No description.Please update your profile.
Best-selling author Kathy Freston’s new book, Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change the World, was #1 on Amazon for most of last week. It details the tremendous physical and environmental benefits of a vegan diet in shocking but ultimately affirming terms. During her visit to the Oprah Show to lead the Harpo Vegan Challenge, she took some time to talk about these remarkable benefits.
But it’s not just Kathy. In its new Dietary Guidelines, the USDA talks up vegetables: “Vegetarian-style eating patterns have been associated with improved health outcomes, lower levels of obesity, reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and lower mortality.” I thought it would be a great time to check in with Kathy about what this means for the American diet.
Chris Elam: Congratulations Kathy, your book is already a huge seller — these issues have come a long way!
Kathy Freston: It’s just so exciting. People are no longer satisfied with the status quo. They’re eating consciously more and more. They’re curious — they want to know how the workers were treated, what the animals went through, how the environment is being effected.
CE: Your new book is titled “Veganist” — that’s a new word for me.
KF: My husband actually came up with it. He called me a veganist one day! The suffix -ist means “one who does” or “one who studies.” I’m someone who wants to know everything about being vegan, all the implications of my food choices.
With this book, I didn’t want to skirt the V-word. Some people connect it with an old, fringe movement. But I think it’s so fresh, and so dynamic. The young generation is embracing the word. They’re seeing the undercover accounts of animal treatment, learning about greenhouse emissions, and the chronic diseases related to diet. I just wanted to be out with it.
CE: In your book, you speak with experts in various fields to analyze the health, environmental, spiritual and cultural implications of a plant-based diet. We could do an entire interview on each of these topics. Let’s start with addiction — or the health benefits.
KF: When you’re eating fast food, you’re getting A LOT of fat, sugar and salt. First off, that’s just “salting” your senses. Anything less than those strong flavors is going to taste less than. It’s very hard to please your taste buds if that’s where you are.
Secondly, the saturated fats in meat stimulate your pleasure center in your brain. You just want more and more of these fats. Also, during the digestive process when you’re eating dairy, the body produces “casomorphins.” The word “morphine” is there for a reason. Which is why people have a much harder time giving up their cheese than other animal products.
And finally, when you’re eating a meat-based diet, you’re not getting the fiber you’d get from a vegan diet. Fiber fills your stomach, it holds water, which sends a signal to your brain — you feel full. With a meat-based diet, you’re not getting that same sense of fulfillment — you’re always going to want more.
CE: Which of course is one of the drivers of the obesity epidemic we face as a nation — and as a world. What can people do?
KF: Cut back, for one. But it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. It’s about leaning into a vegan lifestyle. To make any great change, it’s SO much easier and sustainable to lean into it. To gradually nudge yourself in the direction where you want to go. You get to find your way without the pressure of changing everything overnight.
For me, when I realized I wanted to stop eating animal products, I was seized with this question: Oh my God, what do I eat? I knew myself, that I’d fall into my old bad habits if I tried to do everything at once.
I couldn’t have done the leap straight to brown rice and lentils and veggies. Even now I don’t want to eat like that every day: I have traditional foods that I enjoy: like burgers and pizza and chicken with mashed potatoes. Veggie-meats, or meat substitutes, are great for me. They’re a fantastic bridge to eating a completely whole foods vegan diet.
Going back to the idea of addiction…you have to give yourself that period of adjustment. You can’t snap your fingers and say: OK I’m totally satisfied with these tastes I’m not used to. When you’re moving away from anything you’re habituated to…you’re going to miss it. But after a period of adjustment, you’ll prefer that healthier, lighter food.
CE: I bet everyone asks you about protein — it’s what they ask me.
KF: Yeah, it’s the #1 question for sure. People really don’t have any idea, even very smart people. There’s protein in whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts — you can make delicious black been burritos, lentil soups, chickpea curries. Anything you’re used to having, you can pretty much have a vegan version of it.
CE: Tell us a little about the phenomenon of disease reversal that you explore in your book.
KF: Substantial peer reviewed studies indicate that some cancers are not only halted b爱上海shlf1314
No description.Please update your profile.
@ 2016 hotel-melbourne Theme-Developed By Asia Themes