I just finished reading ‘The China Study’ by Dr. T. Colin Campbell. It’s a fascinating book that illustrates the benefits of a largely plant-based diet. I can’t believe it only took me 3 days to read it, and that was during a vacation trip to Vegas! As a life-long meat eater (and believer of the fact that without meat, we will fail to get adequate protein) I have to say, the evidence is hard to deny.
The quick summary:
A whole foods, plants based diet is the most optimum diet for health and a long life
Why am I, a life coach, writing about this? I specialize in helping people find and live their awesome. Now correct me if I’m wrong but any lifestyle (be that a diet) that is guaranteed to give you more energy, help you lose weight and have you avoid many of the common causes of death in the United States – sounds like a pretty great path to AWESOME.
I can never say it enough. A healthy you, a more active you, a more energetic you – leads to a more AWESOME you.
The book goes into tremendous detail about a nutrition study conducted in China over decades and is very comprehensive and yet easy to read. I highly recommend it. Here below are some of my favorite snippets from it:
- The answer to the American health crisis is the food that each of us chooses to put in our mouths each day. It’s as simple as that.
- We all eat much more dietary protein than is recommended for our health
- Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are the healthiest foods you can consume and they are primarily made of carbohydrates.
- Vitamin supplements are not a panacea for good health. It is not that the individual nutrients are not important. They are – but only when consumed as food, not as supplements. Isolating nutrients and trying to get benefits equal to those of whole foods reveals an ignorance of how nutrition operates in the body.
- There are virtually no nutrients in animal-based foods that are not better provided by plants (4 nutrients that plants don’t have that animals do are: Cholesterol, Vitamins A and D and B12 – the first three of which can be created within our bodies naturally)
- Genes do not determine disease on their own. Genes function only by being activated, or expressed, and nutrition plays a critical role in determining which genes, good and bad, are expressed
- The same nutrition that prevents disease in the early stages (before diagnosis) can also halt or reverse disease in its later stages (after diagnosis). He goes into various studies conducted that showed the REVERSAL of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes with a change in diet.
It’s time to stand up, clear the air and take control of our health.
So what’s my plan? As a life-long meat eater, it’s difficult to state that I’m just going to give it all up. However, as a person who is on a continual quest to get healthier, be more energetic and challenge myself, I am committing to significantly cut down my intake of animal products (no more than 5% of total caloric intake). I have purchased several recipe books and a Vitamix blender and am out to prove that I can be as strong if not stronger on a largely plant based diet. I am certainly not qualified to give anyone any nutrition advice but the evidence laid out in this book is compelling enough for me to experiment on myself.
Besides, it’s hard to argue with this:
Eating a predominantly plant-based, whole food diet will promote optimum health.
I’ve never met anyone that said eating too many vegetables was bad for them.