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First step… Cleanse!

Well into a hundred pages in Donna Gates’ book and I’m not yet daunted. I know I’ll have to say farewell to caffeine and sneak in a taste of alcohol while she’s not looking, but I haven’t started yet, so red wine for everyone!

A hormone check is on the horizon, but first she recommends three months of easing into the diet, cleansing and doing things like acupuncture, and thanks to Groupon and Living Social, I have some half-price sessions coming my way. Now, does one want to entrust their health (hair, skin, body, nails and/or stomach) to someone offering their services at such a deep discount? I’ve been using these coupons for more than a year now, and haven’t really had a bad experience. There was one cranky masseuse, and a haircut that took a couple of days to accept, but other than that, I’ve had many lovely massages, mani/pedi’s, haircuts, facials and discounted meals.

I followed Adina Niemerow’s “Super Cleanse” last summer (http://www.adinaniemerow.com/), beginning with a week of raw food and moving into a juice fast, which ended just shy of five days when I positively had to eat something solid. Overall, eating raw and juicing made me feel lighter and a bit more energetic, but man, was I cranky! Too much abstinence makes for an unhappy girl. Balance, balance, balance!

However, I found myself adhering as much as possible to the raw, clean food lifestyle. Until I came home on the night of September 1, 2011 to find a strange man kneeling on my bed, shoving things into my backpack. But that’s another post for another day.

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The Baby Boomer Diet: Body Ecology’s Guide to Growing Younger by Donna Gates

Well, if that’s not a title to make you want to dive in and follow every recommendation. I have been familiar with Donna Gates’ Body Ecology Diet, or BED, for a few years now. She’s a big proponent of gut flora. Did you know that more than 60% of your immune system is located in your intestines? Gives a new meaning to those “gut feelings” doesn’t it.

Seems like public enemy number one of our gut health has a name that everyone knows: Louis Pasteur. Yes, the man who discovered “germs” and gave them a universal stamp of disapproval took his theories too far. Indeed, more babies were saved when doctors simply washed their hands before ushering them into this world, but how many of us have been deprived of the valuable nutrition in raw milk?

Here’s a helpful article that will explain it better than I can:

http://bodyecology.com/articles/most_deceptive_foods.php

I began reading this book this week and I’m up to Chapter 7. Let’s see how long it takes to read and digest. (Get it? It’s a book about digestion!)

 

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