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.