Chili Without Tomatoes?

ATTENTION Please Note: Since this post has been written I have taken nutrition courses and found clarity when looking at nutrition. Through my research I have learned that Dr. Gundry and Arthur Agatston are off base. Dr. Esselstyn is consistent with other leading nutrition advocates such as T. Colin Campbell, Dean Ornish MD, Neal Barnard MD, Dr. McDougall MD, Michael Klaper MD. Those are about the only voices I stop to listen to anymore. That being said, now when I prepare a meal I don’t use olive oil – water or vegetable broth will work fine in its place. Also, no steak, pork loin, or chicken these days.  Stuffed bell peppers, stir fry, and potatoes can easily be cooked  without animal products or added oil.

This week we are having steak with steamed broccoli & a baked potato.  Pork loin with fried potatoes and green beans, stuffed bell peppers, chicken stir-fry, and chili without tomatoes. 

What’s wrong with this picture?  Lack of greens. Lack of change (except for the chili).

It’s the end of the second quarter and I have lost a solid 5 lbs.  I attribute that to cutting back on sugar and decreased portion sizes.  It’s the end of the second quarter.  At this rate I’m not going to make it into that little black dress by Christmas.  I’ve identified one of the barriers to my weight loss goal as knowledge deficit.

Besides reading The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes and reviewing Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser, I have been turning to a few cardiologists that have impressive credentials.  Unfortunately, they sometimes contradict each other.

One of the cardiologists I’ve been giving my ear to is Dr. Steven Gundry.  You might have seen him around the internet selling his Vital Reds.  The other is Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn of the world famous Cleveland Clinic.   I have also been reading The South Beach Diet Supercharged by Arthur Agatston, MD, which I bought off the overflow shelf at the library in passing.

They all promote good nutrition as the answer to heart disease.

I find the following video fascinating because if the answer is this simple then why are we wasting so much time and money in the traditional American hospital setting?  Why is the first answer usually more medication?  In the video Dr. Esselstyn questions the typical American diet and the notion to fix everything with medications.

This is a long video at an hour, but worth it if you are interested in your heart health and open to thinking outside of what has been traditional American medical care.

Not only is this a way of eating to consider for the heart, but it also may impact the risk for breast, prostate, and colon cancer.

I have been having a hard time changing the way my family and I eat.  Years of tradition have to be overhauled people. It’s not easy.

Then when I go to make changes Dr. Gundry is telling me no beans, but yes on olive oil and Dr. Esselstyn is telling me yes beans, no oil – not even olive oil.  Ack!  So I am going forward taking what makes the most sense from both.  The South Beach Diet and The Mediterranean Diet both seem like good sources too.

The best person to take care of me is me.  So I’m going to mash all my sources together and find what works for me and my family even if it means being open to chili without tomatoes.

Feature photo by Ivan Timov.

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