A Healthy Diet Plan to Prevent Disease and Manage Weight
"Sheep and Lamb" by Nicholas Tarling
Healthy Diet Plan
A healthy diet plan should cover all the bases, shouldn't it? One basic diet that gives everyone a guideline for healthy eating so their body can repel disease, be filled with energy, and maintain a healthy weight. Is that asking too much?
Actually, I believe we should expect even more from our ideal diet. I believe it should also be sustainable -- that is, everyone currently living on earth could eat this diet without depleting the planet's resources.
And, the key to sustainability is that our diet should be a plant-based, whole foods diet.
Please understand that I'm not expecting anyone to move from the Standard American Diet of meats, dairy products, refined carbohydrates and a few vegetables and fruit to Veganism overnight. I didn't. But, simply moving in the direction of a balanced diet based on plant foods, with small servings of animal-source foods would be a big step in the right direction.
Take a look at this link from the U.S. Center for Disease Control for some middle-of-the-road guidance:http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/
Now, at this point, I sense that I am about to lose most of my readers. That would be a shame, because I am about to reveal to you not only why disease and overweight plague the modern human race, but also what you can do about it!
You see, the major flaw in most so-called healthy diet plans is that they don't go far enough to be truly qualified to be called "healthy". They are more interested in selling diet books, pills, and programs than they are in selling you on eating a truly healthy diet.
The average diet author knows that 98% of those who might buy his or her book aren't really willing to give up much in order to get fantastic results! So, they produce a diet that sounds great, but really doesn't ask too much from the dieter.
I see it over and over, with minor variations: "On XYZ Diet, you can eat all your favorite foods and still lose weight! Just sprinkle this magic herb on your food..."
That type of diet does not address the issue of Health
Our bodies require a wide variety of nutrients to be healthy and for the repair and growth of our tissues. Most of these nutrients are found only in fresh vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes, and nuts.
Unfortunately, only 26 percent of the American people, for instance, eat any vegetables even three times a day. And that may only consist of a few leaves of lettuce or a slice of tomato on top of a hamburger!
So, not surprisingly, many of us suffer from many chronic diseases caused by our incredibly unnatural daily diet.
It is as if you owned a Ferrari or a Rolls Royce and you put Number 2 Heating Oil in the gas tank! You wouldn't get too far doing that, would you?
We must put the right fuel in our body -- the fuel our body needs, not the one we necessarily like to eat.
So, since we are in the habit of eating the wrong foods -- the delicious foods advertisers sell to us -- we gain weight and we get sick eventually (though some conditions, like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease may take decades to show up).
I'll admit this is a very complex problem. Most people won't get it. They will argue that people have been eating animals since the cave-man era.
I'm not here to argue. I just want to let the one or two percent of people who may be desperately looking for a solution to their health crisis know that there is a solution.
I didn't devise this healthy diet plan, which I call the Healthy Planet Diet, but I have pulled together an amazing list of experts from the fields of medicine, anthropology, physiology, ecology, and even spiritual teachings that all endorse this basic diet for humanity.
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Heart Disease, Cancer, and the Healthy Diet Plan
In most cases, it is only a very motivated person -- such as one with a recent diagnosis of heart disease or cancer -- that is willing to take a serious look into changing their diet in order to improve their chances of survival. Up until that point, this is only an academic discussion that few people take seriously.
Even after having a heart attack, I see most people unwilling to examine what they might do to "change their ways" so their life doesn't become crippled by or drastically cut short by their disease. Only the most intelligent and creative of people are sharp enough, under the threat of sudden death, to be willing to get busy finding some way to avoid it.
I have been on the look out for doctors who had the answers I needed to prevent heart disease since I was ten years old. At about that age, I watched both my grandmothers and my father either suddenly die or slowly succumb to heart disease. It made a big impression on me.
Out of self-protection, I unconsciously began seeking the ultimate truths about how we are supposed to eat and live in order to stay healthy for a long life. Now that I have recently turned 62, I am confident I have found the answers I sought.
None of this is particularly original. The clues are everywhere, hidden in plain sight. But, the funny thing is, most people would rather take their chances with disease than to stop eating a diet that is patently insufficient.
They want vaguely to lose weight, but they (those who need it most) just can't bring themselves to start eating 1) the real, natural, unprocessed foods that health depends on; and 2) they cannot stop eating the artery-plugging junk food they have become addicted to.
But here's the Good News!
Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, I can get this secret into the minds of those who are ready to receive it. I can't help those who aren't open to considering this information that has taken me a lifetime to collect. Perhaps when those doubters get their first heart attack or cancerous tumor, they will be more inclined to listen.
In the meantime, you and I can get on the path to vibrant health and normal weight, enjoying every minute of it.
Reversing Heart Disease
Who Else Says So?
Well, in the matter of heart disease, would you listen to former president Bill Clinton's cardiologist? Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn recently got the message of healthier eating to Bill Clinton, after he had some major by-pass work done on his heart (with some rather disturbing side-effects, as some have noted). Dr. Esselstyn is a passionate advocate of a low-fat, vegan diet.
Would Albert Einstein's recommendation sway you? How about actress Alicia Silverstone?
Dr. John McDougall has brought many patients back to good health after their heart specialists had given up on them. You should read the amazing testimonials and accounts of those patients, who twenty years ago had been given up on by the conventional medical practitioners!
Would Beatle Paul McCartney be someone who you would listen to on the subject of what is a healthy diet plan? He's in good shape, still rockin'and rollin', and has been a vegetarian for many years.
How about author John Robbins, who walked away from the Baskin-Robbins family fortune because he didn't believe in the product they were selling? He has written persuasively on the broad subject of the healthiest, most Earth-friendly, and most compassionate diet that considers all the inhabitants of this big, beautiful planet. Check out his Diet for a New America, The Food Revolution, or Healthy at 100.
Would you listen to Buddha in his admonitions about not harming other beings? How about Gandhi and the millions of Hindus who avoid eating other creatures?
I could go on, but you hopefully get my point. I know this works and I just wanted to expose you to it -- If you're looking to prevent or reverse heart disease or any number of other common medical conditions.
Oh yeah, and this diet has a pleasant side-effect in helping you lose excess weight!
Why Even Talk About it?
With so many people unwilling to even consider eating guided by a truly healthy diet plan, why should I even go to the trouble of posting this hub? Good question!
A lot of my motivation could be viewed as selfish, I'll admit.
* I'm tired of having to watch my friends die from preventable causes, largely diet related
* It pains me to see animals suffering brutal treatment and a painful death when their flesh is not even necessary or healthful for us
* I don't like to see beautiful, healthy children turn into obese, sad adults when it can be so easily prevented with better dietary information
I don't see enough discussion of this critical subject -- how eating foods we were never meant to eat opens up a Pandora's Box of terrible medical ills, environmental degradation, and animal cruelty that affects all of us. We owe it to each other to speak out about what is wrong in this world.
So, if you're looking for a thoroughly healthy diet plan that will address all these hidden issues that all come into focus when you, perhaps, realize you have some mortal disease, I invite you to visit my Web site at http://www.healthyplanetdiet.com for a lot more information connecting you to medical specialists and research scientists.
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