A gentle cleanse, like the Be Well Cleanse, is based on whole food meals and detoxifying smoothies and herbal supplements, not starvation. Cleaning up your diet and removing inflammatory foods based on the Cleanse diet allows your body to focus on rejuvenation, instead of repair, and can increase your energy, leaving you feeling revitalized. Glowing skin, fabulous moods, happy thoughts, and clearer thinking are all common results from the many groups that I’ve led through the Be Well Cleanse. However, sustaining this eating style and level of well-being can be a challenge once your cleanse is over.
To me, healthy eating simply means removing, or limiting the foods in your diet that could be harming you and eating enough of the foods that contain the nutrients essential to your health. It is always preferable to get your nutrients from food itself rather than supplements, although replenishing nutrients using supplements is necessary, too. Most importantly, eating should be a pleasurable experience. If you are not enjoying your meals because you feel deprived or bored, your diet is not right for you. There is no one right diet, or way to eat, different people thrive on different foods.
Q: What have you discovered about the surprising hidden truths behind chronic symptoms?
A: You may not think of yourself as allergic. Your nose may not run, and your skin doesn’t itch. But you have common complaints that just won’t go away.
When you were a kid, you were likely told to ‘eat your greens.’ Fast-forward a few decades and all of us in the sustainable wellness community are echoing – and amplifying – that parental sentiment. The difference between then and now is that today more people are embracing diets rich in nutrition-packed plants, enjoying more access to fresh, whole, greens. They now understand that the phytonutrients found in greens play an essential role in helping to support healthier lives, less burdened by disease and chronic illness. And while we’re all pretty familiar with the classic greens like spinach and kale, one of the more recent additions to the healthy greens list is seaweed, an ocean-grown veggie that’s worth getting to know better.
Whether it be from your garden, planter box or farmers market, fresh herbs are a wonderful addition to any diet this time of year! Outside of their beautiful green color, fresh herbs contain abundant amounts of nutrients and healing properties, increasing the nutritional value of your meal along with the flavor.
Here are 5 herbs you may want to try this spring!
In an ideal world, we’d all cook our food from scratch. But the reality is, for most of us, that doesn’t happen everyday. When we’re working with patients in the office, we hear a lot of them say that the fast paced NYC lifestyle impacts their time and bandwidth to not cook any of their meals at all. The problem with this is that most restaurants use poor quality oils, such as soybean and canola oils, and use low quality ingredients, such as non-organic meats and farm raised fish. If you’re just transitioning to a cleaner diet or on the Be Well Cleanse, using a food delivery service can be quite helpful, especially for those with a busy schedule.
I am always looking for ways to help my muscles recover more easily. In addition to supplementation, I get asked what foods will help promote these results. Recently, many of my patients have also expressed concern about hair growth, nail strength and dry skin. Avocados can help with all of this, and that’s why they’re so popular in the wellness world!
Even when we are doing our best to make smart choices when food shopping, it is difficult to resist well-designed packaging, clever advertising and nutritious-sounding product descriptions. As we know, packaged food is a huge business and the food industry has become expert at convincing us to buy expensive and attractive items which appear healthy.
Meat, dairy and poultry. They’re on millions of American plates every day and most people don’t give ‘em a second thought, because our food supply, according to the FDA, is perfectly safe. Or is it? Those of us in the wellness community would likely disagree! Our food isn’t quite as healthy or wholesome as they’d have us believe. In fact, many of our staple foods in the U.S. contain ingredients and undergo chemical treatments that are banned in other parts of the world because of mounting health concerns. As a physician dedicated to sustainable wellness, these bans certainly set off a few alarms – and it’s why I advise my patients to re-think what they’re eating every day, to choose foods that will help them feel and be well. Here are three common foods to re-think – and healthier ways to enjoy them:
As a mom of two small kids and a health coach, I’m pretty mindful of what I feed my children. Now that they’re both in school, I have a lot less control over what they eat and a lot of the food they get outside the house is junk. The problem starts with our food industry. Food companies use deceiving marketing and nutrition buzzwords like natural, whole grain and antioxidant so we believe we’re buying something healthy. If you look at the ingredients of these “healthy” foods, it seems as if there are little to no regulations for these claims.
My friend and colleague, Dr. Mark Hyman is a practicing family physician, a nine-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in our field. He is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and a medical editor of The Huffington Post.
We’re both pro-fat—and we’ve long discovered that the right fats can help you become lean, healthy, and vibrant. Dr. Hyman talks to me about the fat facts.