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Right now, I'd like you to take out your journal (or online guide) and respond to the following:

Think about what takes away your energy and what gives you energy as you record responses to the following questions in your journal.

Write a list of everything that gives you energy, and a list of everything that drains your energy. Include all persons, places, things, experiences, thoughts, feelings, and foods. Then resolve to let go each week of one thing that drains your energy and add one thing that gives you energy.

Then share with your partner or friend or your group:

  1. What are the top three things you do that hold you back from your health and weight loss goals? These may include things like smoking, not getting enough sleep, not relaxing enough, excess sugar consumption, unconscious eating, choosing poor quality foods, eating late, skipping breakfast, and more.

  2. What are the top three emotions or mental habits that keep you from your health and weight loss goals? Is it putting things off, depression, low self-esteem, fear, anger, resentment, or something else?

  3. If you have any "toxic relationships" in your life right now? Do they serve a purpose for you? Is there a way you could give them up or change them? If so, how could you do that?

  4. How would your life be different without these behavioral habits, mental and emotional constructs, and relationships?

  5. Are you really too busy to change your habits and life? Do you spend hours in front of the TV, or on the computer? How much time would you have to connect with friends, find and prepare healthy food, exercise or relax if you took a "media fast?"

  6. What are some behaviors, habits, and relationships you could choose to engage in instead that would give you energy and health, mentally, spiritually, and physically?

  7. What motivates you in life? What makes you want to wake up each morning? What is your life's purpose?

  8. How does being overweight or ill diminish or detract from your life's purpose?

  9. How would following this program and getting well allow you to fulfill your life's purpose more effectively?

Each of us has unique reasons for wanting to create change in our health or life. There is no right or wrong reason, just what's most important to you.

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“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” (Philippians 4:6 NLT)

You have a fundamental need for joy in your life. Life without joy is overwhelming, overburdened, and oppressive. Studies have actually shown that the more joy we have in our lives, the more productive we are. I read an article in "US News and World Report" that said that corporations hire "joy consultants" to build up the joy in peoples’ lives so that employees can be more productive. It is true that you have more energy, more creativity, and more productivity when you have joy in your life.

In the short book of Philippians — only four chapters long — Paul uses the word “joy” 16 times. The amazing thing is, Paul didn’t write this book when he was on vacation in the Caribbean. He was in prison in Rome, waiting to be executed. In the darkest days of his life, he wrote the most positive book in the Bible.

In Philippians, Paul gives us six joy-builders that will help diffuse our discouragement and lift our depression. To make them easy to remember, I’ve made them into an acrostic — JOYFUL. Today, we’ll look at the first three.

J: Jettison all regrets about your past.

“Jettison” means “to abandon as worthless, to discard, to eliminate, to get rid of.” Paul says if you want to enjoy life, there are some things you’ve got to get rid of because they are wearing you down and overburdening your life. The Bible says to forget your regrets, because that's what God does — he chooses to forgive your mistakes once they're confessed. The starting point of joy is letting go of the past. Philippians 3:13 says, “One thing I do is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead” (GN).

O: Omit all worries about your future.?

If you’re going to enjoy the present, you must omit all worries about your future. Worry, hands-down, is the greatest killjoy of them all. You cannot be joyful and worried at the same time. Paul’s antidote are these verses: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6 NLT). You can either worry or you can pray.

Y: Yield yourself to God's purpose.

If you’re just drifting, if you don’t know where you came from or where you’re going or why you’re here, of course you’re not going to have any joy in your life. We all need a cause greater than ourselves for which we live. That is what brings us joy. Living for yourself does not bring joy.
Even when Paul had literally lost everything, there was one thing that could not be taken away from him — his purpose in life. Paul says in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” (NIV).

If you want to have a joy-filled life, you need to get in line with God’s purpose for your life. When you begin to live the purpose for which you are made, life makes sense, and joy is a lot more easily found.

