February 15, 2013

A plant-based diet???

Dr. Sanford Warren is a cardiologist at Kaiser Permanente's Santa Rosa facility. He spoke about the significant health benefits of a plant based diet at a recent Grand rounds at the KP Oakland Medical Center. Simply stated, he strongly believes that a plant based diet is recommended for anyone with hypertension, heart disease, diabetes or a history of stroke. If such a diet is strictly followed, medical evidence shows it is possible to reverse abnormalities in the arteries.

The diet is not necessarily easy to follow as it is a radical departure from what most of us have eaten throughout our lives. Basically, you can't eat meat, poultry, fish, dairy, or oils. But it works. And if you have had significant problems involving your vascular system, the diet can make a real difference. Of course, it is wise to consult with your dietitian before making a big change in your diet.

Dr. Warren is also very pragmatic. He knows that most people wouldn't give up all of those foods. So he talked about just becoming "plant stronger."

Only about 15 percent of Americans even eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Any steps you can take to eat more fruits and vegetables are good steps to take. Wherever you are on the spectrum --- meat and potatoes, vegetarian, ovo-lacto vegetarian, vegan, raw vegan, flexitarian ---- moving toward a more pure diet can change your life.

As Michael Pollan said, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants"

More about this in recipes to come.