The McDougall Diet is not new! It has been the choice of thousands of people around the world. It is a whole food plant based diet which is very effective for restoring and maintaining one's health.
Dr. John McDougall is one of my heroes. He has practiced "lifestyle medicine" for over forty years. He has searched for the truth to offer real healing medicine to his patients. Dr. McDougall started his medical career in 1972 on the big island of Hawaii as a plantation doctor for the Hamakua Sugar Plantation. As a young doctor, he soon found out that the drugs he passed out did not solve the health issues. He thought maybe it was because he was a lousy doctor.
Then, his observation of the diets of multiple generations from the far east that worked on the plantations changed his life forever.
His first patients on the island were always trim, hard working, were active into their 80's and 90's, did not have high blood pressure, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer or heart disease. They lived primarily on a whole food plant based diet of rice and vegetables...the diet they brought from their homeland.
Their children and grand kids all consumed the Standard American Diet (SAD) and they became fat and sick...then fatter and sicker! This early observation had a profound effect on his future practice of medicine.
For more than 20 years he has run a very successful 10 day live-in residential program located in Santa Rosa, California. He has cared for and witnessed thousands of patients over the years recover from illnesses with a whole food plant based diet and exercise program. Individuals turn to Dr. McDougall for solutions when modern medicine is unable to offer any remedy to their health issues.
He is the author of many national best sellers about dynamic health, maximum weight loss, a program for a healthy heart and a program for women...to name a few.
One of his best books is "The Starch Solution".
Dr. McDougall is a true pioneer in the whole food plant based diet and lifestyle which has come to be known as the McDougall Diet.
He continues to confront the ineffectiveness of the so called "modern medicine" on all fronts. He is the "David" that takes on the "Goliath" of the medical-industrial complex.
The proof of the truth of his ideas is found in his many patients that have been able to live and enjoy abundant life on the McDougall Diet through the consumption of whole foods and his plant based healing program. The world owes much to this pioneer.
The main theme of this whole food plant based diet is complex carbohydrates. On the McDougall Diet you will consume 70 - 90% carbohydrates.
There are very small amounts of carbohydrates in red meat. poultry, fish, shellfish or eggs. Most dairy products are deficient in carbohydrates...but ALL plant forms contain carbohydrates.
Only complex carbohydrates are permitted because of their special characteristics that provide a slow and methodical digestive process that provides the bloodstream with long lasting energy.
Starches to Consider
These are some of the starches that are high enough to serve as the main course in a meal:
Egg Free Pastas
These pastas play a very small part in The McCougall Diet since they are made with highly refined flours.
These noodles are also made from highly refined flours and should be minimized in The McDougall Diet.
(Soy Beans are too high in fat to be used on a regular basis.)
Fruits and Vegetables
On the McDougall Diet, you may add as many green, red, yellow or orange vegetables as you wish to a meal since they do not contain many calories.
Fruits should be limited to three servings a day. The sugar in fruit is fructose, which can cause triglycerides and cholesterol to rise in some people. People with these concerns should restrict fruit even more.
Fruits and vegetables are too numerous to list.
Foods Not Allowed
Additional Allowed Foods and Substitutes
The McDougall Diet also includes exercise. Diet alone will take you a long way to achieving excellent health, but if you are able to exercise, the benefits will further improve your fitness and well being.
Exercise as simple as a daily walk will give you increased muscle tissue, loss of excess weight, more energy, improved digestion, better mood, higher HDL, lower triglyceride and blood sugar levels, a fall in blood pressure and a more appropriate appetite.
Track Your Program
It is good to track all of your vital signs before you begin...this gives you a benchmark to evaluate your program. On the McDougall Diet the following is recommended:
The most significant findings from your blood test will be:
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