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March 13, 2012

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Daniel Groleau

Funny... my dad would have been 100 this year too.. (same date as the Titanic).
First.. Thank You for being there for us. I've been Vegan for 374 days now .. (oil free .. 3 months. I've learn to cook Vegan .. to improvised .. even to created new receipes. But, for me, the most amazing thing is that i can almost feel my blood running "freely" in every single veins in my body .... and, my skin is soooo soft... unbelievable!
So... with your help .. i will be a centenarian .. "Keep Talking..I will listened"
Regards,
Ho!... I bought the Marsala today.. I will try "The Ruben" tomorrow. (wish me luck)...and excuse my english ... i'm a french speaking person.

Daniel Groleau

claire

good luck with your presentation!
i think one thing to focus on would be to dispel the notion that this way of eating (of being!) is difficult and drab. For me, refining my diet from veganish to no added oil/no sugar completely changed not only my well-being but my taste buds and cravings. as a former sugar/fat addict, i'm still amazed that these things hold no appeal for me any longer. even unsweetened dried fruit seems overly sweet for me. having said that, i've never eaten better!
people need to be educated not only about the health and environmental benefits, but also about the deliciousness of this way of life...

The Healthy Librarian

@Daniel--I love your accent--which comes through. Thanks so much for writing--helping me out with the presentation. I know exactly what you mean about feeling like your "blood is running freely". Great skin, too! I hope that Reuben is a success for you. Just make sure there's enough gluten in the seitan when you knead it--you'll know by feel.

@Claire--fabulous suggestions--I totally agree with you, and I completely forgot about that important piece. Tastes change. You really get used to no sugar or fat. Crazy, huh?

Jerry B.

You are amazing!....a wonderful model and source of great information!
Please keep it up!....if I must critique, I would only say, as a guy, to net it out where you can...but, that's nit pickin!!!
I'm 67 and appreciate your tips and modeling very much...
So, "THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE!!!"
Love,
Jerry

The Healthy Librarian

@Jerry: Thanks so much for all the compliments! I can be dense sometimes--what does the expression, "Net it out where you can" mean? Something about fishing nets? Explain to this dense lady, please.

linda mandel

For your presentation:
I like the outline you presented-
How a plant-based, no-added oil diet can prevent & reverse heart disease, and reduce your risk of dementia, strokes, diabetes, & some cancers.
How three different types of exercise can help protect you from dementia, bone loss, osteoarthritis, diabetes, & heart disease.
Beyond the body: Why we need to stretch our brains beyond our comfort zone, make time for friends, fun, sleep, down time, relaxation--& invest our resources in experiences--not things.

But...what I find really powerful is personal experience. So many of us have parents with the litany of disorders yours had, and this is a big motivator to be different. You evolved from just plant-based to no oil, and have learned how to make this way of eating exciting! You could pepper the research data throughout talking about your journey, flashing citations on the screen if doing powerpoint, or on a handout.

Anyway, this is just an option for you to consider.

My Dad would have been 100 this November as well, and I am 62. So great to have a "sister" out there!

Linda in Calif.

