Monday, March 23, 2009

21 Pounds in 21 Days: 21 Days to Better Health

Well, it was actually 19.75 pounds, but I just couldn’t resist the 21 pounds in 21 days. It sounded much better. Although 19.75 pounds in 21 days doesn't have the nice ear catching ring to it, 19.75 pounds "aint" nothing to sneeze at either!

There seems to be so many of these “cleanse” programs out there. I get email filling up my in-box (and spam folder)several times per day from companies wanting to sell you their products with their amazing new discovery from the Amazon or from the Mountain tops of Brazil.

Well, I’m here to tell you it isn’t something new that is going to help you lose weight, reduce your cholesterol, your triglycerides or your blood pressure. In fact, it’s something old. Very, very old…about 50,000 to 100,000 or more years old.

I just completed a 21 day purification program from Standard Process. My goal wasn’t to lose weight, but rather to lower my blood pressure. For me, it has been a pesky issue I've been battling. Even with my 2-4 exercise sessions per week for the past 3 years & my eating healthfully. Nothing seemed to give me the results with my blood pressure. Until now.


Standard Process; a nutrition company founded during the Great Depression, was a nutritional company I use to just brush off and never give a second thought. However the more I began study nutrition over the past several years, the more I realized what a fool I’ve been. The more I learned, the more I've come to appreciate what Standard Process has done and created over the last century. You can read about the history of Standard Process by clicking here.

(1) All their products are “Whole Foods” and not just vitamins or minerals in a bottle. (2) All the nutrients that go into their whole food supplements are grown on Standard Process’ own 1000 acre certified Organic Farm. Their animal based enzyme producs are from organically grown and natural pasture fed animals. They don’t go to a pharmaceutical company and purchase a lot of chemical substances from which to encapsulate into their vitamins pills. Their nutrition has been carefully and organically grown and cultivated by them. They use only the parts of the plants that have been shows by research to be the most clinically effective. To me, that carries A LOT of weight. You see, you can use an echannacia leaf or root or stem and called it echannacia. Not all parts are effective or have any nutritional value.

Now, about the purification program.....
To keep this relatively short and simple, the SP 21 Day purification program is extremely simple. You have a few supplements you will take in between meals, an SP Complete Shake you will take with and in between meals and you will eat real food. Days 1-10 consist of Raw Vegetables & Fruit. You can steam or lightly stir-fry your veggies for up to 3-4 minutes. You can use select oils such as Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil. You should make the extra effort to eat as organic as you can. You can use a little Balsamic and red or white vinegars. You can eat as many veggies as you can stuff in(provided they're on the list). You can only have about 50% of that amount in fruit. In other words, it you have 1 pound of veggies per day, you can only eat ½-pound of fruit. You can also have some lentils to help provide you with a good source of protein during that 1st 10 day period. You’ll need the protein if you enjoy your brain functioning normally. I got a little foggy towards day 6 so I had to up the protein and it normalized everything. Wheew! This is pretty much a synopsis of what I did for the first 10 days.

On days 11-21 you can add some clean poultry and fish. We’re talking WILD CAUGHT FISH ONLY and your chicken or other poultry should be free range, organic and without antibiotics or hormones.

My results were astonishing (at least I thought so). Lost 19 pounds, 3 belt loops and a dramatic drop in my blood pressure. My blood pressure, basically went from high and needing medication to a textbook normal. Do I feel better, oh yeah!

And, the best thing…..this is such a simple plan. You’re eating the basics of what humans are meant to eat (I'm a firm believer in evolutionary eating....i.e. eating like a caveman but with better mannors)...Fruits & Veggies and (eventually some) lean-clean meats. Some supplemental nutrition is given to help support various body systems, help your system ‘detox’, some extra fiber to help “push things through (I know I know…T.M.I.) and ultimately for added protein which is essential for proper brain function.

Evolutionarily speaking, the reason we grew big brains is because an ape-man named “Lucy” 4 million years ago decided to eat a bug (probably termites) and thus started us down the road of a diet with increased protein, then the entire evolution thing happened over the next 4 million years, yada yada yada...and now we eat hamburgers and sushi. Bottom line, now we need protein and the SP Complete shake provides it.

The most difficult part of this is it takes some decent will power (and a little support from your family). But you can do it. If I did it, you can too. Your body deserves it, or better yet, you owe it to your body.

I have just made a new year’s resolution. From now on, beginning January 1st of every new year, I will do something for my body. I will spend the first 21 days of the year on the purification program. Most people gain weight throughout the year and after all of the chemical additives in our foods, pollutants in our air and water, medicines taken for other conditions and so on… building up in your body, I think spending 21 days at the beginning of the year detoxifying and purifying your system is a prescription for a better quality of life.

My ultimate goal is to remain active, vibrant, energetic and healthy. Keep up with my kids when they want to go out and play, run, bike, surf, play ball or whatever... As I age, I don’t want to be a old decrepit "seasoned citizen". I see a lot of people in my practice who just hate the process of getting older and complain about it every step of the way. But then, every so often, I get an elderly married couple who just came back from climbing some mountain in South America or trekking across Africa or biking through some quaint little towns in Europe. That’s how I want to be. Active, vibrant, healthy and feeling great.


It's been 1 month since I finished the SP Cleanse. The beauty of the program is the last 11 days really teaches you how to eat correctly. I spend 1 day per week eating some of my vice foods, basically whatever the heck I want (including desserts). Even though I eat whatever I want, I still stay away from Hydrogenated/partially hydrogenated oils and High Fructose Corn Syrup. But saturday was my "food party day" and Sunday I'm back on track. I've maintained my weight loss and even dropped to my 6th belt loop (that's a total of 4 belt loops). For me, learning the lessons of the last 11 days is going to help me continue to maintain the benefits and continue to reap the rewards of the program. And that's coming from someone who thought he knew a thing or two about nutrition. Hey, no matter how much you know, you can always learn more...



If you have any questions about the purification program, call me at my office. You can find my contact info here: http://www.naturalsportsmedicine.com/ You can only get it through a healthcare provider as Standard Process does not sell to consumers, only physicians.


Again, call me if you have any questions. I also have some pretty good recipes that I developed for for salad dressings, chimmichurri and others to give things a little flavor. I'll be happy to share them with you.

‘nuff said

A thinner, healthier -- DocT


Dr. Narson is a 2-term past president of the Florida Chiropractic Association’s Council on Sports Injuries, Physical Fitness & Rehabilitation and was honored as the recipient of the coveted Chiropractic Sports Physician of the Year Award in 1999-2000. He practices in Miami Beach, Florida at the Miami Beach Family & Sports Chiropractic Center; A Facility for Natural Sports Medicine.

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1 comment:

Alison T. said...

My family and I have made a similar commitment to eating "Whole Foods" or as my dad calls it "Real Foods" in 2009. My goal was to stay away from foods filled with perservaties. Subsequently, I've been able to lose those "pesky 5 lbs," that are the difference between looking good or great in a bikini. My father had similar results as you in reducing his blood pressure. It's always been something he's battled and for once it sounds like he's found a winner - going back to "real food". With all the crazy diets out there, I wish more people would focus on the simple art of eating healthy.