OK I can almost hear you saying that food is NOT the only solution to stress. You are absolutely correct . . . it is only one of many solutions. The reason I like to use nutrition as a platform for Winning Stress is simply because it works so darn well.
Dr. Esselstyn in his landmark book “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” woke me up to how valuable nutrition is by giving the example of Norway during World War 2. When the Germans occupied Norway the first thing they did was confiscate all animal protein to feed their soldiers. That left the Norwegians with basic plant rich foods they could harvest.
Interestingly enough, during the occupation, deaths from cardiovascular disease (heart attacks and strokes) went down . . . in spite of the fact the Norwegian population was under extreme stress. That got Dr. Esselstyne thinking that heart disease could be reversed through diet alone. His 20+ year study proves he is correct.
You may have heard President Clinton talking about his success with this way of eating in The Last Heart Attack Documentary made for CNN News http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-Unn7LjFkI
Following you will find the recourses from a recent presentation I gave entitled “Winning Stress through Outstanding Nutrition—Quick, Easy, Cost-Effective and Yummy Solutions.”
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. This is the number one book I would recommend for a Heart Healthy Lifestyle. Half the book contains yummy recipes that Dr, Esselstyn’s wife contributed. Well worth the investment. You can find his lecture on how to become “Heart Attack Proof” at: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5215695644951404318#
Shoppers Guide to Pesticides: http://www.foodnews.org/This is an absolute must! You will want to print it out and carry it with you when you go shopping.
We talked a lot about nutrient dense fruits and veggies, you will find more information in the book, Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman MD. You can also download info and a chart at: http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/article17.aspx
John Mackey the founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market says this is the first book he suggests people read when they make healthy changes to their diet.I agree, it covers the most comprehensive nutritional study ever conducted along with references to over 750 other peer reviewed studies. The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD & Campbell II. You will find a number of interviews with T. Collin Campbell at: http://www.plantbasednutrition.org/plant-based-nutrition/interviews/
If you are not sure you are getting enough nutrients check out the Cron-O-Meter designed to track daily diet calorie, vitamin, mineral, fat, and protein intakes free at: http://spaz.ca/cronometer/
You may be thinking, OK I’m sold, so what do I do next? My favorite resource for improving nutrition is Dr. Fuhrman’s (mentioned above) newest book Super Immunity. You will find lots of terrific suggestions at http://www.drfuhrman.com/disease/default.aspx and terrific recipes at http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/recipes.aspx.
Thoughts & Audience Comments after the presentation (Sigh of relief!)
When you stand in front of a group and suggest making MAJOR changes to what people have been eating, their whole life, you have to wonder what sort of reaction you are going to get. The following comments tell me are on the right path:
“This presentation opened my eyes to new ways in bettering my life.”
“Most valuable was the information about the nutrient dense foods and recipe ideas.”
“Nutrition is VERY important to preventing heart disease.”
“Many things were new & opposite of what I’d heard-that olive oil is not good for you!”
“Emphasis on Plant Based Diet is what I liked best.”
The icing on the cake was this comment from well-respected wellness coach Vanessa Chamberlin Houssels: “I thoroughly enjoyed Michele’s demo! She is a seasoned pro with a command for the stage! Her recipes tasted delicious . . . even my two young daughters gobbled up the tasty samples. Job well done!
Many thanks to all!!!