Are you tired of seeing your family and friends suffer from chronic, diet related, preventable (yes, preventable) ailments such as cardiovascular disease, Type II Diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, spinal issues, and dementia? Are you struggling with them yourself?
Did you know that there are approximately 350 million people with diabetes and if they were all grouped together, they would become the third largest country in the world? This is not a normal human condition!
In fact, the human body is a sophisticated healing machine. So, what in the world is going on? And what can we do?
Dr. David Katz from Yale University’s Prevention Research Center states that, “Lifestyle is the best medicine we have and nutrition is the centerpiece.”
This is just one of the answers provided at the International Conference on Nutrition in Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, hosted by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, in Washington D.C. Driving home from the conference, I was struck by how easy it is to enjoy thriving health & vitality.
The science is compelling.
Speakers at the conference, including cardiologists, pediatricians, medical school faculty, and researchers from Yale, Harvard, Cleveland Clinic, Mayo Clinic, John Hopkins University, Georgetown University, Tulane University, Kaiser Permanente and Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine, stated that Coronary Artery Disease is a “choice.”
Coronary artery disease is a choice because we choose what we put on our dinner plates. Therefore, we are choosing (or settling for) the subsequent side effects of that choice. Overwhelmingly, the science is showing that a traditional, simple diet of legumes (beans and lentils), green leafy vegetables, whole grains, and fruit prevent coronary artery disease. In addition, these simple foods are so powerful at a subcellular tissue level that they can reverse the progression of coronary artery disease and regenerate blocked arteries.
So why are so many people confused about what to eat? Here are some simple takeaways from the conference.
Distractions in the media are rampant. Most of what is marketed and advertised only offers a new way of eating badly.
Atherosclerosis begins in childhood during the first ten years of life. Both cardiologists and pediatricians spoke out about the exorbitant amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol in our kids’ diets.
DNA is not destiny. Dinner is destiny. The way we behave determines how our genes behave.
Your body is a healing machine. Love the foods that love you back.
Shopping for these foods is easy and inexpensive. Legumes (bulk or no salt canned), vegetables (including leafy green vegetables), whole grains (black rice, brown rice, quinoa, steel cut oats), and fruits (include berries) are abundant, unprocessed, low in sodium and low in fat.
It is beyond question that plant-foods nourish our bodies. Now, more than ever, there is no reason to endure surviving, when choosing to thrive is accessible, affordable, easy to prepare, and delicious to eat.
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