Hauser Diet and Optimal Glucose Metabolism
What conditions is this diet best for?
No specific conditions are named. The diet aims to promote optimal glucose metabolism, and if this is true, then it would help to decrease systemic inflammation, which is a corner stone of autoimmunity. The authors promote testing for food allergies, along with the diet typing, so this is another aspect of autoimmunity that may be helped.
Marion Hauser, MS, RD, CEO of Caring Medical Nutrition Center, her husband Ross Hauser, MD, and lifestyle coach Nicole Baird, CHFP, also of Caring Medical Nutrition Center, co-authored The Hauser Diet, with Marion Hauser as lead author. The aim of the Hauser Diet is to help individuals find the right way of eating, based on Caring Medical Center’s method of diet typing. The authors assert that their method of diet typing helps individuals find the diet that best supports glucose and fat metabolism, as well as blood pH, which helps optimize weight, athletic performance, overall health and energy levels.
What are the main tenets of the diet?
The authors suggest that, based on one’s metabolism of glucose and blood pH, each person is typed into one of the 5 animal diet types, which vary in percentages of macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate).
|Lion Diet Type||60% Protein, 25% Fat, 15% Carbohydrate|
|Otter Diet Type||50% Protein, 25% Fat, 25% Carbohydrate|
|Bear Diet Type||30% Protein, 20% Fat, 50% Carbohydrate|
|Monkey Diet Type||20% Protein, 15% Fat, 65% Carbohydrate|
|Giraffe Diet Type||10% Protien, 10% Fat, 80% Carbohydrate|
What foods are frequently eaten or given up?
Meal frequency is dependent upon Diet Type, although the author does direct all types to eat only when hungry and to stop eating just when beginning to feel full. As for portioning, the author provides food portioning information via the Hauser Diet Food Equivalent Chart and provides specific allowances for the various diet types.
Will this diet require shopping at a specialty or organic grocery store, or buying the diet’s pre-packaged food (aka, is this diet going to be very expensive to sustain)?
The author recommends choosing fresh, organic foods and suggests minimizing exposure to foods containing chemicals, hormones, antibiotics, additives, dyes and other toxins. This is especially important for those with any autoimmune disease, since pesticides and other toxins can trigger autoimmunity and autoimmune flares.
What other autoimmune diets is this diet similar to?
The reviewer knows of no diet for autoimmune disease that is similar to the Hauser Diet in regards to the diet typing methodology used.
Questions for your doctor:
A note to the reader: If your doctor dismisses diet therapy as an option for treatment, you may want to seek another opinion from a doctor who will support you on your journey to restoring positive vitality. Even a nutrition-focused practitioner, however, may question certain aspects of this particular diet. For instance, the reviewer is aware that diet affects pH; however, the most useful pH measure known for following one’s diet and consumption of acid-producing or alkalinizing foods is to measure urine pH. The recommendations Hauser et al gives for correcting pH is at odds with current evidence. For example, the author recommends more meat to alkalize the blood, when, the body of evidence in support of pH balancing and alkalizing of blood, urine and body tissues, suggests that meat is generally acid-producing. Along the same lines, the author suggests that fruits and vegetables are acidifying, when current knowledge asserts that fruits and vegetables vary in acid and base formation, but are generally alkalizing. The concept of diet typing based on individual glucose and fat metabolism is certainly compelling; however, the author’s philosophy on correcting acid-base imbalance needs more consideration and research.
- Are you able to help me understand, by using lab testing, my individual metabolism of glucose and fat, and how to eat in such a way that supports glucose and fat metabolism?
- Would you recommend that I consult with a Registered Dietitian or even Caring Medical Nutrition Center, to help me understand and eat for my individual metabolism?
- Can you help me to understand how to optimize my pH? What are your thoughts on pH and chronic disease, especially autoimmunity and inflammation? If this is not something you are familiar with, can you refer me to a practitioner who can help me with this, such as a Functional Medicine Practitioner, or a Dietitian in Integrative and Functional Medicine?
- Do you recommend any other therapies or lifestyle changes in conjunction with or in place of this diet?
About the Author
Angie King-Nosseir MS, RD is an Integrative and Functional Registered Dietitian, with a passion for walking with people along their path toward health transformation. Angie has a Master’s degree in Nutrition, is a Certified LEAP Therapist, corporate wellness health coach, freelance nutrition and wellness writer, and certified yoga instructor. She is trained in Functional Nutrition and Medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine and in Food as Medicine through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
This blog post was originally published by AutoimmuneMom.com, written by Angie King-Nosseir MS, RD, and first published on Jul 23, 2012.
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