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Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Detox 14 Day Kit

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Aug 4, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Quick Overview

The 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Program has been created to support the body’s natural two-phase detoxification process. This is accomplished by providing the nutrients needed to support and balance phase I and II metabolic pathways, high levels of antioxidants for safe detoxification and a comprehensive array of herbal hepatics and cholagogues to promote healthy liver function and elimination.

This program has a shorter duration than our other popular detoxification programs, yet it remains comprehensive in scope and true to the Design for Health philosophy.

Product Description

We encounter toxic substances from many different facets of life. Sources such as pesticides, herbicides, and industrial chemicals enter the body through food, water, and air supplies and become trapped in our tissues and organs, which over time can negatively impact health, reduce vitality and eventually may contribute to the development of chronic diseases.

The 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Program has been created to support the body’s natural two-phase detoxification process in order to safely and effectively remove harmful toxins from the body. This program has a shorter duration than our other popular detoxification programs, yet it remains comprehensive in scope and true to the Design for Health philosophy.

Using a combination of carefully selected products and a methodical, step-by-step diet plan, the 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Program has been designed in order to introduce people to a healthy cleansing process without having to commit to a longer regimen. It is ideal for those with busy schedules or anyone new to the concept of detoxification.

Potential Benefits of Detoxification

• Increased energy and vitality

• Weight loss and reduction in body fat

• Healthier skin and hair

• More restful sleep, clearer thinking, and happier mood

• Establish healthy habits for improved long-term health

One Kit Contains:

1 - PaleoCleanse Powder

1 - PurePea Vanilla Powder

1 - Amino-D-Tox 90 capsules

1 - Plant Enzymes Digestive Formula 90 capsules

1 - 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Patient Guide

1 - Blender bottle

1 - Reusable bag made from recyclable materials

 

Caution

STORE IN A COOL, DRY PLACE.

KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.  

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Topics: weight management, diet direction, detoxification, smart supplementation

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health PaleoFiber

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Jul 21, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Quick Overview

PaleoFiber™ is the ultimate fiber product. It is a comprehensive product that contains 12 different types of fiber and none of the allergenic proteins or harsh, irritating components commonly found in other fiber products on the market. This product was designed with the features of the Paleolithic diet in mind, with which human physiology may be most adapted. PaleoFiber™ could be a useful tool to help support proper weight management, glucose levels, and lipid levels.  
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Topics: herbs & botanicals, diet direction, smart supplementation, digestive health

Diet Direction (part 3)

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Jul 19, 2013 6:00:00 AM

Original Article By Ed Bauman, M.Ed., Ph.D.

 
Using a Diet Direction Effectively

The key to successfully applying a diet direction is to build the food plan on top quality whole foods. Food quality is diminished in most restaurants and with most packaged food items. Fresh is always best.

One’s diet direction is a reminder to eat more of certain kinds of foods, such as nuts and seeds in a Building diet, and less of other foods, such as bread products in a Cleansing diet. Having an intention to eat well helps a person decide what to eat and what to pass up. Cookies, candy, ice cream, sodas, and foods with artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives are best left on the shelves, no matter one’s diet direction.

As individuals make more conscious food choices, they are more in touch with how certain combinations of foods feel to them. At certain times of the day, when hunger hits and hits quickly, such a person knows what foods to keep on hand to satisfy hunger while at the same time providing nourishing energy. Almonds with raisins are more nourishing than a Milky Way® candy bar, and the energy that is produced clears the brain and mobilizes the body into action.

Eating for Health is a skill that is learned with the support of a food coach who can serve as a mentor and resource. Replacing depleting foods in the diet with health-promoting ones is a gradual process, but one new food per week will increase a person’s repertoire by four foods per month, or 48 foods per year.

What about parties or a food craving that just won’t quit? It is fine to socialize occasionally with special food and drink. It is what we consume habitually that makes or breaks our health. The key is to not be too hungry or tired before a big occasion, or else overeating and excessive drinking may prevail.

Proper food choices provide a strong nutritional foundation for life; help protect us from the health challenges we encounter, and allow us to live up to our potential as dynamic, creative human beings.

