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You Are What You Eat

March 03, 2020

You Are What You Eat

In honor of national nutrition month a plethora of information floods our minds on what is the best nutrition to fuel energy, ward off disease, and provide optimal health. Since Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in the state of Kentucky according to the 2017 report by the CDC, nutrition tips geared towards this disease seems appropriate.

In Dr. Caldwell B Esselstyn, Jr., M.D.'s book "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease" he asks patients "to compare their coronary artery disease to a house fire. Your house is on fire because eating the wrong foods has given you heart disease. You are spraying gasoline on the fire by continuing to eat the very same foods that caused the disease in the first place" This can apply to any disease process. His book advocates the whole food plant based diet and has had a positive impact on many lives including Bill Clinton.

Athletes have found health success with diets that are more whole food plant based. For example, NFL linebacker Derrick Morgan, Venus Williams- female tennis player who won the prestigious Wimbledon women's singles title five times and has four Olympic gold medals, and Hannah Teter- an American snowboarder and two time Olympic medalist are just to name a few that attribute their improved performance to a plant based whole food regimen.

In Dr Greger's book, How Not to Die, he provides nutritional science that addresses the Standard American Diet and how changing your diet can thwart some of our biggest and most preventable killers. He states the Standard American diet is influenced by where we live more so than our genes. He states that our genes account for only 10-20% of our risk of certain disease processes. He suggests eating a diet higher in whole plant foods, such as fruits and vegetables may lower your risk of certain diseases. The American Institute for Cancer Research has reported, "Diets containing substantial and varied amounts of fruits and vegetables could prevent 20% or more of all cases of cancer."

Right here in the Bluegrass State, Dr. Debora Tallio, M.D. offers over 20 years of experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has devoted her practice, Lexington Mindful Medicine, to helping patients with cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, obesity, and chronic pain through appropriate lifestyle changes including nutrition. She is recently certified in Lifestyle Medicine and offers patient's resources and education on how to optimize their health with a whole food plant based nutrition plan.


About The Author

About the Author

Michelle McCallum, PT, DPT, OCS, MDT-CERT