Stacey

Hey! This is my first comment, but I am happy to help out. I find I read your blog more for information, less for what to actually do in my life. I also look at the Engine 2 blog, and the Healthy Girls Kitchen Blog, along with Happy Herbivore, and Whole Foods Vegan Momma. I started this journey about four years ago. I am 33. I do not want to call myself Vegan per se because I am not for the animal ethics point of view, however, I discovered this way of eating for the health benefits. Ever since I was a kid, I had really frustrating chronic constipation. My Dad had to have surgery for issues relating to it when I was 15, and when I was in college, I got tired of only going once a week. So, I started to do research, and the first thing I gave up was cheese. I then read one of Neal Barnard's books on a Christmas break, and I was mentally convinced. However, dealing with dorm cafeterias, and traveling, you can be mentally vegan all you want, but putting it into practice 100 percent is challenging. My first positive experience though was moving into my own apartment, and cooking for myself. My GI system got really happy then. It was amazing. I felt like I had a new lease on life. I did still include oil in my diet back then, and occasionally yogurt. But, my most recent transformation was in the last couple of years. I finally successfully gave up oils, and it is amazing how much it affects the GI system in a positive way. I have discovered Green smoothies thanks to the Happy Herbivore. I have increased my raw veggie consumption thanks to the No Meat Athlete Blog. Like Rip says, my GI system is like a Swiss train. Every morning it happens. I attribute it to the increase of raw foods, and no oil. I also discovered my limitations due to human nature. I am unwilling to give up desserts right now due to a stressful relationship and living situation. And I use considerable amount of nuts for training energy. But, the positives of being able to "GO" every morning and have that help my training( I run and bike, and do core), and it indirectly helps my Bassoon playing. It is amazing. Truly. I will never go back to "regular" eating. I had no idea, several years ago, that I would be willing to make these changes. And, I always said to myself, if I could just go every day. It is a dream come true. I encourage everyone to try it. Stacey

The Healthy Librarian

Linda, your suggestions are very helpful. I definitely am most motivated by speakers who tell me their personal story--not just hearing a bunch of research or facts. Yes, I will be using Keynote--ike Power Point. Like your suggestion about including my story within the context of the research. Brilliant. I want this to be research-backed--but, not boring. You gave me chills to hear your dad would also be 100 this Nov. & that we're the same age. And Daniel's dad, too. Yes--nice to have another "sister" out there. I agree.

The Healthy Librarian

@Stacey: Can't thank you enough for your candid comment. Totally understand that constipation issue--and the misery it can cause--and how I never knew either, how easy it was to fix with plant-based eating. Back when I was 33--the conventional wisdom was that "Not everyone goes daily. For some people it's every three days, or even once a week. That's normal." Not! Even traveling--never a problem now. I think the Green Smoothies make a huge difference in that arena, though. I for one notice the difference. Rip's comment about the Swiss train totally resonated with me. I really appreciate your comments--and it was interesting for me to hear about the other blogs you are reading. Re the nuts: I notice I crave them on days that I exercise a lot--especially with weights. I'm fine sticking to walnuts, though. Lucky you--to have started on this path at age 33 (close to my kids' ages)--you'll really reap the benefits in your fifties & sixties. Thanks, again.

Ginger

Likely, your target audience is the same religion I am. You might want to talk about the religious like with the Loma Linda study. You might want to talk about until the 1980s members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had similar statistics, but since then the incidents of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, etc have sky rocketed. Why? American LDS for the most part have moved away from their dietary values and adopted SAD. The dietary values are vegetables, fruits, and grains with meat used only in times of winter (when many plant food were scarce in the 1800s) or famine. Most have kept the ideas of no tea, coffee, alcohol, or tobacco but have lost their plant strong ways.

Betsy

I didn't read every single word of this post so maybe you mentioned this. I guess you sort of implied that you didn't start eating no oil vegan straight off. You came to this way of eating over a period of years. I think that's important for people to hear. Interesting how your Green Smoothie changed. You did have much more sweet in your original, I remember. You're an inspiration, HHL! Good luck with your talk. Hope you enjoy Utah.

The Healthy Librarian

@Ginger: Brilliant! Thank you so much for explaining this to me. I had no idea. I recently learned about the no coffee, alcohol, & tobacco--but didn't know about the original plant-strong roots. Also, recently learned about an LDS tradition of once-a-month fasting, which was recently studied--because it has health benefits. Early on I was thinking I have to do some research on this subject--but it fell by the wayside.

You guys are SO HELPFUL!!

