*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I do not offer nutrition counseling. I am a dude who read a book.
During a routine visit with my doctor, I asked him what the secret was to getting off the prescription medicine merry-go-round. I was taking 11 different prescription medicines (insulin being the most critical), and also was using a prescription gel on the joints of my fingers, for a handful of well-known common old-people diseases (excuse my sarcastic humor). And so were most of my family, friends, and others in my general age group.
He said my problem was that I was a meat-eater.
I reminded him that it was HIS diabetes clinic just a few years before that hammered down my throat meat, meat, meat (aka protein). I had been a strict vegetarian for a dozen years or so (initially sparked by rage from my too many PETA film viewings), and was diagnosed with diabetes in 2011. I attended several classes and workshops, but not after enduring that horrifying 15 long minutes in the nurse's office for my first self-injection (with saline solution). [That 15 minute period was one of the most difficult in my life.] Veggies and cheese … lots and lots of cheese. That had been my diet.
He said their problem was that THEY were meat-eaters.
He pulled a small sheet of paper from the top of his cabinet and asked me to read it. It was a quote from Bill Clinton, regarding his dramatic change in health. I told him that I would not believe Bill Clinton if he stood in front of me dripping wet with lightning coming through the windows if he said it was raining outside. But I read the quote, anyway. The long & short of it: The China Study
I read it. It changed my life.
In a matter of just over a year I went from a 40” waist at 189 pounds, with a 13.1 A1C and meter readings of 150+, and no energy …. to a 29” waist at 129-130 pounds, 5.2 A1C and meter readings of 68-to-80. I have so much energy that I easily hit my daily goal of 15,000 steps and usually get around 21-22K. My Fitbit tells me I burn between 2,800 and 3,100 calories a day!
Oh yeah … last year my doctor removed me from all prescriptions … ALL. I take 0 medicines. I have 3 conditions that would have required surgery but I opted for medicine instead, so for decades I took medicines. I never had any of the surgeries, but none of the problems bother me at all now. Blood tests and X-rays show the physical conditions still exist in my body … but I never notice anymore. The best thing is NO MORE PRILOSEC twice a day!!! Yeah!!!
The hardest thing to give up was cheese.
I am not on a diet. I changed my life by rethinking the concept of nutrition. What is the relationship between nutrition and a healthy body? A body that functions efficiently? Think of the body like we think about machines … cost vs efficiency. We do not like to waste time or money on non-efficiency. So I redesigned my attitude about nutrition. I have a whole long conversation about nutrition.
In a nutshell, this is what I did: Almost everything I buy is a raw ingredient. I eat nothing at all of any kind that came from an animal or insect. I avoid processed foods or ingredients. Palm sugar vs high fructose corn syryp … guess! I ditched white rice and white bread. Black rice (superfood), brown rice, and wild rice. Whole wheat bread is great.
In no particular
order, these are the main inputs I combine for meals:
Bob's Red Mill will become your best friend!