Whether you’re struggling to lose weight, suffering from health ailments like digestive upset or allergies, defeated by past attempts to eat healthier, battling mood disorders, or are simply tired of being sick and tired, I’ve got great news: transforming your health is simpler than you ever imagined, and you can make leaps in bounds towards a more vibrant, energetic you in just 6 weeks.
Behind nearly every single disease process known to man lie two factors: chronic, long-standing inflammation, and chronic nutrient deficiency. These incredibly common issues contribute to everything from heart disease to blood sugar disorders to depression, and nearly everything in between. What’s more, it is virtually impossible to successfully remedy or improve your health until both of these are addressed. Whether you’re addressing disease with pharmaceutical drugs, natural medicine, or alternative health practices, success will always be stifled if the food that your body relies on for daily nourishment is contributing to chronic inflammation and lacking in the nutrients your body requires to function optimally.
Behind all the hype and latest health trends promising quick fixes lies a surprisingly simple way to reduce inflammation, improve digestion, burn fat, identify food sensitivities, reduce allergic reactions, boost energy, regulate blood sugar, and stabilize your mood.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Let me explain.
For over 99% of our existence, humans have eaten relatively the same things: a plentiful array of clean meats, seafood, eggs, vegetables, traditional fats, fruits, nuts, and seeds. In just the last century, which is a mere blink of an eye in our 2.5 million year existence, our diet and lifestyles have changed drastically, yet our bodies have not. We are now eating and living in ways that are literally biologically incompatible with our genetic makeup — we are like fish trying to live in the jungle. We have made significant strides in preventing and curing acute diseases like viral and bacterial infections which used to account for most deaths just a few centuries ago. Yet today, chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic degenerative conditions, all caused or at least exacerbated by dietary and lifestyle factors, now account for a majority of deaths worldwide. Hard to believe that just a few hundred years ago, these diseases hardly even existed.
Today, 4 plant foods make up a majority of the diet for 80% of the world’s population — wheat, rice, corn, and potatoes — all of which have only been regularly consumed for merely the last 0.5% of our existence. What’s more, over 50% of the calories the average American, and likely the average citizen of industrialized nations, consumes today come from flour, sugar and industrial seed oils, all of which are proven to contribute to system inflammation, while being void of the nutrients essential for vibrant health.
Gluten is a protein created by some grain-producing plants as a defense mechanism to protect them from consumption by inhibiting both digestion and the absorption of essential nutrients and minerals. Gluten is incredibly difficult to digest and can disrupt the delicate barrier of the intestine. This allows harmful substances to leak into the bloodstream, contributing to chronic inflammation and initiating an immune response to undigested food particles. And this is only how it can affect those not allergic to gluten.
Celiac disease, an autoimmune disease characterized by an inflammatory response to gluten and damage to the tissue of the small intestines, affects 1 in 100 people, or 3million Americans, yet for every diagnosed case of Celiac disease, there are 6.4 cases that remain undiagnosed. The symptoms of Celiac disease are so vast, and the current testing methods so unreliable, that CD is unusually difficult to diagnose.
Non-celiac gluten sensitivity, as well as delayed food allergies to gluten or other problematic components of wheat, is estimated to affect as many as 1 in 10 people, or approximately thirty million Americans. Symptoms of Celiac disease, or a sensitivity or delayed food allergy to gluten and wheat are so diverse that it is often impossible to accurately identify it as the cause, making the elimination of gluten the only sure-fire way to accurately make this determination. Symptoms aren’t just physical, like digestive upset, fatigue, or headaches — there is a very strong connection between gluten sensitivity and neurological and psychiatric disease, including depression and autism.