@Betsy: How could anyone read all that--especially in one sitting--it's a month-long venture. You're absolutely right--the no-oil & no nuts piece took me a long while to get to. I cut it down--but not out, at first. I do eat walnuts now--& some cashews or peanut butter in cooking, occasionally (full disclosure). You're right--it is important for people to understand. Not everyone can everything in one fell swoop.

ed nelson

Thanks for the chance to comment. I'm very grateful for your work. It's given me reinforcing rationales for some of the things I was doing (exercise, weights) and direction(s) for doing some things differently - notably eating. As a practical matter, I'm 65, and on this date in 2010 I weighed 228.2 pounds, in 2011 it was 227 and today, at the gym, 213.1. Yes, I keep track. I'm not exercising any more than I was, but started eating the way you suggested using the recipes you recommended. I think that's made the difference. I haven't seen numbers like that since 1990 or before. I had your sister's chili tonight with some spinach. Excellent! Tomorrow: organic steel cut oats with walnuts, soy milk, fruit. I'm not a full on Vegan but I do eat in that direction. Thinking of the future - I'd look at the 'happy' part of a long life - delve into what positive psychology has to tell us. It's not 'new' but it's worth revisiting from time to time - social connectedness, meditation, spirituality, gratitude, giving. And then just on-going support to keep doing what we're doing - if that parses. In the event, I have found this MOST useful - I'm waiting for the book and/or movie. Thank you. Ed

Mitzi

What I get from your blog is encouragement to keep up the fight, more than anything. In a medical school, getting a Ph.D., I never heard what you post so regularly. At work, it's all about discovering-and commercializing- the Next Blockbuster Drug. Ask people- would they like to lower their risk of diabetes by 93%? How about all the other chronic diseases? Would I eat anything, do any exercise, not to wind up in a recliner waiting to die for the last decades of my life like some of my recent ancestors? Absolutely.
Then to learn (first from Ornish, then Pritikin, then Esselstyn, then you) that all I have to do is learn to cook differently, and live a balanced life doing what my body is designed to do! No cocktail of drugs, no miracle surgery can help me as much as this lifestyle. Good food, good exercise, good sleep- all things my 90-years-in-a-cabin great-grandmother would have approved. Thanks for the links, the research, and the recipes. Present what you know, from the heart, and if it is half as interesting as your blog, you'll have them hooked.

Georgia Kinninger

I'm sure your talk will be a huge success as they will all feel the love and enthusiasm you so freely share. My suggestion to you comes from my own experience in trying to share with others: tell them HOW to do it. We who are beyond child bearing and mostly retired can approach this as a sort of new adventure or hobby and learn as we go. It wasn't too hard. But people are busy, or have kids to accommodate or feel they need the convenience of pizza and hamburgers. A comment I've often heard is "Oh, I could never give up my cheese!" If there is a way to address, or sympathize, or offer attractive alternatives, that might help keep your presentation within the "realistic" realm for some, they may get more from it. I've share the FOK DVD with many and if they ask how to do it, I generally steer them to the Engine 2 Diet book as a start.
I wish I could be there to hear you! Thank you for all you've given us.

CB

I read your blog for inspiration and ideas. My Dad would have been 100 on January 13 (he lived to be 92). My mother is still alive at 91 and moves very well, and her blood tests are remarkable. She should donate her body to science. A smoker and fond of bourbon. No interest at all in a healthful diet, and didn't exercise. She does move fast, as do many in her family. Too thin at this point, but never overweight.

Neither was concerned about healthful habits and made fun of my dietary concerns (I was heavily influenced by reading Adele Davis at age 19). My Dad didn't live to 94 as his mother did, but then she never drank any caffeine, alcohol, or smoked. She started her day with warm lemon juice (the lemon came from her back yard). She did end her day with a bowl of ice cream, if it was available. A broken hip at 94 started her decline.

When my doctor looks at my lab test results, she dismisses them as "good genes," although paying attention to what one eats and exercising has to make a difference! A mostly plant-based diet with low oil and minimal sugar got my cholesterol down 30 points, and my LDL is mostly fluffy. C-reactive protein off-the-charts low, even before more extreme diet change.

My TSH number was approaching the new reduced normal (and my doctor thought my concern was odd...it's very common and all one has to do is to take a generic thyroid pill every day).

