Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Comments from a Guest - A Friend, and Dietitian
Through the wonders of facebook, I learned that a friend, Trina, whom I had gone to High School, and University with is now a dietitian who once worked for the Dairy Council! A perfect person to solicit advice from before my vegan quest. I really valued her expert advice since she was able to give me all the pros and cons in an honest, and unbiased way. Currently, she is a project manager in the evaluation and development of community nutrition education programs.
Here are some of her comments, from my resident dietitian, on topics I raised:
OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS
There is a lot of great research on omega three fatty acids. I heard a speaker that referenced an paper that "calculated that known cardiovascular
benefits of eating farmed salmon outweigh the theoretical risks for cancer (from PCBs) by a ratio of 400:1". *JAMA 2006;296. Yes, there are risks but sometimes the benefits outweigh them. Also, there is nothing like the taste of good food!
MY INCREASING EXERCISE INTENSITY, AND CUTTING BACK ON BREAD AND RICE
Terry, is this something you can sustain long term? Losing 41 lbs is fantastic but remember that you need to enjoy eating. Could you compromise by measuring your portions based on the calorie level you are trying to achieve? With all the physical activity you are getting make sure to get in enough protein to rebuild your muscle mass.
MY DESIRE TO BE EVEN MORE STRICT FOLLOWING DR. FUHRMAN'S PLAYBOOK -
I really like your focus on nutrient-dense food. There is a nutrient density coalition promoting this.
You wrote a nice piece on saturated fats saying they "are the main culprit in raising blood cholesterol, which increases your risk of heart disease." There is new research showing that not all saturated fats raise the risk of heart disease. Some say that white hat syndrome prevents this viewpoint from getting its fair treatment in peer reviewed journals and by the researchers themselves. Also not all trans fats have a negative impact on health.