Eat for real change | Dr Joanna McMillan | TEDxMacquarieUniversity

Eat for real change | Dr Joanna McMillan | TEDxMacquarieUniversity


Translator: Eugenia Mársico
Reviewer: Silvia Fornasiero How would you feel if I was to tell you that nutrition science
has come such a long way that in my hand I have
some pretty special pills. You’re never going to have to eat again, You won’t be eating any meals, all you need to do
is take one of these pills breakfast, lunch, and dinner
for the rest of your life and it’s going to give you
the perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. It is going to give you
the number of calories or kilojoules that you need to stay at exactly
the perfect weight for your body. It’s going to give you
all of the antioxidants and what we call phytochemicals which just means plants nutrients,
plant chemicals that are good for us. All in this amazing little pills. Isn’t science amazing? How would you feel? (Booing) “Boo!” Yes.
That’s what I was hoping for. I hope you are feeling,
“God, that would be awful!” “How disappointing!” I hope there are some memories
coming into your mind right now. They certainly are in mine. I remember my mom’s awesome lasagna that she always used to make when we’d used to appear
as millions of people and she had twenty mouths to feed and she would whip up this lasagna. I remember my grandmother
used to make this extraordinary gingerbread cake that my mother could never replicate
despite being the better cook. I remember the pancakes
that the grandmother of a family friend always made us whenever us kids
appeared at their house. I remember being a teenager
doing exchanges with a student in France and we had bowls of hot chocolate
with white bread yes, white baguette with butter and jam and we dipped it into our hot chocolates. I remember the amazing paellas
that we used to have as a family in Spain on our family holidays. The point is food is much much more
than a bit of nutrients. You’d be pleased to know
that science is not nearly at this point. Thank goodness, because food is more
than the nutrients that it contains. Food is part of who we are. Food is part of our culture. It is part of our upbringing. It’s part of how we negotiate
and interact with each other. Just think about, those of you
in the room with a partner, what did you do on your first dates? I’m willing to bet that you
went for dinner at some point. What do we do when we’re celebrating? Apart from popping open the champagne,
we probably have some celebratory cake or we have some food. What do we do at Christmas and New Year?
What do we do at funerals? Food is always involved. I’ve traveled to some pretty
remote places in the world and it’s the same everywhere you go, whether you’re in the most
modern urbanized city or whether you’re in some village
in the middle of Africa somewhere; people want to share food with you. The sharing of food
is the sense of friendship, a sense of who we are as human beings. And here’s my concern, is that … and I’m a Nutrition Scientist,
I’ve devoted my career to the space; my concern is that nutrition
is destroying some of those things. But here’s the problem, because we do have quite literally
a big problem. Here in Australia, and unfortunately
in most of the rest of the world, certainly all of the developed world, and, fastly catching us up,
the developing world, it is now the norm in Australia to be fat. Now that’s not an aesthetic problem. I’m not here to talk about body image,
that’s a whole other talk. But that problem coaches us in
a whole number of chronic health diseases. We know that diabetes is on the rise. Type 2 diabetes is now the fastest-growing
chronic disease in this country and 280 of us are diagnosed
every single day. Every 12 minutes an Australian dies
of cardiovascular disease. Ladies, one in three of us
will develop cancer and guys, I’m sorry, one in two of you
will develop cancer before you’re 85. Now, while much of that
can’t be prevented, we do know that diet, and lifestyle but diet is intricately involved in all
of those chronic diseases. If we were to change the way that we eat, we could dramatically
reduce those numbers; we could dramatically reduce
the early death that is in this country and dramatically improve
the quality of life for so many people. So, why is it that it’s so hard to do? If you’ve ever tried to follow a diet, isn’t that an awful word? I hate calling myself a dietitian
because that word “diet” is in there. But diet really just means
the way that we eat and what we are eating. It’s really hard to change
the way that we do and part of that is because
of how ingrained the way that we eat is in the way that we live today. So, how you’ve been brought up to eat will always have a dramatic influence
on the way that you’re eating today and the way that your future children and the next generation comes through. But I also feel that part of the problem
is the amount of confusion. I was involved in a recent survey where we asked people about
how they felt about healthy eating whether they were confused by it. 87% of people said that
they were completely confused by what on earth is healthy eating. That’s coming from
some of the media sensationalism that we have around this area. And don’t get me wrong,
I’m involved in the media and I love that people are so passionate
about this area, but unfortunately, it ends up in some
things being slightly skewed and bent and what was the truth kind of gets bent
out of all proportion. So, let’s take butter as an example. Did you see the Times magazine
not so long ago where it had “butter”