Talk It Over

  • What are the things — people, circumstances, situations, or feelings — that are wearing you down and keeping you from living a joyful life?
  • What is the difference in happiness and joy?
  • What are you worried about? What do you need to do to release your worry?
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This ubiquitous nut offers a happy combination of versatility and nutrition.
The almond is no ordinary nut. And thanks to its flavor, nutritional power, and culinary flexibility, appreciation for almonds may be at an all-time high.

Once confined to hors d’oeuvre trays and trail mixes, almonds are now available in many forms, including almond flour, butter, and milk. The result? An array of delectable edibles brimming with health benefits.
Due to California’s drought, almonds are currently a bit pricey. So we’ve come up with a variety of recipes that use almonds judiciously and won’t break the bank.

GET YOUR ALMONDS

Nuts:  When possible, choose whole almonds over chopped or sliced (more exposed surface area makes for a shorter shelf life).  For a deep, nutty flavor, try roasting raw nuts alone or with some olive oil and herbs.
Flour:  Also called almond meal, almond flour is ground from whole almonds. Traditionally used in baked goods, it is also perfect for thickening savory sauces or as a substitute for bread crumbs.
Butter:  A creamy paste made from ground nuts, almond butter can be used just like peanut butter. You can grind your own at many natural-food markets or purchase convenient no-stir versions at most stores.
Oil: When pressed, almonds make a smooth, vitamin-rich oil that’s as good for moisturizing your skin as it is for high-heat cooking — its smoke point is 420 degrees F.
Milk: Made from finely ground almonds and water, almond milk has a mild taste and a creamy texture, making it a nice substitute for cow’s milk. Looking to avoid the additives in commercial almond milk? Try making your own at home. (For a recipe, see below).
Cheese: Almonds make a slightly grainy, clean-tasting cheese that’s similar to ricotta. When fermented, almond cheese has a tangy flavor akin to feta.

NUTRITIONAL KNOW-HOW

  1. Thanks to their rich stores of magnesium and vitamins B and E, almonds are strong immune-system boosters.

  2. Like avocados and extra-virgin olive oil, almonds are an abundant source of mono-unsaturated fat.

  3. The phytonutrients in almond skins double the antioxidant power of the vitamin E in the meat of the nut.

  4. Like all nuts and seeds, almonds contain phytic acids, which can limit your body’s ability to digest proteins and break down starch into sugar. Since most of the phytic acid is found in the skin of almonds, some experts recommend removing the skins if you are having digestive difficulties (although remember that you’ll be removing key phytonutrients as well).

  5. Almonds naturally have enzyme inhibitors that can strain your digestive system. Soaking almonds in water for at least 18 hours decreases these enzyme inhibitors, making the nuts easier to digest and encouraging the production of other beneficial enzymes that help with nutrient absorption. The Weston A. Price Foundation recommends purchasing nut butters and flours made only from nuts that have been soaked.

ALMOND-CRUSTED TILAPIA
Use seasoned almond flour instead of breadcrumbs to crust fish or chicken. Make a large batch of any of these seasoned flours and store in the refrigerator. 

Makes two servings
Preparation time: 10 to 20 minutes

½ cup seasoned almond crumbs (see variations below)
2 tilapia fillets

Italian Almond Crumbs
Makes ½ cup

½ cup almond flour
½ tsp. dried oregano
½ tsp. dried thyme
½ tsp. dried basil
½ tsp. dried rosemary
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. salt

Cajun Almond Crumbs 
Makes ½ cup

½ cup almond flour
1 tsp. smoked Spanish paprika
½ tsp. dried thyme
½ tsp. dried oregano
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Lemon-Pepper Almond Crumbs
Makes ½ cup

½ cup almond flour
Zest of 1 lemon
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Curry Almond Crumbs
Makes 3/4 cup

  • - ½ cup almond flour

  • - 1 tbs. curry powder

  • - 1/4 cup grated unsweetened coconut

  • - ½ tsp. salt

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Mix the almond-crumb ingredients together in a pie plate or a large shallow dish. Press the fish into the seasoning, turning it over to coat both sides. Bake the tilapia for 12 to 15 minutes, or until cooked through. Alternatively, sauté the fillets in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil, cooking them for about two to three minutes on each side, or until cooked through.

