I recently came across a really cool article. It was published by Kaiser Permanente in their medical science journal (which is peer-reviewed). This article recommends the following:
That physicians should consider a PLANT-BASED DIET for all patients.
The article said, "Healthy eating may be best achieved with a plant-based diet, which we define as a regimen that encourages whole, plant-based foods and discourages meats, dairy products, and eggs as well as all refined and processed foods … Physicians should consider recommending a plant-based diet to all their patients, especially those with high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or obesity."
"Too often, physicians ignore the potential benefits of good nutrition and quickly prescribe medications instead of giving patients a chance to correct their disease through healthy eating and active living. If we are to slow down the obesity epidemic and reduce the complications of chronic disease, we must consider changing our culture’s mind-set from “live to eat” to “eat to live.” The future of health care will involve an evolution toward a paradigm where the prevention and treatment of disease is centered, not on a pill or surgical procedure, but on another serving of fruits and vegetables."
How cool is that? This would be a great article for someone that is questioning if a WHOLE FOOD PLANT-BASED DIET is ideal? You can find the whole article HERE.
Have you heard about the HBO series called THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION?
I haven't had a chance to watch all of the films, but what I have seen is very interesting. There are 4-parts to the series and you can watch them all online at http://theweightofthenation.hbo.com/.
It has some fasinating statistics about obesity in this nation. It states that if you "go with the flow" in the US, you will eventually become obese.
Part 3 of the series is titled: CHILDREN IN CRISIS. Check it out when you have a moment...SO GOOD! It's eye-opening and inspiring.
Thanks for reading!
Whole Food Mommies