in the front cover and said: “There’s hope.
The scientists have got it all wrong”. And suddenly my Facebook page
and other people’s were going crazy saying: “Yes! Burgers and bacon and everything
are all back on the menu!”. That wasn’t what the research
showed at all. The research actually showed that,
hang on a minute, if we replace saturated fat
with a bunch of refined carbohydrates we are in just as bad a state,
possibly even worse. That’s actually what the research showed. Did the research say: “Hey, saturated fats
are actually really good for us”? No, they didn’t. It questions, yes,
the relationship between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease but that’s one aspect
of saturated fats in our body. It certainly didn’t show us that, “Hey,
eating saturated fat reduces your risk”. No, it didn’t say that,
but that’s the media reporting. So that’s just one example
out of many that are showing us how we’re actually
causing more confusion. So, let’s take a little trip back
through my lifetime, because essentially the thing
that I want to remind you about is that we haven’t really got fat
until the last 50 or so years. I’m not that old but really is just those last few decades that we are starting to have
this really major problem. So, here’s what I’ve seen happen. When I was a teenager, mom and I
first got interested in trying to diet, became aware of my body and thinking, “I’ve got to be skinnier”. Skinny equals beauty unfortunately in this country
and in the UK where I grew up. And here’s what happened: mom and I embarked
on a whole bunch of diets. We did the Cambridge diet, which was all shakes and pills and so on. We were both ill by about day 3 in bed, so we decided: “Ok,
maybe that’s not the way to go”. Then we tried something else
called the Scarsdale diet, that involved eating
a dry piece of wholemeal toast in the morning with an orange, I ate that breakfast
for I don’t know how many weeks. I couldn’t do it today. Tuna sandwiches I still struggle with ‘cause we had tuna sandwiches
every lunchtime, a piece a fruit, a low-fat yogurt, so on. We tried everything and finally
we settled on the low-fat diet, and of course that was the era
of the low-fat way of eating. I remember eating
an entire French baguette because it was fat free,
so guess what? In here, license to eat. And that’s exactly what we see. So, the low-fat era took off,
and what happened? Food companies responded
to our need for low fat by giving us a whole bunch
of low-fat food. Unfortunately,
it was full of refined starch, lots of added sugars, additives
and preservatives, and whatever else, flavors galore to try and make the food taste
even remotely good. Psychologically, we all had
that license to eat. “Oh, it’s fat free,
therefore, calorie free, I can eat as much as I like”. That’s the way that we interpreted it and we continued to get fatter. So then, suddenly
the finger of blame went: “Hang on a minute, we’ve got it all wrong, it’s not fat, it’s carbs! It’s carbs that are to blame. Go back to eating lots of fat.
Let’s focus on the carbs”. And that’s kinda where
we are at the moment. So, I went shopping, and normally you’d expect a little shopping basket
to be full of food. Here there’s not very much food,
but this is what people are eating. So, now we’ve got a whole bunch
of products here. This one says “Raw protein”. So, we are fixated
with the problem is carbs. This is raw protein and in the ingredients says it’s got brown rice syrup
and brown rice protein. How do you reckon
they got it out of brown rice? Yet this is called the raw bar. We’ve got “Think thin”.
Cookies and cream. We’ve got high-protein, low-carb bars
in chocolate flavor. You know what we want:
our cake and eat it, we really do. And things that make it sound like: “Eat this and I’ll get you burning fat”. All of those bars in here
have more than a thousand kilojoules but you know what we are scared of? (Laughter) God forbid you eat a banana. It’s carbs. It’s going to go straight to the belly. That’s the situation we are in. We’ve got cookie. You know, we really wanna have
the chocolate, the sugary, the cakes, the biscuits,
so we’ve got this kind of thing “naturally good”. It’s free of pretty much everything. But you know what’s in it? Basically rice, butter and sugar. Just happens to be gluten-free flour. This is the situation we are in where people are completely confused, and the food industry keeps responding by giving us more and more of what? That’s a basket, apart from my banana, of processed food. I live in Bondi, and I went
into one of the local whole foods cafes, it’s honestly called Whole Foods,
that’s on its banner. They serve these
amazing green smoothies and I asked for the green smoothie
without the protein powder. She looked and recognized
who I was and said: “Why are you not having
the protein powder?” “Is this not a good protein powder?
Should we have a better protein powder?” And I said, “Because I don’t eat
processed food, or try not to eat too much of it”. and the dawning on her face
was like, “Oh!” I could see she had never considered that this green pea protein powder
was actually a processed food. So, why is it that we are
kind of recognizing processed carbs are not
all that good for us, we’ve certainly recognized
processed fat, trans fat are not good for us, but now we’re doing it with protein. We’re processing the life out of that and thinking that’s going to be
all our answers. So when we look worldwide at the moment we’ve got a number of different
nutritional thinkings. We’ve got a very low-fat approach,
that’s practically vegan, from Doctor Dean Ornish
