Doctor's Note

Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out all the other videos on the Atkins diet and don't miss the other videos on erectile dysfunction. And there are 1,449 subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them!

Also, be sure to check out my associated blog posts: The Most Anti-Inflammatory Mushroom, Watermelon for Erectile Dysfunction, Atkins Diet and Erectile Dysfunction, Stool Size and Breast Cancer Risk, Plant-Based Workplace Intervention The Real Paleo Diet, and Do Vegans Get More Cavities?

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    Please feel free to post any ask-the-doctor type questions here in the comments section and I’d be happy to try to answer them. Be sure to check out all the other videos on the Atkins diet and don’t miss the other videos on erectile dysfunction. And there are 1,449 subjects covered in the rest of my videos–please feel free to explore them!

  • Toxins

    I know some people will comment that support the paleolithic diet/atkins diet and try to tout the benefits and “science” behind it. So before someone does, please read Dr. Greger’s free e-book ‘Atkin’s Exposed’ with over 1,100 references.
    http://www.atkinsexposed.org/

    • meat man

      utter nonsense

      atkins was correct. we have two digestive behaviours

      this site is obviously vegan propaganda and that’s sad because your skewed view could cost lives.

      we are OMNIVORES, we have CANINE teeth.. GET OVER IT!

      • Thea

        meat man: Since so many people report how Dr. Greger’s diet has made them healthier and in some cases saved their lives, there is not need to be sad.

        re: canine teeth
        This is a common misunderstanding. The thing is, humans have canine teeth *in name only*. To see what real canine teeth look like, check out the following page and scroll down to the section, “Humans have canine teeth. End of story.” Look at the picture on the right.
        http://michaelbluejay.com/veg/natural.html

        While you are on that page, I highly recommend taking a look at the rest of the information. You will find it quite the eye opener if you decide you are interested in the scientific facts (no propaganda!) about your body.

        • Vicky

          I do not know how much is “so many”, but I can tell you Dr. Atkins treated successfully 25,000 overweight patients. Not 100, or 1,000; or 10,000.

      • Toxins

        References please? The atkins has been well established to promote athlerosclerotic lesions, promote cancer and other degenerative disease.

      • Richard

        The nonsense is your comment, meat man! Read a few valid studies about meat, eggs and dairy instead of drinking the cool-aid.

