ABOUT THE BOOK
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
BELLY FIXERS, ARE YOU
ON DAY 10?
Day 10 of The 21-Day Belly Fix!
Today's meal plan is the same as Day 9!
Yesterday, you should have introduced PREbiotics (from food sources as well as inulin). If you tolerated the inulin well, have it again today at the SAME dose. Remember, you only want to increase the dose every several days until you slowly build up to 1 gram.
Continue to incorporate prebiotic foods into your shakes and meals as directed including banana, wild blueberries, onions and/or garlic or chicory root.
Keep up your probiotics! You'll continue to start your day with probiotic-rich apple cider vinegar, have a serving of fermented foods at lunch (& dinner if you choose) and add (or take) a probiotic supplement to your mid-morning smoothie.
After today (Day 10), you will have successfully built your bacteria and now we are looking ahead to the next phase - solving your food puzzle!
FEATURED IN THE
DECEMBER ISSUE OF
With The 21-Day Belly Fix by Dr. Taz MD
Leading integrative physician Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. shares a groundbreaking
21-day eating plan to shed pounds,
accelerate metabolism, balance your digestive system, improve gut
function, and feel better every day
– without dieting!
Barnes & Noble
TASNEEM BHATIA, M.D.
Author of What Doctors Eat
The 21-Day Belly Fix book Endorsements
"If you are tired of feeling bloated and blah, let The 21 Day Belly Fix be your guide to good gut health and a slim waistline. This splendid book is a treasure written by Dr. Taz, who is one the of the nation’s leading experts on integrative medicine."
Gerard E. Mullin M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology, Johns Hopkins
About the Book
Leading integrative physician Tasneem Bhatia, M.D. shares a groundbreaking 21-day eating plan to shed pounds, accelerate metabolism, balance your digestive system, improve gut function, and feel better every day – without dieting!
There are one hundred trillion reasons losing weight and staying healthy are so hard: That’s the number of bacteria living in your digestive system – good bugs and bad that influence everything from how much fat you store to whether or not you’ll get arthritis, diabetes, or Alzheimer’s.
As medical director of the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, Tasneem Bhatia, M.D., is an expert in unlocking the mystery of the gut and probiotic health. Combining the latest research and cutting-edge science with proven alternative nutritional remedies, Dr. Taz has developed a simple plan – that has worked for thousands of her own patients – that aims to reprogram your digestive system, help fight disease, and strip away pounds in just 21 days! The Belly Fix accelerates metabolism, increases energy, and jump-starts weight loss immediately. Once “fixed,” you’ll continue to feel the benefits.
Drop pounds in as few as 21 days, with more to come after your digestive bacteria is balanced.
Speed up your metabolism with the help of research that proves a direct link between your gut bacteria and how quickly you burn fat.
Reduce inflammation and rebalance your body to help fight diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, skin disorders, and more.
Find focus and clarity with the help of simple and delicious foods that feed the healthy microorganisms in your gut – and fight the bad ones!
The Belly Fix is the final word on what researchers call your “second brain” and the simple ways that fixing your diet – instead of committing to a long-term food-banishing plan – can get your gut out of the gutter and help you to start feeling great. With delicious recipes and easy swaps, The Belly Fix is the ultimate weight-loss plan!
About the Author
Taz is well-known and highly regarded in medical circles for her unique ability to diagnose, develop and apply the appropriate protocol for a variety of patient needs and conditions. She believes in creating highly customized plans for patients, in an effort to provide them with an unprecedented level of care so they can achieve optimum wellness.
With 12 years of emergency room experience, including serving as a pediatric emergency room specialist, Dr. Taz believes the synergy between women and children’s health and its ultimate impact on the health of the family is profound. This is one of the core beliefs her Center was founded upon as she sees and treats patients of all ages.
“The Center is designed to help all patients navigate health solutions from numerous vantage points. We employ multiple systems of medicine, drawing from both conventional and eastern medicine, in our endeavor to create the most efficient and effective individualized treatment plans,” said Dr. Taz. “From prevention to wellness, our Center’s dedicated medical teams work tirelessly to find answers to both common and complex medical conditions.”