over in the States. He’s got lots of great research, he’s shown some amazing studies
and published some amazing results. We’ve got doctor Loren Cordain,
who’s the kinda father of the paleo diet I’m sure there’s some people in the room who might have tried or at least heard, it’s the most googled diet at the moment,
it’s paleo. That same Kathy, by the way,
that serves the green smoothies, now serves paleo banana bread,
paleo brownies, paleo protein powder. Where is paleo man eating any of that? But we can’t see how ridiculous
that is, can we? We’ve got the very low-carb approaches,
started of course by Doctor Atkinson, now incorporated by a whole bunch
of other different people, still really popular
in the fitness industry. We’ve got the South Beach Diet
and the low GI diet. And then we’ve got traditional diets
around the world like the Mediterranean diet, which is actually pretty high in fat, but it’s fats from really good stuff,
like extra virgin olive oil, avocados and nuts and seeds. Really solid evidence
behind that kind of a diet. We’ve got a very contrasting diet,
but they have some of the longest living people
in the world in Japan: the Japanese diet. The Okinawans have
more people that live to 100 than anyone else in the world. So that diet has been studied extensively
to see, can we learn anything from this? and it’s very low fat. So why did our low-fat thing not work
and theirs does? Because when we look
at all those different approaches they have some commonalities, and that commonality is
that they’re based on real food, on whole foods. And the state that we are at
in nutrition research – and I need to remind you
that nutrition research, or nutrition as a science,
is still a very very young science. We only discovered vitamins and minerals
last century. We have so much more
to understand and to know, so it’s a fascinating science to get into
and to study and to read about. But there’s so much we need to know. But there are,
despite the apparent confusion, there are some very clear messages
coming out of this science. that is that there are some foundations
that we can all employ, the most important one of those
is that it is about eating more plants. We absolutely must eat more plant food.
That’s the first thing. But the other interesting thing about
looking at these traditional diets that seem to be so healthy is about the attitudes
to food in those places I’m going to give you three words and I just want you to think about
which one of these is the odd one out: bread, pasta and butter. Which one is the odd one out? Butter. Why? Because bread and pasta are carbs. This question comes from
a real psychology study that was published a few years ago. More than a decade ago
now actually I think. And they looked at the different cultures, and they had the Americans, the Belgians with the French, and the Japanese. The French answered that question
by saying, “Pasta is the odd one out,
‘cause bread and butter go together”. The Americans answered that question
just as some people here did by saying: “Bread and pasta go together
‘cause they are carbs”. Who has the bigger problem with food? That study showed that the Americans
were much more concerned and worried about the foods that they buy, they were much more likely to buy
the foods that are in my shopping basket. They didn’t place much priority, and they certainly
didn’t place much pleasure in food, whereas the French do. When I was a student, I spent a summer waitressing
in a restaurant in Paris. And it was in a business area and what would happen
when all the local business people would come to the restaurant for a sit-down lunch with a knife and fork converse and chat over the table and then go back to work in the afternoon? What happens in Sydney? You’re lucky if you grab a sandwich
on the way. People are eating in the street, something my mother always told me
it was really rude to do. Everything is grabbing on the run.
Everything is on the run. Rush rush rush. We don’t give any priority, and we don’t give any respect
to food anymore. You know, when I was at school,
I’m not particularly religious, but at school we had to say grace
before we ate our lunch. The whole school had to sit down
at our tables, and we all chanted the grace, and then everyone could start to eat. Something nice about that kind of respect, ’cause at the end of the day
what we have to recognise is that we are really lucky that we have a choice. We can choose to follow low carb,
or low fat, or paleo. We have that choice. But where I want to leave you is by saying if we’re really
going to get some change, and changing those awful statistics
that are hitting Australia, I need you help. We need to lose the diet wars. We need to give up on the promises that the quick fix is in the pills,
potions, and shakes, and everything’s going to do it for us without us putting in any effort ourselves and we’ve got to go back
to eating real food. And you can choose your ultimate diet. As long as you have those
core whole food foundations with lots of plant food, whether or not you choose to add meat or other animal products into it, then you can make it
individualized to you. And above all, we absolutely must eat with joy. We have to take pleasure
in what we are doing because otherwise you’re not going to
do it for the long term. It’s only when you change
for the long term, you change the way your thought
processes work, that’s the only way that
we’re actually going to get real change. And I hope you’ll agree with me, that that is an idea worth spreading. Thank you. (Applause)

