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Green Diva’s Guide to Delicious Living: Weight Loss – the Environmental Factors

Ann Louise Gittleman's Fast Track Detox DietFAST TRACK DETOX DIET: A BOOK REVIEW

One of the more challenging genetic attributes I inherited from my beautiful mother was a tendency to gain weight easily โ€“ and NOT lose it quite as easily. I watched her struggle constantly with various diets and nutritional fads. There never was ONE thing that really worked or helped her maintain her ideal weight or health.

I swore I would never โ€˜dietโ€™ and I didnโ€™t until a few years ago. When we were publishing Relevant Times, I had the privilege of interviewing Ann Louise Gittleman about a new book she had coming out at that time โ€“ Super Nutrition for Women. I was quite impressed with her, so when she came out with the Fat Flush Plan a few years ago, despite itโ€™s sort of faddish title, I got the book and it made wonderful sense. It seemed like a highly intelligent, nutritional and scientific approach to healthy eating and weight loss and maintenance.

I had also been suffering from fibromyalgia (or so the doctors told me), and I had always noticed that whenever I did anything to support and cleanse my liver, I felt better. Liver health, being one important element of Gittlemanโ€™s Fat Flush Plan. So, for the first time in my life, I embarked on a โ€˜dietโ€™ and was amazed by the results. Not only did I lose weight, but nearly all the fibromyalgia symptoms disappeared. She was on to something. However, it is not the easiest nutritional regimen to maintain. Some principals I have maintained for at least 4 years, but . . .

So, when her latest book, The Fast Track Detox Diet came out, despite the quick-fix sounding title, I picked it up and took heart that there might be a way for me to get back on โ€˜trackโ€™. I have long suspected that there are environmental factors that hinder me personally particularly in terms of metabolism, but I could never really articulate or prove it. Surprised to see a section heading โ€˜Are Chemicals Making You Fat?โ€™, I was validated in my theories by the reference to Paula Baillie-Hamilton, MD and her work as a leading specialist in human metabolism and environmental health. There is now a specialty in this?!?

Aside from the 2.5 day migraine I experienced from having poisoned myself with a steady diet of caffeine and sugar in the previous several months, it was a relatively easy protocol and again, the results were impressive. It is only 11 days โ€“ heck, I figured I could do almost anything for that short a period! She offers us several different paths to take in following through with this plan, one of them being to do it at regular intervals, which is something Iโ€™m working into my nutritional schedule now.

Other relevant GO blog posts you might want to read are:
Is There Such a Thing as Good Additives?
Food Synergy: Why Nutrients Should Not Stan Alone?
Coconut Oil – Healthy Fat?

2 comments
  1. Julia

    I had also been suffering from fibromyalgia (or so the doctors told me), and I had always noticed that whenever I did anything to support and cleanse my liver, I felt better. Liver health, being one important element of Gittlemanโ€™s Fat Flush Plan. So, for the first time in my life, I embarked on a โ€˜dietโ€™ and was amazed by the results. Not only did I lose weight, but nearly all the fibromyalgia symptoms disappeared.

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