April 20, 1955
A very enjoyable and well-balanced article.
For me, I like Joel Fuhrman's approach to using nuts. I use them to make yummy salad dressings without added oil. Using his plant-based approach, the weight is coming off effortlessly. Using nuts so sparingly gives my salads an enjoyable richness WITHOUT adding a LOT of nut-derived fats.
I don't have heart disease etc., so I believe using a VERY modest amount of nuts is fine.
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I've been 3 weeks off all high fat foods: no oil, no nuts, no avocado, no Durien, no chocolate... all of which I had been eating increasingly in recent years. I've lost about a pound. I was hoping for more weight loss by now, but I'm feeling lighter & more energetic, & it's going in the right direction. Slow weight loss is to be expected when already within one's healthy BMI range.
Another important advantage of eating only the low-fat plant foods is protection of the colon. Dr. McDougall explains how high fat foods trigger the release of bile acids, which increase our risk of developing colon cancer.
I found some details on that on Dr. Mirkin's web sites: "Eating a high-fat diet causes your liver to make more bile, and bile is loaded with a chemical called lithocholic acid, a bile acid that helps digest fat. Lithocholic acid is probably the most toxic compound that your body makes. Lithocholic acid damages the DNA, the genetic material in cells to cause cancer."
It's been about a month of eating the truly low-fat vegan diet once more. I've lost 3 pounds so far while eating all I want, and even better, my blood pressure has dropped easily and naturally down to ideal normal.
In your reply, you posed a question about why so many people refuse to give up nuts when they could benefit from doing so. I think Dr. Neal Barnard talks about that in his lecture on food addictions. Fat is addictive and enhances food flavours.
It's been just over 2 months now of eating 100% low-fat, whole plant foods (eliminated ALL oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, chocolate, Durien. I've lost 11 pounds while eating all I want. There are other improvements too: I always used to enjoy cooking and trying new recipes, which went by the wayside once I got into "treating" myself with high fat foods. I have started opening my recipe books again! Yay!
I added up the calories from fat that I had been eating before the change; it was amazing how fast it added up! According to my calculator (9 calories per gram of fat) I was eating about 500 calories JUST from fat. I had been "justing" myself into gaining weight: JUST a 1/4 of an avocado on my salad,JUST one piece of Durien, JUST 1 ounce of chocolate, JUST 1/4 cup of unsalted cashews... as if saying "just" somehow magically takes away the high fat content.
Hello everyone who is interested in this topic. It's been about 4 months for me now of eating only low-fat whole plant foods, and to date, I've lost 20 lbs. I've been stable at this point for several weeks, so I suspect this may be the bottom of my weight loss. I look & feel much better. When I was going up a steep flight of stairs recently, I realized how much easier it is now. That 20 lbs was like carrying 4 five pound gym weights with me everywhere!
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