Welcome to Day 12 of the Purification Program.
Most likely you have enjoyed a day of reintroducing meat back into your diet. Hopefully you stuck to the amounts recommended and didn't overdo it. Remember to pace yourself, as you do not want to spoil 11 days of hard work!
How Should I Feel Today?
You should feel good after the reintroduction of meat into your diet. Many people find that they have more energy, especially at the gym, after reintroducing protein from food (as opposed to simply adding the whey protein into their shakes).
If you do not feel good, you should ensure you are tracking how you feel and what you are eating in your Daily Intake Journal. This is a key component of identifying what foods 'agree' with you and which ones don't. If you find that something you have reintroduced makes you feel less than 100%, experiment with not having that again for a day or so, then reintroduce it and see if the same negative reactions return. If they do, flag that food as a potential allergen and discuss this with your health care provider.
Have you not lost weight on the program so far? Well, don't give up. Are your clothes fitting better? Do you notice that your face is looking healthier? It is entirely possible that you are losing fat even if you are not losing pounds. This is actually quite common and you will find that as you continue to eat healthy and exercise the pounds will then begin to come off.
As you are reintroducing meat into your diet, remember that you should not 'fill up' on meat. It is VERY important that you are eating lots of healthy vegetables and limiting your fruit intake. It is these vegetables (especially cruciferous vegetables) that will help you to become healthier and lose weight.
Points to Ponder: Cruciferous vegetables have been shown in numerous studies to dramatically reduce your chance of getting cancer, especially hormonal cancers like breast, prostate and ovarian. Some studies have even shown a reduction in bladder and lung cancer.
Eating these powerful foods daily can make dramatic changes in the outcome of your life, so make them part of your diet from now on. Don't let the good habits you develop during the purification program go to waste.
One patient said, "I had to learn to eat to live and not just live to eat." Great advice! In reality, good foods taste good and after the 21 days you will surprised to find that almost any meal you like can be made in a healthier manner. The key is learning to use the right oils, right flour and right sugar (i.e. natural, unrefined sugar cane). Once you start cooking healthier you will feel better and love the way it tastes.
Recipe of the Day
1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup celery, thinly sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
¼ cup green pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 bay leaf
2 ½ tablespoon fresh parsley or 2 ½ teaspoon dried parsley
¼ teaspoon chopped rosemary
1 28 oz. can fire roasted diced tomatoes with liquid (or regular)
1 ½ pounds fish fillet (tilapia, sole, etc. try to find wild versus farm raised)
2 cups cooked short grain brown rice (once reintroducing whole grains)
In a large saucepan, heat oil and lightly sauté the onion, celery, pepper and garlic until soft.
Add parsley, bay leaf, rosemary and tomatoes.
Leave uncovered and simmer for about 25 minutes.
Add the fish fillets, which have been cut into small pieces.
Simmer till cooked through – approximately 10-12 minutes.
Remove the bay leaf and serve alone or with brown rice if directed by physician.
What if I have Questions?
If you have questions about how you are feeling please remember that Dr. Graves is available throughout this program and can be contacted by phone at (509) 413-1530.
Supplement Regimen for Day 12
Core Products (Required)
2 scoops (tablespoons) twice per day minimum up to 5 shakes per day
SP Green Food
5 capsules 2 times per day
Whole Food Fiber (powder): 1 scoop (tablespoon) 3 times per day in your shakes
Gastro-Fiber: 3 capsules 3 times per day
Suggested Supplements (Optional)*
Whey Pro Complete – 2 scoops (tablespoons) twice daily
Gymnema – 1 tablet 3 times per day or 2 tablets twice per day
Tuna Omega-3 Oil – 2 perles 2 times per day
* Dr. Graves will work with you to identify which products best meet your needs.