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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Technion Books (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0964711656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964711655
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very informative, well written and easy to understand.
The book has helped me get started on a low-carb diet that I can live with.
Amy Nicolai
A great read for anyone wanting to keep their blood sugar levels normal.

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79 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Customer on May 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have purchased and read both books by this author. The original, Blood Sugar 101, was extremely important to my understanding the complexity of our body in how it handles and responds to blood sugar, and the unhealthy surges that we can encounter through diet, prescription drugs and other external issues. This second book by the author, Diet 101, builds on that basic knowledge, and has been incredibly helpful to me towards crafting my own plan for eating in a way that, for me, proved to improve my blood sugar health. This information is useful for "normal" folks who wish to ensure they maintain this health throughout their lifetime, as well as borderline diabetics, and those who are diagnosed diabetics. This book in no way tries to replace medical care, but more importantly, it provides important information to individuals so they can own their health and be empowered to change it for the better, if and when needed.

Blood Sugar 101 gave me the basis on which to build change, and Diet 101 helped me fine-tune my focus on where and how to sustain and maintain that change. Key points for me were understanding not to overload on protein while maintaining a carbohydrate level within a healthy blood sugar range, testing post-meals and keeping a food log to build my best food groups, tracking the effects of too much protein or too large of a meal, and ultimately finding the pattern that works for me. And that's really the part that is most important - it provided me with information that I used to develop a plan specifically that worked for me. This underlines the basic message in the book; that every body is different, responds differently to food and that no one plan or tool will work for everyone.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on May 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book to two types of readers: people who are beginning a low carb diet, and people who have been at it a while.

As an introduction to low carb dieting, this book is clear and to the point. It skips persuasive rhetoric and inspiring anecdotes to focus entirely upon what we do and don't know about carbs, blood sugar, and weight loss (so no prior knowledge is assumed, but prior interest is). There are also guidelines for customizing one's own diet to avoid pitfalls and achieve results (healthy weight and healthy blood sugar levels). This is not a "one size fits all" approach! I especially appreciated that this book draws a clear distinction between perfectly healthy dieters and dieters who have specific problems with carbohydrates - this is *not* a book about the ideal diet for mankind, but a book about the most effective diet for a given individual wherever they are in life at the moment.

It's easy to skip some detailed analyses of scientific studies to focus on the conclusions, but experienced low carb or VLC dieters may find these detailed but accessible analyses helpful. I found that I had gotten some ideas from other books about paleo diets, low-carb weight loss, and blood sugar management that needed correction. This book is especially clear about the sources of misinformation (especially questionably conducted studies and studies whose conclusions are reported misleadingly by the media). Sometimes the conclusion is that we simply don't know yet, and here testimonies have a place in suggesting what to do in the meantime. If you've read any other books or watched any documentaries on low carb diets, this book is a good "next step" to really understanding what you learned.

I still have questions about low carb diets, but I will clearly have to wait for more and better studies! This book left me with a optimized game plan for the meantime.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Dr Dea Roberts on May 24, 2012
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This book is a natural continuation on from the author's on-line interactions and blogging that led to her remarkable contribution Blood Sugar 101. There has been a perception that the main value of choosing to change the amount or type of carbohydrates (sugars and starches) in your diet is as a weight loss diet. Also, there has been a perception that this strategy is only valuable if applied very strictly - and this strict application then means that many people find it too difficult to keep up over time. In Diet 101, Jenny Ruhl emphasises the fact that the greatest value from controlling carbs is in keeping blood sugars within the normal, non-damaging range. What if you're not diabetic? Many people who do not meet the cut-off blood sugar test levels to be diagnosed with diabetes have blood sugar levels, at least for parts of the day, that are associated with slowly-accumulating harm to health. This problem is very widespread in our society. What to do? This damage can be avoided, or at least lessened, by changing your intake of carbohydrate foods - by just as much as you need to and/or are able to. Even changes less than targetting perfection can bring benefits you might really value. Jenny Ruhl explains all this in her new book in a clear, easy to understand manner, with all the back-up science also available for those who are interested. Also, she ties the excess swings in blood sugar to excess hunger drive and the tendency to gain weight. To be useful, this needs to be practical day-to-day, which is an important goal and strength of the book.
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Jenny Ruhl, a well-known author of business books, was diagnosed with diabetes in 1998. Nothing doctors told her about how to control her blood sugar corresponded to her own experiences and observations. To answer the questions "What causes diabetes" and "What blood sugars prevent complications" she dug into the medical journals newly available online and spent a year tracking down the facts. The result was the web site which now gets well over a million visitors a year.

She is a strong supporter of the The "Test, Test, Test" strategy for lowering blood sugar. It embodies the highly effective strategy she learned on the now-defunct newsgroup back in the days when it was frequented by quite a few bright, inquisitive engineers. She hears from hundreds of people each year who have used that technique to bring their A1cs down into the 5% range that research shows will prevent diabetic complications.

Jenny blogs at She tweets as @BloodSugar101.

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