Recommended Reading: Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal
If there was one book I'd say “stop what you are doing or reading right now” the Medical Medium would be that book!
I've read and reviewed countless books and it's exciting when I find a new reading that breaks into my top 5 and this one could become number one!
In 2011 I read The 4 Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat Loss, Incredible Sex and Becoming Superhuman which helped me view eating and exercise in a new way. Over a 6 month period, I lost over 30lbs and started my health transformation!
When I found I had hit a plateau I looked deeper into going “gluten-free” with great books like:
- Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It
- Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
I was amazed to learn gluten is buried and hidden inside foods other than “breads” and I continued to feel better but my weight wasn't changing
Next, I focused on the Paleo Diet and books like:
- Paleo for Beginners: Essentials to Get Started
- Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle
I focused on grass feed/free-range protein (chicken, beef, pork) as well as Wild Salmon and spinach for my protein, vegetables, and nuts. I was avoiding sugar, wheat, dairy, and fruit.
I still felt great but my weight could go up or down but I never broke the plateau.
Three times I broke the Plateau
Twice I was able to get within 5 pounds of my goal weight by doing a 14-day Nutribullet cleanse. Which meant I only had raw vegetables and fruit blended with water for two weeks.
I dropped 15-20 pounds in two weeks and felt great!
But as I added back in the protein and “solid foods” over the next few months to a year I'd gain it back?
What was going on?
Next I read this book: The Master Cleanser and purchased the kit:
I was amazed at my body not “eating” any real food for 14 days and how strong this made my mind! I realized you aren't going to stave in a few days and your body will release the extra fats, toxins and much more during a cleanse.
Again I dropped 20lbs and never felt better! But I had to get back to eating real food and in about 6 months the weight came back.
Something wasn't right here!
This wasn't body fat or I wouldn't be able to lose and gain so quickly?
There had to be more like colon build-up, toxins in my colon, kidneys, etc. I've been able to lose most of my body fat EXCEPT around my belly, so was it visceral fat or something else?
How the Medical Medium was the missing link!
I will be writing more details about my discovery but here's what I learned I had to change/improve in my diet:
- Remove animal protein from my diet
It's hard to know EXACTLY where the meat has come from and what's in it. Steroids, toxins, GMO, grass-fed vs. grain-fed. Not that I have to become a Vegan or Vegetarian but only have animal protein on special occasions like I read in The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest
- Remove fish and fish oil from my diet
Mercury is the problem here and I will come back to fish later but for now, I need to cleanse and remove any excess Mercury from my body, colon, brain, kidneys… it's not good!
My Omega 3 high DHA/EPA supplements are now plant based
- Eat more fruit! Every day!
This is probably the big one and most controversial but he makes great points. Humans have lived on fruit since the dawn of time and it's essential to your bodily function especially your brain!
Wild blueberries, bananas, apples, dates are something you should eat daily to cleanse your body and feed your brain!
- Raw vegetables
I'm not ready to eat a salad for breakfast but my Nutribullet creates amazing Green Smoothies! Combine spinach, carrots, celery and top off with strawberries, blueberries, banana and many more!
What about protein?
It's probably crossed your mind already, “if I don't eat fish/meat where do I get my protein.”
First I'm learning from reading, working with others and my own experience that you don't need protein 2-3 times a day… once or twice a week is fine. You can also get plenty of plant-based protein in supplements like:
Simply mix these in your smoothie or mix with water/juice. Tablets are also available.
The 28 Day Cleanse
This won't be for everyone but three times I've completed 14 day cleanses. I'm looking forward to 28 days this time because it's more than raw vegetable salads/smoothies but also fruit!
In the past during focused Paleo diet times or 14-day Lemonade or Green Smoothie, I realize I lost brain focus and determination as I didn't have the fruit.
Share your comments and experiences!