Months ago, I interviewed Dr. Phil Maffetone, on the MAF Method, an individualized approach that helps you evaluate and implement the most appropriate lifestyle actions for your needs.
Millions of Americans are inundated with so many food choices - the majority of them being unhealthy, processed foods which contain huge amounts of hidden sugar. Unless you read the label line by line, you might not even realize there is usually sugar in tomato sauce, salad dressing and so much more. The consumption of huge amounts of sugar along with carbohydrates has many getting thicker around the middle, feeling bloated and unwell. Carbohydrate intolerance, say's Dr. Maffetone, "manifests as an array of more serious problems, including obesity, and various diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease."
Dr. Maffetone's Method encourages people to eat whole, natural foods with no refined sugars, staying away from refined carbohydrates. However, to begin, you need to start with the Two Week Test, which is a complete reboot to the body. In essence, elimination of all refined carbohydrates and sugars, processed foods, fruit, certain vegetables and nuts.
The point of the 2 Week Test is NOT to lose weight. According to Dr. Maffetone, "The Two-Week Test is neither meant to be blindly followed, nor is it a fad diet. In fact, it’s not really a diet at all. It’s an evaluation that helps you individualize your own optimal eating plan for better health, not just for weight loss and reduced body fat. Many low-glycemic diets offer gimmicks that teach you how to manipulate meals so you can eat refined carbohydrates and sugar by adding fat or fiber to unhealthy foods. That is not healthy eating. It’s cheating your body. On the other hand, the Two-Week Test teaches you which foods are best for your optimal health—everyone is different and responds differently to carbohydrates and other nutrients."
According to Dr. Maffetone, during the 2 weeks, you should try to reduce levels of activity. However, if you don't, you can have small amounts of fruit.The last time I did the Test, I did consume fruit since I didn't reduce my activity/ exercise level. Since I wanted to be even more accurate this go- around, I am not consuming any fruit while keeping up my exercise levels - running anywhere between 2 to 2 and a half hours, with Barre 3 or 4 times a week, Pilates 3 times a week.
Today is Day 5 and I feel Great! I will be doing a complete write-up in The Asbury Park Press. In the meantime, here are some pictures of the delicious meals I have been eating ... For more information, visit: