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As a lacto-ovo vegetarian, I will be celebrating my 19th turkey-free Thanksgiving next week. Almost twenty years of no meat or fish all because at the tender age of 11ish, I decided I didn't want to "kill animals". My mom, dad, brother and Karel all eat meat - that's ok. All my relatives eat meat. What we all share in common is an appreciation for keeping our bodies in good health. It's funny because I don't consider myself "different" than anyone else (well, I may be a bit different in that I train for events that last for 10+ hours of swim, bike, run - kinda extreme) because there is no nutrition-related research study to match the genetic code and lifestyle for everyone in this universe. However, there is a common theme that we can all learn to love.....eat more fruits and veggies and stay active for the rest of your life.
When it comes to radical shifts in dietary habits, many people have mentioned that Forks Over Knives changed the way they eat. I'll agree that it was a very powerful documentary encouraging people to eat a more plant strong diet but it did not mention that this "diet" was a vegan low-fat, 100-percent plant-based, no oil, no nuts, no seeds, no fish "diet". The results were significant when the patients started following this "diet" but certainly, a lifestyle of eating a large amount of processed, refined, high sugar, high fat, high salt foods will put your body at risk for health problems that will need to be reversed or minimized if you want to live a quality life.
Here are a few other approaches (some extreme) to a plant-based diet but with a few similar trends:
There are no pre-reqs as to what kind of diet you have to follow before reading this book or what you are suppose to "not eat" when you are finished with this book. The book is simply a step-by-step approach to understanding how you can incorporate more plants into an omnivorous diet or why you should continue to enjoy your current plant-based style of eating. With a 14-day meal plan and 75 delicious recipes, this book keeps "balance" in mind and will likely leave you excited to live a healthier lifestyle.
Dr. David L. Katz (Director of Yale University Prevention Research Center) wrote the forward to this book. After I reach his forward, I was moved beyond words as to how he describes his views on food. Considering the many diets out there and the desire that you may have to follow the masses, please enjoy the following two paragraphs as you consider changing your views about food and your body, aiming for a more enjoyable and positive approach to "healthful" living.
That we can assert a theme of healthful eating with a confidence we lack for any specific variant is arguably a good thing. An allowance for variations on a theme is an allowance for customization. Food is a source of important pleasure in our lives, and while we should not mortgage our health for that pleasure, neither should we mortgage that pleasure for our health. The dietary sweet spot, as it were, is loving food that loves us back! Variations on the theme of healthful eating allow us each to get there in our own particular way. Several of these dietary variations have been investigated regarding their potential for health promotion.