Want to feel great, disease-proof your body, and live at your ideal weight? Then, eat your medicine.
Haylie Pomroy, celebrated nutritionist, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fast Metabolism Diet, shares a food prescription for the 7 most common ways your metabolism misfires and leads to exhaustion, excess weight, and illness. With her targeted eating plans you can feed your body back to a vibrant, energetic, and thriving state.
When multiple health challenges threatened the author’s life, it set her on an investigative journey that was life-changing—and lifesaving. In this book, she shares her personal story for the first time, as well as the powerful food programs she created based on the methods and philosophies that saved her life and helped her thrive. For decades now, these same food therapies have provided profound clinical results in her clinics where she’s treated thousands of others.
Our bodies are always talking, communicating their needs. We just need to learn how to listen. Sometimes they whisper to us—our energy is off, we just don't feel right, we have indigestion or IBS, or our body shape is morphing in ways we don’t recognize or like. Sometimes our bodies speak up and change our biochemistry in order to get our attention, by pushing our cholesterol a little higher, making us irritable, reactive, or ‘foggy.’ At other times our bodies are screaming for help, we have become pre- or full-blown diabetic and our immune systems are confused and attacking us. Every one of these health signals hides a specific problem, and for which food, not drugs, is the answer.
So, if you’re suffering from GI issues, fatigue, out of whack hormones, mood and cognition difficulties, elevated cholesterol, blood sugar control problems, or an autoimmune problem, Food Rx has the solution for you.
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About the Author
Haylie Pomroy, nutritionist, #1 New York Times bestselling author, and owner of integrative health care clinics in Beverly Hills, Burbank, Irvine, and Fort Collins, is well known in Hollywood and in the medical community for her ability to use food as metabolic medicine. She has appeared on PBS, The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, Katie, Extra, and Access Hollywood, and has been featured in First for Women, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, People, New Beauty, and more. Her celebrity clients include Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J, Robert Downey, Jr., and NFL athletes. Visit her at Haylie Pomroy.com.
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E + M = H: An Equation for Health
My health is important, so I learn everything I can about nutrition.
When was the last time you ate a tomato? Maybe it was a week ago. Maybe it was today. Maybe you don’t like tomatoes and have no interest in eating them. But science is interested in tomatoes. Specifically, science is interested in breaking the tomato down into its component parts, isolating the parts that seem to do some good for human health, and then testing whether they really do or not. It’s a fascinating process, but does it translate to anything that will help you decide whether or not to put a tomato on your salad?
One of the things science has figured out about tomatoes is that they contain a phytonutrient called lycopene that gives them their red color. Science has also demonstrated that lycopene in particular seems to have cardioprotective health benefits. Interesting, right? In fact, recently, in 2014, a study was published in Advanced Nutrition that compared tomato intake to lycopene supplements (lycopene taken out and isolated and put into a capsule) to see which had a more beneficial effect on markers of cardiovascular disease.1 And guess who won? The tomato! The study concluded that tomatoes have more positive impact on human health than supplements.
This is all very exciting--and great news. I always love reading about a new study that supports the notion food can influence health. However, what does this information actually have to do with you? The study doesn’t tell you what to do with tomatoes. The scientists don’t come to your house and consider your life, and advise you about tomatoes. Are you supposed to lay the tomatoes on your chest at night and hope the magic happens? Are you supposed to eat them for every meal for the rest of your life to ensure you won’t ever have a heart attack? Or is the occasional tomato enough to benefit you? What is the dosage of tomatoes? And what are the specific benefits you can count on? And furthermore, can you ever really know whether tomatoes, for you as a unique individual with an unprecedented biochemistry, will actually make any difference at all?
What happens in a lab does not (and cannot, by its very nature) possibly predict what will happen when you, with your individual body, metabolism, and circumstances, eat a tomato or any other food. Are you even prone to heart disease? If you are, is your body able to get the lycopene out of the tomato and send it where it needs to go? Can you grab those cardioprotective elements from that tomato in the same way some other random person on the street could or couldn’t?
Food can do profound things for you, but you have to have a body that can use it properly to enact those protections and healing compounds. You have to have a body that is set up for creating health out of food. You have to have a metabolism that works. You can deliver a giant pile of 2 x 4s to a building site and they can be the highest quality, most dense, and sturdiest oak available, but if the workers don’t show up or have never been trained in how to build a house, that wood is going to sit there and rot. The quality doesn’t matter if the house can’t get built. Or what if it’s a log cabin to be constructed and the only thing delivered were steel beams? That won’t help in getting a log cabin built.
