Why Plant Based Whole Food Diets Are Healthier Than Vegetarian And Vegan

I believe in preventing an ailment, condition and disease from taking hold in the first place. Why so? Because if you land yourself in the hospital, according to statistics the third leading cause of death are doctors [1 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27143499/]’.

So, I somehow knew a few years ago that I better lose weight. I weighed over 200 lbs., and although that seems to be OK for a young guy, it isn’t so for someone 55+, unless he is unusually healthy.  But, in my opinion, unfortunately I have found this is seldom the case.

‘My weight is automatically maintained by what foods I eat’

People who may seem healthy may drop dead from a heart attack. I have heard about this more than a few times in my past: ‘Oh, and I thought he was so healthy’! But, it doesn’t have to be true for you and I. I lost 50 pounds and intuitively know doing so had saved my life.

But, this wasn’t enough in itself. I had to change the way I ate to achieve better health and possibility of living longer like the Okinawan people and seventh day Adventists.

‘A healthy, plant-based diet requires planning, reading labels, and discipline. The recommendations for patients who want to follow a plant-based diet may include eating a variety of fruits and vegetables that may include beans, legumes, seeds, nuts, and whole grains and avoiding or limiting animal products, added fats, oils, and refined, processed carbohydrates [2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662288/#:~:text=Research%20shows%20that%20plant%2Dbased,ischemic%20heart%20disease%20mortality%20rates]’.

Once in a while, this author has an alcoholic drink and eats potato chips. I also pop corn and drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil on and salt it once in a while. It’s normal for most vegetarians and vegans to eat just like this, often.

Yet, if you seldom eat a few things you know you shouldn’t, it is not going to crash your health down. Once in a while I think is OK. We are not striving for perfection here, just a goal in eating 80-90% plant based whole food, which in the long term ‘should’ keep us out of trouble.

‘My diet is quite simple. I eat large green salads, beans, rice, potatoes, onions, mushrooms, a small amount of EVOO daily, 4 avocados weekly, blueberries, strawberries, apple slices, a daily green smoothie, homemade hummus and celery, steamed broccoli, roasted asparagus and Brussels sprouts, 1 cup of organic coffee and a pot of Japanese green tea’

It’s 100% guaranteed you will fall off the diet wagon from time to time, be it special occasions like birthdays and holidays, etc.. Solution: just get up, dust yourself off and hop back on. Keep on trying. Bad food temptation surrounds all of us, it’s part of ones culture and being human.

‘Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity [3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662288/#:~:text=Research%20shows%20that%20plant%2Dbased,ischemic%20heart%20disease%20mortality%20rates]’.

Source- 1 M;, Makary MA;Daniel. Medical Error-The Third Leading Cause of Death in the US. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27143499/.

2 & 3 Tuso, Philip J, et al. “Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets.” The Permanente Journal, The Permanente Journal, 2013, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3662288/.

Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.

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