If you're interested in seeing the CNN heart attack show, I just saw that they are replaying it this Saturday night (and maybe other times). Check your listings. I'm not sure the show itself is posted on the web site, thought certainly they have information about the show posted on cnn.com.
The gist of the show is why do heart attacks happen and the claim that they are 100% preventable if we ate better. Then they get into the vegan diet that this one particular doctor promotes. He even says no oil. I wondered about that. All oil? I thought olive oil was okay. I'll have to look into it more. I believe this doctor has a book. His name is Dr. Essenstyn... not sure if I'm spelling that right.
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Fitness Minutes: (275) Posts: 2,753 8/30/11 11:35 P
I agree about the cold turkey,I got talked into trying vegan for a few days and it was o.k. the first day except my blood sugar dropped very low(I'm T2 diabetic)The second day was o.k. I just had a problem because I missed cheese!And having to eat gluten free restricts my choices even more! Diane
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I am stuck with the my meals, their meals cooking. I have gone almost completely meat free and my wife is a complete meat and potatoes woman, and she could pass on the potatoes. My son will eat anything and will share in my food but still wants the meat, but my daughter is a total carnivore. She thinks bacon is a religious experience :)
I've found without question that the best way to lead others to a more plant-based diet is by example - to lead with your fork, not your mouth. ~Bernie Wilke
I think the flexitarian approach is smart. Anyone going from meat-meat-meat to a total vegan diet probably wouldn't stick with it too long. They'd miss their familiar foods. But if you ease into it and find meatless recipes that you love, it can work. I don't miss red meat one tiny bit -- although that roast last night smelled so good I thought for a second about tasting it :) (It was marinated in wine 24 hours and then roasted slowly for 3 hours, so you could say it was the wine that smelled so good!)
My kids don't complain when we eat some of the wonderful vegetarian meals that we love. I thiknk we just currently don't have enough of those to fill a menu for a week. I'm fine eating the same thing many times, but I realize most people (my family included) want more variety.
Another thing I liked about that show is that they talked about school lunch programs. Generally the reporting on school lunch is very dismal, but they showed a more optimistic POV. They interviewed Bill Clinton (re his heart issues), and he said good things about changes coming in school lunch programs. I hope so!
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Fitness Minutes: (275) Posts: 2,753 8/29/11 12:10 P
Jody I agree!Unfortunately mt DH just laughs and says he likes his meat to much!He will eat veggies but WITH his meat!!And both my kids aren't and never have been veggie fans and both are married so I have no control over there eating!! Diane
After watching this last night, hubby and I had a good talk about it, and it really made me realize that I bear a responsibility for easing my kids into eating less meat, maybe someday no meat. I've been so focused on my own diet, and well aware that they all still want meat, so I still cook meat for them (made a pot roast yesterday that they all LOVED and then watched the CNN heart attack show :( There are vegetarian meals that we all like. I think I just need to make more of an effort to make more of those, and quit doing this their meal / my meal thing.
I couldn't stop myself from watching this, thinking of my dad. It's definitely worth watching.
For heart health, they advocate a completely animal-product-free diet. One of the doctors did say, though, that any step in that direction is helpful, acknowledging that a lot of people aren't willing to do anything so drastic as going vegan.
I like that they also talk about yoga and meditation.
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