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When you’re feeling relatively well, and operating at a high level, it’s easy to push matters of mind/body health down to the bottom of the to-do list—especially when life gets really busy. But the problem with de-prioritizing your health is that if things start to go haywire, feeling not-so-great can take over your life. We dreamed up a protocol with Dr. Amy Myers—who focuses on women’s health, and specifically, the autoimmune diseases that affect women 10-1—that is equal parts offense and defense. On the defense side, it is engineered to help those of us without health woes keep it that way; on the offensive side, it helps boost the body’s natural detox abilities and gets all systems to run at peak condition.

The accompanying supplement regimen has everything you need that you can’t get enough of from the modern diet alone, including phytonutrients (left out of most multivitamins), antioxidants, omega 3’s, and a glutathione (master detoxifier) building block blend designed for women looking for increased stamina and energy.

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Step 1

THE BALLS IN THE AIR FOOD PLAN

Our panel of doctors here at goop firmly believes that disease starts in the gut. To stay on a healthy track, you want to eat a nourishing diet, with as many clean, detox-friendly dishes as you can manage on the regular.

Foods to eat:

  • All organic meat and poultry—buy grass-fed beef and lamb, and pasture-raised chicken, duck, and turkey; wild game is also a great option.
  • All wild-caught fresh fish and shellfish; water-packed fish such as salmon, tuna, and sardines are also good choices
  • Healthy fats, which include avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, and avocado oil
  • Vegetables (especially cruciferous)
  • All fresh and frozen fruits
  • All fresh herbs
  • Single spices, with the exception of dried chilies (avoid seasonings with the umbrella label term “spices,” as they often contain gluten)

Foods to avoid:

Always try to steer clear of:

  • All processed food, artificial flavors and preservatives, and GMOs
  • Cold cuts, hot dogs, and processed meats
  • Refined oils, hydrogenated fats, and trans fats (mayo, salad dressings, shortenings, spreads, margarine, etc.)

If you feel pretty good, kick it off with a thirty-day detox, eliminating the following, and see if you feel even better:

  • Alcohol
  • Stimulants including caffeine (small amounts of organic green tea are okay), chocolate (100 percent cacao is okay), decongestants, etc.
  • Sweeteners (stevia, honey, coconut sugar are okay in small amounts).
  • Gluten, soy, dairy, corn, eggs, nightshades (including cayenne pepper, paprika, and crushed red pepper flakes)

If you are dealing with autoimmune issues, talk to your doctor, and remove the following for at least 30 days, as well*:

  • Any gluten and gluten-free grains, legumes (beans, lentils, etc.), nuts and seeds

*You can read more about Dr. Myers’s autoimmune-focused diet recommendations here. Many of her patients—who have autoimmune disorders, thyroid dysfunction, and/or small intestinal bacteria overgrowth (SIBO) or candida (yeast) overgrowth—feel much better after eliminating additional foods like grains and legumes (which contain certain amino acids and proteins that can potentially irritate the gut if not prepared properly).

GOOD RECIPES TO INCORPORATE INTO YOUR ROUTINE

 

Breakfast

Lunch

 

Dinner

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If a recipe calls for… Try
Tamari Coconut aminos
Almond (or any other nut/seed milk) Coconut milk
Sugar, maple syrup, or other sweetener Dates or date syrup
Rice or grains Cauliflower rice
Butter Olive oil
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MEET DR. AMY MYERS

Amy Myers, M.D. specializes in women’s health issues, particularly gut health, thyroid dysfunction, and autoimmunity. She is the founder and medical director of Austin UltraHealth, a functional medicine clinic based in Austin, Texas; and the New York Times bestselling author of The Autoimmune Solution and The Thyroid Connection.

Why she developed the protocol

I designed this for the woman who has big aspirations and goals—she is trying to do it “all.” She may have health issues, such as autoimmunity, because she is doing too much; she may have a family history of thyroid dysfunction, autoimmunity, or digestive issues that she wants to prevent; or she simply wants to stay on top of her A game.

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IS THE BALLS IN THE AIR PROTOCOL RIGHT FOR YOU?

If you answer yes to more than three questions, the protocol is a good choice for you—if you answer yes to three or more questions on multiple protocols, we recommend choosing the one that addresses your most acute need. (Learn more about: Why Am I So Effing Tired, The Mother Load, High School Genes.)

  1. Do you have big goals and an even bigger to do list?
  2. Are you trying to do it “all”? This can include building a career, being a mom, giving back to your community, training for an Ironman, or all of the above?
  3. Do you have autoimmunity issues from doing too much?
  1. Do you have a family history of autoimmune disease that you want to prevent in your own life?
  2. Do you feel fine and want to make sure it stays that way?
  3. Do you sometimes worry that you’re doing too much, or feel like you push yourself to the edge of crashing?
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Step 2

CLEAN UP YOUR PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS

What you put on your body is nearly as important as what you put in your body—here, some cheat sheets to getting toxic chemicals out of your makeup bag, laundry room, and medicine cabinet.

Step 3

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF EMOTIONALLY

Emotional disease can manifest in physical ways. Here are some good reads on attending to your physical, and psycho-spiritual health.

Step 4

MANIFEST THE CAREER YOU WANT

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