Dr. Ornish is the founder of the Preventative Medicine Research Institute, Forbes named him "One of the Seven Most Powerful Teachers In the World", and is one of the physicians taking care of President Clinton, as well as several members of Congress. When President Clinton had his heart attack, he decided to "radically" change his diet and Dr. Ornish is the physician that helped him make those changes.
To completely abolish heart disease, (and this is absolutely possible to do with FOOD), you have to 'radically' change the food that goes in your mouth. But it is NOT about deprivation and being hungry all the time....it's about eliminating the foods that caused the problems to begin with and replace them with lots of vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole-grains. By stopping the foods that cause inflammation in our bodies, foods that are full of saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, not to mention all the hormones and antibiotics that get pumped into animals, you are cutting off the "source" of all the health issues we now face. Of course, it's not only meat and dairy products, it's processed foods, artificial foods, and SUGAR.
The annual amount of money spent on drugs in America is $300 BILLION.....this number is inconceivable to me. And, the kicker is, drugs do not CURE anything! Now, I'm not saying we don't EVER need drugs....What I'm saying is to PREVENT DISEASE FROM STARTING OR TO CURE A DISEASE THAT HAS BEGUN, diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc., follow a Whole Food Plant Based Diet.....this lifestyle change is more potent than any drug available.
Dr. Ornish started a program in California where he completely changed the eating habits of all his patients. These patients came to him with all kinds of medical conditions...heart issues, diabetes, kidney damage, etc. The participants were on laundry lists full of medications when they began. After completely changing their eating habits in a matter of weeks, these people dropped weight with EASE, started to be weaned off their medications, had more energy than they thought possible, and felt WONDERFUL. The majority of patients are able to leave 'drug-free'.....their medical problems are CURED! There's a huge difference between CURED and taking a pill to TREAT a symptom.
Medicare, as well as many other insurance companies, now cover patient's cost that go through Dr. Ornish's Lifestyle Program. That is UNHEARD OF...insurance companies covering something like this. However, they cover this program because patients are now CURED, off medications, and are not requiring physician visits constantly.....this program SAVES THE INSURANCE COMPANIES THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS!! And we all know.....it's all about the almighty dollar.
After 36 years of studies, Dr. Ornish states it doesn't matter what your age is to begin this lifestyle change. In the beginning stages, he thought younger people would get better faster and 'reap' the most benefit. However, he says, he was wrong. Age did not matter...what mattered was making the changes and living each day eating delicious, whole-food plant based dishes. The longer people followed this plan, the healthier they became regardless of age.
Remember, this is NOT A DIET....when you start a diet that means there is a start date and an end date...that doesn't work EVER! We are inundated with diets, diet supplements, packaged foods that arrive on our doorstep, shakes and powders meant for meal replacements, pills and potions to take.....it's nothing but a HUGE MONEY MAKER for the people promoting this stuff....and, it doesn't work! Now, when you follow most of these plans, you will lose weight; however, as soon as you 'stop the diet', all the weight comes back, and many times, even more. And, these diets WILL NOT GIVE YOU OPTIMAL HEALTH. In my mind, the goal is to be as healthy as you can be!
So, if you are ready to be healthy, and I mean TRULY HEALTHY, then fill your grocery cart with all kinds of vegetables, fruits, beans and whole-grains. There are a zillion recipes available for free on-line if you need them...the more you look the more sites pop up giving you all kinds of choices. There are also videos everywhere showing you how to throw vegetables together to make delicious meals....most of the time time under 30 minutes!!
The next thing people say to me is they can't afford to eat healthy....the most expensive food item in the grocery store is MEAT...you will SAVE MONEY! Honestly, you will save money....But, with that being said, how much money would you be willing to spend to SAVE YOUR LIFE or a LOVED ONE'S LIFE? There is no price tag....
If you need help making changes, let me know...email me...I would love for you to experience what I have!!