North Palm Beach residents Dr. Andy and Ivy Larson are familiar with labors of love. Their new book, Clean Cuisine: An 8-week Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition Program that Will Change the Way You Age, Look and Feel (Berkley Hardcover, $25.95), is the result of years of researching and implementing an anti-inflammatory diet.
When Ivy was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 14 years ago, she turned to Andy, who was then in medical school, for a second opinion on whether she should change her diet. After a weekend in his school’s medical library, Andy discovered a plant-forward diet packed with fruits and vegetables combated the symptoms of not only Ivy’s condition but fibromyalgia, asthma, allergies and arthritis as well. He also found people who followed such diets lost weight, gained strength, reduced their cholesterol levels and lowered their blood pressure. The Larsons put their findings into practice, developing the food and fitness plan featured in the book.
Anyone can benefit from the regimen. “You really start seeing results in five weeks,” Ivy says, adding that Andy and their son, Blake, are clean eaters, too. “In the end, this M.S. diagnosis was great because I wouldn’t have changed my diet so radically without it and wouldn’t have gotten these results.”