It’s exactly the same with “power foods.” You have to have a body that can take those raw materials and actually make the magic happen. Health is an equation, and it is not as simple as eating a tomato, or taking a pill, or going for a walk, or any other one thing, but it isn’t too complicated for us to understand, either.
So what are you struggling with? Is it low energy, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), or menopausal symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), indigestion, high cholesterol, or even a chronic disease like diabetes or an autoimmune disorder? No matter what it is, you probably already know you need to do something different. Maybe you have seen a doctor, or maybe you want to try achieving better health on your own, but either way you need a prescription. I’m not talking about a pharmaceutical prescription. I’m talking about a food prescription--one that can have a greater, more lasting, and more restorative effect than anything else you ever do for yourself.
The term for prescription so often used by doctors and pharmacists is Rx, but what “Rx” actually stands for is the Latin word recipere, which means “recipe.” A food prescription is a recipe for health. The foods you choose and when you eat them can change everything about your energy level, your mood fluctuations, your changing body shape, the numbers on your lab tests like blood pressure and cholesterol, and even the course of chronic diseases that may have already gotten a foothold in your system.
How can food be so powerful? Because food integrates with your body to create health in a powerful way. I like to explain this using an equation so simple that at first it may seem less significant than it actually is: E + M = H. I repeat:
E + M = H
Here’s what it means:
E + M = H
Eating Metabolism Health
Exercise Metabolic pathways Homeostasis
Environment Me Harmony
E is what you eat, how much you Exercise, and the Environment in which you live, breathe, move, and think. Both eating and exercise create your internal environment, but E is also your external environment, influenced by everything around you, from your family and friends to your job, to what you do with your free time, even to the weather. E is everything you put into your body, everything you do with your body, and everything with which you surround your body.
M is your metabolism, or your rate of converting food into energy. It is also your Metabolic Pathways, which are the many possible roads down which micronutrients (that come from what you eat) travel. Finally, M is the “Me” in the equation--you as an individual, your genetic makeup, your belief systems, your life experiences. This is how your individual body works and what it is doing at any given moment. Your metabolic pathways are the result of biochemical decisions in your body and what they do. For example, you have a metabolic pathway that controls what your body does with sugar. You have one that controls what your body does with hormones. You have another one that controls how your body processes toxins, from substances like medications and pollution. You even have one that translates your thoughts into physical reactions and causes tissues to secrete hormones. All of these influence the M and make you who you are. M is what happens inside you.
H is Health. Health doesn’t always mean you are disease free. Instead, it means your body has created a Homeostasis, or internal balance. It means you are living in Harmony with a body that is naturally in a constant state of healthy adaptation or flux. It is the end result of how you combine E with M. It is how you feel right now and how well your body is working. Maximizing the H is what we all hope and strive for, and what we will accomplish with the information in this book’s pages.
E + M = H. This equation applies and is working for (or against) you all the time, from your first to your last day on this earth. What science knows is true, even though this knowledge doesn’t always trickle down into clinical practice, is that what you eat and do (your environment) combined with your individual metabolism and how well your metabolic pathways function (the “me”) determine your health status, your body’s ability to maintain homeostasis, and your state of harmony in the present moment.
Although we’re talking about equations, I’m not trying to create a teacher-student dynamic. We are on this journey together. Now, the focus is on your self-discovery. Together we will explore what the equation means in your life as the formula holds the key to impacting how you feel, the way you look, what your lab reports say, and how healthy you are today and moving forward. Your health depends on two things: E and M. What you do to your body (eating, exercise, and the environment you provide), and what your body is doing to run things (metabolism, metabolic pathways) and be who it is (“me”), creates how well you are able to live (health). Your internal and external environments combined with your individual makeup and the way your body runs directly result in the quality of your health. E + M = H.
When you embrace the implications of E + M = H, you will understand that you have the power to change how your body works--how it feels, how it looks, and how it functions. Depending on what problem you have right now (crushing fatigue, hormonal or digestive issues, metabolic syndrome or diabetes, or autoimmunity), you can use specific food prescriptions to change your internal environment, thereby altering your metabolism in a way that addresses the problem (fills you with energy, balances your hormones, heals your digestion, balances your blood sugar and insulin, or even calms your overactive immune response). Because everyone has a different “M” (metabolism, metabolic pathways, “me”) no one “E” (eating plan, exercise, environment) is right for everyone to create health (and homeostasis and harmony). No two metabolisms work in exactly the same way to create a healthy body, and no two bodies are the same. This is why eating on its own cannot create health.
