Lunch Bunch Goes in Water Festival Detox!

By Wendy Pollitzer

August 5, 2010

This week, Kim invited the Lunch Bunch to her house to sample a meal from the popular Perricone Program, a 28-day challenge that Dr. Nicholas Perricone, M.D. claims to fight fat, rebuild muscle, transform your skin and preserve beauty.

The Lunch Bunch eagerly obliged.  All of us (except Heather, who was on vacation) were coming down from a week’s worth of Water festival activities.  We were in, what I’ve dubbed, WFD…Water Festival Detox!

We all had so much fun, but at our ages, fun comes with a price. You know what I’m talking about. How many of you woke up on the morning of July 26th, and said, “I am too old for this!”

The Monday after Water Festival is comparable to January 1st.  Everyone in Beaufort starts making resolutions about diet and alcohol consumption.  I would imagine August to be a slow month at the liquor store and a profitable one at It’s Only Natural and all the local gyms and yoga studios!

Needless to say, we were all on board for a healthy, low-key meal. And we were also excited to share all of our Water Festival stories! It seems Friday night was April’s favorite, according to Christina who got a glimpse of happy April at the River Dance! Kim, Elizabeth and I rehashed tales from the sandbar. Some, hilarious…some, not so pretty (and certainly not appropriate for publication)!

As always, I digress.

Kim went to Publix and purchased all of the ingredients for the month as recommended by Dr. Perricone for the 28-day challenge. His approach is intended to decrease inflammation in every organ system, improve your metabolism, lift your mood, make your heart resistant to disease, decrease the risk of cancer, improve bone density, repair the skin, rejuvenate your immune system, and possibly help you loseweight.

If you’re interested in the challenge and want to see all of the recipes and fitness plans, please visit their website at

For an appetizer, Kim served a plate of celery and roasted garlic hummus for us to share. We then engaged in the main course: a bowl of chicken, sausage and lentil soup with a side of cantaloupe and honeydew.  I was rather impressed at how quickly I filled up! And, the soup was delicious!

Lentils have been shown to be an excellent source of some vitamins and minerals such as Iron, Potassium and Folate. Lentils are also considered to be a good source of Niacin.  In terms of actual diseases, the consumption of legumes (such as lentils) have been shown to: reduce the risk of coronary heart disease; lower cholesterol levels; provide a source of beneficial high fiber for persons with diabetes; and help in reducing triglycerides.

So, the Lunch Bunch got a small taste (no pun intended) of the 28-day challenge. Kim is steadfast and continues her trial. As for the rest of us?  Well, read next week’s column and find out if we kept our healthy promises.

As for Water Festival…Until we meet again! Thank you for only coming around once a year!

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