Can you live without pre-packaged foods? Dr. Oz brought Marie, a single mom of 3, onto his show. Marie is a microwave mom – microwave pizza, chicken nuggets, chicken cutlets… you name it, Marie buys it already packaged and microwaves it. Marie has 3 kids and her husband, Charlie, was one of the firemen who died for our country on 9/11.
Since the death of Charlie on September 11, Marie has gained 60 pounds. She now weighs 235 pounds, has a 45″ waist, and eats 85% packaged foods. Her Omega 3 level (the good calming fats that should be between 8-10) is 4 and her Omega 6 level (which is the inflammatory, angry fats that make you irritated if there is too much) is five times too high. She has hypertension with a blood pressure of 140/100. And guess what… she eats 85% packaged foods!
Does this sound at all familiar? Then you should definitely try Dr. Oz’s Packaged Food Detox plan and see how much better you feel in just 28 days:
Week 1: Shop The Perimeters – Skip the middle of the grocery store (where the packaged and frozen foods are), and only shop around the perimeter where there is fresh chicken, produce and whole foods, vegetables and fruits.
Week 2: The “Whole” New Meal Plan – Using the food from around the perimeter of the grocery store, make alternatives to your favorite packaged meals.
Week 3: Go Naked – You can start to purchase frozen foods again, but only pure frozen foods like frozen berries for breakfast smoothies of frozen edamame.
Week 4: The Re-Freeze – You can add back in packaged foods as long as they have less than 350 calories, under 4 grams of saturated fat, no more than 800 mg of sodium and a minimum of 3-5 grams of fiber.