With an established agenda of improving the health of people at every age, Dr. Taz MD became involved in media activities starting in 2003. Since then, she has served as a medical expert for CNN Headline News, a medical contributor for various news organizations and as a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. Taz has been featured on media outlets including the Dr. Oz Show, The Weather Channel, TODAY, Access Hollywood, CNN, LIVE with Kelly and Michael. She is also a Dr. Oz Sharecare expert, a Huffington Post contributor, and served as a Prevention magazine columnist. She is an assistant professor at Emory University in Preventive and Integrative Medicine and continues to bring attention to the frequently ignored health issues of women and children. She currently serves as a Health Expert for MomCorps, MomDocs, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and is a board member for Green of Hearts.
It was Taz’s personal health challenges, combined with what she found to be a malfunctioning health care system, which served as the catalyst for her to pursue an alternative definition of health and healthy living. As she sought answers in her own health crisis, she uncovered a wealth of information not taught in conventional medical schools.
Featured in Atlanta’s Top Docs, Dr. Taz Bhatia M.D., is a multi-talented and innovative physician and fellow of the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine led by Dr. Andrew Weil, completing her fellowship in 2008.
Wife, entrepreneur and mom of three, Leah Ohrberg, has suffered with digestive problems for almost 20 years. Despite trying fad diets and the latest health food tips, nothing has given relief to this 34-year-old southern California mom whose symptoms have included stomach pain, bloating and too many hours spent in the bathroom. When Ohrberg heard her sister, Rosie Martinson, was going to be a part of trying out The 21-Day Belly Fix by Dr. Taz MD, she quickly asked if she could be a part of the trial too, in hopes of experiencing some digestive healing.
Within days of being on the program, Ohrberg experienced what she calls nothing short of a medical miracle.
“The first three days of being on the plan was an adjustment because I had never done something like this before,” said Ohrberg who has tried countless things over the years to help relieve her digestive pain. “However, by day four, I couldn’t believe it. I had my first normal bowel movement in more than 14 years and no stomach pain! I also have felt a dramatic increase in my energy level, which is helpful with three young children running around! I’ve only been on the plan for a little over a week and feel like my stomach is working again.”
Ohrberg had wanted to homeschool her children for more than a year, but she and her husband had decided against it because the state of her health. Several weeks into the program, Ohrberg and her husband had the homeschool talk again and decided that since she was experiencing so much gut healing with The 21-Day Belly FIx, they were going to change their mind and go for it! They pulled their kids out of school and are converting their detached garage into a homeschooling space.
Ohrberg’s stomach issues have dramatically improved. Among her digestive results, she lost 8 lbs, 6 inches and says she has more energy than ever.
Ohrberg is staying on the Belly Fix indefinitely.
Rosie Martinson, 31-years-old, lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband Lander and their four sons. When she’s not at the ball field she is working as a marketing maven and blogger. She joined The 21 Day Belly Fix focus group in hopes of healing her digestive system, creating lifelong healthy eating habits, and stopping the roller coaster of trend diets!
Martinson lost 9 lbs and 5.5 inches after the three-week program and discovered she has a dairy sensitivity when she tried reintroducing it in her diet. She also realized she can function without her morning caffeine fix of coffee! She reports brighter skin and shinier hair and that her energy levels are more consistent throughout the day.
Jaclyn Miles, mom of two young children, was recently diagnosed a celiac. She has suffered from stomach bloating and cravings and has wanted to jump start her weight loss and metabolism for some time. After meticulously following The 21-Day Belly Fix, she experienced a 14 lb weight loss and reports less cravings and stomach bloating and more energy to keep up with her active son and daughter! Miles plans to continue the green drink juicing as she felt it was a main source of energy for her while on the plan!
Paige is a PR and marketing pro in Atlanta and a diagnosed celiac who had been unable to loose weight no matter what diet she tried. She decided to try The 21-Day Belly Fix to heal her gut, lose weight and decrease anxiety. After the three-week program, Paige experienced significant improvement in her digestion, energy levels and mood. She lost 14 lbs and 7 inches and even her dermatologist noticed that her skin is clearer and brighter!
Soul is 36-years-old, works for Whole Foods Market and has struggled with serious health issues for the past decade. He says, “At the age of 30, I suffered from a heart attack. I have been on high blood pressure and cholesterol medication ever since. From Dr. Taz’s 21-Day Belly Fix plan, I hope to loose my belly fat, get my blood pressure and cholesterol under control and increase my energy level. I also am hopeful that this plan will put me in the direction of a great lifestyle change.”
Update on Soul:
Coulibaly went to his doctor the day before he started The 21-Day Belly Fix and his blood pressure was 190/120. After doing The 21-Day Belly Fix plan for just 10 days, he went back to re-check his levels and his doctor was amazed. . . his blood pressure was 117/ 79! Coulibaly could hardly wait to tell his wife! His new results pushed him on to complete the program.
