Okay! I want to be thin and not just for cosmetic reasons. I want to feel better, healthier. Well, I do want to look better in my clothes and especially in photographs. Some days I look at pics of myself and think “Who is that fat boy? So many of my girlfriends say the same thing! Every day those photo’s on Facebook stare right back at us saying “Yes this is what you look like. Horrifying! I want to wake up in the morning full of energy instead of pushing the snooze button for 5 more minutes! I know it’s about food and exercise but I’m starting to think as I get older that the food thing is becoming critical! Now you might be saying “Well then Harvey, go on a diet1 Listen sisters, I feel like I’ve been on a diet since I came out of my Mother’s womb. I’ve tried them all! Low carb, no carb, calorie counting, fasting, juicing and I even think I tried a pizza diet once that if you ate it standing up you got half the fat! I lost weight but it always comes back. Is it my genes? My fate? My heritage? Luckily for us I met the most amazing man ever who looked me straight in the face and said “Harvey, your genes are not your fate! Instead of diet think lifestyle and learn how to live your best life ever!” Ladies meet Dr Dean Ornish! Author of the book “The Spectrum- A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health. Here’s the link to check it out!
Dr Dean Ornish, M.D>. is the Founder and President of the non-profit Preventative Medicine Research Institute where he holds the Safeway Chair. He received his medical training in internal medicine from Baylor College of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. For over 32 years Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating for the first time that comprehensive lifestyle change may begin to reverse even sever coronary disease without drugs or surgery! Okay I’m in! I know that I need consistency. I don’t want heart disease and neither do you girls! Heart disease has become the #1 killer of women today! Unlike all the other diet books that are full of science BLAH BLAH BLAH, Dean’s explanations are simple and well supported. His main point is that eating a high fiber low fat vegetarian diet will not only make you healthier but will also help you lose weight! And yes you need to combine it with MODERATE exercise- 30 minutes a day or 3 hours 3 times a week. These together allow the body’s fat mechanism to work most effectively. No meat? That would definitely be a change for me but nothing I’ve tried has had long term results. Dean wasn’t surprised. He told me “Harvey restricting calories will not lead to success. You’ve tried that. It’ about watching the ones we do eat! You can eat more and weigh less! Okay at this point I’m falling in love with Dr Ornish because he’s the only man who’s ever told me I could eat more and weigh less! Dr. Ornish breaks down food into three categories: Foods you can eat all the time like beans, legumes, fruit, grains and vegetables. Foods you can eat some of the time like nonfat dairy -skim milk, nonfat yogurt and cheese. To foods none of the time like meat fish nuts avocado etc. I’m giving you the reader’s Digest version so get the book for full info. You can also check out this video for a further look into heart disease
Now girls I know this could be a big change for a lot of us. If you have a lifestyle that works for you keep on it! If it ain’t broke don’t fix it! If you’re on the diet roulette wheel like me this may be worth trying! Dean looked at me and said “This lifestyle change requires planning, really learning new eating habits. But after a week or two the plan becomes self-rewarding because the weight loss is automatic. You’ll also feel better. On a personal note Dr Ornish told me that our #1 problem is loneliness and depression. Be good to yourself and your body! So I told myself “Harvey! No more diets for you! Let’s start with small steps and create healthy changes so that I feel better and live longer! Thank you Dr Ornish for changing my life!