Instead, I took the Hashimoto's test (negative, not an immune deficiency disease, for which I would be the first in my direct family), and I read how my diet was conducive to low-iodine intake (no processed foods that could have iodized salt, no added salt, and flaxseeds, for example). Starting adding four drops of kelp to my water in the morning, and low and behold, a normal value for TSH now! My medical office wasn't interested in passing this on, as I suggested. I was just told to continue doing what I was doing.

I do notice a difference between myself and my parents. I look much younger than they did at the same age, and I have a lot more stamina. Neither would have been ever seen at a gym, or ha specific d aerobic exercise as an adult.

My father developed a slight case of Type 2 diabetes in his 80s, and my mother has short-term memory issues.

Maria

I love your blog. So much information and you are so enthusiastic, it's contagious.
At the same time, I get overwhelmed by the amount of information you provide each time. I must confess, I don't have the patience to read everything you write.
I always promise myself to go back and finish reading everything, but then never seem to do so. If ther were a way to shorten what you wrote; or even better - post several, smaller blogs?
Thank you!

Sandra Burt

Having the blogs out there really help for motivation. My one big problem is living in rural France (not a problem really!!) and being able to buy the produce / groceries for the amazing recipes that I can find out there on the web. Vegetarianism is not "big" over here, let alone veganism, let alone oil free! So I have to adapt recipes, this is the biggest hurdle, plus living with a husband who finds the whole process very strange! So I have had to learn to take the middle path, which I find dispiriting at times. So my point is, the web is a huge resource to be used at its utmost to inspire and drive you on, luckily most of us at 60 are able to access it, use the tools available to you and use the blogs as motivators. Love to read all you write. Thanks and keep up the good work!

Amy

I, too, read your blog regularly, for information and inspiration. That said, I've not been able to make the switch to eliminating oil or dairy completely from my diet. I'm not sure why not, but having struggled and lost so many food and eating battles all my life, I've lost the strength to make yet another change.
If I were in the audience for your talk, I'd want to hear HOW you made the changes, what were the challenges, how did you do it incrementally, etc. One issue I would also reference is cost. Although I know you do a lot of buying at Trader Joe's which tends to be less expensive, I know that since I moved to a much more plant-based diet, my food bill is signficantly higher. Produce is not inexpensive; I'm willing and able to pay more, but it can be a show-stopper for some.
Please keep writing your blog for those of us who don't do Facebook. I rely on your clear, concise, and thoughful explanations of the myriad studies and I continue to seek inspiration from your experiences to move to a more healthful diet.
Good luck with the presentation,
Amy

Lisa Austin

Love your blog. You have been our inspiration. My husband and I were both somewhat overweight with high lipids. Dr. wanted to put him on statins. We did not want to do that. Also he is 2x cancer survivor. And both have heart disease in family history. Our path started last yr.(April) at Whole Foods health start here program. We were doubtful that we could stick with diet based on Neal Barnard's 21 day weigh-loss kickstart. We had meetings once a week for a month. The group support and samples from Whole Foods encouraged us. Then, I found your blog last spring. What joy! I am also a special librarian and research everything. I love the wide range of topics. Also the links to the research. Our results have been fantastic, although we thought we were pretty healthy before. Now we both lost 25lbs each without effort, our numbers are way down. I have to admit we are not 100% compliant. Christmas set us back a bit. I am doing sprint Triathalons to keep fit and cross train, we both play tennis. My biggest disappointment is that none of my friends who comment on how great I look and want to lose weight will try this approach. I would love to have your success with family & friends. Although they will eat my food and say they enjoy it. I think this approach to living & health could help solve so many issues in our country and the world...our health & insurance crisis, the environment, energy just to start. Keep blogging. I get cranky if I don't see a post every 2 or 3 days. Still use your archives alot also. P.s. got inspired by Thanksgiving Reuben story - I did one with Portobello mushrooms marinated in Corned unbeef spices & since I don't like sauerkraut I just sauted red cabbage & onions with cide vinegar so it was crunchy - everything else like yours. Its very good.

