Eating For a Healthier You – The Beginning

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Making the decision to take back control is a great start.  One of the most powerful things you can do to improve your overall health is changing from a Standard American diet (SAD) to a Whole Food Plant-Based diet (WFPB).  You may be asking yourself “what do I do now?  Where do I begin?”  All your questions or concerns probably leave you feeling overwhelmed right?  Trust me I understand, and it is perfectly understandable.  If you are like me, you may be wondering what this is all about.  Whatever your reason may be, by following the guide in the book, it will help you on your journey to wellness.  You can improve your overall health, reversing Type 2 diabetes, better managing your Type 1 diabetes, reverse heart disease and reduce inflammation, even boosting your energy, all by changing from a SAD diet to a WFPB diet.

Understanding The Science

It is also important to understand all the years of science that is behind it.  If you understand the science and how important of a role healthy eating plays in your life, it will help you as you transition and give you more confidence. 

So, let’s begin.  Did you know that every year there are more Americans that are getting sick and end up having to take more medications?  There is so much science now that backs up the claim that much of this can be turned around by being on a WFPB diet. More and more studies are coming out proving how healthy a WFPB diet is.

But the science is really not that new. Think back to when you heard how bad hot dogs are, only to then be told they are ok. Or even the American Cancer Society linking red meat to cancer – again only to be told it is ok in moderation. But what most people do not know is who the sponsors are of the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, even the American Diabetes Association. They are all back by the meat producers, dairy producers and more. All the information has been there for quite some time. For instance,

The Sponsors Backing The Organizations

The American Diabetes Association receives support from Dannon yogurt, among others. The American Cancer Society receives support from Tyson Foods, among other meat producers. The Susan G. Komen foundation receives support from Kentucky Fried Chicken and Yoplait, among other meat and dairy producers. And the American Heart Association receives support from the Texas Beef Council, among others. So naturally every time a new study or link comes out against meat or dairy, it is quickly turned around within months or a year because of their sponsors.

It was also revealed the organizations even receive funding from the pharmaceutical industry. The federal commission that formulates U.S. dietary guidelinesTrusted Source every five years is filled with members who have received corporate support.

Forks Over Knives and What The Health Documentaries

The Documentaries That Started The Movement More

A great place to start is an informative and great documentary called “Forks Over Knives” (Amazon Prime and Netflix).  In it, it states that every fifty-three seconds someone in the United States dies of heart disease, which is the nation’s number one killer, claiming about 600,000 lives per year!  In “What the Health”,(Netflix) this brings home the point that “changing your nutrition is a powerful way to live longer, reduce your risk of getting sick and even help the environment”.

The China Study

In the China Study”, the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted, and the starting implications for diet, weight loss, and long term health, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell, MD was based on  China-Cornell-Oxford Project.  It was a 20 year study that the New York Times described as “The Grand Prix of Epidemiology” conducted by the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, Cornell University, and the University of Oxford, it became the basis for the WFPB diet movement.   

The study identified that Americans are overweight with an average body mass index (BMI) of between 25 and 29.9.  For most adults, an ideal BMI is in the 18.5 to 24.9 range. For children and young people aged 2 to 18, the BMI calculation takes into account age and gender as well as height and weight. If your BMI is: below 18.5 – you ‘re in the underweight range.

There are over 25 million Americans that have Type 2 diabetes, with an increase of 10 million since the first edition of “The China Study”.  In addition, one-third of young people in this country are either at risk of becoming overweight or are actually overweight.  And the young are falling prey to type 2 diabetes that once was seen only in adults.  As a result, America’s youth are taking more prescription drugs than ever before.   

The China Study

Even Small Intakes of Animal Based Foods Had Adverse Effects

The China Study also found people who ate mostly animal-based foods will become ill with the most chronic disease.  The study further states “Even relatively small intakes of animal-based food were associated with adverse effects”.  It showed that people who ate mostly plant-based foods were healthier and could avoid chronic disease.  The study shows heart disease, diabetes, and obesity can actually be reversed by a healthy diet.

In addition, it also showed various cancers, autoimmune diseases, bone health, kidney health, vision and even brain disorders in old age are “convincingly influenced by diet”.  Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s study stated “The distinctions between government, industry, science, and medicine have become blurred. The distinctions between making a profit and promoting health have become blurred.” This is definitely something to think about.

Choose Plant Based

Michael Gregor, MD, FACLM, wrote the best-selling book “How Not to Die”.  In his book he explains that most deaths can be preventable and “are related to what we eat”.  He also states, “The pandemic of chronic disease has been ascribed in part to the near-universal shift toward a diet dominated by animal-sourced and processed foods” which means more meat, dairy, eggs, oil, soda, sugar, and refined grains.  The best studied example is the China Study.

More People Hunger For Nutritional Information

Today, more people have a hunger for nutritional information and are looking for additional ways to improve their health.  By now I am you probably have so many questions going through your mind, right?  Some of the questions I had in the beginning were: “How important is it to buy organic”?  “What about environmental chemicals being a leading cause of cancer?”  “Does my family history play a part in my overall health?”  “Is oil bad for you”?  “Do I take a supplement for Omega-3 or should I eat fish”?  My list could go on and on.  I am sure you are having some of the same questions too.  Believe me when I tell you are not alone, and my hope is this book will help you with many of the questions.

Plant-Based Diet

It is a lot to take in for sure.  You may even be thinking “this  whole food plant-based diet sounds great, but where in the world do I start?  You are definitely in the right place at the right time.  I have been down the road you are on and my knowledge and personal experience can help support you in making the transition very easy.  More information can be found in my book A Plant-Based Revolution Cookbook.  For more information, click on “Where To Begin”.

Michele Wallace

Entrepreneur and author of A Plant-Based Michele has also earned her Plant-Based Nutrition Certification from eCornell University. The book is an easy and complete guide for those wanting to get healthy and offers step-by-step instructions, including over 85 delicious and healthy recipes.
A Plant-Based Revolution is dedicated to whole food plant-based nutrition.

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