Yet, what you eat profoundly influences your metabolism, which is why metabolic intervention alone (such as with pharmaceuticals) cannot create true health. You need both variables working in concert. The diet industry hasn’t embraced this formula yet, and so many people’s health would be positively impacted if they would. Instead, they will tell you that E = H. That is, Eating = Health, or even worse, they will tell you to “eat less, exercise more,” and that will be the ticket to health. They promote the concept that a particular diet (often one that eliminates a food group, such as carbs or meat, or that slashes calories) will fix everyone’s problems. That for some crazy reason, doing less will result in health (or at least weight loss).
We hear a lot of crazy health rumors. Maybe you’ve heard that if you eat an apple a day, you will keep the doctor away. That if you eat chia seeds and raw cacao, and breathe out of alternating nostrils, you can cure every disease you’ve ever had. They can have valid effects, but until you repair your metabolic pathways using food strategically, these health strategies aren’t going to do much for you. (Although I have to admit, raw cacao brings me joy!) What good is the energy in an apple if you can’t metabolize the sugar? What good are the nutrients in chia seeds or raw cacao if you can’t absorb them? What good is the stress-reducing power of alternate-nostril breathing if your body isn’t recognizing the relaxation response? Fix the pathways first. Then you can actually benefit from that apple and the many other “super foods” and strategies that science says can impact your risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, advanced aging, and other chronic diseases.
Many doctors, and for sure drug companies, are more likely to see the formula like this: M = H. That is, metabolism, or what your body is or isn’t doing, determines your health. Your lab reports say your body is pooling cholesterol in the blood, your LDLs are high; this means you are not metabolizing cholesterol, and many doctors are likely to say that to change those numbers, you need a statin drug. Many physicians may even believe it has nothing to do with what you eat. Doctors often say (even to me) that a certain health problem is not related in any way to diet--that it is a genetic or age-related problem. Have you ever been told (or just believed) that you will get diabetes, that you will probably get heart disease because it runs in your family, that you will have early-onset menopause because your mother did, or that you come from a long line of individuals with depression and therefore that is your destiny? You might possess those genes, but it is the alteration in the metabolic pathways that stimulates the expression of them. I’ve had healthy debates with many doctors who tell me that the issue for the client we are talking about has nothing to do with food. I’m surprised every time. What your metabolism does is directly impacted by the food you eat, how and when you eat it, and in what combination you eat it with other nutrients. How is this not obvious to everyone? E can’t = H and M can’t = H. You need both E and M to achieve health. E + M = H.
In my practice, I encourage a high degree of self-study. Self-discovery, if you will. I want you to become absorbed in what your metabolism is doing by noticing how you feel and react to the foods you eat. Don’t worry. You’re mine now, and we will explore you together. Let’s look at the things you commonly do--even the thoughts you think, the sleep you are or are not having, and the deep desires you have for your health. I want us to look at your current E (eating, environment, exercise) and what we can define about your M (metabolism), so that we can recognize how they are affecting your H. I need you to become a little bit self-centered on your own behalf, but don’t worry; I will be standing next to you evaluating that reflection in the mirror.
This may go against everything you think you are supposed to do and be. You may feel selfish, but trust me--this kind of self-examination is the foundation for health and the ultimate key to being there for everyone else. Just imagine that I am sitting across the desk from you, saying, “Welcome to my office. I am so excited to get to know you. Tell me all about yourself. How do you feel? What has changed recently? What’s bothering you? What is your body doing? How do you wish you felt? How is your chemistry? What are your bowel movements, libido, energy, and sleep like? How is your immune system? Your blood sugars? What are you doing to and for your body?” and of course, “What do you crave? And what are you eating?”