CAULIFLOWER-MANCHEGO GRATIN

This creamy, comforting gratin is a cinch to make. If crème fraîche is not available, sub heavy whipping cream or sour cream.

Makes four to six servings
Preparation time: 60 to 70 minutes

  • - 1 large head of cauliflower, about 1½ pounds, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces

  • - 1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

  • - Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • - 1 8-ounce container of crème fraîche

  • - 1/4 cup chopped green onions or chives

  • - 1 cup finely grated Manchego cheese, about 2 ounces

  • - 3/4 cup sliced almonds

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In an 8-x-8-inch baking pan, toss the cauliflower with the oil, salt, and pepper. Roast the cauliflower for about 20 minutes, or until it begins to brown. Meanwhile, mix together the crème fraîche, green onions, and cheese. When the cauliflower is finished roasting, stir in the crème-fraîche mixture. Sprinkle with the almonds, and bake for another 30 to 40 minutes, or until the gratin is golden brown and bubbly.

MOROCCAN SPICED PUMPKIN-ALMOND SOUP

Almond butter lends this hearty autumnal soup a velvety, creamy texture. Add chicken, lamb, beef, or pork, if you like. Or, for a vegan soup, use vegetable stock as a base.

Makes four to six servings
Preparation time: 50 minutes

  • - 1 tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

  • - 1 cup diced yellow onion, about 1 medium onion

  • - ½ cup diced celery, about 2 stalks

  • - 1 cup diced carrot, about 1 large carrot

  • - 1 cup diced red bell pepper, about 1 pepper

  • - 4 cups cubed pumpkin

  • - 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • - 1 tbs. ground cumin

  • - 1 tsp. ground turmeric

  • - ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

  • - 1/4 tsp. ground cloves

  • - 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

  • - Salt to taste

  • - ½ cup almond butter

  • - 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock

  • - Chopped fresh cilantro (optional garnish)

Heat the olive oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat and cook the onions until they are slightly caramelized, about five minutes. Add the remaining vegetables and seasonings, and sauté for about 10 minutes until the vegetables begin to brown. Stir in the almond butter and stock until the mixture is smooth. Cover and allow the soup to simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste and top the soup, if desired, with the cilantro.

SHOPPING, STORAGE & KITCHEN TIPS

  • - Unshelled almonds have the longest shelf life. Look for shells that are firm and have no signs of mold, stains, or splitting.

  • - Shelled almonds should be stored whole in a tightly sealed container in a cool place, such as the refrigerator or freezer.

  • - Almonds, which naturally contain high amounts of oil, should smell slightly sweet. If the nuts have a scent that is sharp or bitter, it means the oils within have turned rancid and the nuts must be discarded.

  • - When purchasing roasted almonds, choose “dry roasted” — which means they weren’t cooked in oil. This will help you avoid industrial vegetable oils and preservatives.

  • - Need to chop whole almonds? Use a chef’s knife or a food processor (a few pulses should do it — more than that, and you might end up with almond butter).

Not a fan of almond skins? Simply blanch the nuts in boiling water for one minute, rinse under cold water, and squeeze the almonds out of their newly shriveled skin.

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Sharing reinvented all-American dishes is ideal for any outdoor gathering. Or take this picnic on the road for a tailgate party, backyard barbecue, or and taking with you to the next big game or church supper....
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Our greatest desire is that you would embrace The Daniel Plan and the five Essentials, inviting health into every area of your life. Choose to believe that all things are possible with God. Be kind to yourself, and trust him. Make God’s Word a daily part of your life, and his truths and promises will restore anything that’s broken; his love will propel you into a new way of thinking, a healthy approach to each day....
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Perhaps you are wondering if The Daniel Plan can really work for you. You may be frustrated that other programs haven’t worked in the past. Regardless of your starting point, there is great hope for change. Thousands of people across the world have experienced success, enjoying a new way of healthy living.

