Saturday, March 22, 2014

How to Transition to Plant-Based Eating part 1

When I started keeping this blog, it was intended as a way to share some of the nutritional research I had been doing, but recently I realized that while you might now understand that the consumption of TMAO from animal products can increase your risk of heart disease, or why coconut oil really isn't healthy for us, I haven’t provided the tools to actually help make meaningful changes to your diet. If you don’t know how to wean yourself off animal products, then all the nutritional research that I present here, is essentially worthless.

One of the first things that need to be addressed is that changing one’s diet is very difficult. An estimated 45 million people go on some type of “diet” each year, and they spend roughly $33 billion on diet products. Yet, according to the CDC the United States is heavier than ever, with 35% of the total population categorized as being obese (a person with a Body Mass Index of 30 or higher). Obesity and the diseases associated with it, have an estimated annual medical cost of more than $147 billion dollars – to put some perspective to this number, that is 1/6th of the annual US defense budget! There is clearly a disconnect between these diets, the huge amounts of money being spent and America’s ever growing waistlines. 

BMI For Adults Widget

As always the information presented in this blog is for educational purposes only. It should not be considered as specific medical, nutritional, lifestyle, or other health-related advice.

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