Backlist book review: Join the Glucose Revolution

Title: Glucose Revolution
Author: Jessie Inchauspé
Publisher: Octopus 2022
RRP: £16.99
How did you get it? Free review copy sent by the publisher


During the pandemic I did something of which I am really proud. I got diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic (that’s the one that is from lifestyle rather than from birth). I was so upset by the diagnosis that I asked my GP to give me three months to put it into recession through diet alone, rather than begin me on a lifetime of medication. I reversed the diabetes within three months through a clean keto diet. This is a diet that cuts out almost all carbs, but ensures that the fats that you eat are good ones from avocadoes, nuts and coconut milk rather than from straight-up lard and fried stuff. I felt good on it, but I have to say that it is hard to maintain forever. This is because winter comes and you want some carby goodness and, also, people, bread. Like freshly baked bread with a bit of zaatar in it. I can’t live my life without that in it.

So getting sent this book was a godsend. The general premise is that most of our health problems stem from inflammation (something I am totally down with as a concept), glucose spikes can cause inflammation and so if we balance our glucose and avoid spikes, we can help our health. So far, so simple.

The book is packed with the science bits for those into that particular fetish and Inchauspé explains things really well, with lots of examples. The book contains 10 hacks that enable you to maintain a steadier glucose curve. My two favourite ones were firstly to eat food in the right order (initially weird as I am not used to eating my meal divided up in that way, but definitely felt better for my digestion) and, secondly, to have a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water before or after you intend to stuff your face with a sweet treat. There’s plenty of other stuff in here as well as a middle section of delicious recipe pics and recipes at the back of the book.

I love it as much as I love the Josh Axe’s Keto Diet and The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas (more on that in a later post). Definitely one to look at if you’re worried about diabetes or hypertension or any of the other illnesses that plague modern life.