The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition. Thomas A. Edison
The documentary Forks Over Knives directed by Lee Fulkerson presents compelling research for people to banish–or at the very least eat minimal amounts of meat and dairy products. The main context of the film consists of scientific evidence suggesting that adopting a “whole-foods plant-based diet” not only helps people lose weight and fight obesity, it may also prevent and reverse several diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. are the main heath experts in the documentary who present detailed research about the effects of the typical Western diet that’s high in consumption of meat, dairy and processed foods. The film also underscores the idea that many food manufacturers produce inexpensive, processed and calorie laden food that’s not nutrient dense. When people eat these foods, their body responds by craving even more unhealthy food. As the cycle of food addition perpetuates, most people gain weight and eventually develop health conditions that doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies are more than happy to cash in on.
One of the best things about a whole-foods plant-based diet is you don’t count have to count calories to reap the health benefits and lose weight. If you’re considering following a whole-foods plant-based diet to lose weight and improve your health, here are some tips:
- Eat as many plants as you like including minimally refined fruit, vegetables, grains and legumes. Natural plant foods provide all the nutrients a body needs with the exception of vitamin B12, so it’s a good idea to take a supplement.
- Eliminate all meat, fish and eggs. Do not eat anything that has a face or anything with a mother who has a face.
- Eliminate all dairy. The primary protein in cow’s milk, according to the documentary, is Casein, and Casein has shown in the studies of rats to increase the incidence of cancer. Other dairy products may also increase the odds for chronic disease but cow’s milk in particular has been shown to increase cancer, juvenile diabetes and many other health conditions.
- Avoid all overly processed foods, and avoid added oils, even olive oil. This means no bleached flour and no refined sugar.
- Avoid fish oil supplements because they contain cholesterol.
- Avoid all foods with preservatives and additives.
- Don’t worry about getting enough protein. There’s enough protein in plants to get more than enough daily recommended amounts of protein, according to Campbell and Esselstyn.
As always, check with your doctor before changing your diet or exercise plan in any way.
If you’re interested in more information about the Forks Over Knives diet plan, there is a book written by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. about the the whole-foods plant-based program. The book is available through Amazon or Barnes and Noble as a paperback, and it’s relatively inexpensive. The title is Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health.
Forks Over Knives. Documentary. Directed by Lee Fulkerson.
Forks Over Knives Trailer
Hear what Bill Clinton says on CNN about going on a plant-based diet.