Do you want to know the “best kept secret in medicine“?
The best-kept secret in medicine is…the body heals itself if we create the right conditions and stop doing the things that caused the sickness in the first place.
Your body wants to be healthy. It wants to regain its vitality but you have to provide what it needs for the body’s natural healing process to begin.
In one of the most prolific studies from medical masterminds Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, and Dr. Nathan Pritikin, proved that heart disease can be reversed through a healthy diet and lifestyle change. In this study, they took patients with advanced heart disease and put them on a plant-based diet. The hope of the researchers was that the healthy diet would slow down or stop the progression of the disease. But, something miraculous happened! Their patients not only got better but their heart disease started to reverse. What they discovered was when these patients stopped eating artery-clogging food, their bodies were able to dissolve away some of the plaque that had built up. Dr. Ornish also reported a 91% reduction in angina attacks (chest-pains caused by reduced blood flow to the heart) within weeks after the patients were placed on a plant-based diet. This rapid resolution in chest pain occurred well before their bodies could have cleared the plaque from their arteries, suggesting plant-based diets don’t just help clean out arteries but also improve their day-to-day function.
To learn more about this fascinating study, visit www.dresselstyn.com, read the book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. or go to Dr. Dean Ornish’s website www.ornish.com.
Now that we’ve read the evidence that plant-based eating patterns are healthy, here are some tips to get you started.
Be mindful not to replace meat with a bunch of highly processed meat substitutes or “vegan junk food.” The key is adding high-quality, nutrient-dense plant-based foods. Unfortunately, when people start focusing on lessening or eliminating meat in their diet, it’s replaced with carbohydrates. Feel free to enjoy carbs but be careful not to get stuck eating just white bread, pasta, and rice. Instead, branch out and experiment with whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. The fiber you get from them will help keep you full and satisfied. Also, be sure you know what is in the “plant-based meat alternatives” that you purchase. With the new focus on healthy eating and plant-forward eating, several fast food restaurants are promoting “Impossible Burgers” or genetically modified burgers. To learn more about things to look for in this alternatives, read my post Impossible Burger ~ What’s Really In It?
There’s so much to cover regarding moving more towards a whole-food, plant-based or “plant-forward” way of eating. For now, I encourage you to learn more about the incredible benefits, aim for at least one day a week to eliminate meat and replace with healthy plants and grains. Like any habit, it takes time to change the way most of us have eaten our entire lives but it can be done! I, personally, have eliminated beef, chicken, pork and dairy out of my diet for almost two years. Keep in mind, I don’t stress over it nor do I beat myself up for having the occasional cheese product. I do eat wild caught salmon and tuna for the benefits of the omega’s but I also supplement with a quality fish oil for heart health.
I hope this encourages you to consider upping your plant-based game, especially if you have any chronic illnesses (or even if you don’t). I promise…your body will thank you and so will our planet (including animals :))
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, Dr. Esselstyn
UnDo It, Dr. Dean Ornish
How Not To Die, Dr. Michael Greger