    • Vicky

      Dr. Greger writes about two interesting points. The 51 year old guy went on the diet on his own, and he went on the diet for 2 years! That is not the Atkins diet. After my first child I went from 95 pounds to 140 pounds, and my triglicerydes went to the roof and my cholesterol went up. It was confirmed by my doctor at St. Johns Hospital here in NY. So he referred me to the nutritionist. Of course she said no meats, or fat food. Next day, I started the Atkins diet.
      I read 3 times Dr. Atkins book. I studied it before I dared to start the diet. I did not just went to try the diet, that is what ignorant people does. The majority of people only look for the quick/fast diet with no effort.
      In his book, he recommends to do blood tast to see what is our initial condition, and even more, he advises us that the first two weeks, cholesterol might go up, but he said as we continue, it will normalize.
      If you READ the book, the first phase of the diet where you restrict the carbs, refines and not refines, should not be longer than 1 week in people with average metabolism, or two weeks when they have hard metabolism. and one moth for those rare cases(like my husband) where your metabolism is almost 0 activity. My first phase was only three days, and for the second phase I integrated more natural carbs: low glycemic index fruits and vegetables. From day one I took all vitamins, especially antioxidants, as he recommends we must do. In three months I went from 140 to 119, 7 pounds a month eating like a normal human being. I ate my steaks, fish or chicken with lots of all kind of raw salads (green veggies, tomatoes, cucumbers,etc), all kinds of 2 minute cooked cream soups, eggs, bacon, Ezequiel bread, smoothies with soy milk, eat lots of walnuts, pistachios, natural dips with raw veggies. My high fat/high protein phase forced my body to go into ketosis (not keto acidosis) to burn the extra pound I had, and it was only 3 days, in my husband was a week. TWO years!, what an ignorant!
      When you post after you read and studied, and reviewed all the scientific studies Dr. Atkins mentions in his book, I will respect your opinion, but if you just read some Dr. that gives as a testimonial the sory of some ignorant who went for two years in the Atkins diet phase one, right there is telling me how bias is his “study”. I was saving his e mails because I wanted to pass to others but I won’t.
      I am very familiar with the plant base diet, Atkins phase three and four, which, as he guarantee, will keep the pounds off, and you wont ever again gain the weight back and never be hungry again. I saw the Forks over Knives documentary. I will never stop eating meat, all kinds. I come from Peru, and my aunt and grand mom raised cows, sheep, guini pigs, rabitts, chickens; they also raised barley, quinua, veggies. So, we grew up eating the way Dr. Atkins wants us to eat. We never saw box cereals, or frozen foods, or white breads, white sugar. And we were thin, healthy, sharp. My dad is 89, my mom is 90, with perfect health, a combination of plant base diet with all kind of meats, we restrict a lot the red one, but we eat the other kinds. They never had any kind of problem until they came to the U.S.A. and my dad, after few years here, he started to develop high blood pressure and high cholesterol because of the food he was getting at the senior center (where they supposed to have specialized dietician for the elderly). His doctor prescribed lipitor, aspirin and something for his blood pressure. He got worst, that was 1994-1996. After two years, an at his request, I took away all that garbage they gave him, put him on Atkins diet (he was not fat at all). I gave him the only plant base vitamins in the world I got from Nutrilite, and since 1996 to today, he never again had to take any medicine. His doctors, even though they still have in his record that he has “conditions”, they were very surprise with the results when they did blood test studies for his emergency hernia surgery. His results were perfect. I told them that he never took his medicines. His surgeon told me to continue doing what I was doing because was keeping him in a very optimal health many seniors would love to have. Yes, plant base works, my whole family take the plant base vitamins. Even when is hard to keep a natural/organic diet, the fact that we supplement our diet with our plant base vitamin, keep us from the doctors. I send my people to the doctors just to know the diagnose (I am not a doctor), but I am a pastry chef, I went to school took nutrition classes, and got certify as a nutrition consultant. But, I keep myself educating, on top of every latest discover that comes from real doctors, like Dr. Campbel. Elseistyn, D. Amen, Ranzyc. Doctors that really dedicate themselves to research, study the outcomes and have no influence of the pharmacological industry.
      Post after you research deeply. 2 years on his own, that was stupidity and ignorance, no wonder almost dye. By the way, my husband had his blood pressure to the roof when he started the Atkins diet. in 6 months lost 13 pounds (he was classified with hard metabolism), and blood pressure went down dramatically. My whole family is a testimony of what Dr. Atkins wants for us. Healthy natural diet, full of veggies and good fats, natural grains. HE DID NOT WANT REFINE CARBS AT ALL IN YOUR DIET. You have to be discipline, patient, and have a deep strong desire to be healthy. Otherwise you will fall again in the refine food trap, fast food cage, and frozen food scam. Diets are not the problem, YOU are the problem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tantruong777 Tan Truong

    If you don’t care about your health, think of the blood flow to other parts of your body. :)

  • BPCveg

    I am having trouble teasing apart some of the differences between the Atkins diet and the whole foods plant-based approach that you advocate.

    Specifically, it seems possible to be both vegan and follow a low carbohydrate (Atkins-like approach)…isn’t that what the eco-Atkins diet is all about?

    For example, one could eat a whole foods plant-based (vegan) diet emphasizing low carbohydrate and high fat foods like nuts, seeds and avocado. Thus, one would gain the advantages of high antioxidants present in these foods while ingesting relatively low quantities of toxins, cholesterol and saturated fats. By emphasizing these high fat foods (which are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated “good fats”), one could ensure that very few calories come from carbohydrate sources, thus leading to the ketotic state … so what? … is that necessarily bad?

    • Toxins

      check out Dr. Greger’s video
      http://nutritionfacts.org/videos/plant-based-atkins-diet/

      It address just that and a plant based low carb diet is indeed health.

      • BPCveg

        Thanks for the link; though even after watching that video on plant-based-atkins-diet, I would be concerned about potential side effects of the eco-Atkins diet, including ketoacidosis, where pH drops to extremely low levels…not sure what the latest data is on this.

        • Toxins

          I agree, ketosis is definitely an issue when carbs are restricted. I would be interested on Dr. Greger’s take on that.

          • vicky

            Let me educate. As a pastry cheff, I know what sugar does to your body.
            Keto acidosis is not the same as ketosis, have you read the WHOLE book and understand it?
            ketosis is a natural liposuction(the one that some people pay lots of money to take away their fat from their muscles). When you go to the first phase of the diet is with the objective to do that liposuction naturally without the side effects and the dangerous consequences of a performed liposuction by ‘doctors’
            Ketosis is the natural liposuction your body does to burn the extra fat you have. It is not dangerous. Of course if you go 2 years on that like the example this Dr. Greger gives, yeah, you can die.