Dee Eastman is one of those people. Although her journey is scattered with highs and lows—times of great joy and moments of tremendous grief—Dee has applied the practical principles of the five Essentials. She has created new patterns that are lasting, ways of responding to life that reduce stress rather than create it. The Daniel Plan has become her daily practice, and we are confident it can be for you as well.

Life holds challenges for everyone, and Dee’s journey has been no different. Her first daughter was born with severe genetic abnormalities and endured several surgeries. But after four short months her baby passed away. In an instant, hopes and dreams of a family were stolen. Dee struggled to understand why God allowed this loss in her life.

Despite tremendous grief and unanswered questions, Dee and her husband moved forward with the dream of having a family. Within a year came a healthy son, and two years after that a healthy daughter. Then, shortly after, the surprise of a lifetime knocked on their door. Dee was pregnant with identical triplet girls!

Spinning with joy over the news, they had no idea how they would juggle five kids under the age of five. The pregnancy was complicated, and the girls were born early at twenty-eight weeks. Dee learned that two of the triplets had cerebral palsy, and the doctors said one daughter may never walk.

In the years ahead, striving to find a new normal, Dee tried to adjust to the girls’ medical issues and the growing needs of her family. But with her still carrying so much grief over the loss and too much to juggle, her health started to suffer. The emotional stress felt overwhelming. Sinking into depression, she developed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The physical stress was mounting.

Dee turned to a friend, and that’s when the healing began. She experienced firsthand the power of friendship. The Bible talks about this in Matthew 18:20: “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
That friendship led her to a small group that encouraged her to honestly share her struggles. Adopting the Friends Essential while entering into authentic community became Dee’s first step. “I had to learn how to receive, rather than always being a giver. I had to learn how to talk about the difficult things in my life, instead of keeping them hidden.” This transformational concept is something that Pastor Rick frequently teaches: We are only as sick as our secrets. To get healthy, we need to share our struggles and be willing to receive help.

Dee’s community moved her forward:
I had hidden my anger and disappointment for all the difficulties God had allowed in my life, but I decided to open up and begin working through my feelings. I realized that I had put God in a tiny box and that the box needed to be blown up. I needed to embrace the mystery of who he is and trust him, even though some of my questions weren’t answered. I made the decision to refocus on him, sit still before him, and meditate on his promises. I have learned to live with intention, to notice that in the midst of stress and strain, God can still be in the center.

One way Dee worked on this was to purposely reflect on the goodness in her life. She kept a journal in which she poured out her feelings and ultimately focused on gratefulness, even as life threw curve balls her way. “This has become a moment by moment choice for me, and it comes down to how I manage my thoughts throughout each and every day. Proverbs 4:23 says, ‘Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life’ [NCV].”

With help from a functional medicine doctor, a new eating plan, and a desire to move and regain physical strength, Dee continued making progress. Step by step with practical advice, her physical, spiritual, and emotional health started to improve. Her depression lifted, and within a few months all the IBS symptoms vanished for good.

One healthy step led to another. Dee got out to walk, and she eventually ran, approaching exercise not out of guilt, but because of the healing effect it had on her body. She then ran a 5K, later a 10K, and eventually a marathon. Today she continues to discover all types of movement she enjoys.

 

Dee’s experience is ultimately what made her say yes when Pastor Rick invited her to be the director of The Daniel Plan. The foundational principles in The Daniel Plan have radically impacted her life for many years now. And in her role as director Dee has witnessed people from all walks of life, young and old, embracing the five essentials to become healthy and strong. It is these stories of transformed lives and the solid principles of the lifestyle that provide a firm foundation for your growth and the ongoing inspiration for your success to be built on.

