This is an introduction to the most important nutritional research and the dietary advice that has developed from it. The research includes the largest epidemiological study ever conducted on nutrition and health often referred to as The China Study. This show is based on six episodes that will
give you the basic guide to the world's finest diet, if that means a diet that gives protection against most chronic diseases and is the foundation of vibrant health.
Your Diet & Your Breathing
This short episode introduces you to the recent research I have done that connects our eating to our breathing. What we eat affects the way we breathe and the way we breathe affects our choice of food we eat.
Episode 6. Problems On The Way.
A general reaction when people are presented with the challenge of switching to a whole plant diet is a sense of confusion as to what to buy, cook and eat, now that many of their usual foods are to be eliminated. This radical change to their entire cooking and eating habits of a lifetime is indeed a challenge. This is probably true, but what we eat has been something of a habit over many years, what we have been accustomed to enjoying with family and friends, but not really a habit impossible to change with determination, good organization, and enthusiasm. The good news is that probably over half the world's population are living pretty close to a whole plant diet, not perhaps by choice, but by tradition or by simply the economy of eating vegetables, fruit, and grains and not be being able to afford large amounts of other foods found in our Western diet.
Episode 5. Guidelines on the Whole Plant Diet
Whatever your 4LeafSurvey score is, don’t despair if it was low, because everyone can improve on their diet following the advice given in this episode. The aim is to raise your 4LeafSurvey score by simple diet changes. You may have already noticed that the first four food groups all score positive, and the remaining food groups score negatively. So to increase your overall score it is obviously quite simple, you increase the consumption of the first four food groups that include: vegetables, fruit, grains and Omega-3 foods and/or reduce your consumption of the negative scoring foods that include: dairy foods, eggs, cows milk and cream, sugar, white flour, sweet & salty snacks, meat poultry and fish and vegetable oil.
Episode 4. Getting Started with the 4LeafSurvey.
The first stage in your journey towards better nutrition is to establish just where you are on this road already. Usually anyone wanting nutritional advice would attend a consultation with a nutritionist or diet specialist and spend perhaps over an hour completing a vast amount of form filling gathering data on your eating habits, nutritional requirements and so forth, however with the whole plant diet it is possible to gain sufficient information from a very simple questionnaire based on just twelve questions about your normal eating habits.
This questionnaire is called the 4LeafSurvey and it is based on an eating concept designed to make it easy for everyone to learn how to eat a near-optimal diet.
Episode 3. Making The Change.
So by now, you have decided to try to make a change in your eating habits, the question now arises whether to do this in small steps or you can do it in one giant leap. Which course you take will depend a lot on your circumstances but there are a few factors to take into account. What we eat tends to be a long-standing habit and almost, there can be an element of addiction to some foods or particular dishes, so this can present a problem in itself. Will you be just making the changes for yourself or for others you live with who may not want to join you on this challenge. Again, it depends on how well motivated you are to make this change if you currently have significant health problems it's understandable you would like to make the change quickly if however you are reasonably healthy you may be satisfied with taking your time and achieving the change over a period of months.
Episode 2. Why Eat Mostly Plants?
Let's begin with the basics. We need fuel for our bodies and this includes three major nutrients; carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Yes, we need all three to live and eating them in the right proportion. In addition, we need micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients. A whole plant-based diet contains all the above nutrients in the right proportions so long as it is sufficiently varied and balanced.
A whole-plant diet offers roughly 80% carbohydrate 10% fat and 10% protein with plenty of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients, the perfect diet.
The typical Western diet as found in America and largely now in the UK is composed of a combination of meat, dairy, eggs, fish, and processed foods and provides approximately 40% carbohydrates 40% fat and 20% protein. Besides this, it provides very little fiber, vitamins, minerals or phytonutrients. As you see, it does contain an excess of fat, cholesterol and animal proteins which are all linked to major health problems.
It’s not magic!
I make no apology for reviewing my own podcast, I gave it only four stars as it really should be much longer to do justice to the subject! I discovered The Whole Plant Diet after reading The China Study, it was a revelation, I had been a healthcare practitioner for over forty years and had avoided giving advice to my patients on the question of diet because all I saw was a jungle of confusion. That all changed after this revelation, I switched to a WPD as I reckoned I would like to see my grand children grow into teenagers before being struck down with one of the many chronic diseases related to our Western diet. I’m in my eighties and feel better than when I was in my forties! No medications, no diagnosed diseases, no illnesses just occasionally feeling my age when doing heavy physical work! So go for it! Switch your diet and start enjoying life more. Go to my website for more free info at www.TotalHealthMatters.co.uk.
Genuine, clear, and valuable
Two cornerstones of my own lifestyle are buteyko breathing and whole plant diet. I’m fit and healthy at 51, take no medication despite having asthma all my life. This is a perfect reminder for me of the pillars of health; and for anyone wondering, it’s the perfect way in. Presented by a lovely gentleman with no agenda, and no bells and whistles. If you want authenticity- subscribe.