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A peak into Dr. Dean Ornish’s pantry

Dr. Dean Ornish is the founder, president, and director of the non-profit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California. His clinical research demonstrated that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. He is the author of five best-selling books, including Dr. Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Eat More, Weigh Less, and Love & Survival. 

In the March issue of the Reader’s Digest magazine, Dr. Dean Ornish shared what he and his family eat as they pretty much they follow their own advice. Their meals are based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and soy products in their natural forms, with a little fish sometimes.  Dr. Ornish also shares what foods they choose when eating out, even at fast food restaurants, and why this diet works.

In his own words: “I'm 53 years old, and I've been eating this way since I was 19. I'm six feet tall, and my weight stays around 175 pounds. I'm on no medications, and my total cholesterol level has remained below 140 to 150 mg/dl since then. My LDL ranges from 70 to 80 mg/dl, and my blood pressure is 110/70. But the main reason for eating and living this way is that I feel so much better when I eat healthy. My adolescent allergies and childhood asthma disappeared, and fortunately, I'm rarely ill.”

To read the full article please visit http://www.rd.com/content/openContent.do?contentId=34153

While a little fish is probably safe health-wise, it’s not necessary in a well-balanced plant-based diet. Moreover, the fish industry has caused havoc in the aquatic flora and fauna driving many species to the verge of extinction; and the suffering of fish cannot be ignored.

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