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For anyone who is not feeling great, not even those who feel sick; this book might be just the kick you need to change a lot of your behaviors. I've only just started a variation of the diet suggested in this book, leaning more into whole foods and further and further away from heavily processed goods whenever possible without being crazy about it and already I feel better than I had been.
I have a few not quite yet diagnosed health problems and my symptoms have lessened since starting this diet as well as engaging in some light reflective meditation when I lay down before bed. In just about a week, I've also already lost about 5 pounds by changing my eating, moving more, and being more mindful about my purchasing food choices.
It gave me hope that a change in lifestyle away from the salt and sugar I had been eating might help. I think it did. I did not have the traditional over-weight and high cholesterol background. I did have an ejection fraction of 34-50% and high blood pressure which for me was in the 150s over 90. I had some more ruptured chordae on my mitral valve that my surgeon was able to repair. My blood pressure is now about 120/70. Willing to give more information if anyone wants more of the story.
This book has helped change my life. By following its advice, especially the dietary recommendations, I’ve already relieved myself of knee pain and general inflammation in my body. Last year my cholesterol was high and I’ve been prediabetic for at least four years. After 4 weeks of a vegan diet with minimal added walking, my cholesterol has gone from 210 to 153 and my A1c from 6 to 5.4. And after 6 weeks, I’ve lost 14 pounds and feel like a new person with much more energy. The four basic tenets of the book make sense and are uplifting, and I enjoy reading the science behind the recommendations in the book. However, I find the recipes to be disappointing and to rely too much on soy products. I’m still looking for a good whole foods cookbook to help support me in my new vegan endeavor.
An updated version of previous Dr. Ornish books. Slanted more to the Whole Foods Plant Based diet popular now. White flour is out whole wheat is in. Vegan low fat diet is the basis of book along with the same aspects as previous books like meditation, social interaction and exercise.