Plant-based Eating for Heart Health

Practicing a vegan lifestyle seems to bring some unexpected benefits. After watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution  last week there needs to be some changes in how we relate to our food. Our children are suffering from the adults lack of understanding and education about food. It is up to each of us to search out education that will bring us back to health.

The other week I found this book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based Cure by Caldwell B. Esseystyn, Jr., M.D. who began a study in 1985 with one patient and by 1988 the cardiologists at the Cleveland Clinic had referred 24 of their most advanced coronary disease, and those most debilitated by angina and other symptoms. 

He had formulated a plan to lower their cholesterol using diet alone to below 150 mg/dL, not a common cholesterol number in this country. The eating regimen was plant based (vegan).

Here are the rules in its simplest form:

  • You may not eat anything with a mother or a face (no meat, poultry, or fish).
  • You cannot eat dairy products.
  • You must not consume oil of any kind – not a drop. (Haven’t gotten to Chapter 10, but he explains why he has chosen to not include the Mediterranean Diet).
  • Generally, you cannot eat nuts or avocadoes.

You can eat a wonderful variety of delicious, nutrient-dense foods:

  • All vegetables except avocado. Leafy green vegetables, root vegetables, veggies that are red, green, purple, orange, and yellow and everything in between.
  • All legumes – beans, peas, and lentils of all varieties.
  • All whole grains and products, such as bread and pasta, that are made from them – as long as they do not contain added fats.
  • All fruits.

The book also contains 150 recipes which I am in the midst of trying and I have some recipes I’ve already developed that follow this regimen. I’m only on Chapter 4, but, it just adds another reason why plant-based eating is wonderful for the planet, animals and particularly ourselves.

Read this book, add it to your ‘go to’ reference when you need a recipe. Learning to eat a plant-based diet can be fun and filled with the joy of health, energy and the sheer bliss of leaving behind a way of life that creates suffering on many levels.

Vegan Skin and Body Care
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