100 comments

  1. This was a very eye opening talk for me in many ways. I had never once considered that things such as protein powders were part of the processed food family. I also absolutely loved that Dr. McMillan wasn’t interested in telling us exactly what diet we should be following, just that we should be eating REAL whole foods. She wasn’t saying that vegan is the way to go or that we need to have more meats every day, she was telling us that we just need to stop and consider that the bulk of our diet is processed. The source of many of our problems can be found in what we are eating and what we are eating is fake food. If you look on the nutrition label of most processed foods, how many ingredients do you actually recognize and can pronounce? If you cannot pronounce it, then you probably shouldn’t be eating it, plain and simple. I also found it refreshing that she wasn’t just pushing the right amount of vitamins and minerals and etc. that we should be getting with every serving at every meal every day, but rather focused on the specialness of sharing a meal with family and friends and practicing mindful eating. We don’t just eat to get nutrients we eat as part of a social practice to bring yourself closer to one another, and that is an important concept that many who push fad diets forget because they are so focused on achieving a specific body image that society tells us we should have. You don’t need some ridiculous diet where you starve yourself or restrict yourself to only certain types of foods. You can still eat cake, and you can still have ice cream, just eat it in moderation and try to eat mostly whole foods instead of processed. It can be a challenge at first, especially since typically eating healthier can be a little more expensive, but take it from a poor college student such as myself and realize that as long as you’re budgeting and are smart about your purchases healthy eating like this CAN be done.

  2. olive oil is pure oil no minerals, no vitamins JUST FAT. we do not need just fat, we need heatlhy source of fat like indeed nuts, seeds, avocados. GO VEGAN whole foods

  3. My diet now is composed of 20% childhood memory food, 10% is cooked vegan n the other 70% is raw vegan. I heal naturally from hyperthyroidism. My face is clear from heavy acnes before. I feel alive now

  4. This lacks initiation! You need to eat 6-7 kg of vegetables to get the nourishment you get from 100grams of beef. Why do these pescticide vegetables exist on planet earth? Nothing is natural or good with them, they are bad for the planet and there are few nutrients. People, get real! Grassfed animal meat can save the earth and every bite contains everything your body needs. Know that the monoculture is killing nature and give you deficiensies in nutrients! Dont eat food from industrialized monocultures and save our planet! Lock for essential (necessary) nutrients and eat it natural and heated. Dont by food from the store! Buy your food direktly from the farmer, especially diarys. Learn this or live like a urbaniced victim. Vegan knows absolutley nothing!

  5. Take a look att google satelite. Look at Mother Earh!!! We have exploited every square meter for your fu-ing vegetables and 60% af klimategases comes from monocultures plow. You are all fooled by multinational companys who sell industrialized processed garbage!

