Posted 26 July 2009 - 01:11 PM
Thanks for your input. I should have mentioned that that article is quite short and is meant to be used more as a link to the other, more in depth articles (I think) that this article gives links to. I haven't read them recently, but I think there are more details, studies, etc. listed in those.
I read a couple of the articles that your article linked to, and for the most part, my stance remains. In "Fanciful Folklore Is No Match For Modern Science", Fuhrman is again guilty of exaggeration and misinterpretation. The Weston A. Price foundation primarily advocates the usefulness of animal products in the diet; that does not
mean, as Fuhrman implies, that they don't believe that fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and legumes aren't healthy. Quite the contrary, actually.
The WAPF is not the gold standard of public health, but Fuhrman really misses the mark with them.
I'm sure he's a good person and everything, and the diet he advocates is perfectly healthy (though maybe not for everybody), but there is a lot of conflicting information out there that I've never seen him respond to or take into account when he writes. Mainstream food writers are oftentimes clever like that; by responding to certain counter-arguments, they maintain the illusion that they're good scientists, when in reality, their foundations are shaky. You see it with food writers from Fuhrman to Atkins.
Clear for 8+ months now through striving for optimal fitness levels, stress levels, sleep, nutrient density in my body, and an overall holistic lifestyle approach.
Diet (I stick to this as much as I can): eggs; meat; poultry; wild-caught seafood; vegetables; fat sources from coconut oil, olive oil, and butter; fruit as I crave it; tea; and purified water. I buy organic and/or pastured foods as I reasonably can, but I think that it's the type of foods you eat, and not the quality of food (within reason, of course) that most determines how healthy you will be.
I highly recommend green smoothies as nutrition powerhouses. They are good on so many levels.
Now experimenting with a higher proportion of legumes, nuts, and seeds in my diet.
I eat absolutely no gluten. I limit intake of all grains, but up to two servings of non-glutenous grain a day is fine. I avoid all added sugar--high fructose corn syrup, sugar, honey, etc. I stay away from soybean oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, and other oils not named olive or coconut. I base my diet off of whole, unprocessed foods, and I prepare them in healthful, delicious ways.
Daily exercise. Sunlight whenever possible.
Supplements: Currently? None. Supplements that have helped in the past (and I can personally recommend) are fish oil, zinc, apple cider vinegar, Vitamin D.