If you have been concerned about the current state of your health, or worry about falling ill in the future due to a medical condition that runs in your family, you are certainly not alone. But you don’t have to resign yourself to poor health, because research proves that diet plays a much more significant role than genetics in predicting health.
Although I was brought up eating a large variety of vegetables, until 3 years ago (at 43), I was also an avid consumer of animal products–especially meats, cheese and dairy products–and would not have dreamed of adopting a 100 percent plant-based diet, much less singing its praises. That all changed when I read The China Study.
According to the book’s author, T. Colin Campbell, PhD., there are major health benefits to be gained by reducing the percentage of animal-based foods from the 20-30 percent average for most Americans to under 10 percent, or better yet, zero percent. This means the large majority, 95 percent of US adults who eat animal products regularly, will have to alter your eating habits, as I did.
But almost everyone who gives up eating animal products say they feel healthier, energetic, and younger, and wonder why they waited so long. My own cholesterol and body fat dropped notably within a month or two after reducing my intake of animal products, after years of trying but never succeeding to reduce it by regular exercise alone.
I have since lost 15 pounds and have had to purchase new clothes (it’s much more fun buying smaller clothes than bigger). I had to get all new cookbooks and learn how to cook all over again, too. Fortunately, there are endless resources on the internet to assist with meatless cooking. Please check out some of the links on this site for ideas.