1 B.M. Burton-Freeman et al., “Whole Food versus Supplement: Comparing the Clinical Evidence of Tomato Intake and Lycopene Supplementation on Cardiovascular Risk Factors,” Advances in Nutrition 5 (2014): 457-85.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Making of a Body Whisperer 1
Part 1 A Revolutionary Prescription 9
Chapter 1 E + M = H: An Equation for Health 11
Chapter 2 Is It Disease or Metabolic Adaptation? 27
Chapter 3 What Is Your Body Telling You? 42
Chapter 4 Foundational Foods: Laying the Groundwork for True Repair 61
Part 2 Your Body 9s Whispering 87
Chapter 5 Gastrointestial Dysfunction, Indigestion, and IBS 89
Chapter 6 Fatigue, Low Energy, and Exhaustion 106
Part 3 Your Body Is Talking 127
Chapter 7 PMS, Peri me no pa use, Menopause, and "Manopause" 129
Chapter 8 High Cholesterol, Inflammation, and Other Signs of Impaired Lipid Metabolism 150
Chapter 9 Mood Changes and Cognitive Challenges 169
Part 4 Your Body Is Screaming 197
Chapter 10 Metabolic Syndrome, Blood Sugar Issues, Prediabetes, and Diabetes 199
Chapter 11 Immune Dysfunction and Autoimmune Disorders 219
Chapter 12 Eat to Thrive 243
A Foundational Foods List 263
B Top 20 Power Foods for GI Repair 267
C Top 20 Power Foods for Energy Repair 267
D Top 20 Power Foods for Hormone Repair 268
E Top 20 Power Foods for Cholesterol Metabolism Repair 268
F Top 20 Power Foods for Mood and Cognition Repair 268
G Top 20 Power Foods for Blood Sugar Repair 269
H Top 20 Power Foods for Immune Repair 269
I Avoid Autoimmunity Anti-power Foods 269
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Haylie Pomroy does it again! This book is well written and easy to follow. Many times throughout the book it felt like she was talking directly to me. In her first book, The Fast Metabolism Diet, she shared her knowledge of how to use food to heal the metabolism. In this book, Fast Metabolism Food RX, she shares her knowledge of how food can help to heal the body and which foods are best for each area of the body that needs healing - not just the metabolism. I can't wait to start implementing RX's from this book into my FMD!!!!
We all have a "thing" we'd like to improve about our overall health. Regardless of what you're struggling with, this book has a plan that will address the issue. If you aren't a believer that nutrition is the key to healing what ails you, then read this. It not only has specific and manageable meal plans to help address your symptoms, but it also provides direction in how to work in harmony with your doctor to achieve maximum results. Additionally, you'll be inspired by powerful quotes and the author's personal testimony. Haylie Pomroy has done a fantastic job of compiling success strategies for every type of person.
This book is fantastic. Haylie makes food the cure and not the enemy. After struggling for my whole life to find a way to eat and love food without feeling guilty, Haylie has shown me how to eat the way our bodies are intended, to feel better and to heal so many ailments that make us not able to live to our fullest potential. Talk to your health care provider about the information in this book. It truly is a miracle on how to make you feel better with out the help of so many medications and chemicals.
FANTASTIC, doable, understandable, life-changing information in this book. Eat for healing and for health. Haylie explains food in a way that I've never looked at it before. Now when I put food in my mouth, it's not just for taste . . . it's for repairing the damage of my bad habits . . . it's for my health!
Fast Metabolism Food Rx is the first book I have read by Haylie Pomroy. This fascinating book offers food plans as a prescription for seven health issues: Digestion problems, Fatigue and low energy, Hormonal issues including PMS and Menopause, High cholesterol, Brain issues like depression, anxiety and forgetfulness, blood sugar issues, and immune/auto-immmune disorders. I found it to be well-written and interesting to read. I found this book to be very interesting. I like the idea of using food to help heal our bodies over medication whenever possible. Haylie encourages readers to work with their doctors to make changes but she also encourages patients to use food instead of medicine if possible. This book becomes especially credible to me when Pomroy shares her own health issues and how food has made her feel so much better without medications. . .and she has doctors who work with her and listen. It isn't a diet plan although readers may lose weight following the eating prescriptions that Haylie lays out. While she gives basic foods to eat on each prescription plan, she also shares ways you can change out a food or two, for something similar, if you have an allergy or aversion to one of the foods.Instead this book is about regaining health as much as possible. She also shares recipes in the book to help readers follow the eating plans with tasty foods. She shares that more recipes are available on her website because she wants to see readers succeed. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with these issues wanting to make changes to feel better. Fast Metabolism Food Rx has a lot of good information in it. It wasn't a fast read for me because I wanted to absorb all of that information and make use of it, but it was a good read. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
I think that many people are now learning that they have to be in charge of their own health and not just take whatever pill a doctor tells you. With the availability of the internet, we have the ability to be so much better informed that those in the past, but then you run into the issue of who to trust, especially when so much you read is contradictory. Haylie Pomroy is that person you can trust. She has decades of knowledge in nutrition and out of necessity has learn how to use food to help her own medical problems and then those of her clients (you can read more about her heart-wrenching story in her book). She doesn't come off as some intellectual who gives you information that is so over your head that you cannot use it. She is really down to earth and comes across as a person who genuinely wants you to heal your body through food, rather than be dependent on prescription drugs that have horrible side effects, some we don't even know are happening to our body. And she knows you can do it because she has and she has helped so many others. If you are struggling with brain fog, heartburn, diabetes, high cholesterol, low energy, or any of the other issues she mentions in her book, do yourself a favor and buy this book. There are yummy options for you heal your body as you listen to what is it trying to tell you.