  6. I went from not eating at all unless i felt i was going to die if i did not (anorexic- 20 years) to eating what everyone else seemed to eat and instantly got a bit overweight. In the meantime, i fixed that too and i look and feel positively radiant and lean but full. I have no intention of looking like a barbie doll. It's not healthy. I live by these rules only:

    -I do not eat any processed foods as a baseline. Mostly plant-based.
    -I do not eat out of the house/ready meals, except for 1 day a week, in case of party or not feeling well enough to cook. (this only realistically happens once or twice a month anyway) To me, they are lifesavers instead of timesavers.
    -I do not eat it unless I cooked it.
    -I do not buy anything that's not alive. My basket does not contain more than fruits, vegetables, herbs, flour, eggs, whole foods like that. If i need for instance a package of cooking cream, i make sure that every dish i plan does not contain more than 1 of the more processed things and it may never be more than 5% of the total dish.
    -I am Northern-European, Potato eater is my heritage, i eat potatoes as my staple. I love potatoes.
    -I eat until not hungry, i don't eat until stuffed.
    -I don't have a habit of snacking or having dessert anyway. I have my hands full with all this cooking to even think about extras, unless i'm going all out to entertain friends.
    -On friday i buy 2 snacks (whatever i want! This does not include family sized or multi serving packaging) and a couple of beers to celebrate the weekend.
    -My diet includes everything because i am an omnivore but animal products are for me a flavoring, not a main component.
    -I freeze leftovers from homecooked dishes in case i don't feel up to cooking. It's a great excuse buster for going out for a bite to eat.
    -In late spring-summer-fall i eat only what i grow myself. Yes indeed, gardening is a wonderful, low impact, stress relieving hobby with a tasty bonus. Love it. Money can not compare to this kind of wealth. I started gardening at my lowest point in life. If i can do it, you can do it. Youtube keyword 'allotment'. Find us, crazy bunch of veg lovers. We are positively, joyfully obsessed with community and growing beautiful food, no matter where, in every nook and cranny, on whatever size piece of soil, with whatever skill. Join our loving, helpful community. No question is ever dumb enough for any of us. Come and have a laugh! See you there. <3

  7. I love food but NOT all the food it's friendly to my belly. Medically diagnosed in 2015 with IBS and Chronic migraines in 2008 my body literally forced me to look for alternatives and I'm glad that it did. I am 30 lbs lighter, I am 34 yrs old but can pass for 26 and migraines have decreased….so ppl do something for your body and it will return the favor.

  8. What a marvelous voice has Dr. J.  "We've got to go back to eating real fute."    When put like that, who could refuse?

  9. This is a great talk on unfu*king our brain from all the sh1t we been feed by "trend".  I am ashamed to realize I too have jumped on protein bandwagon & reducing carb.  I need to go back to basics

  10. bullshit. maybe for you it is. not for everyone. what family? congrats on having one. wow. you assume nutrition has everything to do with family food. how dare you say it has to do with our choices since some has no default family diet. i'm sad to say i think you are a royal idiot about family and food. pls rethink the initial part of your talk. yes, i wish i did not feel the urge to say this. p.s. there are many foods that do not pretend to be carbs. I can only assume you think consumers are idiots.you are mentioning MANY "fad diets" sigh. i come from a highly researched balance. Perhaps its different from me.i may be a snot so be it. thank you.. p.s. stop religious addendum.

  11. Lots of good points in this but the most valuable imo, because it is so oft over-looked, is HOW people eat, particularly in certain cities eat-on the hoof and in a hurry, prioritising work because that's what we're conditioned to aspire to/pressured into. How you eat is a reflection of how you treat yourself generally. Eat sociably and slowly and laugh as much as you can. The French smoke like chimneys, eat a lot of bread, red meat and cheese, yet have fairly low rates of heart disease. I am convinced a large contributor to this is their comparative lack of neuroses about fats and calories.

  12. Love her message. She's promoting exactly what a diet isn't….a diet. Eating well means dropping all the 'cant's and wont's'. Don't ban yourself from eating certain things just because society decided it's evil. Eat what your body is asking for. Eat meat, veg, pasta whatever! Even enjoy the chemical filled crap without feeling guilty. If you listen to your body, you don't ever need to feel guilty about what you eat, because you are giving it exactly what it needs.

