Just a little over a year ago I wrote a blog entitled "The Big Fat Surprise", in response to a book of the same title that basically said eating fatty products--bacon and such--was not so bad for you afterall (i.e., the Adkins diet). It seemed to be well documented. I shouted HURRAH!  I also read Wheat Belly, which wants us to stop eating grains, whole or not. Another decision.

Alas, woe is me--confused and distraught. Upon reading Dr. Michael Greger's new book, How Not To Die, everything the "eat fat" book said is wrong, wrong, wrong. Really? I'm supp[osed to eliminate meat, even "good" fish, like wild salmon (heavily contaminated with chemical pollutants like hexachlorobenzene). I'm to cut out, at least down, dairy products. Eggs? Yes? No? Yes? No?  IIIIEEEEE!!

I have to admit, Dr. Greger makes a strong case: there are 113 pages of footnotes! His basic premise is eat more veggies, beans, fruit, nuts, and spices, any one of which might save you from certain diseases or maladies, including cancer. These foods are preventive and well as healing. They can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol. I'm for that.

Hence, the dilemma. Who to believe? What to do? I think I'll try the most recent "fad". My next blood test is in 10 months. Broccoli, flax, tea, walnuts, tumeric, blueberries, etc., etc., here I come! We'll see.

PS: One thing both "diets" agree on is NO SUGAR OR SALT!

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Comment by Joan Denoo on February 8, 2016 at 11:38am

A reminder to myself: 

"eat more veggies, beans, fruit, nuts, and spices, Broccoli, flax, tea, walnuts, turmeric, blueberries, NO SUGAR OR SALT!"

Thanks, Randy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 8, 2016 at 11:33am

When my bloodwork revealed I was diabetic, I went to a licensed nutritionist who put me on the Adkins diet. After a month, or so, I thought I was going to die. My blood work showed many factors out-of-balance. My Dr sent me to an experienced nutritionist and I started her regimen. My bloodwork has come back fine since then. Everything is under control. 

I, too, am weaning myself, Laura and Larry off meats. I do most of the cooking in their home. When I am not there, they don't eat fruits and vegetables. Our bucket of vegetable trimmings for the chickens never fills up. When I am there, it fills daily. My great-granddaughter collects the bucket daily and feeds her little flock. She teases L & L that her chickens suffer when I am not there. What a dear family I have. 



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