You may have heard the remarkable news of former US President Bill Clinton reversing his heart disease.
Oh, and shedding 24 pounds in the process.
How did he do it?
He changed his diet. He eliminated meat, dairy, and processed oil.
In a recent interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Mr Clinton credited his improved health to following the advice of Dr Caldwell Esselstyn (Author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease) and Dr Dean Ornish (author of The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health). Plant-based diets have been shown to have tremendous health benefits. It’s not just a political statement.
The Spectrum Diet and Lifestyle Program evolved from Dr Ornish’s extensive research into how diet and genes interact.
Foods are classified according to how health they are. Group 1 is the most health and Group 5, which includes french fries and hot dogs, is the least healthy.
Depending on how quickly you want to achieve your goals, you choose from each of these groups. Dr Ornish does not believe in guilt and encourages people to satisfy their cravings without going overboard.
What differentiates the Spectrum Diet?
It distances itself from the “one-size-fits-all” approach of many other diets and encourages personalization.
More interestingly is that Dr Ornish is following a growing trend of mainstream medical professionals who are realizing that health requires a holistic approach. Aside from a balanced diet, Dr Ornish emphasizes addressing stress and incorporating exercise and meditation into your lifestyle. In fact, his book includes a bonus DVD of guided meditation by Anne Ornish (the wife of Dr Ornish).
The results of the Spectrum Diet have been quite impressive. The change in diet and lifestyle truly allows the body to address the disease it is facing and activates its innate ability to heal itself.
According to the book, 82% of individuals who are able to stick to the stricter end of the Spectrum Diet find that their heart disease reverses itself.