I’m reading it for several reasons, and I can assure you this. This isn’t a book just for those of South Asian heritage.
The author of The South Asian Health Solution, Dr. Ronesh Sinha, was my doctor when he was seeing patients in his Silicon Valley office. He’s now moved on to corporate wellness where he can help even more people.
He was the doctor who worked with me to uncover the true situation relating to heart disease when my original primary care physician wanted me on statins after a high cholesterol test result. The post relating that story remains one of the most highly trafficked on this blog.
And so while I do not remotely belong to the ethnic group this book is aimed at, I was interested in reading it, simply because Dr. Sinha had written it.
But instead, what I found was this: it was a great book for me to read. You know how, sometimes, you go do something you don’t really want to do or normally would imagine doing, and the experience turns out to be a game changer for you? That’s what I found reading this book.
Read on and check out whether it is a book for you. And if you are of South Asian heritage, just skip the review and go buy it right now! You are unlikely to get another awesome book such as this tailored to your specific needs for a very long time.
4 Reasons To Read This Book Even If You Aren’t South Asian
Reason #1: You need a low-insulin diet
“Dr. Ron”, as he is fondly known, is the first person I’ve heard to actually use this term. We hear about low-calorie, low-fat, and low-carb diets (I’m using the term “diet” to describe a way of eating), but I’ve never specifically heard this term, low-insulin. I think it is a fabulous one, because the truth is that many of us have too much insulin rolling around in our bodies. We eat foods that stimulate it. Sometimes we even justify eating them by telling ourselves they are paleo foods. This might be true, but they may also be insulin stimulating foods and we may be eating them too often. Dr. Ron goes into detail about the type of diet necessary to keep your insulin at optimal levels.
Reason #2: You have South Asian family members and friends
I have a close family member who is from India. My cousins are part-Indian. Because of them, I am very familiar with the types of genetically- and culturally-inspired health problems Dr Ron talks about in his book. If you are like me, guiding your South Asian loved ones to this book would make your day. I can’t think of any other book where the author clearly and so deeply understands the lifestyle pressures of his patients and what they can do to limit the significant health problems of the cultural group.
Reason #3: You love South Asian food!
Ay-ay-ay! I love me a right good curry. A real treat for me is to go to our local Indian restaurant on a Sunday to their “all-you-can-eat” buffet. I go with one of my sons and it turns into a real mother-son shared experience that we look forward to and back on with great pleasure. Thing is, I struggle to make good choices because I’m not intimately familiar with the dishes. Dr. Ron, with his CARB acronym (Chapatis, Aloo, Rice, Beans, Sugar) describing the pitfalls of the typical South Asian diet, nutritional explanations of typical South Asian food items and suggested substitutions, and his recipes, will be a significant help to me next time I am faced with that long row of shiny silver food platters bearing all that colorful, rich, spicy food, and wondering which ones to pick and which ones to pass on.
Reason #4: Jam-Packed Full of Information
This book is The Primal Blueprint for South Asians. And, like The Primal Blueprint, it is packed full of information to help you get your diet and exercise on a healthy track. Honestly, it is crammed with information. Dr. Ron is clearly used to explaining complicated medical matters in a way that the person on the street can understand, so he makes liberal use of metaphors to make things as easily understandable as possible. This was how he was the first person to explain insulin resistance in a way that I understood. I’ve never grasped the usual simplified explanation of locks and keys, but parking cars did it for me. 🙂
Great book, obviously deeply researched, this is a program sensitively put together to help any one, South Asian or not, get on track for avoiding heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. And once again, if you are South Asian or know some who is, I suggest you get this book immediately because it is one of a kind.