Wednesday, March 31, 2010
More Advice Given to Me By a Stranger
Dinner was vegetable dumplings, and edamame - I wish I made myself just a salad. Tonight I ended up at P.J. Clarke's - I have not been in there in some time. I met a nice girl and her brother, and of course my pint of seltzer water raised eyebrows and questions. It was near 11 PM and the girl, a kindergarten teacher, was feeling no pain. She gave me a long lecture on I am not getting enough protein on this diet, and that I really should pay attention to my blood type (Dr. Fuhrman dismantles this "blood type" argument by Dr. Peter D'Adamo mercilessly in Eat to Live). From another nutrician website, Intraspec.ca:
Fuhrman finds D'Adamo's approach an interesting mix, with some factual blood type information and "a whole lot of far-fetched assertions that have no basis in fact" (p.109). The main problem is that D'Adamo presents little or no scientific evidence in support of his assertions, many of which are implausible and, particularly with respect to human physiology, simply unscientific or frankly incorrect.
And from Eat to Live in regards to protein, a refresher course:
We were all taught in school about the four basic food groups. Two of these four boxes were meat and dairy. It was drilled into us at an early age that a healthy diet was centered on meat and dairy. It was communicated to us that protein was the most important nutrient, and that these two food groups were the best source. Cancer rates subsequently soared. The reality is however, that whole grains, nuts, beans and vegetables are rich in protein and also contain additional nutrients that keep you healthy and nourish you. Meat and dairy is simply loaded with fat and cholesterol.
A good way to think about the power of protein from plants is by asking this question: what do elephants, gorillas and giraffes eat? They eat plants and are plenty big. Green vegetables contain more protein per 100 calories than steak. We have also been told that milk is the best source of calcium. Again, plants are a phenomenal source of calcium. As you begin to eliminate meat and dairy from your diet, you are creating an environment in your body that is hostile to, rather than friendly to cancer and tumors. Instead of saturated fat your body is taking in more fiber and antioxidant. Your risk of osteoporosis becomes lower. Weight loss becomes possible.
Anyway, the teacher and I had a nice discussion, but she was adamant about the dangers of a vegan diet. A lovely girl, but, once again, everyone is an expert on nutrition!had a nice discussion, but she was adamant about the dangers of a vegan diet. A lovely girl, but, once again, everyone is an expert on nutrition!
Feeling great today.