Diets don’t work!
Starting a new diet implies that, at some point you will go off your diet.
Short-term remedies are no match for long-term problems.
Lifelong weight control requires lifestyle changes.
- A diet has to be sustainable and SAFE.
- Nutritional and Nourishing.
A vegan diet, for example, lacks B12, which is not made by plants but rather microbes found on the earth.
This is why B12 supplements or B12 fortified foods are critically important for anyone eating a plant based diet.
- Our diets should prolong life and increase our life span.
At the very least, the foods shouldn’t cause diseases and shorten our lives.
Just because a weight-loss technique like smoking is effective does not mean it is healthy!
Fruit and vegetables prevent heart disease, cancers, brain disease, infections, diabetes, kidney disease, depression, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and Parkinson’s.
The best diet for all the reasons is a whole food plant based diet.
A plant based diet is an eating pattern that minimizes the intake of meat, eggs, dairy, and processed junk foods.
It maximizes consumption of whole plant foods, such as fruit, vegetables, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts and seeds, mushrooms, herbs and spices.
Dropping pounds is not the issue; the problem is keeping them off.
People eating a healthy plant based diet don’t have to count calories, or do restrictive portion control- rather just eating!
The strategy is improving the QUALITY of food rather than restricting the QUANTITY of food.
We’ve known for more than 30 years that people who eat predominantly a plant-based diet weigh on average, about 20-30lbs less than the general population.
Dieting comes with an expiration date- the time to go off the diet and back to the old habits that get us in trouble.
Permanent weight loss requires permanent dietary changes.
Healthier habits need to become a way of life.
That means the new eating pattern has to be one you can stick with and also, be health promoting.
Studies show greater dietary changes can produce greater changes in behavior.
Success breeds success.
After a few weeks of eating more healthfully, you may “feel” so much healthier that you commit to the changes.