A whole food plant based diet consists of vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds. To flavor dishes, lots of different herbs and spices are used with very little amounts of sugar and salt, (if any). By eliminating animal foods, including meat, poultry, dairy products, eggs and oil--all of which are providing us with toxic levels of fat, cholesterol, excess protein, and very often harmful chemicals, our body will start healing and repairing itself. And, if exercise is added in which can be as simple as a daily brisk walk, that's a bonus!
Eating a really healthy diet has more impact on our health than exercise. Now, don't get me wrong, exercise is important and everyone should get at least 30 minutes of some kind of exercise everyday. But, with that being said, there are people such as marathon runners that have died in their 30's, 40's, 50's, etc, of heart attacks. When people hear this kind of news their first response usually goes something like this, "Here's a person that is eating healthy and exercising, and look what happens, they die of a heart attack.....why bother?"
Now, let me set the record straight. Researchers have found what's called 'gel plaque' inside arteries. Gel plaques are small plaques that form inside arteries, they resemble little pimples....now the scary thing is, people that have these gel plaques don't know it....their cholesterol levels can come back as normal....there are no "signs" or symptoms of this. What happens is, people eat whatever they want to...lots of animal products, dairy, oils, etc., along with some vegetables, fruits, etc., but they are exercising and running usually everyday. Because they are doing all this exercise, and their weight is under control, they believe they can eat whatever they want to. Well, these are the people that end up with these gel plaques that rupture, cause a clot to form which blocks off the artery, and BINGO, a heart attack occurs.
This is what happened to Tim Russert, the newscaster. He wasn't a marathon runner, but he was on a barrage of medications for his blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as other medications. His blood work numbers were all within normal range, he received a clean bill of health from his physicians, and two weeks later died of a massive heart attack...in his 50's. He ate what he wanted to and took medication for his medical issues....this did not work for him.
I truly believe if people were given a crystal ball and could see what was coming, they would do WHATEVER they had to in order to live a long, HEALTHY life. If Tim could have seen into his future, and was given the information on the power of nutrition, I'm sure he would have changed his eating habits. Unfortunately, physicians are just not educated on how powerful nutrition really is...physicians also have the mind-set that their patients will find it "too difficult" to eliminate animal products from their diets.....in my opinion, stents, bypass surgery, stroke and or death seems a little more difficult to me.....given the options, I would change my diet in a heartbeat!!
I am offering a 12 week class entitled, Go Plant Strong!...we will be meeting once a week in my office which is located in Watervliet. The class will begin next Wednesday, June l9th at 5:30, and it's FREE!! All participants will be keeping daily food and activity journals, we will have weigh-ins and blood pressure readings each week, (private), and cholesterol levels will be done at the beginning of the program and again at the end of the program to see what kind of improvement can be accomplished with nutrition.
If you or anyone you know is interested in joining this program, please let me know by Friday, June 14th. You have nothing to lose except a small amount of time, weight, and maybe some health issues you would like to leave behind!