As many of you know last week I was a little under the weather. I have had three near death experiences that have fueled my interest in staying above ground. Driving off a cliff, open heart 5 bypass surgery, and the latest PCI High Risk Stent operation. Until now I had decided that I would continue doing what I was doing and expecting different results... you know that definition.
Speaking up is the single most effective way I know to awaken people from the falsehoods that are making them sick and teach truths that can bring them health. The best food money could buy... nearly killed me.
The government suggests the four food groups as Meat, Dairy, Grains, Fruits and Vegetables. As Dr. McDougall (World Renowned MD/Nutritionist out of Santa Rosa Ca.) states," My medical training taught me nothing about the impact of food and health. Nutrition was almost never mentioned in medical school, my textbooks, or during my internship or residency. There were very few questions about it on my board exam. Yet it was this one simple insight that now allows me to take patients off ineffective pills, protect them from risky surgeries, and offer them a simple, effective pathway to health and longevity and permanent loss of excess body weight."
So here it is. I've decided to go Vegan. Keep in mind I've only been on this path for one week since arriving back home last Saturday. However, what I can tell you is this (so far), I've felt stronger and slept better than before. I've also dropped a significant amount of weight and continue to lose those unnecessary exes pounds. Another interesting side bar is that now I don't feel hungry all the time in between meals. I am satisfied while spending a third of the money I used to spend when I was buying steaks, lamb, pork, and seafood.
I am not a doctor, I am not a nutritionist... I am a survivalist. To survive and reverse my heart condition I must go to a plant based diet (period, end of story). There is no dipping my toe in the water and exclaiming, "Maybe I'll cheat once a month." My heart can't take the animal based diet anymore. Plus many of you would be disappointed not having my jokes to bring some semblance of humor into your lives.
Starch is the key ingredient. I never knew this. I thought starch was to be avoided and would only add meaningless calories and no nutrition. Boy was I wrong. Humans are built to thrive on starch. The more rice, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beans we eat the trimmer, more energetic, and healthier we become. Here comes the lesson:
This information is gleamed from a book entitled, "The Starch Solution", John A. McDougall, MD.
"Plants store in their roots, stems, leaves, flowers, seeds, and fruits the starch they produce. The stored starch provides them with a source of energy when they need it later, keeping them alive through the winter and fueling their reproduction the following spring. It's what makes starchy vegetables, legumes, and grains so healthy to eat: Their high concentration of carbohydrates not only sustains the plants but also provides the energy needed to sustain human life."
Dr. McDougall goes on to say, " Starch should be our primary source of digestible carbohydrates. The enzyme amylase in our saliva and intestine breaks down the long carbohydrate chains, turning them back into simple sugars. Digestion is a slow process that gradually releases these simple sugars from the small intestine into the bloodstream, providing our cells with a ready supply of energy."
The gold medal for the carbohydrate most beneficial to humans goes to starch. Starch is so important that an international scientific journal "Starch" is dedicated to its study. According to the world-renowned anthropologist from Dartmouth College, Nathaniel Dominy, PhD, "A majority of calories for most hunter-gatherer societies came from plant-foods, not animal-foods, thus humans might be more appropriately described as "starchivores".
Here is the bottom line: The American Heart Association, The American Diabetes Association, The American Cancer Society, are all sponsored by the very foods that are killing us. Very few doctors will provide a cure to our maladies because they are not versed in the education of nutrition.
If just one person reading this blog decides to go "all in" Vegas style and change your diet from animal based protein to plant based protein, then writing this blog was worth it. I guarantee you one thing... I'm all in and will (through my example) be a lightening rod for this discussion in the future. I only want what is best for all those I love and care about. There is absolutely no other reason for me to post this blog today.
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