I used to relish eating animal-sourced foods: meats, fish, eggs, milk, butter, even pretend-butter–margarine.

You know the kind of animal-sourced foods I am talking about: steak, hamburger, sausages, sliced meats, fishes, fried in sizzling butter or slammed on a BBQ grill. M-m-m-m-m. Delicious. Delicious to anticipate because of the aroma and even more delicious to chew and taste.

I spent many years of my life following the American Diet until I discovered that the Mediterranean Diet was supposed to be healthier. I switched to that. Actually, it was not much of a switch at all. It simply added a bit more veggies, fruits, and nuts and olive oil.

Over the many years of stuffing American and Mediterranean diets into my body, something strange happened as I aged.  I began to grow sideways.

I developed the typical animal-eater’s full face and round belly.  I even began to almost waddle instead of walk.  I definitely was NOT evolving a body resembling a young Arnold Schwarzenneger. More suitably, had I had a red costume and black boots, I could have auditioned for the role of Santa Clause.

What happened?

The American and Mediterranean diets reshaped me and did so in the direction opposite to which I had aspired.

It was time for me to clear the cob webs from my brain.  I decided to simply apply common sense to what I was doing. Once I learned that certain foods were highly addictive, (see books in my end note), I realised that trying to improve my body by managing portion sizes would be frustrating and defeating. It had to be all or nothing. It started with a quick review of the USEFUL signals, clues, and facts:

  • if the American/Mediterranean diet is indeed so healthy, why are so many people doing what I did, i.e., growing sideways and growing unhealthier after they reach maturity?
  • if the American/Mediterranean diet is so good, why is there so many cases of pre-diabetes and type-2 diabetes, the kind of diabetes people get from being too fat? Why is the incidence growing each year? why are so many sick with this disease?
  • if the American/Mediterranean diet is so good, why is it so hard for people on diets to keep their weight off for the rest of their life?
  • if the American/Mediterranean diet is so good, why is heart and artery disease America’s number one killer, and has been for decades? Why is that not getting better after all these years of research, expensive medications, and expensive and dangerous artery and heart surgeries?
  • if the American/Mediterranean diet is so good, why are so many people staking so many medications, many of which does nothing to cure their many chronic diseases and keeps them dependent upon the medications for the rest of their life?
  • if the American/Mediterranean diet is so good, why is heart disease and stroke such a major problem in America compared to countries which had animal products rationed or abolished during WW2 and in other countries in which its people subsisted on starches, grains, vegetables and fruits?

Common sense told me to chuck the animal-sourced foods and try something else for at least a short period of time.

I did.

Then, a “miracle” happened.

My body began to transform away from a waddling Santa clause towards something that makes people ask me almost every day, “What did you do to look so great?!”

My answer: “I finally applied some common sense…”

Admittedly, it was a problem for me to locate the right program to test drive. I became more confused before I began developing any clarity. I suspect the entire field of nutrition is being purposefully made overly complex. Then I discovered one book, THE CHINA STUDY. After that, I knew what path to follow to find more unbiased research and results from reputable doctors. My next reading was that of Dr. Neal Barnard’s works, then many more.

What I was learning, and am still learning, is that nutrition is best optimised by eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet, getting a reasonable amount of exercise, AVOIDING ANY OILS, and avoiding processed foods and drinks.

By reading the list of books below, and by following a number of research studies in this same field, I learned that MANY CHRONIC DISEASES are caused by a lifetime of what’s on the end of our fork and spoon. I also learned that it is miraculous that the human body is so resilient that in many cases it is never too late to transition to a whole-food, plant-based nutritional program to arrest, and possibly even reverse, many chronic diseases including the major ones such as heart disease, memory problems,  and possibly even multiple sclerosis.

Want to optimize your health? Maybe try something different on your fork or spoon. Try Whole-Food, Plant-Based foods, after you get your own doctor’s permission, of course. See Some Suggestions In End Notes


END NOTE

  1. Dr. John Mcdougall, M.D., has a phenomenal website filled with helpful information and I encourage you to visit that. It has tons of FREE information that is valuable. If you are new to this notion of uncluttering your mind of any slanted research or even misinformation you may think have been told up to this point, start by visiting this particular link by clicking here to learn what diets really work and why: Dr. John McDougall speaks at the TED FORUMSee End Note #2           Dr. McDougall’s website can be accessed by clicking here: www.drmcdougall.com/  
  2. TED FORUM: what is it? TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas using short, powerful talks — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. TED’s goal: spread great ideas.
  3. Other helpful books:
    • Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr.
    • Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutritio, by T. Colin Campbell and Howard Jacobson
    • The China Study All-Star Collection: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes from Your Favorite Vegan Chefs, by LeAnne Campbell and T. Colin Campbell Ph.D.
    • Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us, by Michael Moss
    • The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Fat,
      by Rip Esselstyn
    • Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, by Gene Stone and T. Colin Campbell
    • Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes: The Scientifically Proven System for Reversing Diabetes, by Neal D. Barnard
    • Power Foods for the Brain: An Effective 3-Step Plan to Protect Your Mind and Strengthen Your Memory, by Neal D Barnard
    • Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings—And 7 Steps to End Them Naturally, by Neal D. Barnard and Joanne Stepaniak
    • Hawaii Diet, by Terry Shintani
    • Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease: The Only System Scientifically Proven to Reverse Heart Disease, by Dean Ornish
    • The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health, by Dean Ornish M.D.