I was pleasantly surprised to find other folks at my daughter's wedding last month who were turning to a low fat, 100% plant based diet to improve their health just as I have done. Over breakfast one morning we discussed how some foods seem harder to "give up" than others, and that those foods tend to be the same ones for most of us. Why is that?
Most of us can change our eating habits in a few weeks - the time it takes our bodies to recalibrate our tastes. But getting through those few weeks can be difficult if we do not understand why some foods seem to keep calling to us. Perhaps if we understood the mechanisms involved we could develop a strategy to counter it and move on to a healthier, happier, lifestyle.
Well, there is help. Neal Barnard, MD is President of PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) and uses a low fat plant based diet to treat and usually cure patients with type 2 diabetes. That is his specialty, but the benefits of this way of eating and the number of health problems it can solve are numerous. He has researched the issue of why some foods are so darned seductive and some of what he has discovered may surprise you.
Here is Dr. Bernard's 40 minute talk on "Breaking The Food Seduction" - Enjoy! Then go out and play. :)
Neal D. Barnard, M.D., is a nutrition researcher, author, and health advocate. As an adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Barnard conducts studies on the role of nutrition in diabetes, obesity, and lipid management, among other health issues. His blog is here: Dr. Barnard's Blog.