    • Vicky

      VegAt Heart. Yes you can. Read my comments above. My whole family, included my mom and dad over 80s, have that approach. I hate to cook, but I love to eat. A good steal once in a while, fish like salmon, and chcken with lots of raw salads and amazing dressing are life and comfort, and makes you happy.

  • Michael Greger M.D.

    For some context, please also check out my associated blog post Watermelon for Erectile Dysfunction!

  • Gremmin

    Follow the money, all studies funded by food companies cannot be submitted as science. Sometimes there’s money to made by encouraging certain results.

    • Richard

      Your comment is false, Gremmin. Just because a food company sponsors a study does not mean it was not a proper study. One must look at a study carefully and also see if it fits a mega-analysis of studies in that area. Be super cautious about results if it turns the world upside down. Many studies done by for-profit companies are tainted and the USDA or some other government agencies can also produce tainted study results.

      • Vicky

        What do you think will be the result of a study where the company is trying to introduce a new product to make millions for their shareholders, and they are the ones who will determine if the product is good or not to go into the market?
        I dont know if you are familiar with the self-regulation environment, widely and loosely practice by all those companies. FDA DOES NOT DO or SUPERVISE any trial, study or investigation, don’t have the money. So, they just accept the results of these companies, who bring to the FDA saying, “we found that our product, our food is good, no problems for humans to use it or eat it”. Marlene Schwartz, deputy director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University shows in the HBO documentary “The Weight of the Nation” how the marketing industry along with the FOOD industry are DECEIVING the public.

  • http://www.facebook.com/juliasfinn Julia Finn

    Dr Greger– have you read Gary Taubes’ Good Calories Bad Calories? I find his arguement compelling but I am open minded…Could you post a critique?

    • http://www.DonForresterMD.com/ Don Forrester MD

      It is not based on the best current science. While it is true that processed carbohydrates contribute to today’s high incidence of chronic diseases the consumption of animal products and high fat foods are a much larger problem not only in due to health issues with cholesterol and saturated fats but due to all the chemicals (e.g. dioxins, mercury, other persistent organic pollutants) not to mention environmental degradation, animal suffering and worker safety issues.

      • Richard

        I am not sure saturated fat is the villain it was made out to be for many years. Can you refute the latest studies about saturated fats not being unhealthy?

        • Toxins

          Jeff Novick puts the recent hype into perspective.

          “Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association

          of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease”

          http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/91/3/535.full.pdf+html

          This Meta-analysis looked at 21 different studies, and came to the conclusion that “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD [heart disease].”

          Shared by Jeff Novick:

          One major problem with this study is they did not look at any studies where the saturated fat intake was less than 7%, which is the level recommended by the American Heart Association. Most of the diets had saturated fat intakes in the range of 10-15% (or more).

          So, just like the studies that criticize “low fat” diets, but never analyze any diet that is truly low fat and based on the principles of low fat, high fiber, whole plant foods, this study criticizes the impact of lowering saturated fat, but never looked at any diet that truly lowered saturated fat to the level recommended.

          Another problem with the study is what the subjects replaced the saturated fat with when comparing the 2. For many, if not most, it was with either (or products containing) hydrogenated/trans fat, while flour, white sugar and/or mono fats.

          People who replaced saturated fat in their diet with polyunsaturated fat (omega 3/6) reduce their risk of coronary heart disease by 19 percent, compared with control groups of people who do not.

          http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1000252

          Lastly, studies on all-cause mortality trumps findings for subsets such as CHD and CVD. Most all-cause studies demonstrate a direct relation between saturated fat intake and all-cause mortality and the lower the better. Here is a list of studies showing just this.