Bauman College Diet Direction

Composition (as % of Calories)

DIET

BUILDING

BALANCING

CLEANSING

CARBOHYDRATES 20–40% 30–60% 60–80%
PROTEINS 15–35% 10–30% 10–20%
FATS 45–60% 20–45% 10–20%

PROTEINS
2–4 oz animal 4–6 oz vegetable

4–6 servings daily 2–4 servings daily 1–3 servings daily
NUTS AND SEEDS 4–6 Tbs 2–3 Tbs 1–2 Tbs (seeds, only)

BOOSTERS
1 oz

5–7 times/week 5–7 times/week 5–7 times/week

FRUITS
1⁄2 cup or 1 medium

2–3 servings daily 
low-sugar fruits
2–4 servings daily 4–5 servings daily

NON-STARCHY VEGETABLES
Crunchy: 1⁄2 cup; Raw leafy: 1 cup; 
Cooked leafy: ½ cup

Unlimited but at least 
3–5 servings daily

Unlimited but at least 
4–6 servings daily

Unlimited but at least 
6–8 servings daily

STARCHY VEGETABLES
1⁄2 cup

1–2 servings daily 1–2 servings daily 0–1 servings daily

WHOLE GRAINS
1⁄2 cup

1–3 servings daily 3–4 servings daily 1–3 servings daily

FLUIDS
Water
Herb Tea
Fresh Juice
Broths

4–8 cups daily*
2 cups daily
1⁄2 cup daily
1⁄2 cup daily

4–8 cups daily
3 cups daily
1 cup daily
1 cup daily

4–8 cups daily 
2 cups daily 
1⁄2 cup daily 
1⁄2 cup daily

*Amount of water required will vary according to water content of foods and how many other beverages are consumed.

Bauman College Diet Direction: Characteristics

BUILDING

BALANCING

CLEANSING

DRAINING

Warming Warming Cooling Stagnating to clogging
Concentrated Neutral Dilute Concentrated
Stabilizing — Grounding Comforting — Stabilizing Ungrounding Mood/energy swings
Slower to digest Moderate digestion Quick to digest Slow to digest
Longer lasting energy Longer lasting energy Quick energy Energy depleting
Congesting if overdone Neutral to decongesting Decongesting

Congesting

Alkaline-forming 
w/lots of greens
Alkaline-forming w/lots 
of greens
Alkaline-forming Acid-forming
Wild or organic fish 
Organic or pastured meat 
& poultry 
Non-meat proteins:
  • Eggs and raw dairy
  • Nuts and seeds

Limited whole grains; mainly 
non-gluten 
Lots of vegetables, emphasis on 
non-starchy; limited starchy & 
fruits 
Algae, seaweeds, yeast, bone 
broths, fermented vegetables, 
undenatured whey 
Spices and herbs

Wild or organic fish 
Organic or pastured 
meat & poultry 
Non-meat proteins:

  • Eggs & raw dairy
  • Nuts, seeds, 
    their milks

Whole grains (nongluten) 
Cooked vegetables, incl. 
starchy 
Raw vegetables & juices 
(incl. carrots and beets) 
Algae, seaweeds, yeast, 
bone & vegetable 
broths, fermented 
vegetables, undenatured whey
Starchy fruits 
Green herbs, spices

Seeds & their milks 
Bone broths 
Sprouts 
Fresh fruits (no citrus) 
Fresh fruit and 
vegetable juices (except citrus, carrots and beets)
Limited non-gluten grains 
Leafy greens and other 
non-starchy vegetables, 
raw and/or cooked 
Algae, seaweeds, yeast, 
vegetable broths, 
fermented vegetables 
Green herbs, spices 
Water and herb teas

Commercial vegetable 
oils, shortening, margarine 
Commercial meats, dairy, & poultry; 
commercial farmed fish 
Overheated oils 
Refined sugars 
Processed, packaged foods 
Refined flour products (pasta, 
bread, other baked goods) 
White rice 
Excess coffee 
Egg or soy-based protein 
powders

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Diet Direction (part 2)

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Jul 18, 2013 6:00:00 AM

Original Article By Ed Bauman, M.Ed., Ph.D.

