As you may know, I recommend a low-fat diet.
This may fly in the face of current diet fads and trends that tout the benefits of ‘good fats’ to no end.
Yet, I have never found anything more powerful for health as a high carb, low-fat, whole food, plant-based diet.
In fact, there’s not a single scientific study showing that you can reverse heart disease on a low-carbohydrate diet.
However, countless studies have proven that you can do so on a low-fat, plant-based diet.
The key thing is… total fat intake has to be kept at around 10% of total calories. That’s when you start to see the benefits.
- Much higher energy levels
- Improved digestion
- Prevention and reversal of degenerative diseases
- Lower body fat without portion control
- Better sleep
- Improved mood
Before switching to raw foods, I used to eat the standard American diet, which is the diet most people call ‘normal’, and my health suffered terribly as a result.
Those problems were resolved by increasing the carbohydrate content of my diet in the form of fruit, and eliminating excessive quantities of fat — mainly by quitting animal products, as well as cutting down on processed foods and refined foods (such as oil).
My new diet is not original however… I first came to these conclusions after studying Natural Hygiene for 6 years, and especially the work of Dr. Herbert Shelton.
Shelton (1895-1985) is considered the modern founder of Natural Hygiene, and is an inspiration to countless health seekers around the world.
He produced a wealth of literature of almost 40 books and other information material, and helped over 40,000 patients recovered their health through water fasts and low fat diets.
In later studies, the work of author T.C Fry has also influenced me. His diet advocates getting most of your daily calories from fruit, with plenty of green vegetables, and a maximum of 10% of fat by total caloric intake.
That means, for most people, less than 1/2 avocado a day, on average (and not every day, if you’re not very active or athletic).
Finally, getting up to date on the latest science in human nutrition through the work of many great nutritionists and health teachers has reinforced my belief that a low-fat diet is best for your health.
The doctors and authors who also influence me are:
Dr. Keki Sidwha
Dr. Douglas Graham
Dr. John McDougall, MD
T. Colin Campbell, PhD
Dr. Neal Barnard, MD
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, MD
All of those doctors and teachers, and at least a dozen more that I won’t mention today, recommend a low-fat, plant-based diet.
What’s a low-fat diet?
Essentially, it doesn’t mean avoiding all fats. But it means getting most of your calories from carbohydrates (from whole food sources), and fewer than 10% of your calories from fat; some people allow up to 15%.
In practice, that means:
- Do not consume any oil.
- Do not consume any food of animal origin, especially dairy products, beef, chicken, and eggs.
- Do not eat more than one ounce of nuts a day, or half an avocado, on average.
- Eliminate those foods if you have heart disease or wish to lose weight.
When you follow such a program, your taste buds will require a bit of adaptation. It’s not that fat has much taste, but it helps carry flavours, like salt or sugar.
Also, when we eat a higher-fat diet, our taste buds get used to it.
According to Dr. Esselstyn, it takes around 12 weeks to adapt to a low-fat diet.
Initially, you may find the food bland and unappetizing, but, after a while, you will enjoy it even more than your old food; you will even find the taste of a high-fat meal repulsive.
This entire process takes around 12 weeks, so be patient.
I can attest that it’s true. Nowadays, if I eat something that many people would consider ‘delicious’, I will find it extremely unappetizing if it contains a lot of fat.
Unless, of course, all that fat is mixed in with sugar, this tends to fool everyone’s taste buds.
You’d be surprised how your general vitality improves after adopting a ‘low fat’ vegan diet.
But let’s make it clear, vegan is only healthy when is ‘low fat’, and not otherwise.
You can go to a fast food restaurant and eat French fries with Coca Cola and you can call that a vegan diet, right? But it doesn’t make it healthy, correct?
A high fat, ‘processed vegan diet’ is not healthy for us, or for our planet, and as a result, for all the animals that live in it.
Sources: Life Science, Renegade Health, Hygienic Review
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