          “the results of this study support earlier observations that dietary intakes low in SF or high in FV [fruits and vegetables] each offer protection against CHD mortality. In addition, however, our data suggest that the combination of both high FV with relatively low SF intake offers greater protection against both total and CHD mortality than either practice alone.”

          http://jn.nutrition.org/content/135/3/556.long

          “The major finding of the present study is that the average population intake of saturated fat and vitamin C and the prevalence of smokers are major determinants of all-cause mortality rates. Saturated fat and smoking are detrimental, but vitamin C seems to be protective in relation to the health of populations…The potential effect of changes in saturated fat, vitamin C and the prevalence of smokers can be illustrated as follows. A change in saturated fat of 5% of energy is associated with a 4.7% change in age-adjusted all-cause mortality rate (Table 3).”

          http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/content/29/2/260.long

          “A high RRR pattern score, which was associated with high intake of fat and protein and low intake of carbohydrates, increased the risk of death. Subjects with a pattern score belonging to the highest quintile obtained on average 37·2 % of their energy from fat and 37·6 % from carbohydrates and thus did not meet current dietary recommendations (Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 2002). Food groups that contributed to this unfavourable pattern of energy sources were red meat, poultry, processed meat, butter, sauces and eggs, whereas a high intake of bread and fruits decreased the pattern score.”

          http://journals.cambridge.org/download.php?file=%2FBJN%2FBJN93_05%2FS000711450500111Xa.pdf&code=6fbdbd311fb43ee23a840b894cced959

          From the National Academy of Science:

          “Saturated fatty acids are synthesized by the body to provide an adequate level needed for their physiological and structural functions; they have no known role in preventing chronic diseases. Therefore, neither an AI nor RDA is set for saturated fatty acids. There is a positive linear trend between total saturated fatty acid intake and total and low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol concentration and increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). A UL is not set for saturated fatty acids because any incremental increase in saturated fatty acid intake increases CHD risk”

          http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10490&page=422

          “The saturated fatty acids, in contrast to cis mono or polyunsaturated fatty acids, have a unique property in that they suppress the expression of LDL receptors (Spady et al., 1993). Through this action, dietary saturated fatty acids raise serum LDL cholesterol concentrations (Mustad et al., 1997).”

          http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10490&page=432

          • Thea

            Toxins: What a great post! Thanks again for finding and passing this kind of information on to us.

            Note that the following link in your post does not seem to work. Are you able to fix it?
            “http://www.plosmedicine.org/ar…”

          • Toxins

            Fixed

          • Thea

            Thanks!

          • vicky

            Many scientific research are funded by the same people who are killing us with their lies. Like the one in 1977 where $230,000 was reserved for this ‘scientific research’ funded by the sugar industry with “our desire to maintain research as a main prop of the industry’s defence. Coke, Hershey, General Foods, General Mills and Nabisco, the heavy sugar users, contribute the fund with $10,000 each for that research, to defend themselves.
            Reference: www. cbc.ca/news/health/sugar-industry
            They paid 17 different scientist from most prestigious universities: M.I.T, Harvard, and Yale, which all received the sugar industry money. So, you tell me what do you think the results of that defensive approach would be?

      • Vicky

        You know dr. Forrester, I am surprise that holding a title of a Dr. your answer seems to come from an ignorant person with an opinion. YES! meats, today, they way they raise the poor animals, are really bad. It is the additives, and what they inject in this animals to grow and produce more. Why instead attacking the carriers, dont go and attack the food industry Too big, hu? You guys don’t have the resources to go against this big Goliat. I went to school to become a chef. I learned in my nutrition classes that if you cook too much your meats, or toast too much your bread, the sulfites in there that is put by the food industry to prolonged shel life will turn into carcinogens. But nobody knows that, I did not know that if I wouldn’t go to the cooking school.
        Contribute? are you for real, what kind of doctor you are, where did you learn that?
        In 1980 the comsumption of sugar per capita was 120 lbs(US), 2010 went up to 132 lbs. In 1980, % of American w/diabetes 2.5%; in 2010 went up to 6.8%. In our chldren the scenario was worst: US children with obesity:
        1980: 5.5%; 2010: 16.9%
        Adults with obesity:
        1980: 15%; 2010: 35.7
        Reference: USDA, CDC, US Census Bureau.
        These evidence was ignored by the government agencies due the tremendous pressure from the food industry. This was the time were obesity sky rocketed, and the food industry, specifically the sugar industry said, fat and meat were making people fat. So, all their sugary products, bottle juice, cereals, breads with sprinkle of vitamins were booming. And I think I do not have to tell you the rest, if you are at least a little bit well educated, you know the rest.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.lundeen Dan Lundeen

      People new to Dr. Greger’s extensive writings frequently ask him to shoot down or rebut the latest broscience or truthy rehash of the low carb/paleolithic diet/atkins diet. He’s already done it a thousand times so it’s really a ridiculous request — please read Dr. Greger’s free e-book ‘Atkin’s Exposed’ with over 1,100 references. http://www.atkinsexposed.org/ (Tip o’ the hat to Toxins)

      • vicky

        You sound like my son. Only have 1/2 story. Read, study the Atkins diet, the you can say you, yourself, got facts from both sides, without no intermediaries.