 

Balancing Diet

A Balancing Diet is comprised of a higher proportion of carbohydrate foods and less fat than is found in the Building direction, though there is some overlap between the two. A prudent application of the USDA MyPlate is an example of this direction.

A Balancing diet would include a wide variety of healthful foods and would typically supply 20% of calories from protein, 30% of calories from fat, and 50% of calories from carbohydrates. It can be a long-term, healthful direction for those with undamaged metabolisms, and is often a good option as the weather warms, as it emphasizes increased amounts of cooling vegetables and fruits. The key to this approach is that the foods be seasonal, local, and organic whenever possible. The Balancing diet in the Eating for Health approach is quite different than the so-called “balanced diet” advised by industry-driven nutritionists and dieticians.

Many people today are confused about carbohydrates, thinking they are all bad. In fact, unrefined starchy carbohydrates are an essential part of the diet. It is refined carbohydrates in the form of flour and sugar that wreak havoc on one’s health. The healthpromoting unrefined carbohydrates include grains, vegetables, and fruits.

Eating for Health suggests using whole, non-gluten grains, such as rice, millet, and quinoa, as staple grains (in lieu of the traditionally overly consumed and more allergenic wheat, corn, oats, and rye) and soaking or fermenting them for optimal nutrient availability. Roughly equal amounts of fruits and vegetables may be consumed, with an emphasis on eating whole fruits rather than juice or fruit products made from concentrates, to moderate the amount of sugar the body will have to metabolize at one sitting. Small amounts of raw fermented foods are also recommended for all dietdirections to supply beneficial bacteria, enzymes, and enhanced nutrient content.

More carbohydrate confusion ensues due to both starchy and non-starchy being lumped under one umbrella term. It is true that some people maintain better health if they limit their grain intake. However, they should still be consuming starchy carbohydrates in the form of tubers, winter squashes, and root vegetables. Non-starchy vegetables (leafy greens, broccoli, celery, etc.) should not be limited and do not count when reducing carbohydrate intake.

Cleansing Diet

A Cleansing Diet will consist of significantly more calories from carbohydrates (>60%) relative to proteins (≤20%) and fats (≤20%). This is a fat-sparing, adequate-protein, highunrefined carbohydrate, low-glycemic (sugarcontent) diet. The Ornish, Weil, McDougall, and hypoallergenic diets are all in this category.

The main objective is to lower the fat content while maintaining adequate protein and increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in the diet. Dairy products, eggs, wheat, soy, citrus, peanuts, and tree nuts would also be eliminated due to their being possible allergenic foods. Proteins from vegetable sources such as beans and legumes, seeds and nuts, and marine algae would be preferred over meat, fish, or fowl, though broths made from the bones of 
pastured animals can be very supportive of the cleansing process.

Maintaining an alkaline-forming diet by including generous amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as their juices, fermented vegetables, and chlorophyll-rich foods like herbs and micro-greens powders, would replenish the micronutrients that are commonly missing from a non-plant-based diet.

 

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Diet Direction (Part 1)

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Jul 17, 2013 6:00:00 AM

Original Article By Ed Bauman, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Establishing a diet direction is a way to organize the amounts and varieties of foods one chooses to consume in order to achieve a specific effect. Our lives, as with everything else in nature, run in cycles. We have daily, monthly, and seasonal cycles, as well as progressing stages of life. Learning to eat to support our nutritional requirements for all of these can help us achieve healthful eating patterns and prevent us from getting into nutrition ruts.

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Grain-Free Yucca Buns Recipe

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Apr 10, 2012 6:00:00 AM

I can't lie and say that I don't miss eating bread on my grain-free diet. I am Latino and Italian, both of which are great bread eaters. My family in Costa Rica made bread for the whole town of Puriscal for decades. Bread is in my blood. I've probably eaten enough bread for two lifetimes if I was honest about my previous consumption. Nonetheless, I experience health problems when I eat grains or foods made from grain flours. So I've had to adjust my life in order to feel better and live longer.

