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Nutritionist, Stella Metsovas & Oprah’s New Detox Diet

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By Vicki Salemi

In case you haven’t heard, Oprah is following a new nutritional plan. Apparently this one is different, better and, yes, spiritual. Following Kathy Freston’s Quantum Wellness, Oprah recently began her journey with a 21-day cleanse. Why? She says to achieve the highest level of health and contentment.

Oprah’s 21-day detox avoids caffeine, sugar, alcohol, gluten and dairy and animal products, says AOL Coach Marion Nestle, a professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University and author of ‘What to Eat?’ So what’s left? Oprah’s vegan diet embraces whole grains and fiber, beans and legumes, steamed or sautéed vegetables, flax crackers, peanut butter, almonds, blueberries and more.
People adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet for a variety of reasons. Most believe it is healthier, more environmentally-friendly or a boon to animal rights. But there are differences. While all vegetarians don’t eat meat, some do eat fish or dairy.
Vegans distinguish themselves in a different way, says Nestle. All dairy, eggs, meat and fish are taboo. While Oprah blogs about feeling like she was baptized in “Vegan Land,” and never imagined that meatless meals can be so satisfying, it’s no surprise she feels so satiated. For example, one of Oprah’s “mmmmmm good” dinners included asparagus cream soup, Portobello mushrooms, white beans and spinach and sweet potato chips.
Oprah — being Oprah — has a personal chef to keep her on the right nutritional track.
But that’s not essential to success. What is key is eating enough variety and getting enough of the proper nutrients, says Carol Anne Wasserman, board certified holistic food counselor and nutritionist. “You need to be careful,” she warns. “You could be
setting yourself up for a huge binge once the fast is over.”
Instead of just being aware of what she’s eating, Oprah says she is also more conscious about where her food is coming from. In fact, she references spiritual integrity in a blog post. “How can people say they’re trying to spiritually evolve without thinking what
happens to the animals whose lives are sacrificed in the name of gluttony?”
“The spiritual aspect in consuming fresh food from the earth, vegetables in particular,
connects you with nature,” adds Stella Metsovas, a certified nutritionist and coach in
Laguna Beach, CA. “It looks like she’s eating about 70 to 80 percent fresh food.”
Conscious eating and exercising? Check. Visualization and spiritual practice? All there.
Having fun? Yes, ma’am. But will Oprah’s new diet actually work? “It’s a whole new way
to look at her dietary intake,” Metsovas explains. “She’s consuming more fiber,
phytochemicals and antioxidants and no processed foods or animal products. It’s a
win-win situation.”