You have probably heard it all when it comes to nutrition.
"Fat makes you fat" "Carbohydrates make you fat" "Saturated fat causes heart disease ... no wait, it doesn't" "Vegetable oils cause heart disease, but olive oil is healthy" "Avoid gluten, soy, dairy, high-fructose corn syrup, genetically modified foods ... "
Whole grain. Ancient grain. No grain? Grain Brain?! Ahhh!
After this confusing barrage of information you may be left wondering ...
What the heck am I supposed to eat?
While the research does not always point in one direction, there are strong and recurring themes with large implications for our health. In fact, there is a lot of evidence that optimal nutrition and lifestyle habits can prevent, treat and potentially reverse conditions like heart disease, type II diabetes, inflammatory bowel conditions, and more. Don't worry, it doesn't mean you can only eat salads and wheatgrass forevermore. It is the overall dietary pattern that matters, not trying to achieve perfection every time something enters your mouth.
The dietary approach I recommend is based upon what I have found in the scientific literature after years of study. Some of the experts I have learned from include the following:
Dr. Pam Popper (Founder of The Wellness Forum) Dr. T. Colin Campbell (Author of The China Study and Whole; Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University) Dr. John McDougall (Physician and nutrition expert who has studied and promoted the connection between nutrition and disease for over 30 years) Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn (Directs the cardiovascular prevention and reversal program at The Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute; author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease) Dr. Neal Barnard (Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and clinical researcher on the effects of diet on disease) Dr. Joel Fuhrman (family physician specializing in preventing and reversing disease with nutrition)