Three weeks ago I visited with one of our very good customers, Dr. Jeffrey Morrison’s practice—The Morrison Center in Manhattan. I was very happy to find out from Dr. Morrison that he had just come out with his first book, Cleanse Your Body, Clear Your Mind: Eliminate Environmental Toxins to Lose Weight, Increase Energy, and Reverse Illness in 30 Days or Less (Pub. 2011), and that after our conversation he was going to a book signing event. I bought his book, and what a great book it is for detox, weight loss, and as a guide for developing a healthy dietary pattern.
Both Dr. Morrison and Dr. Dukan, the creator of the Dukan Diet, the diet we talked about last week, were influenced by Dr. Robert Atkin’s protein diet. The Dukan Diet is similar to the Atkins diet minus the fat. Dr. Morrison’s diet differs even further, he does not advocate eating red meat, just a little if necessary. Also he recommends eating lots of vegetables, even starchy veggies. You can snack on carrots, beets, celery or cucumber, avocado, squash and zucchini. For people who are wishing to loose weight, his advice is to lower the amount of carbs found in grains and beans.
What I particularly like about the Morrison Diet is that it is not extreme! It’s very reasonable, doable and healthy. The core of the 30-day detox diet is the meal plan and food selection, which allow you to eliminate chemicals, toxins and food sensitivities. This elimination diet focuses on non-allergenic, nutrient-dense, seasonal, organic and locally grown foods.
The book contains a questionnaire that one is to fill out and score before starting the program. At the end of your 30-day detox, you retake the survey to compare the results.
Dr. Morrison suggests a shake for breakfast and a shake with a salad for lunch. Then you’re to have a sensible dinner that you choose from the meal plan. Each dinner focuses on lean protein and fresh grilled, steamed or raw vegetables. There is a long list of foods to enjoy, while on the 30-day plan, and a short list of foods to avoid.
Foods that can be enjoyed everyday:
Dr. Morrison advice for weight loss is that while on the detox diet one should eat fruit in the morning but not through the day. He says that, if you eat fruit before noon, you will have all day to burn off the sugar that is ready for your body to use. However, if you eat fruit too late in the day, the sugar will not get burned off and you will just end up storing the extra calories as body fat.
He has directions for vegetarians, for athletes and for those for whom weight loss is not a goal. He talks about juicing, gives recipes, ways to personalize the diet and concludes with seven steps to lasting health. It is a book with excellent dietary guidance for everyone today. I highly recommend it.
Dr. Morrison believes in supporting your detox with supplementation, and gives a list of his favorite companies and suggestions on what to use. I am happy to say that BioImmersion is amongst those listed. We discussed how to create good shakes in the mornings using the Beta Glucan and No 7, and soon we can have recipes for the new Energy Sustain Complex.
The Last Quiz Answer:
The marvelous creature of course is a South American Toucan. The toucan’s bill is 7 1/2 inches long, and both males and females possess these amazing beaks. As a weapon, the bill is more show than substance. It is a honey comb bone that contains a lot of air. It is more useful for feeding. Their diet includes fruits, insects, young birds, eggs and lizards. They’re omnivorous creatures, rather like us. According to my National Geographic source material,these iconic birds are very popular pets. Must be a South American thing. I’ve never seen a pet toucan. Have you?