  • Choderus

    Has never affected me this way. Keep up the grudge-work.

  • Matthew

    If you look at his triglycerides, which are reflective of eating sugar and carbohydrates, they TRIPLE in that third period where he lost his mojo and the heart blockage. I think the most likely scenario is that he got tired of Atkins and started cheating a bit. Eating sugar/refined carbs will inflame your arteries. Eating all the fat of the Atkins diet with inflamed arteries gets the cholesterol and fat deposited inside the arteries to wall off whatever is inflaming them, thus causing the blockages and the erectile dysfunction.
    Eskimos and Masi had healthy lives getting 80% of their calories from animal fat with no appreciable carbs. Add western high carb food together with the fat, and their life span sheds a few decades.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dan.lundeen Dan Lundeen

      Wrong on so many levels. Please read Dr. Greger’s free e-book ‘Atkin’s Exposed’ with over 1,100 references.http://www.atkinsexposed.org/

    • lucidvu

      The massive increase of triglycerides was the first significant negative change I noticed too, coincident with the reported symptoms. Dr. Greger made no mention of it.

      As for the total cholesterol level, it didn’t look “pretty good” in the beginning. He started and then returned to a low total cholesterol which is associated with various risks such as increased severity of stroke, increased mortality (e.g. suicide, injury, cancer), depression and criminal violence etc.

    • vicky

      Correction: bad fats. GOOD FATS WILL CLEAN his arteries and help to lower cholesterol. In case you are not educated, here is a couple of example on good fat: avocado, flaxseed, kale, spinach, olive oils, sunflower oils, salmon, walnut, soy bean oil. Dr. Joseph Mercola explains why fats are essential. We need plant base fats because of ALA (alpha-linolenic-acid), our body cannot make it, so we need to include it in our diet.
      Animal based: he said “the longe-chain forms of omega 3 are found mostly in animals and they are eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic (EPA and DHA), you saw the commercials on TV for children lacking this essential DHA that might cause their ADD. He says our body can make “some EPA and DHA from short-chain ALA, but does so inefficiently.” (Mercola, n.d.).
      DHA is the primary structural component of your brain and retina!, and EPA is its precursor. (Mercola).

  • Artur Denysenko

    How about this study “The Battle of the Diets: Is Anyone Winning (At Losing?)”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eREuZEdMAVo

  • http://treegrower.org/ Calvin Leman

    Four months of whole-food plant-based food only reversed my erectile dysfunction in about 4 months.

  • Kekin Shah

    Sir,
    What are the dietary recommendations for treating erectile dysfunction???

    • Han

      erectile disfunction is caused by the same problem as strokes, hardened arteries and arteriosclerosis: clogging of the arteries.

      The answer is, go vegan!

  • Heretic

    Re: Dr. Greger’s free e-book ‘Atkin’s Exposed’ with over 1,100 references.

    I took a trouble some time ago to go through 1 page of Dr. Greger’s thousand references and found that every single one I looked was irrelevant to the place it was quoted! Then I gave up reading, what is the point? Please feel free to add another thousand.

    It takes one evidence to the contrary to invalidate a theory. That applies to Atkins but that also applies equally to your speculations!

    Re: ED

    This is a completely unwarranted generalisation! I am stating it based on my personal experience! In fact, I think, the opposite is true!

    I am on a high animal fat (60% calories) low carb low protein diet continuously since 1999.

    I think people have much more chance of developing ED due to metabolic syndrome or diabetes t2 induced by high starch high fructose plant based exclusive diet (with some polyunsaturated vegetable oils and deficient in essential fats), and due to thyroid disruptors from crucierous vegetables and beans, than from eating all inclusive animal based variety diets.

    Stan (Heretic)

  • NutritionMan

    I am always warning my friends of the dangers of doing an Atkins style diet. I am sick of people saying that it is working for them when a heart attack could be the first and only symptom that they get.That is surely something you don’t want to take a risk on. I believe people don’t really know what healthy is until they try a WFVD with short boughts of exercise.

    • vicky

      Dont be angry, read the book, educate yourseelf, form an opinion base in both facts instead following the crowd like a dumb sheep.

  • http://www.skirsch.com Steve Kirsch

    Jumping to conclusions from the experience of one patient is silly.

