A diet of only plant food? Even if motivated, would anyone go on such a restricted diet? Bill Clinton has.
This diet to prevent heart disease and many other diseases is described in Dr. Esselstyn’s book, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. His wife has included many recipes in the book.
I have found that there are dozens of delicious recipes made from the plant food list. It takes some effort to find all the ingredients and a real dedication to follow this diet.
I decided that my diet had to change when I heard that a classmate from Yale, Rusty Wailes had died of a heart attack while rowing with a four-man crew on Lake Washington in Seattle. Rusty was on the Yale crew that won the gold medal in the 1956 Olympics. How could such a fit person die of a heart attack? The answer is that fitness doesn’t protect you from a heart attack.
All my male relatives died of heart related problems. Last year I had chest pains while sprinting up a long hill with my bicycle riding companions. This group is ten years younger than I, (I’m 75) so this scared me. One of these “fit” individuals, Johnny Hughes, had chest pains and three months ago had to have a triple by-pass to save his life.
All these factors motivated me to embark on this restrictive diet. It was almost a disaster from the beginning. Just three weeks after I decided to eat differently, Marlene and I went to France for a two-week bicycle ride. (Go to Blog, Diet Wars 3)