Dr. Mark Hyman just published his book, The 10-Day Detox Diet. So, you have to ask yourself: Are you a good fit for a detoxification program? You already know me. I am a strong advocate against any and all diets. However, I will admit that this diet gave me a reason to pause. Why? Because this book offers the 10-day detoxification diet as the starting point for a dramatic change to a new, different, life-long eating style. In addition, the diet book appears to set up an eating style, which matches many of my own suggestions.
I know, I know. Many of you are really not that interested in changing your eating style. You like certain foods. You do not want to give up your favorite items and you’d rather keep eating just what you are eating. Let’s order that burger, right? So, for now, I encourage you to forgo any thoughts about a future change to your eating style. Instead, I encourage you to ask yourself: Are you a good fit for the 10-day detox diet? To answer that question, you have to ask a series of questions. They will give you the answer.
Do you eat a high amount of processed foods? Do you consume plenty of sugar? Do you utilize artificial sweeteners? Do you eat cereal for breakfast? Do you catch a meal at a fast food restaurant sometime during most weeks? Do you drink sodas like Coke or Pepsi on a regular basis? Or grab the Double Gulp at 7-Eleven? Are you overweight? Do you have belly fat? Have you tried other diets and they have not worked? And do you feel sick or sluggish on more days than you would like to admit? If the answers to above questions were “yes”, then you would be a good candidate for Dr. Hyman’s detoxification program.
For the shoppers, do you purchase grocery items from Kraft, Coca-Cola, Lunchables, Kellogg, Nestle, Oreos, Cargill, or Capri Sun? These 12 companies are major culprits for producing foods that create weight gain, multiple sicknesses, and a feeling of sluggishness. Do you cook or do you eat out? If you eat out, do you eat out 50% of the time? Again, if you are purchasing the wrong products, or if you are eating out at fast food restaurants that rush you through a fast, calorie-high, nutrient-low meal, or if you are eating out regularly at restaurants that fill your plate from rim to rim, then you would be another good candidate for a detoxification program.
If you need more clarification, maybe we should just look at your current medical diagnoses. If you have type 2 diabetes, or hypertension, or a history of a heart attack or stroke, you would be a good candidate for detoxification. If you have a diagnosis of early dementia or a psychiatric diagnosis of depression, you would be a good candidate for detoxification. In summary, if you have any of these diagnoses, or if you have Dr. Hyman’s generic diagnosis of “FLC” (Feel Like Crap), you would be a good candidate for his 10 days of detoxification.
Now, how can I make that claim? Because the above list of symptoms and diseases are all interrelated, and they are all reflective of the foods that you are currently eating. They have hijacked your taste buds, your body’s biochemistry, and your body’s normal feedback loops. No longer does your body respond to sugar like it used to respond to sweets. No longer does your body handles contaminants like it used to dismantle those toxins. No longer does your body correctly notify you when you are satiated. Instead, your brain is sending out the wrong messages, telling you to eat the wrong food items. In short, your system needs to be cleaned and rebooted. That’s exactly what the 10 days of detoxification will do for you and your ailments.
So, what is the payoff if you are a good candidate? Dr. Hyman asserts that, if you follow his 10-day detoxification diet, you will lose weight (8 pounds), lower your blood pressure (10 points), and lower your blood glucose level (18 points). More importantly, Dr. Hyman predicts a 62% drop in all of your physical symptoms. Is there any pill that can do that? No. In fact, by reducing your symptoms, there is the hope that you can reduce your dependence on your current medications. That has always been my goal – to help baby boomers gain freedom from their stack of daily pills for their afflictions.
Does any of the above sound appealing? If yes, then wait for part II of this series where we can review the details of Dr. Hyman’s detoxification program. How difficult will it be to enact and follow? Will you feel comfortable or in agony through the process? What exactly are you giving up for these 10 days and what exactly will you be eating? Dr. Hyman’s book costs $17 for the hard copy, so why spend money until you can gain a better understanding of the whole program? So, stay tuned … and let’s learn together. Fair enough?