Last week I went to hear New York Times food columnist and award winning cookbook author, Mark Bittman, speak in Madison. He spoke of a visit to his physician in 2007 where he learned he had high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and was 40 pounds overweight. His doctor told him to become a vegan (omit animal and dairy products from the diet) to reverse his diseases. He compromised by agreeing to eat the vegan way for breakfast and lunch, and dinner he ate whatever he wanted within reason. His breakfast might consist of oatmeal or multigrain hot cereal, whole wheat toast, and fruit. Lunch may have been a salad with sliced fruits and vegetables, bean burrito, vegetable or lentil soup, or vegetable stir fry. Dinner was what he had eaten in the past.
How did he do you wonder? In six weeks he lost 15 pounds and in three months he lost a total of 36 pounds. His cholesterol was normal, blood sugar normal, weight normal, sleep apnea gone – his diseases reversed by just making healthier dietary choices with the encouragement from and under the supervision of his physician. His body had begun the self-healing process, and he no longer had to get started on medications. With the weight loss, his knees no longer hurt, and he was able to resume running – something he hadn’t done for some time.
To avoid these lifestyle related diseases, why not try what Mark Bittman did? If you have any of these conditions, perhaps your physician may want to supervise you as you move into your Bittman lifestyle adventure!