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The book that turned me upside down

September 15, 2011   |   by Rachel

So I've recently read a book that rocked my world.  If you've known me for any length of time you'll know that I eat strange.  My opinions of what is healthy have certainly surfed the trends of diet and health.  But ever since 1991 I've been doing one thing or another to eat a fit and healthy diet. In recent years I'd felt like I'd dialed in my dietary opinions.  As a family we were eating mostly whole foods with an emphasis on meat and high quality protein.  I had (still have) a freezer full of grass-fed bison and local, truly free-range, chicken.  Every evening I was cooking meals like Alaskan wild caught salmon with organic kale and tomatoes.  We even had a share of a goat and drank raw goat milk, never cows milk.  My apologies to all of my vegetarian and vegan friends, but until recently I thought that your diet was unhealthy.

Then I had 2 friends recommend The China Study.  Jared read it.  I read it.  And our dietary world hasn't been the same.  It was truly fascinating.  It's the most scientific nutrition book I've ever come across.  Written by a well respected PhD from Cornell, the book goes into amazing detail about the dietary links betwen breast cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease, diabetes, MS, lupus, leukemia and more.

So…for the past 6 weeks our family has been eating as he recommends.  Jared and I have gone on to read several more books that have been even more eye-opening.  Our family now eats exclusively a whole-foods plant-based diet.  So far the transition hasn't been that hard.

If this is right and the claims and science in these books are what they seem to be, then I am very excited about it.

Just for kicks this is what our freezer still looks like—but not for long.

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Carrie Shumaker2011-09-17

That book does sound interesting! I know that China has virtually no diabetes. Yet, when Chinese families immigrate to the US, the next generation develops diabetes at the same rate as folks here. I've read research that suggests the difference might be what Chinese feed babies: rice milk and breastmilk, vs. what we feed babies, which is breast milk and cow or soy milk. These are larger proteins. Since Dave has diabetes, I worry about my kids and like to read this kind of information.

Lisa Koedyker2011-09-15

I love that you read such interesting books and then talk about them! Otherwise, we'd never know about these things. I hope you aren't going to throw all that yummy goodness away! :o) Are you feeling a change in your health by eating differently?

Steve Post2011-10-04

So cool. A few crucial reference books which will also change your life: http://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Cupcakes-Take-Over-World/dp/1569242739 http://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Cookies-Invade-Your-Cookie/dp/160094048X http://www.amazon.com/Vegan-Pie-Sky-Out-This-World/dp/0738212741 :)