Industrial seed oils
Industrial seed oils like corn, soybean, cotton, canola, sunflower, and safflower are an even more recent addition to the human diet and were originally developed for use in manufactured products and fuel. Although these oils are high in linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid beneficial for health, high consumption of linoleic acid in combination with a deficiency in omega 3 fatty acid contributes not only to chronic inflammation, but also interferes with neurological functioning. Linoleic acid is also heat-sensitive, and when exposed to high heat, like during cooking, it oxidizes and promotes the formation of compounds associated with a variety of diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to fibromyalgia to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and are also a major component of oxidized LDL and atherosclerotic plaques.
Human physiology evolved on a diet containing very little sugar and virtually no refined carbohydrates, defined as grains and starches stripped of most of their nutritional value. Yet nowadays, sugar alone is responsible for approximately 20% of the calorie intake of modern diets, with the average American consuming between 120 and 150 pounds of refined sugar each year. Refined sugar contains no nutritional value and consumption results in a sudden spike in blood sugar, which the body responds to by releasing insulin to move sugar out of the bloodstream and either into cells to be used as energy, or stored as fat. Chronic high blood sugar can lead to insulin resistance, which contributes to a lengthy list of diseases including diabetes 2, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and Alzheimer’s. Frequent blood sugar fluctuations are a major contributing factor to mood disorders including depression and anxiety, and cause a vicious cycle of sugar and carbohydrate cravings.
These common staples of our modern diet also have a few things in common. They are all calorie-dense, providing a poor source of fuel for basic functioning, yet are not nutrient-dense, thus providing very few, if any, of the 40+ nutrients your body needs for proper physiological function. Not only does suboptimal intake of these nutrients contribute to disease and shorten lifespan, but nutrients in food literally talks to your cells, nerve cells included, which results in how your DNA functions.
They also have detrimental effects on the condition of our gut health, at which lies the very foundation of our entire body’s functioning. The bacteria that colonize your digestive tract, totaling an impressive 100 trillion microbes which outnumber our own cells ten to one, supports every conceivable feature of your health. Not only is this inner ecology responsible for the body’s detox pathways and for helping digest food and absorb nutrients, but 70% of the body’s immune system is found in the gut. The immune system is designed to do so much more than repel foreign invaders such as viruses — it orchestrates every healing process in the body, keeps potential cancerous cells “in check,” and can help prevent the onset of nearly every disease known to man.
And the gut’s roll in human health doesn’t stop there. It also produces and releases neurotransmitters, or “happy hormones,” and helps control the endocrine, or hormonal, system. Case in point: 95 percent of the body’s serotonin is found in the bowels! The gut is referred to as “the second brain,” as it is constantly communicating with the brain in our head via the vagus nerve, thus any irritation in the gastrointestinal system can trigger mood changes and contribute to depression, anxiety, autism, and other psychological ailments.
So what factors deliver the biggest blows to gut health? You guessed it. Chronic stress, a lack of nutrients that support healthy, diverse tribes of good microbes, and chronic exposure to substances that kill or otherwise negatively change the composition of the bacterial colonies, from environmental chemicals and drugs like antibiotics to ingredients such as artificial sugars and processed gluten-containing foods, all have a devastating effect on this complex, delicate microbiome. What’s more is that refined sugar, refined carbs, and artificial sweeteners also provide a source of food for the yeast living in your gut that is usually kept in check in otherwise healthy conditions. This overgrowth of dangerous bacteria and fungi can result in SIBO, or small intestine bacterial overgrowth, systemic yeast infections, bloating, gas, and constipation or diarrhea, and so much more.
The majority of what most people eat on a daily basis is both inflammatory and void of nutrients which the body requires to function. It’s no surprise then that we are now suffering from an epidemic of debilitating chronic diseases unlike anything the world has known before.
Think of it as resetting your sluggish mobile to its manufacturer settings.
By returning to a basic template of nutrient-dense, nourishing foods, while eliminating the most common inflammatory foods that are also behind most allergic reactions and intolerances, you recalibrate your body and can then finally identify foods not suitable for your unique physiology.
