diabetic or has type 2 diabetes, or who has family members or friends who have diabetes or pre-diabetes. It covers everything from what and when you can eat, what you should limit, the importance of exercise (increasing muscle mass and burning calories), and also habits to change, such as eating while watching TV or snacking before bedtime. My particular vice is eating while I read or check my emails. I'm still working on changing those habits, as it definitely does encourage me to overeat. I was happy to see that many foods I thought would be off limits are acceptable in moderation.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher Mayo Clinic Press via NetGalley, and voluntarily read and reviewed it.

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On the whole, this is a very comprehensive book to guide those trying to make sense of what they might need to do differently when tackling type 2 diabetes. There is a lot of content so it’s a book I’d have to revisit often. Unlike other reviews left on NetGalley, I didn’t have a problem with the formatting, I read on my iPad.

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It was not possible to fully assess what I think of this book.. It felt too choppy and did not flow in a way that made it possible for me to really read it. I went onto Amazon to read a few pages there and saw that the big holes all through the ARC are just headers/fillers. I then went to the app, which the book pretty much says you need, and paid for a three month subscription, because I could tell that this might be a good program for me to try. I do not think the book is useful without the app, based on what I've read on the app. I do not think people can use plain notebooks and follow this plan well. I do not thing the book was nearly as clear to the reader as the app is to the user. At $500 per year, with no coach, no meetings, no support groups, I went and turned off the auto-renewal. We'll see how I do for the first three months. Many people will not be able to afford this. I think the book is kind of a rip=off because it was too hard to follow and the App was not too hard to follow.

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Due to the formatting of the book on my e-reader, I found it difficult to follow. There's a lot of information, seemingly well put together and thought out. I had hoped to be able to use it to assist my wife in her journey with diabetes. I guess I will wait until I can check the book out of our local library to be able to give it a good read.

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A very interesting "cookbook".

This is packed full of incredible information about diabetes and how to support your lifestyle. It has tons of tips and ideas and lists to help keep you in track. It is a great resource book.

Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for a temporary, digital ARC in return for my review.

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