The Galveston Diet
The Doctor-Developed, Patient-Proven Plan to Burn Fat and Tame Your Hormonal Symptoms
by Mary Claire Haver, MD
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Pub Date 10 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 31 May 2023
Rodale Inc., Rodale Books
Look for The New Menopause, Mary Claire Haver’s comprehensive guide to thriving during menopause and beyond, coming May 2024!
“The validation of common hormonal symptoms and commiseration with weight gain challenges, especially from a physician with similar struggles, is likely a rare and comforting experience for many women.”—Forbes Health
Why is the scale moving in the wrong direction even though I haven’t changed my diet or exercise habits? Time and again, this is the question Dr. Mary Claire Haver’s patients asked. At first, a practicing OB/GYN, she’d dutifully advise what she’d been taught in medical school: eat less and work out more. But that standard advice didn’t solve the problems caused by perimenopause and menopause because back then she—and so many other doctors—hadn’t taken into account the physiological factors affecting women. They tend to store fat, they can have a hard time accessing that stored fat as active fuel, and their hormonal fluctuations in midlife exacerbate the situation.
Then, Dr. Haver found herself in this exact predicament with the added issues of low energy, hot flashes, and brain fog. So she set out to develop a nutrition program that would meet her own and her patients’ needs once and for all. Now, more than 100,000 women have found success in Dr. Haver’s unique plan for losing dangerous belly fat and reducing menopausal symptoms by following her three interconnected strategies:
• Fuel Refocus: Starting in their thirties, women need a specific ratio of healthy fats, lean protein, and quality carbohydrates to optimize their overall health and efficiently burn fat as fuel.
• Intermittent Fasting: 16 hours of fasting with a flexible 8-hour eating window coaxes the body to draw energy from stored fat and decreases inflammation.
• Anti-inflammatory Nutrition: Limit added sugars, processed carbs, chemical additives and preservatives and layer in anti-inflammatory foods like leafy greens, olive oil, berries, nuts, and tomatoes.
With these three principles working together, women can lose the weight they tend to gain in middle age as well as enjoy newfound energy, better sleep, less brain fog, and fewer hot flashes. Featuring forty delicious recipes, six weeks of easy-to-follow meal plans, shopping lists, and success stories of women who have changed their lives on this lifestyle plan, The Galveston Diet—named for Dr. Haver’s hometown—will revolutionize the conversation around health and empowerment during menopause and perimenopause, with health benefits that last a lifetime.
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I really enjoyed reading this and sped through it in just a couple of days. The title of the book might throw some people off, this is not one of those "fad diets" but rather a lifestyle of combining intermittent fasting with healthy eating. I'm a middle-aged woman and intermittent fasting is the only thing that has ever worked for me to lose weight after having two children, so to read about it again here and how it can impact menopause symptoms was quite meaningful to me. I appreciated that the book included the science behind how what we eat impacts our ability to function day to day. Yes I miss having high carb high sugar breakfasts (hello cinnamon toast crunch!) but I feel so much healthier now that I couldn't go back.
Thank you to Rodale Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to access this free e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
As someone who holds a self-appointed "honorary PhD" (meaning I have voraciously devoured these topics for my 55 years) in everything diet, food, health- fitness-and exercise science- related, I think this book is SPOT ON, and very approachable. I do hold a certification in Personal Training, and as such I would refer to this book for my scientific resource, in guiding a client in the throws of the life change. I already knew and appreciated Dr. Haver, being ardently interested in her delivery on the topic of menopause and aging: her personal experience coupled with her M.D. and a very easy-going, magnetic personality, So I was thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to review this book. Want to hear a voice that could be your brilliant personal doctor/ friend/ trusted advisor who gives you all of the causes and explanations for your menopausal symptoms? Yes, you do! Read this. You can navigate the weight gain and other potential pitfalls of this period, with Dr. Haver's guidance. I'll be gifting it to my friends this holiday season.
THE GALVESTON DIET by Mary Claire Haver was a huge -- and wonderful surprise. Informative, motivating, and authoritative, Haver guides women of a certain age through ways to live fit, healthy, and active lives with several powerful modifications to their daily habits: intermittent fasting, non-inflammatory food choices,, and balancing proportions of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Once I started reading, I didn't want to stop learning the answers to longstanding issues and concerns and a way to live vibrant, happy, and well. I received a copy of this book and these opinions are my own, unbiased thoughts.