Review: Diet 101 by Jenny Ruhl

Diet 101: The Truth About Low Carb Diets (Kindle Edition)
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 targeting 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.

My review on Amazon of Jenny Ruhl’s new book.

Update: Please see my blog “Carpe Your Blood Sugar” inspired by the work of Jenny Ruhl and Dr. Richard K. Bernstein.  Links on the Resources page there to 3 interviews with Jenny.

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Sunday Stories

Sunday is a good day for stories of hope and inspiration.

Personal stories of benefit from low-carb/controlled-carb nutrition:

Jenny Ruhl, diagnosed with diabetes in 1998

Personal stories on Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt’s blog

Dr. Jay Wortman’s personal story

If you would like to inspire others with your personal story, but don’t want to do this on a blog, Tumblr, etc, a good option is Ancestral Weight Loss Registry (listed under LINKS).

A comment by Dr. Richard Feinman on another site, quoted in full:

RIchard Feinman · Professor of Cell Biology (Biochemistry) at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

“People need to do what works for them.”  How do you find out what works best for you. Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate restriction. The first thing to try is to keep carbohydrates as low as possible. If that doesn’t work, you might want to try something else but it is always good to start with the science. As Dr. Eric Westman put it: At the end of our clinic day, we go home thinking, “The clinical improvements are so large and obvious, why don’t other doctors understand?” Carbohydrate restriction is easily grasped by patients: because carbohydrates in the diet raise the blood glucose, and as diabetes is defined by high blood glucose, it makes sense to lower the carbohydrate in the diet. By reducing the carbohydrate in the diet, we have been able to taper patients off as much as 150 units of insulin per day in 8 days, with marked improvement in glycemic control-even normalization of glycemic parameters. Read more at
(I believe he meant to say “Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate intolerance”).