Heart Healthy Dietary Guidelines

On this week’s Healthy Diet Podcast, we discuss nutrition and dietary guidelines for having a healthy heart from Dr Esselstyn’s Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease.

Show notes:

  • Listen to the end of the podcast to learn how to win a free copy of Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease by Dr Cauldwell B Esselstyn
  • A quick review of past podcasts about Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease. If you have cholesterol below 150 your chances of getting a heart attack are almost zero.
  • C-reactive protein implications in heart disease that causes inflammation of coronary arteries.
  • The American Heart Association’s guidelines on cholesterol aren’t good enough. The level of 200 considered safe may not be that good and can be leading people to heart disease.
  • There are many issues surrounding the quality of our diet and health.
  • The USDA should not be setting dietary guidelines when they are looking out for the dairy, meat and poultry industries. They suggest eating low fat or fat free meats, but there aren’t any fat free meats!
  • Dr Esselstyn’s critique of the USDA’s food guidelines.
  • The kind of diet Dr Esselstyn recommends to prevent and reverse heart disease.

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Alan LeStourgeon

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Vita-Mix Blender First Impressions

We’ve been using our Vita-Mix for a couple of days now and we really love it. Smoothies, salsa, guacamole and various drinks are the order of the day now. We use the Vitamix several times a day.

Here’s an important tip when you get your own Vita-Mix, read the directions. No kidding! This blender is not like any other blender you’ve ever used and you may come up with some strange results as a result. It is probably 4 to 5 times as powerful as even your normal Kitchen Aid blender.

Our first main experiment was to see if we could get a comparable carrot juice of that with the Champion Juicer. It says right in the directions that the Vitamix is not a juice extractor, and they are correct. When you put whole carrots and whole apples in the blender, remember this, you get the whole carrot, pulp and all. The first carrot juice I made yesterday was more like baby food than juice. The video we watched instructed us to add a comparable amount of water to the amount of carrots we were using. There’s a good reason for that.

We normally use about 20 to 25 carrots (along with half an apple and a celery stalk) to make 4 – 8 ounce glasses of juice. Since this was an experiment, we used 5 carrots and an apple along with some water to make the same amount of juice. We could have used half that amount because the first thing we ended up with was a thick apple carrot sauce. We continued to add water but our concoction was as thick as ever. We could have used half of the carrots and 2 to 3 times the amount of water.

Also, carrot juice is sweet and it gets even sweeter when you add the juice of an apple. When you use the whole carrot it’s not nearly as sweet. The recipe calls for adding honey to sweeten it and that may be a good idea. We don’t normally like things too sweet so use a sweetner at your own discretion.

Today Jean improved on our carrot juice attempt by making a carrot juice cocktail using of course, carrots, orange juice instead of water and pineapple. It’s not pure carrot juice, but it was very tasty. We used 2 carrots, about 6 ounces of fresh squeezed orange juice and 3 to 4 large chunks of pineapple, yummy!

We also made some tomatilla sauce and guacamole for lunch today that turned out pretty good. We over blended the tomatilla sauce so it was a little frothy, but at least it tasted good. Again, the Vita-Mix is a very powerful machine.

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That’s all for now. Stay tuned for a podcast tomorrow.

Alan

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Our Vita-Mix Finally Arrived

We’ve been talking about the Vita-Mix in the last couple of podcasts because we finally broke down and ordered one. Well, we are pretty stoked because it arrived a few days ago. We got it from the Vita-Mix store on eBay.

By the way, sorry about the sparcity of podcasts lately, we were out of town last week again, this time attending Jean’s mom’s funeral.

This week’s podcast will probably be about our new Vita-Mix and all the cool things you can do with it. So far we are discovering that we may not even need to use our Champion Juicer anymore (at least for juicing) because the Vita-Mix breaks down carrots and other vegetables so they will make juice that will get to the cellular level just like the Champion, plus you get all the fiber.

We just stated to read the owner’s manual and we’ve only made one thing with the Vitamix so far, some almond milk, but we are pretty impressed with it. It really blends the heck out of your ingredients and as soon as you turn it on you feel the power of this machine compared to other blenders.

Why did we get the VitaMix? Well, we make lots of smoothies, especially green smoothies and we’ve been through three blenders in the last 2 years. We had a Kitchen Aid blender that didn’t do anything but polish ice cubes. We had another blender that I can’t remember the manufacturer, but the blade broke after about a week. And our latest blender, a Black & Decker won’t turn off. We have it attached to a power strip and have to turn off the power strip every time we use it. So we finally decided we’d get the top of the line blender and quit messing around.

Now the Vita-Mix is not cheap compared to other blenders. They usually retail from between $350 to $600 depending on the model you get and the accessories that come with it. But, this is a commercial grade blender and it is about twice the size of anything you can get in the store.

Anyway, stay tuned for more recipes and information about the Vitamix.

Alan

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More Heart Disease Prevention Factors

Welcome back to the Health Diet Podcast. On this week’s show we cover more information on reversing heart disease from Dr Caldwell B Esselstyn’s book Prevent And Reverse Heart Disease.

Show notes:

  • There is so much you can do to live a healthier life and avoid the major diseases that kill most people.
  • Getting your cholesterol below 150 will almost insure that you will not ever have a heart attack.
  • Why would people choose to have radical heart surgery instead of eating a healthy plant based diet?
  • The Women’s Health Initiative study showed that low fat diets made no difference in the overall health of women, until you really look closely at the study.
  • The study by the NIH claimed the diet they fed these women was low fat, even though it was comprised of 29% fat. Of course it didn’t work.
  • The dietary guidelines recommended by the FDA claim that a healthy diet can consist of between 20 to 35% fat. If you consistently eat a diet that is 35% fat, it will kill you.
  • Research shows that if you have a lifetime cholesterol below 150, even if you smoke, drink and have high blood pressure, you won’t get heart disease.
  • Moderation kills. Even after one high fat meal your blood flow can be seriously impaired.
  • Try a new fruit and a new vegetable that you’ve never eaten before and let us know how you like it.

We just ordered a new VitaMix and we are so excited to get it because we’ve been through 3 blenders. You can make everything with a VitaMix. It’s the most heavy duty blender on the market.

Alan LeStourgeon

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