George Pollock

Hi,

After reading this blog, I sent my wife the following e-mail:

Hi Dear,

I just read a great piece by the Healthy Librarian about living a happy, healthy, life, which in itself is by far the best ongoing, research-based writing on the subject. My E-book on the same subject has the same words in the title(but in a different order), but is mainly one old, semi-crazy guy's quirky, fantastical take. I hope you can find the time to read it because it offers an intelligent, fact-based, beautifully written prescription for what we both want in our own life. If you refuse to read this, I will immediately institute divorce proceedings*.

*NOT!

P.S. I love you.

As if the above were not enough, the piece was also deeply personal. That photo of you and your dad with The New York Times was precious and resonated with me. For over 50 years I have also started my days off with the Times and coffee. When you shared with us that your dad had a massive stroke at 69 that resulted in 16 years of non-life for him and even more such years for your caretaker mom, that also said a great deal about why you write with such passion.

So, if I may, let me also get personal. I'm an old man, turning 74 on May 2. (Please keep this to yourself.) What makes me admittedly strange, however, is that I think that I am a kid, quite naturally act like one, and do so without apology.

Just yesterday, when my wife and I arrived here in Seattle, from Massachusetts, to visit our daughter and to welcome a new grandchild, our 10th, this was the scene. Our daughter with a new baby in her arms and three other grandkids came running to us for long, joyous hugs. And then, the kids immediately expected me - not my wife - to play with them, which I did. While the adults talked like grown-ups of the real world, we kids played.

With my grandkids, I play monster and chase them around trying to eat their fingers and ears. I look into their ears and tell them I see a little monkey munching on a banana and crying for his mama. Telling them that they have been "bad," I grab them and pretend to throw them out the window. Or I might put a grandkid, who totally gets the game, on my office chair and spin the kid happily to the moon.

They love it and so do I. Is such kid behavior in an old guy okay? I won't say that it is for everyone, but I know it is for me. My thoroughly adult wife understands this kid in me and why it should be allowed to come out, and is even healthy.

You see, I never had a chance to be a kid. I lost my father at six and my toxic, self-obsessed mother immediately handed me and four younger siblings over to the state of Massachusetts. We all grew up abused and unloved in serial institutions and foster homes.

Awful, but all five of us, entirely on our own somehow managed to build, successful, happy, healthy lives that we could only have dreamed of as kids. I wrote about this in my E-book, "Last Laughs."

I have been an adult all my life. I ran away at 17. From being completely alone on the streets, I still went on to college, graduate school, teaching three years in Africa, and a long career in educational publishing and writing.

I think I have earned the right to be the kid that I never was. It is good. It is healthy. And being a kid playing with other kids who happen to be my grandkids is a big reason that these days, when I should be planning for death, I feel that my life is just beginning.

You wrote of Dan Buettner's Blue Zone and its four requirements for a long healthy, happy life -- physical activity, setting up a healthy kitchen, sense of purpose,the right human beings around you -- and I think I have them all.

But you, what you offer in this one blog with all its great links, takes Dan Buettner's wisdom to the highest possible level-- by filling in the details. He gives us the general mindset; you give us in one amazing blog all the authoritative information we need to be old old and healthy healthy.

You are so, so grown-up.

Now I wait for my wife to read this and lay down some new rules for healthier living. Let's face it, I'm immature for my age and need adult supervision. I hope she doesn't say that I can't play with the other kids.

P.S. I amazed at the quality of your writing. In this blog, as in all your writing, I could not find one awkward phrase or grammatical slip or incomplete thought. I know that when my wife reads what I have just written, she'll find plenty wrong -- and I'll agree with her.

P.P.S. If you need me to be a "lab rat," let me know.

Silvia

I love your long posts even better than short ones (wanted to tell that because of Maria's comment).

