Why not try an inflammatory and anti-inflammatory food challenge? One arm of the challenge you are already have completed—that of inflammatory foods: sugary or diet pop, the cheese, ice cream, pretzels, cookies, alcohol, and you know the rest. The other arm of the challenge should you accept, is to eat foods that are healing, anti-inflammatory foods. Try this side of the challenge for three to four weeks --you judge the difference. You will be shocked as I and most of my patients have that food really makes a difference in weight, thinking, emotions, body aches, pains and energy. Taking the challenge is not easy, some people can go cold turkey and some need a little help.
If you’re looking for help and the support of a group, join me this month and in May, for the Northwestern Integrative Medicine Group Detox/Cleansing Program. Classes that meet four times for one and a half hours each. During the class sessions, you will be given information to slowly go off inflammatory foods, one food at a time. You will also receive recipes and anti-inflammatory food ideas, as well as individualized and group support for the week. After you are weaned off of these foods, the program continues with a gentle and individualized five-day detox program with medical food and protein shakes, detoxification drops and teas – all you need to do a spring cleaning without harsh “detoxing powders.”
Bring your family, work peers and your friends! Classes begin on Wednesday, April 3. For more information or to register, visit http://classes.nmh.org/listing/all.