“You don’t know what you don’t know.” The first time I heard my friend Barbara use this phrase, I thought, “How true!”
I had not intended to blog about health this edition, but listening to three perplexed people tell me about their health problems this week, I changed my mind. I might be advancing some controversial concepts that you have never heard about, but bear with me – a year ago I didn’t know them either!
Society faces a wide variety of diet plans. Many disagree on what diet plans are valid, but I think we can all agree on a few facts.
In the last few decades, obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes have increased in America. At the same time, consumption of fast food and sugars increased and genetically modified foods appeared on our tables. Coincidence? I think not. Coupled with the increased tendency for adults and children to sit in front of television and video games instead of exercising, this was a formula for disaster. I remember when I was in grammar school, there was only one “fat kid.” Now according to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years, increasing their risk for the health problems listed above.
The Big Mac hamburger debuted in 1968. In 1970, consumer spending on fast food was $6 billion; now it is at $117 billion! In 1994, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first genetically modified food, the Flavr Savr tomato, for sale on grocery store shelves. The delayed-ripening tomato has a longer shelf life than conventional tomatoes. We all know the joke about Twinkies. What do you think is better for you – real food or food packed with preservatives and chemicals?
What are we doing to ourselves?
Ten years ago, I had reached my highest weight, despite working out diligently and trying all kinds of diet pills. For some reason, I didn’t think of changing my diet! Two friends of mine had used the product of an international weight loss company successfully, so I figured, why not? This program included herbal supplements for inner body cleansing and detoxification. I also changed my diet; somewhat. This worked! The weight started falling off and I lost 20 pounds. But something else strange had happened. I had somehow lost my taste for sugar! If I tried to eat a sugar-laden cookie, it tasted horrible and I spit it out! My now cleaner body was rejecting the toxin I had tried to put into it. Of course when I tried to explain this, people looked at me like I was crazy! Yes, sugar is a toxin and it is killing us.
Last year, a friend of mine, Julie, an LPN and Nutritional Specialist, introduced me to a whole new world of information that explained why my first cleansing had worked. I also found out that I still had more “inner cleansing” to do, and a lifestyle change in my diet to clear up some health problems I had.
Then I saw fitness and nutritionist expert, JJ Virgin, on TV, who claimed if you cut seven foods from your diet, you could lose seven pounds in seven days.
The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days
She laid out a very simple challenge to her audience. Try her diet-lifestyle change for just three weeks, and if you didn’t feel better at the end, well then, you could just go back to your former lifestyle! People might not be willing to commit to a whole life change, but maybe could commit to three weeks or a month. Can you do that? Can you just try something for a month?
My new doctor introduced me to an amazing book by Dr. Susan Blum, M.D., M.P.H., who encouraged cutting out five of the seven foods that JJ Virgin had mentioned. Coincidence? Hmm. Maybe not. The common foods are: sugar/artificial sweeteners, gluten, dairy, corn, and soy, with the last two being eggs and peanuts.
Many people are walking around with conditions that can be alleviated by eliminating certain foods, toxins and stress from their lives. I know people whose doctors told them they were incurable, but yet cured themselves by changing their diet. By the way, I dropped another 20 pounds. It simply melted away from my new change in eating habits.
“You don’t know what you don’t know” – but I can tell you, yes, you can get rid of that weight, plus probably some of the ailments you have.
Now, I don’t have the medical credentials and degrees of these distinguished women, so I am not going to attempt to explain the science behind how people have transformed their lives and cured diseases such as arthritis, lupus and Hashimoto’s, by eliminating the toxic foods from their diets and practicing clean living.
Instead, please read Dr. Blum’s book that lays out in very straightforward and clear chapters the science behind what we have done to ourselves over the last few decades, and what we can do to fix ourselves. She even provides delicious recipes! Click here to buy the book and transform your life:
The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor’s 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease
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Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in.
As Buddha said, the choice is yours.