  13. I'm 19 and 3 weeks ago I was converted into a vegan diet and the results I'm receiving are crazyy! Now, there's no going back from this lifestyle for me <3

  14. I can't watch this anymore 9:06 MARK. This women drives me crazy, what she says about diet is enough to send any diabetic into apoplectic shock

  15. The Okinawans do not have the longest living people in the world – there is a Greek island with a Mediterranean diet which beats them hands down. Do your research

  16. How very skewed. She reduces a low carb diet to some bars and powders. What about actual food, like meat, eggs and dairy?

  17. Thank you for the enlightening talk. This reminds me of appreciating and enjoying food, taking time to eat and eating more vegetables.

  18. Before buying on gearbest, know that it's thieves.
    They do not repay,
    on google search for "Thieves Gearbest".

  19. I didn't know how bad eating habits are in Australia. I am truly surprised. I have actually an hour break for lunch, we have a restaurant at my workplace and we always sit together with my colleagues and get to know each other by talking over a meal. I thought this was normal.

  20. Personally I would love to take a pill that fuelled my body and mind just like petrol in a car and freed me from all the hassle and time wasting of shopping, preparing, cooking and eating food. Bring it on. I guess there are people who live to eat and those who eat to live – I'm in the latter category x

  21. Eat only one meal a day. Eat all you can within an-hour window and only occasional junk food. That would fix the obesity crisis.

  22. Could it be that overweight women are afraid to go to the doctor because of weight bias and therefore don't get diagnosed with cancer early enough?

  23. Kudos for the Video! Excuse me for chiming in, I am interested in your thoughts. Have you heard the talk about – Dinanlinson Natural Beauty Approach (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now)? It is a good one off guide for learning what to eat to look younger minus the normal expense. Ive heard some interesting things about it and my cooworker at very last got great results with it.

  24. Nice video content! Sorry for chiming in, I would appreciate your initial thoughts. Have you considered – Dinanlinson Natural Beauty Approach (search on google)? It is a smashing one off guide for learning what to eat to look younger minus the headache. Ive heard some incredible things about it and my cooworker finally got cool success with it.

  25. The healthiest diet in the world is raw vegan 5 days a week and other 2 have healthy meat(no red meat) but liver meats/fish like salmon and skinless chicken.(oatmeal everyday for breakfast and you’ll b healthy for the rest of your lifec

  26. Na minha opinião, acredito que será ótimo que essas pílulas sejam criadas, pois assim ganharíamos bastante tempo para nos dedicarmos a outras atividades. Mas não seria preciso acabar com a comida em geral, só usaríamos essas pílulas como uma ajuda nos momentos que fossem convinientes para cada indivíduo ou, talvez, será interessante que a comida torne-se um "suplemento" ou apenas seja utilizada para os "dias diferentes" em que queremos nos divertir, seja sozinho, seja com alguém ou com a família. Então só vejo benefícios na criação dessa pílula, pois não precisaríamos eliminar a comida e sim utilizá-la nos momentos que acharmos melhor, que quisermos, ganhando tempo para fazer outras coisas.

  27. I've been psychologically weak and ill for a while now, i'm trying to eat a completely healthy diet in hopes that it will all bring me happiness and success.

  28. when you get to my age, you realize as the smart cat says…eat healthier together….cause grandmas lasagna every Sunday gives you indigestion, and headaches !

  29. Some of the confusion is worsened by the one-eyed rusted-on dieticians who don't even realise they're in the pockets of the cereal and grain industries

  30. To all those vegan-nuts: I respect your choice but give us a break! My dog likes meat and hates veggies. Is he a bad dog? I, as a primate mammal, like to have meat once a week. Is it a crime?