But to the subject: I learned from your blog that plant strong oil free eating is not only doable but actually it is quite easy!
I believed (and the people around me still do, unluckily) that it is a really difficult thing. I think it cannot be told enough that this is not so. And I think your personal experience and what you saw in people around you like fellow librarians and neighbours can be really encouraging.
The combination of studies and anecdotal evidence is really impressive and in my opinion there lies your strength! Good luck with the talk!

CB

You asked for ideas from post-60 year olds for your talk. First, your very appearance and energy will be compelling. You'll need to focus, as you know, on the basics of lifestyle that effect longevity and even change gene expression and refer people to your blog and a few key books for more. For someone living in the current American mindset, even in Utah or California, your ideas might seem radical and seem undoable. The sheer amount of information can be overwhelming, but the basics are few--I refer to my dietary approach as mostly plant based, low oil, low sugar, which equaled minus 30 pounds. Although a complete switch is necessary for reversing heart disease, even a meatless Monday is considered progress, or avoiding fast food! Librarians are better informed, of course. Making one significant change can be the start of a whole new life. It does seem that the heart healthy habits spread into all aspects of life, such as retaining mental functioning, maintaining a more positive attitude, more engagement, and so forth.

Carol

Wow. I don't always make the time to read all the comments, but I did today, and I'm so glad. Sooo inspiring and encouraging. I was especially touched by George Pollock's story - in our family, grandpas like that are called teasers and spoofers, and the kids just love them. Those memories will warm them forever.

P.S. My dad would have been 100 last summer, and I'm also 62. Must have been a good year! He had the exercise piece, having been a life-long tennis player, but grew up eating fat-back bacon every single day, and I'm convinced must have had narrowed arteries from an early age. He died from artery disease at 78, with several years of confusion before that. And just a few months ago, we lost my 69 year old brother to a completely unexpected heart attack in his sleep. He had played tennis that morning, and seemed fit and healthy. So keep talking about the food - obviously the exercise alone is not enough.

Thanks again for all the great info, even if I sometimes feel like I'm drinking out of a fire hose......

G

I have been half following this plan since last Sept. and have been really following it for about a week. I am totally sold on its' many merits, but I do wonder if it's too late (I am 61) for all the benefits of a plant-strong no-oil diet to help stave off the problems most of us get as we age. I think I would do this anyway--my BP has already gotten better and I just feel better in general--but it would be helpful to know if any research has addressed this topic (i.e., benefits of late start Esselstyn-type diet in aging population). Thanks!

Lisa Austin

Our Drs. don't give credit to diet, just to weight loss. We explain its because of the diet. I don't understand why Drs. don't believe in diet - its a biochemical reaction or process just like drugs. Very frustrating. They say we're very disciplined and motivated. Other patients won't do it. We tell them its really easy. It just like Dr. Esselstyn says there is no encouragement to follow plant based diet.

Have you heard anything on high HDL? My husband just got tested again and HDL is 75. LDL is 98, TG is 52 these combined make his total high. Still working on that LDL. But according to your other posts - he must have fluffy particles. So combined number is not bad.

My LDL was down to 82 but came up with TG around Christmas. Indulged in too many sweets,etc. around holidays.

Have seen an idea on Engine 2 diet forum - that as you change diet - "stuff" circulates in blood then eventually goes away or is flushed out. I really messed up this explanation.

Pascale

I'm a 53 years old French woman living in Ireland and have been a keen follower of your blog for the past 18 months. I want to thank you for your contribution to my life, your expertise and enthusiasm.
For your talk, would you consider the motivation factor as a key point to address? I read your blog daily and I keep asking myself why I don't do everything I should do to have optimum health now and in my old age, why I find it so hard to stick to a healthy diet? And I think it's for the same reason I found it so hard to give up smoking (I gave up 18 months ago and am now in the next stage of my healthy life plan ie a plant based diet).
I think you are a truly remarkable person - the vast majority of people would not get up at 6.30 on Sunday morning to fit in everything they intend to do on their day off. I really think you are far more drive, positive attitude and energy than most people, and hence are part of a small minority - so if I was attending your talk, I would love to hear about how all the strategies are part of a long-term, life-changing goal and somehow, and this is the crucial part, one has to make the decision to start the process and never look back.

