Rouxbe’s Live Presentation with Dr. Greger

Aired June 30th, 2014 at 6:30PM ET


Michael Greger M.D., FACLM

Michael Greger, M.D. FACLM, is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous "meat defamation" trial.

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  1. I had some belly fat which i was ignoring.. its kind a very hard fat.. i did some research & i think its Visceral fat… can you Dr. Greger please show some light on what food i can avoid gaining it further developed inside my belly.. well just for information i am also a vegetarian..

    1. Vikas: the following link takes you to a page which lists Dr. Greger’s nutrition recommendations:

      I would think that following Dr. Greger’s recommended diet would help you with your problem. If you want to really focus on losing that belly fat, you might also take a look at these these resources:

      1) 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.
      (Click the green “Register Now” button.)

      2) Dr. Forrester recommends 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:

      3) It might also help to check out a free lecture available on line by Dr. Lisle. It will really help you get your head straight:
      “How To Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind”

      4) 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)
      Eat To Live by Joel Furhman

      Hope that helps!

  2. Dear Dr. Greger,

    I’m doing a roundup of weight loss and nutrition experts to find out how to avoid the yo-yo effect after a weight loss diet.

    As one of my favorite nutrition gurus, I thought you may want to be involved.

    If so, please replay with the answer to this question:

    What Nutrition and Weight Loss Experts Have to Say about How to avoid the
    Yo-Yo Effect?

    I know you’re busy so a very brief response is more than enough.

    Best Regards,

  3. Doctor Greger I got a question.
    With ebola just around the corner what can average people such as ourselves do to improve our chances if we DO unfortunately get infected by the virus?

  4. Hello everybody,
    I’ve been a vegan fore a month now, and all of a sudden my urine has like white dots in it, and i pee allot, and my intestines work so bad. Almost everything i eat i get constipation with allot of nasty burbs. Can anyone help ??? (Sorry 4 my bad english, english is not my mother tongue and i speak also other languages so i sometimes get confused)

    1. Soeleejmen: I’m sorry you are going through such terrible troubles. I’m not a doctor, so I can’t guess what might be going on. What I can say is that I’ve never heard of those symptoms being associated with going vegan. Maybe something unrelated to your diet is happening? Do you have access to a doctor? A doctor who has some basic nutritional knowledge? If so, I would strongly encourage you to find such a doctor to see what might be happening to you. I wish you well and hope you get this resolved very quickly.

    1. gilbertnicholson: Here are some resources you might find helpful.

      1) 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.
      (Click the green “Register Now” button.)

      2) Pick some good cookbooks and start making recipes. You don’t have to go cold-turkey and expect that you aren’t going to like every recipe you try. So, just keep trying dishes until you build up a set that you really like and are easy enough for you to make. Then you can just make those recipes and stop making your old ones. Some cookbooks that I recommend are:
      Let Them Eat Vegan
      Vegan On The Cheap
      Vegan Casseroles
      Everyday Happy Herbivore (or any book in that series)

      Or if you have a specific condition you want to work on, there are some great books that have recipes in the back for those conditions. Let me know if you want some suggestions for diabetes, heart disease, memory/dimentia or one that is good for athletes, etc. Actually, the main diet is the same for all of these conditions. But it is nice to get the specific books and recommended recipes when you are first starting out so that you start to get a handle on what you are looking for in terms of what is healthy.

      3) Check out some good recipe blogs. These sites have free recipes as well as some emotional support as you can read about the lives of others. Here are some sites people really like:
      There are A LOT more out there! So, keep looking until you find one or two that you like.

      4) Get a copy of Jeff Novick’s Fast Food DVD series. Jeff does a great job of giving simple, tasty, extremely healthy recipes, all in a mini cooking show format. Here’s one to get you started:
      The burgers and fries DVD is a good one too!

      5) Don’t forget your B12 supplement. Here are Dr. Greger’s overall nutrition recommendations. This will give you a very general, overall game plan along with some advice on specific nutrients to make sure you have all your bases covered:

      Hope that helps.

  5. Can you provide me any suggestion what to do with general muscle stiffness? Usually 250mg magnesium+1,6mg Vitamin B6 for a month helps for few months, but stiffness is always coming back. General blood tests values were normal except Vitamin D deficiancy. Thank you for any food/test suggestion.

  6. Hello, my grand father will be 89 years old this summer, he is not veg, I was wonder if he goes on a healthy vegan diet made of whole food would that give a too big shock to his system or it is better to do step by step.

  7. if you have ibs and acid reflux to keep it under control? I lost my job because of my ibs ..I spent more time in the bathroom then working or I couldn’t go to work because of it….I really need some help!

  8. Hi Dr Greger,

    My wife and I are huge fans and just wanted to ask about the diet for our newborn daughter. My wife is still pregnant and is concerned about the effects of a vegan diet on the baby. She is planning to continue being vegan herself, and if breastfeeding is successful, the baby would also be vegan. If she is unable to breastfeed then we were planning on using soy formula for the baby. Her concern is that later on, if/when our daughter is exposed to meat/dairy/animal products would she be likely to have an allergic reaction to these products because her body has never been exposed to those types of foods before? She has heard conflicting information about this and is hesitant to seek a gp’s opinion, as her experience has them unwilling to support the vegan lifestyle.

    My instagram page is @fruits.n.veg,


    Michael Riley

    1. Michael: I’ve never heard of someone getting an alergic reaction to animal products just because someone is raised vegan. (On the other hand, I have heard of people getting reactions to animal products when they are introducted at a young age – such as a potential link between dairy and Type 1 diabetes.) But I’m not an expert. When it comes to issues around kids, I like to refer people to a group/website called Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG). Their information seems to be very well researched/evidence-based. And they have a good section on raising vegan kids.

      The first link is the overall list of links. The second link shown here is one of my favorite articles that they have. You may want to start there.

      So, if you can’t find the answers to your question in their materials, maybe you could ask them directly?

      I hope this helps and good luck with the kid!

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