Saturday, September 25, 2010

bill clinton's plant-based diet

Even the heartiest of meat-eaters gives in to the truth sometimes: After having learned that 82% of people since 1986, suffering from severe coronary disease who have adhered to a strictly plant-based diet (essentially vegan) have begun to self-heal, their bodies naturally removing all blockages in the arteries, he gave up all eating meat and dairy and replaced them with plant-based foods.

Although I am vegetarian for more than just selfish reasons, eating a plant-based diet is the best thing you can do for your long-term health. The other day I asked our local GP if I should worry about getting North's iron levels tested, as he has never eaten meat of any kind. The GP looked at me straight-faced and replied, "This is coming from me, an avid meat eater- a vegetarian diet is the healthiest diet you can give your child and yourself. As long as he is eating green leafy vegetables and legumes in small amounts on a semi-regular basis, he will never have iron-deficiency as a result of his diet." (Just to note: he was implying that he could still develop iron deficiency later in life from taking certain medications, pregnancy (LOL), illnesses or disorders, but not directly because of his diet).

So, before you dig into those putrefying meat-pies this afternoon during the big game, how about trying a lentil pie instead?



dixiebelle said...

And warmer weather doesn't have to mean large amounts of charred meat on the BBQ either... some no-meat BBQ ideas here:

I love curried lentil pies!

Michelle said...

This is such a great clip Meagan, thanks so much for sharing. I've recently read the China Study, terrific book. Fascinating reading. I know i should eat mostly plants, but oh how I love dairy!

You must have a very progressive GP.


Ola said...

I became vegetarian about 4 months ago and I have lost so much weight. I have had to buy new clothes twice. Everyone can't believe how good I look. Not that weight loss was my intention, I had other reasons. I am now on a journey to cutting down on dairy after reading Maya Tiwari's take on how much strain we are putting on cows.

Thank you Meagan, you have really been instrumental in getting me to this place.


dixiebelle said...

Hi Ola, I was hoping to read what Maya Tiwari said, and I Googled but couldn't find it, so is it possible you could give me a link, or let me know where you read it? It sounds really interesting, thank you! :)

ecoMILF said...

Hi everyone, thanks for your comments

@dixiebelle thanks for the link- great ideas!. Maya Tiwari is the author of A Life of Balance and Women's Power to Heal.
She is inspirational.

@Ola Thank you so much for your kind words. You have no idea how much comments like that touch me and inspire me to keep going on this journey. KNowing that I helped one person make the transition to a plant-based diet not only inspires me to keep going and keep writing.

@Michelle Thanks for the tip The China Study is on my reading list!

xx m.

Sunshine Mama said...

Thanks for sharing this, it's very interesting! I also read the China Study and oh my! was it very eye opening and shocking... in a good way. I still struggle with my eating veg, as I'm the only one at home wanting to do so, but am still moving towards that direction. I'd say on average, I eat waaaayyy more veg than not.

Thanks for the extra link, I'll go check it out!
Stephanie xx

Leanne daharja said...

Good clip :-)

Our family has been vegetarian for a long time. For me, since about 1995, and my husband a couple of years later. Our kids (age 5 and 3), all their lives :-)

It's been so long it really isn't an issue for us any more. We used to be a bit aggressively vego, but now its just the way we choose to eat.

We eat eggs (from our own hens only), and a little cheese (locally produced only), but that's it. I can't remember the last time I drank milk, although I do make ice cream occasionally (from local milk). Overall, we try to eat locally and seasonally. Can't wait for the summer fruit season!

Last time I had my cholesterol checked it was 2.8, and my BP sits on about 95/55 pretty consistently, but I don't know my iron. But I feel healthy, if that counts for anything :-)

It's good to see Clinton so much healthier-looking :-) Good for him - I hope he gets to spend many years with healthy, happy grandkids.

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