Friday, December 3, 2004

Book explores tenets of detoxifying

Hailey nutritionist co-authors new guide

Express Staff Writer

"The New Detox Diet" by Elson Haas and Daniella Chace, Celestial Arts, $16.95, 257 pgs.

"I'm really happy with the book and it's been really useful for my clients. It's important because so often when people do a detox they do a very low calorie cleanse. Without enough protein they can barely exercise from lack of energy."

—Daniella Chace, Nutritionist

Are you sluggish, have chronic aches, environmental and food allergies? Do you eat fried foods, take over the counter, prescription or recreational drugs? Do you smoke or drink?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for a healthful detoxing, according to the authors of "The New Detox Diet," Dr. Elson Haas and Certified Nutritionist Daniella Chace.

The new book is an expanded version of the best selling "The Detox Diet" published in 1995. Both Haas and Chace have each authored or co-authored seven other health-related books.

Haas was instrumental in developing the theory and practice of Integrated Medicine, as the founder and director of the Preventive Medical Center of Marin in San Rafael, Calif. He specializes in Family and Nutritional Medicine, Detoxification, and Individualized Health Programs. Chace runs her nutrition counseling and education business in Hailey.

The new book discusses the theories behind detoxing your body. It's a more extensive book than the original and includes more options, clearer guidelines and many recipes developed by Chace. A couple of fun recipes were also added by Lynn McCarthy of Cottonwood Cooking and Catering in Ketchum, and others were supplied by a few of Chace's clients.

"I love Lynn's pea humus, it's so good," Chace said enthusiastically. "And the lentil stew is one of my staples."

Tenets of natural medical practice are simple.

"The primary cause of disease is the accumulation of unnecessary wastes that are not being properly eliminated," Haas writes. This results in "poison retention and subsequent health problems. Your body is designed to support optimal function. Listen to its signals. Given the proper environment your body has the power and likelihood to heal itself and return to its normal health states."

The book also includes case studies and first person anecdotes from those who have used the caffeine, alcohol, drug or nicotine detox diets. There are local people in several of the case studies.

"I'm really happy with the book and it's been really useful for my clients," Chace said. "It's important because so often when people do a detox they do a very low calorie cleanse. Without enough protein they can barely exercise from lack of energy."

Chace says her many clients wanted to cleanse in the winter but were unable to since there is a higher caloric need when it's cold out. One way to do this is bring your own protein powder to work and mix it with organic milk or soy milk, Chace says.

"If you're not taking supplements, adding a smoothie can give you an afternoon boost."

Akasha Organics, in Ketchum, is one place that makes organic smoothies to order.

To keep cleansed Chace recommends starting the day with two glasses of water, one with half a lemon squeezed into it.

Her new projects are equally interesting. She is currently working on a new book that may be called the "Sun Valley Diet."

"It's a hedonistic weight loss diet," she laughs. "When you're happy and not starving yourself then your stress hormones drop. The stress hormone cortisol causes body fat around your abdomen. I'm having so much fun with it. It takes an integrated approach to weight loss these days. That one is going to be so much fun."

Chace also has a new aspect to her business, called Nutritionist Approved, Inc., which produces a patented Nutrition Shelf Talker program. The first version is in William's Market in Ketchum. Chace explains that "there are different cards for different issues such as osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, pregnancy, infants and children, and others for allergies, for instance."

Stay tuned for more from one of the valley's busiest nutritionist.

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