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Fast Food at the Davidsons?

My recent pleasure reading includes a book called "Original Fast Foods" by James and Colleen Simmons. While the majority of the information was not new to me, I still found it enlightening.

This book outlines how American's diets have changed over the past 100 years. We have moved from obtaining 70% to 7% of our calories from fruits, vegetables and grains. During this same time degenerative diseases have skyrocketed. The authors do a nice job of presenting a convincing case to change your diet to mainly fruits and vegetables and some grains. By so doing, incureable conditions are reversed, proper weight is attained, and maximum vitality restored.

My problem with allopathic medicine is its tendency to treat symptoms and not underlying conditions. A wholesome diet addresses the root problems of degenerative disease.

I went into the doctor several months ago for an infection. My blood pressure was elevated. The doctor was adamant then and there to put me on blood pressure medication. This was the first time I had seen this doctor. She didn't know me, or my medical history. I have "white coat syndrome." In other words the moment I step into an office my blood pressure goes up.

After arguing and, I will admit, verbally placating the doctor I finally got out of the office. All blood pressure, cholesterol, acid reflux etc medication to is mask or treat symptoms. While there is a place for medication, it should be shortlived.

On many fronts I feel my family is well on our way to eating as outlined in this book. The more knowledge I gain the more convinced I am of the myriad benefits of this diet. The diet plan is accomodating of 10% of your intake derived from animal products. Those not interested in a vegan diet will find this comforting.

What is most disconcerting is learning about the powerful influence and control the dairy and animal industries wield over the nutrition information (or disinformation) we receive. The food pyramid has been universally debunked as leading to the obesity and heart disease so prevalent in America. Brent and I saw a decent movie lately called "Food Inc." Most of the movie was information I was familiar with. In fact, the way meat is raised and processed commercially is the reason I gave it up almost 20 years ago. I recommend the movie. Disturbing but informative.

The book is also chock-full of recipes. I am anxious to try them. A few of the chapters, full of intense meal tracking and goal setting weren't of interest ot me. Overall, I recommend the book. Even if it isn't up your alley, it never hurts to be educated. I bought mine from their website Original Fast Foods.

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