Can chronic diseases really be caused by what I eat?
  • Contrary to popular belief, most chronic diseases are not caused by genes, and they are not a natural consequence of aging. Rather, they are a direct consequence of the accumulated damage to our organs and tissues caused by our poor diet over time. Just like the toxins in cigarette smoke can gradually lead to wrinkled skin, a raspy voice, heart disease, and cancers, the toxic effects of the typical American junk food diet similarly result in typical American diseases.
How is your program different?
  • Quite simply, our focus is on disease reversal and longevity. We want you to live a long and healthy life, free of pain and disability. Even if you already have health problems and take medications for them, we will work with you to help you recover from your diseases and get off of your medications, when possible.
  • What about weight loss? We like to think of weight loss as a typical and expected side effect of eating a longevity-promoting diet. We know that there are many other programs out there that promise that you can “eat all the foods you love and still lose weight!,” but we prefer to tell you the truth - that maximizing your health requires that you improve the quality of your diet, not reduce the quantity. Don’t be fooled into starting a program that promises short-term weight loss at the expense of your long-term health.
How do you individualize your nutrition plans?
  • During your free consultation, Dr. Gutman will review your medical history with you and learn more about your health concerns, your goals, and your food preferences. Using this information, Dr. Gutman typically spends up to an hour or more personally preparing your nutrition plan. His understanding of the links between common foods and diseases enables him to tailor your plan to best treat or reverse your medical conditions or other health concerns. In addition, he will continue to work with you during the program to help keep you motivated, answer ongoing questions or concerns, and adjust or eliminate your prescription medications, when possible.
Do you prescribe medication for weight loss?
  • No, we prescribe good nutrition. Rather than adding additional medications, our goal is to help you reduce or eliminate your medications as your health improves and you recover from your diseases. Don’t believe that’s possible? Believe it. Our diet is often so effective that when Dr. Gutman works with diabetic patients taking insulin injections, he typically needs to aggressively reduce insulin dosages the very first day.
Is a plant-based diet the same as a vegan diet?
  • The focus of eating an intelligently constructed plant-based diet is to maximize your intake of the specific micronutrients your body needs to repair existing damage, optimize weight, and prevent or reverse disease. You don't necessarily have to give up all animal products to achieve this. How much you choose to include is ultimately up to you.
  • On the other hand, just because a diet is vegan does not necessarily make it healthful. There is so much processed vegan junk food available today that you can be completely vegan and still suffer the same poor health and weight issues that affect non-vegans. Remember, our primary focus is on improving your health, nothing more.
I’m not sure I can do this, as I don’t want to give up my favorite foods. What do you recommend?
  • Even if there are certain foods that you simply refuse to give up, that's ok! Eating healthier does not need to be an all-or-nothing proposition. The problem with all-or-nothing thinking is that it can prevent you from taking the first steps. Just because you aren’t willing to eat perfectly, does that mean you shouldn't improve at all? Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
I believe that I should be able to have “everything in moderation.” What’s wrong with that?
  • This just in: smoking in moderation is not good for your health. The problem with the concept of ‘moderation’ is that it doesn’t really mean anything. What one person considers “moderate” may be considered “extreme” to another person. We tend to consider our own level of consumption to be ‘moderate,’ whatever that amount may be. While an occasional indulgence might not be a big deal, just remember that too much moderation is not good for you.
Will I have to buy meal replacements and supplements from you?
  • No! We believe that you should get your nutrition from... wait for it… REAL FOOD! As humans, we are supposed to eat actual meals, not expensive laboratory-designed (that is, processed) shakes and bars. We do typically recommend a few basic supplements, but these may be purchased anywhere.
Sounds great, but I have a lot going on right now. I think I’ll wait until things settle down in my life.
  • As if that ever happens. After the holidays it will be a wedding. Then a vacation. Then a reunion. Then more holidays. Remember, this is your health we’re talking about, and you need to make it a priority. You have the opportunity to potentially avoid much needless suffering and expense. Think about the people in your life that are dependent on you. This is just too important to not take seriously. Remember, if fear of failure prevents you from trying, you will never succeed. The time to start is right now.
I live too far away from your offices, but I really want to join your program. Do you have any options for me?
  • Yes! We’d love to help you recover your health regardless of where you live. Through the magic of video conferencing, you can consult with Dr. Gutman and join the group meetings remotely on your desktop computer or via our mobile app.
What do I do after I complete the program?
  • Continue to eat healthfully, of course! During the program we guide you, educate you, and support you to make sustainable healthier choices that you should continue to implement for the rest of your life. Want more? We offer continuing programs for patients who want to further their education, continue private coaching, or who require additional ongoing support.
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