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“We will never turn our back on you; breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name!” (Psalm 80:18 MSG)

Psalm 80:18 says, “We will never turn our back on you; breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name!” (MSG).  Breathing is one of the few functions of your body that you do automatically — but it can also be done mindfully. When you remember to breathe deeply, you can actually clear your body and mind. By slowing your breathing, you can lower your heart rate and your stress level! Breathing is a powerful way to strengthen your body.

Mindful breathing is a reminder that your need for intimacy with God is like your need to breathe in air. King David sang, “I live and breathe GOD” (Psalm 34:2 MSG).

God can breathe new life into you and your efforts to become healthier. He says, “I will put breath into you and bring you back to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD” (Ezekiel 37:6b TEV).

Talk It Over

  • - What does it mean to “live and breathe God”? Why is this significant to your success in the Daniel Plan?
  • - What does the truth that God can breathe new life into you mean to your efforts to become Daniel Strong?
  • - Taking five slow, deep breaths before you eat can help you eat less and enjoy the food more. Try this during your next meal. How does it affect the way you eat and the way you feel during and after the meal?

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Fish and seafood are great sources of omega 3 fats (as well as protein and minerals). Feel free to use your favorite low-mercury fish for tacos. GF/DF
Serves 4 tacos

4 (2-ounce) pieces of white fish such as cod or halibut, cut into strips
1 tablespoon coconut oil?
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
4 organic corn tortillas
½ cup shredded cabbage
½ cup shredded red cabbage
¼ cup shredded carrots
1 avocado, sliced
½ cup Mango Jalapeno Salsa

1. Preheat grill. (You may warm tortillas wrapped in wax paper in a microwave for 15 seconds instead.)
2. Mix Cajun seasoning and oil together. Rub mixture on fish. Grill fish 2 minutes on each side till medium done. Remove from grill. Set aside.
3. Brown tortillas on the grill or microwave.
4. Place a bit of shredded cabbage and carrot on the tortillas. Arrange 2 slices of avocado on top of cabbage. Place grilled fish on avocado, and top with salsa.


Mango Jalapeno Salsa

Switch up your regular salsa for a tropical version when using fish or chicken in Mexican recipes.
Makes 2 cups

1 mango, peeled and diced
½ cup diced pineapple
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
¼ cup seeded and diced tomato
¼ cup diced red bell pepper
4 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon raw honey
½ cup fresh chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons minced seeded jalapeño

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Based on The Daniel Plan book, The Daniel Plan Cookbook: 40 Days to a Healthier Life is a beautiful four-color cookbook filled with more than 100 delicious, Daniel Plan-approved recipes that offer an abundance of options to bring nutritious cooking into your kitchen to help transform your health in the best way imaginable—from the inside out.

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Your kitchen might be under the cruel reign of the food industry. When you remove the sugary, processed foods that hold your weight and health hostage and replace them with real, whole foods, you have a chance to stage a revolution and reclaim your kitchen.

Getting the obstacles to weight loss and health out of your way will transform your kitchen into a place of true nourishment and healing.

In fact, taking back our kitchens and embracing the act of cooking real food is probably the single most important thing that any one person can do to create a healthy, sustainable food system. It is also a magical alchemy that transforms individual ingredients into ambrosia and pleasure.

My philosophy is to “Eat real food.”  So the best thing to do immediately is to take an afternoon to hunt and gather in your kitchen. Be merciless, and throw out any products that are not real food.  Toss all highly processed, factory-manufactured Frankenfoods. Keep and going forward, choose only fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and lean animal proteins such as fish, chicken, and eggs.

Now, I understand that not everyone is ready for or wishes to undertake such a dramatic change. That doesn’t mean you need to take an either-or approach and succumb to the processed, sugary foods that contribute to diabesity.

