By Julia Jonson
Junger, an Eastern medicine specialist, cardiologist, head of Lenox Hill Hospital’s Integrative Medicine program and a doctor at New York City’s Eleven Eleven Wellness Center, had his own bouts with medical problems. Dr. Junger found that eliminating certain foods in favor of a radically clean diet could both heal and transform.
Junger’s solution suggests getting rid of foods containing gluten, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, processed sugar and most fruits for 21 days. The renowned physician and author says we Americans spend a lot of time medicating ourselves with food. “We take coffee in the morning, so that we pump our adrenals and we can function.” Junger continued, “And then in the evening, we need to calm down and we drink alcohol. And during the day, when the slumps of energy come, you need sugar or coffee again. So we use uppers and downers without even knowing it, just like drug addicts do with cocaine and then anti-anxiety pills. So we medicate ourselves with food and when you take one out, the whole thing kind of is unstable. But when you take everything out, it’s a shock to the system for a couple of days and then it’s really good.”
The integrative doctor recommends a light breakfast, a shake with some supplements, and clean, hearty meals for lunch and dinner chock full of fresh veggies. He says after the program, people tell him “eating broccoli gives you almost the same pleasure as eating an ice cream before.”