On January 2, I began my annual nutritional cleansing program as I have done for the past decade and a half. After a solid month of holiday and party food, I usually have a few pounds to shed and just don’t feel 100 percent.
This year, just like last year, I began the twenty-one day “Clean” program, which I had heard about from another dentist who attends the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies, where I also studied. Not only does this cleanse help me to lose weight – eight pounds so far – but, it also has changed the way I eat entirely. And, most importantly, this program introduced an awareness of the quality and healthiness of the foods that my family and I eat.
I had never before heard of GMO’s – Genetically Modified Organisms. These are foods which have been engineered for a variety of reasons to produce more crops, be more insect resistant, be bigger and so forth. And, there are a growing number of consumers, health professionals and producers who feel that GMO’s can be hazardous to our health. I guess this is why we see an ever-increasing assortment of organic and gluten-free products and dairy substitutes like almond milk in our grocery stores.
To get a better sense of what has been happening to our food supply, I recommend that you watch a 2008 movie called “Food, Inc.” This 90-minute documentary created quite a stir in the agribusiness community and was highly rated by critics. You may also wish to read a short article (read here) entitled “GMO alert: top 10 genetically modified foods to avoid eating.”
As for the cleanse, the program is rather rigorous as there is only one solid meal per day for three weeks. Only fresh, non-processed, preferably organic foods are consumed. After the initial cleanse, different foods are reintroduced to the diet. This way, you can easily see which foods may be having a negative effect on your health and well-being. After last year’s cleanse, I learned that dairy (except eggs) were out for me. I have also eliminated gluten and starches like potatoes. The result? More energy, excellent health, much less flab.
So, if this is of interest to you, check out the book CLEAN by AlejandroJunger, M.D. If you have any questions about this program or my experiences with it, feel free to call me in the office at 908.359.6655 or send an email via our website at www. DesignsForDentalHealth.com