3 Rules of a Heart Healthy Diet

Have you ever decided to drop a few pounds, done the diet, and then when you went back to normal eating, you gained back everything you had lost, plus a little? Of course you have because our genetic code is in competition with our health and good looks. This diet plan reverses heart disease, coronary artery disease and arthritis among other modern diseases. There are only 3 rules. If you live by them, you will live with restored health. I wanted to share this with you because I have had an almost miraculous transformation in less than 2 weeks.

Dr. Steven Gundry has pieced together the parts of the Dr. Atkins diet and the Stillman or high protein diets, into something that resembles the Zone diet in many ways, but that is based on our genetic code and is far easier to use.

This diet is a major change to most people, even to vegetarians, but the benefits will be so quickly recognized that it will be easy to continue to stay on it. In 9 days, I have lowered my systolic pressure 30 points and my dyastolic pressure by 10 points. I have let go of 9 pounds. My "stiff", possibly arthritic ankle is smaller, pain free and does not swell at the end of a busy day. I feel as if I have dropped 9 years, in the 9 days, and I have done this just approximating the diet, as I moved toward the diet proper.

It made a great deal of sense to me when he explained that the great apes, our close relatives, eat about 16 pounds of green leaves a day, and have 3% body fat and no coronary artery disease and no heart disease and no arthritis and no diabetes. Obviously this is a heart healthy diet.

For years, I have been wondering why ADHD which was rare when I was young, jumped to affecting almost half the population in some areas. Why, when my grandparents generation worked or functioned into their late 60's or 70's until they died, are middle aged people in their 40's and 50's becoming disabled? Our consumption of vegetables has dropped to 5%. We are not using a heart healthy diet.

Many will tell you of the wonders of modern medicine. People may be living longer, but it does not seem to me that they are living as well. It's killer genes doing us in, and we are eating a diet that turns them on. But, there is a way to stop these diseases and to totally restore health. It is simple, and requires following 3 basic rules.

Rule Number One:

If it's white, keep it out of sight.

This is Dr. Gundry's rule number one because we have never adapted to the relatively recent changes in our diet. Sugar was not meant to be abundant in our diet and white processed flour was only invented in 1900 and so bad for us that governments had to tell the flour manufacturers to put back some of the vitamins that they were taking out. It was literally killing people when first developed.

Even now, these two items are a main cause of coronary artery disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, diabetes, Parkinson's and possibly of Alzheimer Disease. So, if it's white, get it out of your cupboard and keep it out of sight.

This was touched on by Atkins and Stillman. The difference today is that we know, thanks to Dr. Gundry, and Dr. Oz and others that we need more phyto and micro nutrients than we have been eating for 50 years, or certainly for 100 years. The soil in which we grow our food does not have 60 inches of top soil or loam. Sadly, the soil that our food is grown in, for the most part, does not have any top soil but has only the nutrients that are necessary for growth added as needed. This food will not provide optimum health.

The cattle industry uses corn, grains and chocolate to fatten the cattle. The beef we have been eating for 40 years, not only had not been eating grass and had not absorbed the nutrients that are present in grass but has been eating a diet that will create very unhealthy fat .. Unless you buy grassfed beef, you're actually eating more corn. The fat of these animals will cause more LDL cholesterol, artery and heart disease than that of grass or range fattened cattle.

For optimum health, avoid white foods – flour, sugar and similar products. Avoid meat, poultry or fish that have been farmed and fed on grains and corn or corn meal.

Rule Number Two:

If it's beige, better behave.

White sugar and processed flour are the worst things we have been eating since 1900, but those whole wheat and brown rice products also contain more carbohydrates than we need on a regular basis. Humans originally had a diet that was comprised of 50% green leafy items and some protein (40%) and an occasional fruit (10%) Green used to be half of our diet, even once we became agrarian people. When that was the case, we did not have heart disease.

Beige would include whole grain, fruit juice, and legumes. These are carbohydrates, and will cause insulin resistance if taken in large quantities. Those that have a high glycemic level should always be avoided.

In the past, I have done very well using my own hand ground grains to make bread, eating only whole grains, and eating low glycemic fruits. However, during those times I was also riding a bike 2 hours a day and in the gym almost daily for another hour. I was not eating a large enough percentage of green vegetables or I now believe I would have been healthier. And, this leads us to the final rule.

Rule Number Three:

If you eat fake fats, you'll get heart attacks, and if you eat green, you'll get lean.

Dr. Gundry is not recommending that we become vegetarian, although his diet plan allows for that. He is recommending that we increase our percentage of green leafed vegetables and other colored vegetables. He offers more explanations and tips, and has 3 specific phases of his diet with the last being the most easy to stay on. I have to say that after eating according to the 3 rules above, I have lost almost a pound a day.

More importantly, my arthritic, swollen ankle is immensely better after only 9 days, and my blood pressure has dropped lower than it has been since I have been aware of taking it. I have always been in the mid 120's to mid 130's for 40 years until today. Today my blood pressure was 109/70 after only 9 days on the heart healthy diet. It's the easiest diet I have ever been on, and certainly had given me the most results in the shortest time.

I credit the increase in vegetables and total dropping of refined carbohydrates or products made from flour. That was all I changed for the first few days. Although, I also changed my attitude. Food had become something that I did for survival, and since transitioning to this new way of eating, I am thinking once again of food as a way to health, longevity and vitality. This is a heart healthy diet that I can live with.