At the end of the three week program on Aug. 25, Coulibaly had lost 21 pounds and 12.5 inches. He feels energetic upon rising and has much more stamina during the day. His blood pressure is under control and he has no more heartburn (which plagued him before). Coworkers are commenting that he looks much younger and his wife notices that his skin looks better. He says he is like a new person.
Chris Toews, a 35-years-old husband and father in Atlanta, has lived through countless “gut bugs” in 15-year career as a humanitarian aid worker. Toews has lived all over east and central Africa and experienced illnesses including malaria and gut bugs like parasites and giardia. “Though I’ve lived in the U.S. for five years now, my digestion and stomach hasn’t felt optimal and I experience stomach discomfort that I can’t always put my finger on,” said Toews who also complains of the afternoon “drag” post lunchtime. Toews went into The 21-Day Belly Fix hoping to repair his gut and lose some weight in his abdominal region.
Upon completion of the program, Toews lost 8.5 lbs and 7 inches and noted he no longer needs that afternoon coffee to keep alert in the office. One surprising result he experienced was the absence of his facial eczema, which he now clearly links to a dairy sensitivity. He also feels a lot less bloating in his stomach and hopes to stay on a juicing regimen and limit his intake of sugar, dairy and gluten moving forward.
At her heaviest, Ally Edge was more than 300 lbs in high school. In 2011, Ally’s mid-twenties, she knew the time for her 10-year high school reunion would soon arrive and she wanted to lose weight. She joined a gym and began her journey that involved calorie counting and a trainer. Eventually she discovered her favorite fitness loves—Crossfit, yoga and Zumba! Over the course of 3 years she lost 77 lbs, however, she hit a plateau and while she has been able to maintain her weight loss, hasn’t progressed forward. Ally did The 21-Day Belly Fix to jump start her weight loss, improve her gut health and get her metabolism going again!
Upon completion of the program, Ally says she wakes up more quickly in the morning feeling great and was surprised by how much her mood has improved. She lost 8 lbs and 5.75 inches on the program and is excited to keep progressing in her weight loss journey!
Dan Helmich joined The 21-Day Belly Fix focus group in hopes of jump starting some needed weight loss in his abdomen and forming some better eating habits.
At 56-years-old, he has completed the program and lost 13.4 pounds and 5.25 inches. He has noticed an increase in energy and an improvement in his overall mood. He also says his skin is brighter and is less dry. “This program is unique because you are challenged to do things that no other diet or plan tells you to do. I lost weight, but I changed some bad habits and can feel a total body change,” said Helmich who plans on continuing several key components of the Belly Fix.
Janet Helmich, 62-years-old, lost 8.2 pounds and 7.25 inches. She has noticed improvement in many different areas of her life, but her top changes include less stiffness in her joints and throughout her body, which she is grateful for because she is a pianist. She has also experienced deeper, more peaceful sleep at night.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are the first 3 days so rough?
The first 3 days are all about detoxification and cleaning out your belly. Remember your digestive system stores undigested food, toxins and chemicals. You may feel weak or light headed during these days. If you are still hungry, consider adding a protein shake in the early evening.
Why am I still irregular?
Sometimes the rice protein or the lack of caffeine (a stimulant) may be constipating. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water and try changing your rice protein to a pea protein. You can try supplementing with magnesium in the evenings, if the problem persists.
I don't like the apple cider vinegar and water.
If you don't like the apple cider vinegar, please make sure you are diluting it with water otherwise it can trigger reflux or burn your throat. Alternately, try 2 oz. of prune juice or warm lemon water in the morning.
I am still hungry through the day.
If you are still hungry through the day, remember you can sip on ginger tea, green tea or add another protein shake. By Day 6, most participants don't feel hungry!
I did not react well to inulin (or any of the recommended supplements).
Any time you don't react well to the supplements, please stop taking them and move on to the next step of the plan.
Can I add the aloe and glutamine to my shakes and green drinks?
Yes, both can be added.
Can I use sushi rice as a substitute for glutinous rice?
Yes, if you can't find glutinous rice, sushi rice is a good substitute.
Can my children do the 21-day Belly Fix?
No, the 21-Day Belly Fix is not suitable for children. But you can use some of the key concepts: cutting out sugar, gluten or dairy, and varying foods to get bacterial diversity.
*The information above is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for your physician's medical advice, diagnosis or treatment*