A support system is essential to sustain these major lifestyle changes and your blog is for me an essential part of that.

I hope that makes sense and that it is helpful.
Pascale.

Ken Fogle

I'd like to see you help in the "hunting and gatheing" phase of the process. I.e. brand name foods and stores for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your one time tour of a few grocery stores with my wife made the variety of our meals go up. She is not one who likes to cook (she has other skills) but is happy to make meals ahead on weekends if i cut and chop (which I like to do) That guidance would help us as we expand our vegan base. As i said to you once a long time ago every tells you what you can't eat but no tells you what you can. You do. thanks

Jennifer

Another grateful fan here. Just wanted to let you know about this lecture series that took place last month at the University of Arizona College of Science on Living Beyond 100: http://cos.arizona.edu/beyond/.

I had been a lacto-ovo vegetarian since 1983 (convinced by Francis Moore Lappe's Diet for a Small Planet), yet I had a real stumbling block with veganism. Somehow changing the terminology to plant-based or plant-strong helped me overcome that. Veganism seemed too difficult inside my kitchen, socially, and it seemed unnatural. The B12 argument really bothered me. I had enough trouble over the years defending my choice to be lacto-ovo. I didn't want to be seen as even weirder and more difficult.

However, I was swayed by all the evidence in favor of a plant-based diet regarding cancer and brain health. And on the B12 issue two things overcame my "unnatural" objection: 1) I started supplementing with vitamin D, so why not B12? and 2) vegans are not the only ones who are B12 deficient today.

I found that it wasn't as hard to give up cheese and eggs as I thought it would be. It really just requires developing new habits so you don't have to think too much. Just what I told people about giving up meat (which wasn't hard for me), but I had to learn it for myself to be plant-strong! Tofu, premade baked tofu, tempeh, canned beans, peanut flour, flax (for eggs in baking), chia and hemp went into higher rotation in my kitchen. Getting rid of oil has worked for me as a gradual process.

Socially, it hasn't been that hard either, as it turns out! I find that people are quite receptive and I find that I can often just fly under the radar anyway these days.

The Healthy Librarian

Thank you everyone!! I wish I could individually thank all of you--your suggestions, comments, personal stories, kind words to me and beyond all my expectations! I can't thank you enough.
I'm planning to use so much of what you have suggested--and wish I had time to write to each of you personally.

@Jennifer: I look forward to looking at the Arizona link--and the crazy thing about B12 in animals--is that it's just from the bacteria they pick up from the ground--not something that's endemic to meat. Our ancestors also got B12 from the ground before we so carefully washing all our food. Interesting.

@Ken: Thanks. Good suggestions. Happy to help with a "kitchen show and tell" or "grocery store" walk, any time. Happy to see your comment! Enjoy next week--the Lab Rat has some tips on plant-based restaurants.

@Pascale: I'm not unusual at all! Inside I'm a lazy slug! It's exactly as you said. I've just made the decision to eat right, and fit in the exercise--and I've stuck with it long enough to see the benefits The reward for getting up on Sunday is getting a chance to chill out in a wonderful yoga class, have the opportunity to visit with an amazing plant-based pediatrician who is also there, kibbutz with gym buddies, get high on fun-spirited spinning music & the whole group exercise experience. It's not a chore--it lifts me up, every single Sunday--and also burn about 650 calories.

@Lisa: I agree--don't know why doctors don't credit diet--when they know that diet causes the problem. Thank G-d for Dr. Esselstyn having the courage to speak out--and save the lives of so many people. There is just no downside to this. If someone is already on drugs--they stay on them as they also eat plant-based--and lower their dose as their numbers improve. It's the synergy of eating high-nutrient, low-inflammatory, high-anti-oxidant foods--nothing that harms your arteries! They Mediterranean Diet they recommend doesn't do the job! They don't know that nuts & seeds & olive oil are loaded with
inflammatory omega 6's.

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