WHAT DOES THE 21 DAY PROGRAM CONSIST OF?
This program emphasizes whole, organic, non-genetically modified foods (especially fruits and vegetables) that provide the vitamins, nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants the body needs for detoxification, as well as Standard Process’ whole food purification supplements that work synergistically to give the body the resources it needs to purify and rebuild itself naturally.
The program is broken into two phases of a 21 day restricted diet. The first 10 days will consist of fruits and vegetables only, supported by nutrition shakes and whole food supplements. The second part, days 11-21, will see the addition of lean meat and fish, along with vegetables, fruits and supporting shakes and whole food supplements. After completing the 21 day purification, the focus will be to maintain this healthy lifestyle for the long haul.
WHICH FOODS WILL I HAVE TO AVOID?
Sodas – Beyond the sugar content (real or fake), the active ingredient, phosphoric acid, alkalizes our normally acidic bodies. This causes a leeching of calcium and other minerals in an effort to neutralize the system. This is a major contributor in osteoporosis.
Sugar – Sugar costs you more than your teeth. At an average consumption rate of 130 pounds per person, per year, sugar depresses cell mediated immunity by 50% for 120 minutes after sugar ingestion of 75 grams. This happens because glucose competes with the absorption of vitamin C into the cell. Sugar also may lead to cancer. A 100 gram portion of sugar can significantly reduce the capacity of white blood cells to engulf bacteria and cancer cells. Maximum immune suppression occurs one to two hours after ingestion and remains suppressed for up to five hours.
Other foods – table salt, condiments with sugar, colorings, corn syrup, toxic additives (salad dressing, bbq sauce, marinade), artificial sweeteners (NutraSweet/equal/splenda), MSG, margarine and other artificial man-made butters and spreads, candy and chocolate, wheat, corn, and processed, packaged, “heat and serve” foods.
The following can be healthy but should be avoided during the 21 days – beans, nuts, soy, and dairy except real butter, which is allowed during the purification as part of the oils).
WHY IS CORN NOT RECOMMENED?
Corn is NOT a vegetable, but a grain. Like many grains, it is a common allergen.
WILL I HAVE TO EXERCISE?
Daily exercise is highly recommended for maximum benefits. This will enhance weight loss and stimulate detoxifying sweat. A minimum of 30 minutes daily up to six days a week is optimal. Great activities during the program include walking, stretching, pilates, yoga, and swimming.
HOW DOES THIS PROGRAM DIFFER FROM WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMS?
Popular, commercial diet plans often consist of processed foods and do not contain components of purification. The purification program is in fact not a weight-loss centered diet at all. Although weight loss is a desired and common side-effect of participation, it is not the focus. Weight loss without purification still leaves the need for detoxification and nutritional support. This program is focused on creating habits of healthy eating that encourage a healthier lifestyle.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT WILL I LOSE?
The average person can be confidently assured in a weight loss of 2-3 pounds a week with strict adherence to the program and with no sense of deprivation. However, the use of scales during the program is not recommended. As with most valid diets, it is not uncommon for you to gain weight in the first days of the program. Scale watching is akin to watching water boil – pointless. Just as water always boils, you will lose weight on this program. I also teach that weight is irrelevant to begin with. Body image and body composition are where true health lie. A healthy ratio of fat to lean muscle and how you perceive your body is healthy – not a number on a scale. Scale watching leads to failure. Stop doing it and focus on your health!
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL BE AVAILABLE DURING THE PROGRAM?
Dr. Bozovich will work with each and every participant as much as needed to ensure success on the program. As part of the program, each solo or group participant receives a daily email with time sensitive directions, motivational help and recipes. There will also be a group facebook page for participants to share recipes, concerns, and successes. Prior to the start of the program, Dr. Bozovich will lead the group through the grocery store and point out “safe” foods and helpful hints for during the program. At the end of the program, there will be a final meeting with the group to go over how to maintain your new lifestyle in everyday life.