Oftentimes, by eliminating these potentially-problematic foods from your diet, you will experience an improvement in symptoms of even your most debilitating, long-standing health issues. This 6-Week Total Body Reset program and the lasting lifestyle and dietary changes it will lead up to has the potential to reverse autoimmune diseases, kickstart even the most stubborn weight loss, drastically decrease or even eliminate, digestive upsets, markedly change cholesterol and triglyceride levels, improve blood sugar control, drastically improve mood disorders, and so much more. It’s not unheard of for some health issues to be eliminated completely! Consider this: you can successfully begin to rebalance the gut flora within 72 hours, and within just 24 hours you can bring your daily intake of essential nutrients from below 50% of the recommended levels, where most people are at, to nearly 100%!
So how does it work?
Week 1: Preparation: The first week is all about preparing yourself both mentally and physically for the changes ahead. You’ll receive your very own customized Total Body Reset program materials based on the information you provided in your intake form. This will include a complete list of the wide variety of foods you’ll be eating, which will include a wide variety of meats, seafood, eggs, fruits, vegetables, traditional fats, nuts, and seeds and which you’ll be avoiding, such as dairy, grains, legumes, and processed/refined foods. What more, you’ll receive your customized recipe e-book, personalized to suit your individual lifestyle and taste! A supplement regimen will also be custom-designed for those who want to take their TBR experience to the next level by addressing specific health concerns!
Week 2-5: Implementation: The next 4 weeks are dedicated to the strict adherence to the dietary protocol, which many will find simpler than they ever imagined. There is no counting calories or weighing foods! This program is designed to quickly and powerfully correct nutrient deficiencies, rebalance the gut flora, and Daily recipes will be shared in order to provide even more variety, as well as ample support and tips from myself and other program members!
Week 6: Reintroduction: Once you’ve completely eliminated these potentially-problematic foods from your diet for at least 4 weeks (some people may need a few weeks longer, depending on their specific health concerns), and finally gifted your body the time it needs to recalibrate and recover from whatever symptoms those foods have been provoking, you can then move on to customizing your lifestyle diet in order to find the approach that works best for you. By carefully reintroducing foods one at a time, you can identify, first-hand, which foods work with your unique bioindividuality, and which ones should only be consumed occasionally, if at all.
This lifestyle diet is designed to be used as a template indefinitely, which most find is made simpler when they experience first-hand just how realistic of a template it is, and just how much better they feel when eating a whole-foods, nutrient-dense diet. There is still room for occasional birthday cake or cruise ship buffets — once the body is given what it needs to function optimally, it will grace you with wiggle room to enjoy such splurges.
How to get started?
The Paleo Cure by Chris Kresser is an invaluable tool that walks readers through his three step Personal Paleo Cure: Reset, Rebuild, and Revive. His website also serves as an extension to his book, providing further reading material, helpful resources, meal plans, and so much more.
Most people experience greater success, however, with a more personalized approach designed for their unique bodies and lives, alongside support from others on the same journey. If that’s you, sign up below for the next virtual 6-Week Total Body Reset group program! All participants gain access to a private Facebook group, designed to provide support every step of the way. On Day 1, each participant will receive a personalized program designed for their individual needs, preferences, and lifestyle, based on the information they provide in their intial assessment, including what foods to eat, what foods not to eat, meal ideas and/or meal plans, tips for eating out, supplement recommendations, and more.
Personalized support and limitless encouragement from myself and fellow participants is offered every step of the way, from the Preparation stage through the Implementation stage and into the Reintroduction stage. Upon the completion of the 6-Week program, interested participants are provided the opportunity to continue working with me, one-on-one, to fine tune their dietary, supplement, and lifestyle program in order to tackle any residual problems not rectified by the 6-Week Total Body Reset program.
Take care of your body — it’s the only place you have to live! Decide you’re worth the investment of time and effort necessary to rapidly transform your health — and thus, your life! — and join us as we walk through this transformative process together!