  31. Thought provoking video. While she was speaking I couldn't help but think of the hey days of the "all you can eat" American buffet system. I'm pretty sure it was only as bad as it was b/c Americans are so focused on "bang for your buck". They've been trained this way. Probably the same dynamic behind the ultra-pro-protein bars and powders.
    I have a feeling it has more to do with money and efficiency than it does food. Not sure about other countries, as I'm not well traveled(yet).
    You can see this mentality in practically everything we do. Look at the way we run businesses, government, education, holidays(OMG CHRISTMAS), even meds and supplements.
    We will throw pride, craftsmanship, caring for other humans, relaxing vacation time, feel good family get togethers, safety, and everything else right out the window in favor of perceived efficiency and a "good bargain".
    Time for balance, yeah?

  32. Our food supply is not what it use to be We need to make better choices. I just watched a YouTube video with "dancing babies", they ALL looked like baby sumo wrestlers. Just say'n…

  33. The end message was a wtf… foundation of whole plant foods then add animal products if you want to???? That isn't the optimal diet and is pandering to people who don't think they can live without bacon.

    Aside from that, I appreciate that the Okinawans and Dean Ornish were mentioned.

  34. I appreciated the perspective well enough. I agree. However, one day, she will be “religious”. And not long in coming…

  35. Don't eat any factory manufactured rubbish. Get off factory Salt , sugar , Veggie oils , get off factory pasta , flour , noodles , breads. Get off factory made small goods. Don't drink milk that's been homogenised. Veggies and protein is your ticket to health.

  36. They will take my double cheeseburger with pickles and fries from my cold, dead hands. Vegetarians and vegans still die. They just die of other things.

  37. Okinawa study was after the war when there were no animals to be had. Crete was studied during the week of Lent – one out of three weeks

  38. suggest: more vegetables – less meat…. i can agree w/ that. The "keto" diet is pretty much the next BIG thing dietwise really catching on & 'it just works'

  39. she literally matches her background which tells me she wants her voice to stand out more than anything..

  40. I think all nutrition scientiests in the world should have a conference where its compulsory they all attend. They need to all get locked up and not permitted to leave until these 'experts' come to a consensus.

  41. The usual attack on saturated fats. Why does the body crave sugar? It is one of the natural ways to boost metabolic rate as the body can sense when it is slowing down. As for eating more plant matter, I guess we may eat all the herbicides and pesticides, lead and mercury in them as well. The problem is that people in developed countries all over the world consume too many calories for their daily activity requirements. In other words, we are too sedentary. We need to incorporate some sort of physical activity into our daily routines in order to be in calorie deficit. So, the trick should be to balance our nutritional requirements with our daily activity as well as including a mandatory form of physical activity at least five days a week.

  42. We should all be outraged at the deceit, manipulation, bribery, & extortion committed by the food, healthcare, hospital, & pharma industries to prey on our financial carcasses, using advertising, legislation to maximize our consumption of high profit, shelf-stable food-like products, health services & medicines.

  43. The "green smoothy" is full of oxalates.
    The Ochinawans eat loads of pork.
    Just eat meat, butter, and eggs!

  44. One place in the world where you don't want to share food? Scotland. Where this bint comes from. The food is awful.

  45. Well said.
    Our food motto when I was a young mom in la leche League was, "a wide variety of food in as close to its natural state as possible" …
    Years later, I still feel that a combo of JERF (Just Eat Real Food) – most of that plants, much of it fresh, organic, nutrient dense and local – and attending to personal intolerances etc fit me best. I grow some of my fruits and veggies, get most of the rest from local organic farmers at our markets (which is a great social adventure as well!)
    Our family has genes for intolerance to gluten, so I've been off those for a decade, and an more likely to eat rice or quinoa with herbs etc than to eat "gluten free" processed products. Dairy triggers inflammation for me, so I mostly avoid that … I'm also inspired by the Blue Zones projects, and appreciate the reminder that joy is a vital component

  46. I started eating only real food a little over 4 months ago – I shop in the vegetable/fruit section and fresh meats counter at the grocery store and sometimes will get plain crackers (imported only, bread from the US makes me sick… not sure why) and sometimes I splurge on some cheese (Humbolt Fog is my favorite). I cook all my meals weekly so I have "fast food" during the week for lunch and dinner when I get home late from work. I've lost over 50lbs… it's just falling off of me. I have a ways to go still, but my diet is completely sustainable, I'm happy, I'm satisfied, I'm energetic. The power of food is incredible!

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