Here's how Terry Lipp pinpointed the foods that triggered her most nagging health symptoms—and dropped 22 pounds in the process.
When I joined the test panel for The Whole Body Cure, an anti-inflammatory eating plan, I was at a point where I needed a jump start to get me back on track. I have a young granddaughter, and I want to see her grow up.
During those first 2 weeks, I felt fabulous and was never hungry. You don’t think fruits and vegetables will fill you up, but they do. Honestly, I think that was when I felt best, just eating the fruits and vegetables—I could potentially become a vegetarian. The hardest part during that time was going out to dinner, but I found that restaurants could accommodate my requests. We went to an Italian restaurant, but I saw they could steam vegetables or sauté them in olive oil, so I asked them to bring a vegetable plate. They did, and it was gorgeous. At first my friends and family couldn’t understand why I wasn’t eating garlic bread or a big bowl of pasta. But pretty soon nobody was questioning it because they could see the results. (Do you have an anti-inflammatory diet? Here's why you should.)
I lost 22 pounds and 15 1/2 inches on the plan, and my total cholesterol plummeted from 212 to 170. My glucose level dropped 9 points, and my CRP level went from 3.4 to 0.2. I also definitely feel mentally sharper. I have a lot of multitasking to do at my job, and I found that it just came easier to me. I’m a type A personality, a go-getter whose energy level was already at a 9, but it was definitely a 10 by the end of the 12 weeks. And as far as digestive function goes, I’ve never been so regular or felt so good.
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The other dramatic difference I experienced was with allergies. For years I had a constant dry cough—it was so bad my kids used to joke that I sounded like I had TB. Then during the second week, my husband and I both noticed that I hadn’t been coughing. When I reintroduced beef, however, the cough came back. I coughed all 3 days we tested beef, but when I eliminated it, the cough went away. There was just too much of a connection there to be a coincidence! Since then I’ve had almost no beef, the cough hasn’t returned, and my husband says I no longer snore, too.
I had such good results on the plan that I told Dr. Kirshner and his staff I could be their poster girl! It’s led me to make some permanent lifestyle changes. I’ve eliminated gluten, for instance. I don’t eat any bread at all, actually, and I’ve eliminated dairy. I drink black coffee now. I used to love ice cream, but I haven’t had it once. That’s one of the most interesting things to me: I don’t even have a desire for those foods anymore. I’m Italian, and I thought I’d really miss bread and pasta—not to mention ice cream and wine. But I don’t miss any of it. A glass of wine in the evening was a stress reliever after work, but I found my stress level was better when I was eating healthier. My drinking is almost nonexistent now. (Take back control of your health with these clean eating recipes and weight loss tips—all approved by doctors and Prevention editors!)