•“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~ Thomas Edison
Heart disease is the #1 cause of death for men and women in the United States. So I thought since I missed my meatless monday post I would combine it with workout Wednesday. This topic is very near and dear to my, well… heart. My husband has a family history of high cholesterol and blood pressure and is already in the danger zone with both. Now that he has become vegan and exercises regularly (go hubby!) I am confident that he is lowering these numbers. With diet and exercise we can greatly reduce our risk of this widespread disease.
Cholesterol only exists in animal products, so if you reduce your consumption of meat, dairy and eggs then you reduce your cholesterol. Cholesterol research has shown that not only can exercise lower LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol), it can also raise HDL cholesterol (“good” cholesterol) Diet and exercise also greatly influence our blood pressure.
I thought that these facts from John Robbin’s book “Diet for a New America” were helpful and interesting.
Number of U.S. medical schools: 125
Number requiring a course in nutrition: 30
Nutrition training received by average U.S. physician during four years in medical school: 2.5 hours
Most common cause of death in the U.S.: heart attack
How frequently a heart attack kills in the U.S.: every 45 seconds
Average U.S. man’s risk of death from heart attack: 50 percent
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat: 15 percent
Risk of average U.S. man who eats no meat, dairy or eggs: 4 percent
Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption of meat, dairy and eggs by 10 percent: 9 percent
Amount you reduce risk of heart attack if you reduce consumption by 50 percent: 45 percent
Amount you reduce risk if you eliminate meat, dairy and eggs from your diet: 90 percent
Average cholesterol level of people eating meat-centered-diet: 210 mg/dl
Chance of dying from heart disease if you are male and your blood cholesterol level is 210 mg/dl: greater than 50 percent
We are in charge of our health and disease prevention. Your Doctor can prescribe medication once you cross a line or operate on you once you have a heart attack but, they cannot make you exercise or eat right.
Here is a great heart healthy “Meatless Monday” dinner makeover….
Instead of burgers and Fries make:
Black Bean Burgers (there are several frozen varieties that are very good) on a whole grain or sourdough bun, topped with fresh avocado or guacamole, tomato, salsa, spinach etc. Serve with baked sweet potatoes and a green salad or some grilled veggies.
So much more creative and flavorful than a boring burger with ketchup isn’t it? Are there any other meals you would like to makeover? Let me know!!
Your Vegan Friend