    This is cherry picking data to fit your belief system.

    It is not science. Implicating low carb diet from results from one person is completely irresponsible.

    We clearly know that Gregor is anti-low carb and he just cherry picks facts to justify his belief system. This is a perfect example.

    In another video, Gregor talks about people who had impaired blood flow from a low carb diet. But the paper itself said it was a HIGH PROTEIN diet, not a low carb diet (which are typically very low in protein).

    What constitutes proof is properly conducted experiments, not anecdotes such as these.

    Promoting anecdotes to prove your point is simply irresponsible and even more so when the particular case chosen is so inconsistent with what normally happens.

    How many other cases of ED associated with low carb diets do you see? is there a study? Of course not. If there was, Gregor would have cited it.

    This is just completely irresponsible.

  • jarheadwife

    Ok, well then what do we eat to lose weight and not want to eat everything in sight? Help!!!!!

    • Thea

      jarheadwife: The experts I follow generally seem to agree that you would want to focus on eating whole plant foods, with a B12 supplement. You might generally eat about 1/2 starchy foods (like beans, whole grains, corn, potatoes) and 1/2 veggies and fruits. Maybe or maybe not (depending on your metabolism and psychology) include 1-2 ounces of nuts and seeds. This combo generally provides people with enough calories so that they aren’t starving all the time, but few enough calories that they can still loose weight. When done right, you can eat until you are full without having to count calories – and you will still lose weight!

      Here are some specific resources that will help you with more strategies and more details on what is involved. (It’s not hard. And it can be very tasty.)
      > Free video on you tube: How to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAdqLB6bTuQ

      > Consider going through the free 21 Day Kickstart program by PCRM. They will hold your hand for 21 days, including meal plans, recipes, videos, inspirational messages, and a forum where you can ask questions. http://www.pcrm.org/kickstartHome/ (Click the green “Register Now” button.)

      > Jeff Novick’s DVD, Calorie Density; Eat More, Weigh Less and Live Longer. Also check out Jeff’s DVDs in the Fast Food series. Great, affordable food that is easy to make. All of these are available on Amazon. Here is the first one: http://www.amazon.com/Calorie-Density-More-Weigh-Less/dp/B003ASP6JE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392424210&sr=8-1&keywords=calorie+density%3B+eat+more

      On Jeff’s facebook page, you can get a lot of recipes directly:
      https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.204432390124.260255.177550385124

      > Consider
      getting some good, beginner whole plant food based cookbooks. Just leave out
      the oil if a recipe calls for it. Here are a couple ideas to get you started:

      Let Them Eat Vegan

      Vegan On The Cheap

      And/or get some books that start with good education information and then have
      recipes in the back part of the book. I would recommend:

      The Starch Solution (Dr. McDougall)

      Breaking The Food Seduction (Dr. Barnard)

      Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease (Dr. Esselstyn)

      Dr. Neal Barnard’s Program for Reversing Diabetes

      I hope that helps. Good luck to you.

      • vicky

        What about your DHA and EPA for your brain and eyes, where they come from?

        • Thea

          vicky: I get plenty of DHA and EPA from whole plant foods, especially greens. Also, the body of a person who eats a healthy diet does a good job of converting fats from flax into the omega 3s that we need. You can learn a great deal about fats and what humans need from a lecture given by a fabulous dietician and nutritionist, Jeff Novik: From Oil To Nuts: The Truth About Fats.
          http://www.vegsource.com/news/2010/06/oil-to-nuts-the-truth-about-fats-jeff-novick-dvd.html

          Bottom Line: All you have to do is crunch the actual numbers to see what you need vs what you can get from healthy plant foods. One of the reasons that plant foods are so healthy is that they are not deeply contaminated the way that fish and other animal products are.
          http://nutritionfacts.org/topics/fish/

          And no, eating grass fed, organic, free range etc etc is not going to make a significant difference when it comes to human health. You can learn more about why on this site if you are interested.

          I can see from your posts that you are very vested in the Atkins diet. But from what I can see, you strongly believe in quite a few ideas which are simply not supported by the evidence. Actually, which are not supported by very simple math.

          If you were at all interested in learning what the science says, I would dialog more with you, but you do not appear to be…

  • jarheadwife

    All plant based diet? fruit? nuts? What?? I have lost 13 lbs avoiding carbs and sugar in the last 3 weeks

  • jarheadwife

    Hummm…. Not updated. great…