On my last trip to Costa Rica early this year I discovered that they make many non-grain flours there. I was suprised to learn that a traditional cheese bread eaten in many Latin American countries is actually grain-free! Pan de Yuca (yucca buns) are a delicious grain-free cheesey bread that can be eaten on a grain-free diet. It may not be for the strict Paleo Dieter because it is somewhat processed and does have cheese. But I've made adjustments to the recipe to make it healthier and less allergy provoking.

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Topics: whole foods, macronutrients, gluten sensitivity, diet direction

The Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Oct 7, 2011 6:00:00 AM

Is that a sweet potato? Or is that a yam? Good question! I was confused myself for so long. But now I know there is a distinction. That orange colored flesh of the picture on the left is the sweet potato, though it is often labeled as a "yam." It comes from the plant family known as Convovulaceae, or Morning Glory. It is very different from the yam that comes from the Caribbean, which is an edible root of the Discorea genus. The true yam is rough and scaly. And its nutrient content is much different from the sweet potato. There are several varieties and colors of the sweet potato. To make matters even worse, the sweet potato is not a potato either!

SWEET POTATO'S NUTRITIONAL VALUE

The sweet potato is considered one of the most nutritious vegetables around. It is nutritionally unique from the potato and the yam. It is very high in beta-carotene, providing several times the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A. This root vegetable is also packed with potassium, manganese and copper. It is a good source of vitamins C and B6. The sweet potato is high in fiber but you have to eat the skin!

The white potato is a species belonging to the nightshades. These are foods that cause inflammation that are especially a problem for those with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Other nightshades include tomatoes, eggplant, capers and peppers. Fortunately, the sweet potato is NOT a nightshade. In fact they contain quercetin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

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Topics: whole foods, anti-aging, weight management, diet direction

The Health Benefits Of Pastured Eggs

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Aug 31, 2011 6:17:00 AM

No nutrient rich food I can think of has been given a worse reputation than chicken eggs. Well, maybe raw milk is getting the boot now, but eggs are right there with them. The poor chicken egg has been blamed for high cholesterol, high fat and bacterial poisoning. But this stigma is rightfully and hopefully disappearing while the truth about eggs prevails.

Eggs are a storehouse of nutrients all contained in a built-in protective package. Unless you've chosen a vegan/vegetarian approach to food, I highly recommend incorporating eggs into healthy diet. But not just any eggs, as you will see below, but the highest quality eggs you can find. And let me explain why.

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Topics: cardiovascular health, whole foods, macronutrients, brain health, diet direction

The Health Benefits Of Quinoa

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Aug 24, 2011 6:00:00 AM

You may be surprised to see an article about quinoa by a grain-free guy like me. But in actuality quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not a grain but a seed. It is one of the least problem-causing "grains," can be  tolerated by most gluten sensitive individuals and is even accepted by some Paleo eaters (those who stretch the rules). It is a gluten-free grain that is versatile and has many health benefits with its strong nutrition status.

Quinoa is actually the seed of an herbaceous plant related to spinach and Swiss chard. The most popular seeds are a tan or yellow color. But several varieties and colors exist from black, to red, orange purple and pink. It has a rich nutty flavor with a tasty crunch.

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Topics: whole foods, micronutrients, gluten sensitivity, diet direction

The Eat Like A Caveman Diet

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Jun 8, 2011 6:00:00 AM

The Paleo Diet, often called the "caveman's diet," is an approach to eating that is growing increasingly popular. The premise of this plan is to only eat foods that would have been available to ancient man before agriculture. The foods recommended are ones that can be hunted or gathered. But foods that need to be cultivated and harvested are strictly prohibited.

The (modern day) Paleo Diet then consists mainly of grass fed, wild caught meats, game and fish (vegans cringe here). Eggs are permitted as are all vegetables and fruits. However, starchier and sweeter types are avoided or saved for athletic training. Healthy animal fats, coconut oil, seeds and nuts complete the meal.

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Topics: whole foods, gluten sensitivity, weight management, diet direction