December 2, 2010

Diet is a 4 letter word!

December 2, 2010

I really do not like the term diet or all that comes with it. Generally when you hear someone mention “diet” in your mind you immediately turn to the negative. You begin to ask yourself “am I going to be hungry all the time?” “Will I have to give up my favorite foods”, etc… and you also think – well this is temporary until I get the weight off – which is why the majority of people “diet”, to get the weight off.

My husband has struggled with high blood pressure resulting in migraines for years! The headaches and migraines were debilitating at times and an intrusion into his life most of the time. I remember during college he would have around 3 headaches (at least) a week. It’s a wonder he made it through the MBA program at UT Magna Cum Lade (had to get that in there… still so proud of him!). He kept a food log for 2 months, marking down everything he ate and every headache he had, he took it to his primary care physicians and got no help other than some migraines medicine. Finally he went to see a Neurologist. The neurologist knew immediately what the problem was – his blood pressure. I think at that visit it was something like 140/105. The physician gave him a prescription for blood pressure medicine (beta blockers) and sure enough that helped almost eliminate the headaches.

Let’s fast forward to May of this year:

Here we were 28 and 30 with an almost 2 year old a newborn. My 30 year old, active, sweet husband was on medicine for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, suffering from chronic heartburn, acid reflux, and for the life of him he could not get his weight down! By health standards he would have been considered obese. Chris is 6 foot and has a large frame so it is hard for most people to believe that he was 241 pounds. Chris’ brother Paul and wife Katy have a wellness chiropractor in Nashville that they have been seeing for a few years. They were always offering us nutritional advice and to be honest we always just kind of let it roll off our shoulders. We were standing around munching on snacks after a long day on the lake Memorial day weekend – Paul and Chris were talking about his “health issues”… Finally, Paul said (I’m paraphrasing of course) “ok, just eat what I tell you for a few weeks – just give me a few weeks and I promise you will not regret it” … Chris agreed and he we are today down 25 pounds, normal blood pressure (120/80) without meds, no cholesterol meds, no acid reflux, no heartburn and no headaches! He has accomplished all this without working out because he has had an injured hamstring and wrist.

How has he done it you ask???

The Healing Food’s Diet from Dr. Josh Axe. It may seem extreme or even a little tough to do, but I promise you it will be worth it! There is no turning back for our family!!

The Healing Foods Diet

The HEALING FOODS diet is not just a diet; it’s a tool that will launch you into a total health transformation. This diet was designed to help anyone triumph over diseases like: Diabetes, Obesity, Heart Disease, Autism, Digestive disorders, Fatigue, Depression, Hormone imbalance, and Cancer prevention.

The diet targets FIVE ASPECTS of your health to help you gain victory over any illness:

  1. Decreases Inflammation – Most diseases today are due to inflammation. Inflammation damages your cells and arterials walls and causes High Blood Pressure, High Cholesterol, Arthritis, and digestive disorders like Crohn’s disease to name a few. By reducing inflammation your body is better able to heal from any disease.
  2. Alkalizes body – Your body should have an average pH of 7.36. A can of soda literally has a pH of 2.5 and it would take approximately 30 glasses of water just to balance things out. Green vegetable juices like wheat grass and spinach help restore the body’s proper pH. All diseases including infections, Osteoporosis and Cancer thrive in an acidic environment. By alkalizing your body your cells can heal and regenerate at the highest level.
  3. Lowers blood glucose – One of the primary causes of Diabetes and weight gain are burnt out and insulin receptors. By lowering blood glucose levels, insulin receptors can heal and your body can begin to produce normal amounts of insulin to heal diabetes and leptin for weight loss.
  4. Eliminates Toxins – Toxicity has become epidemic in or society today and is a major cause of our increase in hormonal imbalance and autoimmune diseases. The diet helps problems like female disorders, infertility, hypothyroidism and headaches by balancing hormones and helps in reversal of autoimmune diseases like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Alzheimer’s, and Autism.
  5. Optimum Nutrients – Many of today’s illnesses are due to nutritional deficiencies. Most of the foods we eat today are processed and stripped of all vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and enzymes. This diet slows the aging process, improves mental capacity, and increases energy levels.

The Healing Foods Diet consists of eating equal amounts (33% each) of clean protein sources, healthy fats, and low glycemic carbohydrates in the forms of fruits and vegetables.

1. Removing the BAD FATS – Replacing them with GOOD FATS.

Bad fats such as hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats, soybean oil, canola oil and vegetable oils cause heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, chronic fatigue, and neurotoxic syndrome. Bad fats create chronic inflammation throughout the body inducing disease. Good fats are essential to hormone production, cancer prevention, brain development, weight loss, cellular healing, and anti-inflammation.

2. Change the MEATS that you EAT.

There are hundreds of studies that link commercial meats with cancer and heart disease. The grain fed to animals that were created to eat grass changes fatty acid ratios (too much omega-6, not enough omega-3) and denatures good fats, leading to modern day disease. The bioaccumulation of commercial pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and hormones in meats are causing a toxic onslaught, which leads to many cancers, neurological disorders and chronic illness. Grass fed and free range meats offer many fatty acids missing in the Standard American Diet (SAD) such as: aracodonic acid, congegated linoleic acid, and Omega 3 fatty acids.

3. Remove ALL Refined SUGARS and GRAINS from your Diet.

This includes white rice, white pasta, and white bread. 1/3 sugar comes from soft drinks, 2/3 from hidden sources including: lunch meats, pizza, sauces, breads, soups, crackers, fruit drinks, canned foods, yogurt, ketchup, mayonnaise, etc. High glycemic or refined sugars cause elevated glucose, which elevates insulin leading to premature aging and degenerative diseases such as type II diabetes, heart disease (inflammation of the arteries), and cancer.

Sugar is an anti-nutrient offering insignificant amounts of vitamins and minerals and robbing your body of precious nutrient stores. This inevitably leads to diseases of the new millennium such as chronic fatigue, ADD, ADHD, heart disease, diabetes, and cancers.

Low glycemic carbohydrates in the forms of fruits and vegetables have high amounts of fiber, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help you age slower, improve energy levels, lose weight, and naturally detoxify your cells.

Copyright 2010 Dr. Josh Axe. All rights reserved. Originally published at

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