Each participant will also receive a handbook that outlines the program and includes recipes and additional information.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS WHILE ON THE PROGRAM?
Reactions can occur and should be expected. In fact, this is generally a good thing! Examples include, but are not limited to, increased sweating, increased urine and bowel movements, urine color and odor changes, and mild flu-like symptoms as the body is flushing toxins. This is natural as the body starts to burn fat and normal insulin levels drop. This should level out after a few days.
Increased bowel movements are a normal response to increased toxin clearing. Diarrhea can also occur early on for the same reason. On the opposite end of the spectrum, constipation can also occur in response to increased toxin elimination. Make sure to let me know if you experience either of these problems.
On rare occasions, skin break-outs can occur, because the skin is a major organ of toxin elimination. Don’t fret, this should pass quickly. If large areas of rash appear, let me know. This too is probably just your body attempting to clear away stored toxins and move them out to the urine, stool and sweat as it is supposed to do.
In some instances, people will experience a throbbing sensation in the head, generalized aches, itchy skin and even a little fatigue. These symptoms are a normal response to cleaning away poisons and should pass after the first few days. Once they pass, hold on, you should start to feel better than you have in years! For acute control, try using naturally low-caffeine green tea in the mornings and after lunch. Also, try eating smaller meals more often to balance blood sugar. Report any anaphylaxis type reactions immediately (fever, swelling, rash). These are extremely rare on this program.
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE TROUBLE SWALLOWING PILLS?
Empty the contents of the capsules into your daily shakes. Tablets can be crushed and used in the same fashion. Chewing the supplements is not recommended.
CAN I PARTICIPATE IF I AM A DIABETIC?
Absolutely! First, consult with Dr. Bozovich before starting the program so she can tailor the program for you. Diabetics actually benefit from the program as it is designed to help balance blood sugar metabolism. If you are on insulin, always check blood sugar before injecting. You will be asked to eat smaller meals more frequently. Blueberries, sweet potatoes, and lentils (1 cup/day) will be used to support your blood sugar. Gymnema tablets will be used to increase insulin sensitivity.
CAN I PARTICIPATE IF I’M CURRENTLY TAKING PERSCRIPTION MEDS?
Yes. There are no known drug interactions with the program. If you are currently taking blood thinners, please speak with your medical doctor before starting this program.
SHOULD I TAKE MY CURRENT VITAMINS?
In most cases, no because the program will ensure all nutritional needs are met. Also, synthetic vitamins should be avoided on the program in lieu of the whole food Standard Process supplements.
CAN I PARTICIPATE IF I CAN’T ATTEND THE KICK-OFF MEETING?
Yes! Attendance at the kick-off lecture is highly encouraged but not required. All of the support material will be provided via email if you cannot attend.
CAN I ATTEND THE KICK OFF EVENT BEFORE DECIDING TO DO THIS?
Absolutely! The information presented by Dr. Bozovich at the kick-off is free to anyone interested in improving their health without obligation. The information can be used to improve your own diet whether you participate in the purification program or not.
DO I HAVE TO BE A PATIENT?
No! Spouses, friends of patients, and other family members can all participate.
WHAT IF I LIVE OUT OF STATE?
No problem. The supplies can be shipped and all information will be shared via email. You will also have access to the group Facebook page.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM COST?
The cost of the program is $223 plus tax. This includes everything you will need to complete the program, plus extra for maintenance after the 21 days.
This price includes:
· All of the supplements and shakes needed for the 21 day program (there will be left over shakes to use for the maintenance portion following the 21 day program).
· A written program manual
· A pre and post program evaluation of health by Dr. Bozovich and a complimentary nutritional consult at the conclusion of the program to evaluate any additional supplements you might need once finishing the program.
· Daily support emails including information on what to expect, reminders of what supplements to take, recipes and motivation help to keep you on track.
· Kick off meeting prior to program and maintenance lecture at the end of the program.
· Access to the Facebook support page
· Access via email and facebook to Dr. Bozovich during the entire program.