Then about four years ago we learned that Sam was missing a liver tumor inhibitor out of his DNA. He had one but not two like most folks have. That scared us and we went organic for the most part. Of course we still ate out some, which was our only down fall.
Then in 2013 we began reading research about heart health and switched to ONLY "expeller pressed oils" and olive oil. We focused on more veggies and fruits for the family.
Our concern has been Jon's family history of heart issues. It's about as bad as you can get. He has managed with exercise, self control and good eating to keep his cholesterol in an acceptable level between 197-211, it has fluctuated. Because of his family history the doctor wanted to put him on some statin drugs but there are a lot of side affects to those drugs. My cholesterol has been around the same also. We both have low blood pressure and no issue with our sugar.
So we were hopeful that being really serious would get the numbers down. But it did not. Jon walks a lot in his job, all over the prison campus, as well as exercises about two hours a day on his days off. He also exercises on work days at lunch most days. In spite of that, the cholesterol won't budge.
Recently I found a hard core book about changing your eating habits for life
- No meat, no poultry, no fish--not even salmon
- No dairy of any kind--not even skim milk or non-fat yogurt.
- No eggs--not even egg whites or Egg Beaters.
- No oil--not even virgin olive oil or canola oil
- Aim for 100% Whole Grain products. Ingredients must say, Whole Wheat, or Whole Buckwheat, Whole Rye,etc. 100% stone-ground wheat is not Whole Wheat unless the word Whole appears. Forget about semolina flour in pasta. Forget about white rice. BROWN rice only. For several years we have been eating Arnold's HealthFUL breads, there is no oil in them.
- Do not drink juice. Fruit is fine. A little juice used to saute, or season recipes or for salad dressings is fine
- Do not eat nuts, even walnuts unless you do not have heart disease.
- Do not eat avocados, if you have heart disease.
- Do not eat coconut, if you have heart disease.
- Eat soy products cautiously. They are high in fat (40% +) and many are highly processed.
- Reduce sugar as much as possible. When you do use it for recipes, stick to the more unprocessed varieties. But don't fool yourself, maple syrup, agave, and honey are still sugar.
- Read all labels, especially THE INGREDIENTS!!! (I have a small magnifying glass I keep in my purse)
The doctor is also a focus of the new documentary "Forks Over Knives." Esselstyn has won some high-profile allies -- such as Dr. T. Colin Campbell, co-author of "The China Study," and Dr. Terry Mason, chief medical officer at Cook County Hospitals in Chicago and the city's former health commissioner.
Now Dr Esselstyn does not claim this diet prevents cancer but none of the people in the study have developed cancer. Interesting enough a friend of mine has a son with a brain tumor. He was diagnosed four years ago with an inoperable tumor and given just months to live. He is still alive and doing well. His mother put him on the "China Study" diet, very much like this diet and his tumor has stabilized. He does get chemo but there had never been the hope that chemo alone would cure him. His doctors are now beginning to be interested in his diet!
So we have embarked on this journey. It is much harder than anything I have ever tried before. It's not so much a diet as a lifestyle change. I've been shopping twice now for this adventure. Once in Publix, where I got angry at smelling the fried chicken LOL and today in a health food store where I just got overwhelmed ..... but I came out with a no oil pizza crust and low fat tofu with no oil! So tonight Jon and I had pizza...