10-Day Jump-Start Program to Increase Energy, Lose Weight, & Begin the Path to Optimum Health

By Dr. Barbara Custer 

Would you like to lose weight and have more energy?


If you want to immediately change how you look, feel, think, and sleep change your diet and you will change your biochemistry.

 10-Day Change That Will Make You Feel Great!

Let’s first try to understand why this might be of value to you and your health. The body is a system that is affected by many things, but especially, diet, exercise, and food. Let’s look at a simple example of how this works:

In the movie “Super Size Me,” a normal healthy man volunteers to eat only from fast food chains. Within 30 days, his blood test results showed high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pre-diabetes, and the early stages of kidney failure.

On the other hand, when you eat very healthy in a short period of time you can feel much better. This concept of food, health, and biochemistry is not new. The Optimum Health Institute was started in the 1940s by Anne Wigmore. This institute draws people nationally and internationally to their cleansing and detoxing program to reverse illness. This means that by eating more fruits and vegetables, and less meat and processed foods that the biochemistry of the body can begin to reverse the illnesses patterns in the body. This famous program shows that the health of the body is greatly affected by what you eat.

Almost all fruits and vegetables make the blood pH naturally more alkaline. Most protein foods, grains, and processed and packaged food convert and push the blood pH more acidic. If you follow this concept, it will help your body naturally cleanse and detoxify itself with natural plant photo-chemicals, and keep the alkalinity of the blood pH in a more normal range. By regulating the blood pH, your health, energy, and vitality will greatly improve.

Jump-Start Plan

For the next 10 days, eat 80% of your diet as fruits and vegetables. The other 20% can be proteins and grains. This 80/20 ratio mimics natural blood chemistry where the blood pH is more alkaline. An easy way to think about this is having 8 portions of fruits and vegetables daily and 2 portions of proteins or grains. This type of diet stops inflammation, detoxifies cells, cleanses the blood and promotes healthy liver functioning, and revitalizes the body energy. This type of diet can be done for long periods of time.

Make your new best friends are anything green, orange, yellow, red, and purple. Foods with loads of color indicate lots of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are fabulous tasting and naturally sweet. Fruit and raw vegetables are an easy, on the go snack that can be found in any supermarket, already cut up and ready to enjoy. Vegetables are great raw, steamed, stir fried, and baked. You can eat tons of them, in all shapes and forms with minimal caloric intake. They keep for days in the refrigerator, reheat easily, and make great snacks that will truly satisfy hunger.

You can make this diet simple by eating lots of salads and vegetables for lunch and dinner. Even if you’re eating out in restaurants, I recommend ordering 2 sides of cooked vegetables and adding a little olive oil, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese to make them delicious. If you’re still hungry, add a great salad or soup. I guarantee you will feel full and satisfied.

The idea of eating for health starts with knowing that eating for health and pleasure is easily combined. Fruits and vegetables are so naturally delicious. As hard as it seems in the beginning to change your orientation as making fruits and vegetables the main part of your diet, the results and benefits of eating this way will be immediate. Quickly you will feel lighter, happier, and more clear-headed and even sleep better at night. After you have tried this plan for a while you may consider a modified version of this diet as a permanent lifestyle change.

 Here are a few of my favorite recipes that are simple and delicious ways to make fruits and vegetables a big part of your daily meals.

Some of My Favorites:

Broccoli: It’s so flavorful that you don’t have to do much to it. Try marinating it in olive oil, salt, pepper, and fresh lemon. Barbeque, steam, or sauté them and then add a little more fresh squeezed lemon. Make a large batch as it keeps for days in the refrigerator. It is great served cold as a big afternoon snack, or add them to a salad green. 

Artichokes: They are delicious hot or cold and you can make low calorie aioli sauces for dipping. Fresh squeeze Lemon and a little olive oil and salt and pepper are amazing with this vegetable. They are so filling and delicious you feel like you ate an entire meal.

 Asparagus: Absolute gift of the gods!!! This is another great one for barbequing just baste with olive oil, salt, and pepper. The oil will keep more moisture in the asparagus. Steam and then add light sesame oil, shaved asiago cheese, salt, and pepper.    

Summer squash: Lightly steam or sauté, add fresh tomatoes and Kalamata olives and some goat cheese.  Also stream or sauté, and then add fresh basil and green onions at the very end to kick up the flavor. Sprinkle with a little shaved Parmesan cheese.

Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are great baked and sautéed.  Try drizzling olive oil over cooled diced potatoes. Add arugula, cilantro, chopped tomatoes, green onions, and feta cheese.  Think of this as a very vitamin enriched potato salad.  

Tomatoes: Use cherry tomatoes, drizzle with olive oil, and small balls of mozzarella cheese. Add salt, pepper, some chopped Napa cabbage, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh basil, and a little green onion.   

Fruit: Cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and most melons are very low in calories and sugars. Mix any of these fruits with plain non-fat yogurt and natural sweeteners, like stevia to get a low calorie, antioxidant rich, delicious dessert, snack, or light morning meal.  Chopped fresh mint can be added as an accent flavor. 

You can eat for health and keep the pleasure quotient high!