I have fallen in love with how easy it is to be fit and healthy following Haylie Pomroy's principles. Her book, the Fast Metabolism Diet has changed my life, literally. When she came out with the Fast Metabolism Food RX, I knew I had to get it. I suffer from lymphedema as a result of breast cancer. When I can keep my inflammation levels down in my body, I don't have near the pain and swelling. The Fast Metabolism Diet has greatly diminished my inflammation but now with some extra help from the Fast Metabolism Food RX, I'm confident there are even better days ahead. I love the ease with following this book as well. It's complete with a diet plan and even shopping lists! Way to go, Haylie! I never knew it could get even better.
One of the best books I've read in years. This book is filled with wonderful information on how to heal your diseases through simply eating proper foods. In today's world where doctors are far too eager to prescribe drugs which often cause more harm than good, Haylie Pomroy's nutritional prescriptions are a breath of fresh air. Whether you suffer from one of the 7 medical problems she addresses, or simply want to find a way to a healthier, happier life, this book is for you. Filled with great information, meal plans, recipes and advice it is well worth the price. Let Haylie help you take charge of you health...order yours today!
I discovered Haylie Pomroy almost a year ago through her Fast Metabolism Diet, where I lost 30 lbs and have kept it off. I was excited to read this new book because I love Haylie's approach to food. Her idea of DIET (Did I Eat Today?) is so radical! She WANTS you to eat good food. She wants you to fall in love with food, to embrace it, to use it to fuel your body to do what it needs. And then she gives you 'prescriptions' - plans to follow to help your body heal itself from low energy, high lipid profiles, even autoimmune disease. Her answer is never to eat less, but to eat more of the things that will allow your body to use nutrients to be the best it can be. Thanks to Haylie, I am approaching food not as the enemy, but as a friend who can help me with what I need to achieve.
I've been following Haylie Pomroy for almost 3 years, learning how to eat properly to lose weight through her "Fast Metabolism Diet". It was with huge excitement that I received this book, as I've struggled with fatigue for many years. Haylie takes you through the science behind what is happening with your body and, more importantly, how to correct the problems that many of us have - GI stress, fatigue, hormonal issues, mood swings, cholesterol issues, diabetes, and autoimmunity problems. As our bodies become more and more stressed by eating pre-packaged foods with tons of "ingredients" that many of us can't even pronounce, it makes sense to eat whole foods to combat those problems. I haven't started the fatigue program yet, but plan on starting this coming Monday. I can't wait to feel better! Haylie hasn't steered me wrong yet, so I trust these food "prescriptions" wholeheartedly!
A MUST HAVE for your medicine cabinet! After losing 90 pounds with Haylie's book The Fast Metabolism Diet, and keeping my inflammation in check with her book The BURN, she releases Fast Metabolism Food Rx. In this book, she reaches out to you, brings you into her clinic and world, letting you know everything is going to be okay, that you are not alone (all in the first 2 chapters). She walks you thru everything start to finish, even how to talk to your doctor (which we all know can be frustrating at times). Suffering from autoimmune myself, my body was screaming for help, I decided to follow the autoimmune prescription. I thought The BURN was amazing, this Rx in a matter of weeks has given me a new perspective on how I eat, and how to treat my autoimmune. This is the ONLY prescription I need! The best thing about this book for me; it isn't just autoimmune! It addresses fatigue, mood, diabetes, cholesterol, hormones and G.I, and we all know someone in our lives, a loved one, who is suffering from one of these issues. It is time to put this book in the hand of everyone you know; family and friends. They all deserve to feel this TERRIFIC! So clean out your medicine cabinet and make room for Fast Metabolism Food Rx...It is time to HEAL and not DEAL!
Eat your way to better health! Today in the US 70% of the population is reliant on at least one prescription drug. Among those eligible for Medicare, 90% are on five or more medications! I’m happy to say I’m not taking any prescription medication and don’t intend to be when I’m eligible for Medicare, either. The information in Haylie Pomroy’s new book, Fast Metabolism Food Rx, is my weapon to remain healthy. In 2013, I was overfed and undernourished. I craved carbs but the more I ate them, the worse I felt. I read Ms. Pomroy’s first book, The Fast Metabolism Diet, and began to follow her style of eating. I have never eaten more food and still lost weight and inches! My cravings disappeared and my energy levels skyrocketed. With her new book, Ms. Pomroy has given us seven new eating plans that address many common, and some less common, health issues. But instead of recommending medication, her prescription is food. Much tastier than popping pills, less expensive than trips to the drug store, and no side effects! Your ‘pharmacy’ is now as close as your kitchen. Start eating your way to better health with Haylie Pomroy’s Fast Metabolism Rx!