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A Plant Based Diet should be the cornerstone of your Healthy Lifestyle

Posted Jun 02 2009 4:35pm

Molecule for molecule, food is the thing we have the most control over when it comes to our health. As most of you know by now, I am a vegetarian. I eat a plant based diet (fresh vegetables & fruits) centered around starches such as potatoes. brown rice, squash, whole wheat pastas, and whole grains. This is the diet that we are designed to thrive on. If we were an Indy 500 car, this would be our fuel. Anything less would not be optimal.  Now, first off, I want to give credit where credit is due: a lot of the information I will be presenting in my postings, I didn't come up with myself. Dr. John McDougall is a well-known, highly respected individual. The founder of The McDougall Plan for healthy living, he has been studying and writing about theeffects of nutrition on disease for over 20 years. Dr. John McDougall believes that people should look and feel great, and enjoy optimal health for a lifetime. Dr. McDougall has developed a nourishing, low-fat,starch-based diet that not only promotes a broad range of dramatic andlasting health benefits such as weight (fat) loss, but most importantly can also reverse serious illness, such as heart disease, without drugs. His site is located at He also has a The McDougall Health Center in Santa Rosa, California, where patients can check in that have serious health conditions or just want to learn how to convert over to a plant based diet under the guidance of the master. I have had many patients over the years check in for the various programs, and it has changed their lives forever. I also will be writing about Dr. Dean Ornish, who  is the founder, president, and director of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, where he holds the Bucksbaum Chair. He is also Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ornish incorporates Yoga, Breathing, Stretching, and Visualization methods into his programs, just as we do at my San Francisco chiropractic clinic. As it turns out, these two pioneers are right here in our back yard. I would sign up for their newsletters and take in the information on their websites. Also remember, these are not all or none diets. The more you do, the more you gain. So, if you went 50% McDougall, you would benefit by 50%. Give it a shot and see how much better you feel.

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