A few simple upgrades can transform your diet without radically altering your life. While simple, these seven replacements can create dramatic changes in your diet that don’t feel restrictive or “diet-ish.”

  1. Replace breakfast with a protein smoothie. Most people start the day wrong, having dessert for breakfast or skipping this most important meal altogether. A protein shake makes an easy replacement to stoke your metabolic fire to burn more calories during the whole day, accelerating weight loss. You can load a shake with superfoods, proteins, healthy fats, and phytonutrients that will keep your blood sugar balanced and your energy high throughout the day. Plus, they are very filling and satisfying— no worries here about going hungry. Protein shakes sustain you and help you control your appetite throughout the day. Grab some of my favorite shake recipes here.
  2. Upgrade your meat and eggs. Conventional meat and eggs often come loaded with hormones, antibiotics, from animals fed with grain and other foods that definitely do not belong in their diets. Look for animal products that are pasture-raised, grass-fed, and antibiotic-, hormone-, and pesticide-free. Go on a low-mercury diet by sticking with small, wild, or sustainably farmed fish. By the way, you don’t need to stick to just egg whites. Yolks contain important vitamins and fats needed for brain and mood function.
  3. Replace gluten starches with green vegetables. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, spelt, and oats. It has been around since we began cultivating grains 10,000 years ago (still relatively new in the human diet). But 50 years ago, the type of gluten changed as we created new strains of wheat (genetically altered dwarf strains I call Frankenwheat), and this has created a veritable epidemic of problems, including a 400 percent increase in celiac disease and a dramatic rise in gluten sensitivity, affecting about eight percent of the population. While gluten-free grains are best, all grains (including breads, cereals, and snacks) — even gluten-free ones— can spike blood sugar and insulin. To break the addiction cycle, we need to shut down insulin production as much as possible. An easy way to do that is simply substituting another leafy or cruciferous vegetable for what would normally constitute a starch on your plate. You can easily do this when dining out as well. If your entree includes a baked potato, simply ask your server to substitute sautéed spinach.
  4. Replace bad oils for good oils. Corn, soybean, canola, and sunflower oils contain inflammatory omega-6 fats and currently make up 10 percent of our calories. Instead, stick to extra virgin olive oil or extra virgin coconut butter (also known as coconut oil). Extra virgin olive oil contains polyphenols, which are powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. Olive oil has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease as much as or more than statins. Coconut butter or oil is a powerful cellular fuel and also contains anti-inflammatory fats such as lauric acid, the same fat found in breast milk. For high-heat cooking, grape seed oil is also safe.
  5. Replace bad fats for healthy fats. The standard American diet (SAD, indeed) contains a massive amount of pro-inflammatory fats that keep you sick, tired, fat, and inflamed. Make the leap to anti-inflammatory healthy fats. Have one serving of a healthy fat at all meals, which might be ¼ avocado, wild-caught salmon, grass-fed beef, or nut or seed butter such as almond or cashew.
  6. Replace snacks with nuts. Get rid of the sugary, processed snacks and keep nuts in your pantry instead. They have been proven to help with weight loss and reduce the risk of diabetes. They are also a great snack because they are full of protein, fiber, minerals, and good fats. Buy raw or lightly toasted unsalted nuts. Avoid nuts that are fried or cooked in oils. The best are almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, and pecans. Stick with one or two handfuls for a snack once or twice a day. But be careful, nuts have a tendency to raise blood sugar if you binge on them. Remember a serving is 10 to 12 nuts or a good handful.
  7. Replace coffee for green tea. Coffee can interfere with your liver’s detoxification mechanisms, makes you less insulin sensitive, and its caffeine content revs up your stress hormones.  Make the switch to green tea and stick to one to three cups a day.  The small amount of caffeine won’t hurt and the antioxidants will heal. 

Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. He is a practicing family physician, a nine-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, medical editor of The Huffington Post and founding doctor of The Daniel Plan

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