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#1 Old 07-25-2006, 11:00 AM
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Doing the happy dance here. About 2 months ago, a neighbor challenged my husband (who's about 80lbs overweight) to a diet contest. Hubby -- as I've been nagging him for nearly a decade -- went Ornish. He has cardiovascular disease and diabetes, so this is definitely the best diet for him.



In 6 weeks he lost over 30lbs! Oh. My. Gawd. He's finally starting to plateau, thank heavens (that much weight that fast is usually not a good thing), but it's amazing. Part of it is because he eats a LOT of salads, which I've never been a big fan of (some vegetarian, right?). And part of it is having a faster metabolism, since he hasn't spent his life yo-yo dieting.



Still, it's definitely impressive. I'm looking forward to his next visit with his doctor for blood test results.



Best part? I no longer have to pick through the meals he cooks saying, "It's wonderful honey, but it's just too fatty."
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#2 Old 07-25-2006, 12:07 PM
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good for him, and you too! that diet seems to be one small step from vegan to me, except no fat....
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#3 Old 07-25-2006, 02:23 PM
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That's awesome!
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#4 Old 07-25-2006, 02:58 PM
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wow, seriously, that's amazing.



but...what's ornish?
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Dr. Ornish wrote a book called "Eat More Weigh Less". It's a near vegan diet that's actually been proven to reverse heart disease. He also runs the weightloss site on webmd.com.
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That's fantastic!

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Yay!



now if only some of his enthusiasm would rub off on me
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#8 Old 07-26-2006, 01:26 AM
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That's wonderful! Congrats to him! My husband also lost a ton of weight recently - from eating lots of salads, oddly enough. I am the vegan in the family and rarely do I eat salads.
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Salads are great, especially when they are your entire meal, or you eat them before your meal.



Congrats on the Ornish success! You should write him with your husband's results.



As for near-vegan, for those curious, my recollection is that it recommends Omega-3s from fish oil capsules, but is otherwise vegan. Am I forgetting anything else?
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That's absolutely brilliant. Congratulations to your healthier and slimmer husband!



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I believe he recommends flax seed oil or fish oil. If you eat any animal foods at all, it can only be nonfat dairy and egg whites. For his "prevention" diet he says you can eat skinless chicken and fish in moderation but that it can be a source of unwanted calories.
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#12 Old 07-30-2006, 11:09 AM
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As for near-vegan, for those curious, my recollection is that it recommends Omega-3s from fish oil capsules, but is otherwise vegan. Am I forgetting anything else?



It's possible to get vegan Omega 3 capsules (I take an combined omega 3/6/9/vitamin E capsule daily).
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True, but epski was asking what Dr. Ornish recommends in his diet.
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#14 Old 07-30-2006, 02:12 PM
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no meat, low fat dairy, egg whites, no nuts and other high fat foods.
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His initial study years ago, the only dairy they ate was a bit of nonfat yogurt for the B12, other than that, no dairy. Personally, I don't do well on such ultra-low fat diets for the long term. But if I needed to loose a lot of weight, or had heart disease, I would give it an honest try, but couldn't make it a lifestyle. But that's off topic.
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True, but epski was asking what Dr. Ornish recommends in his diet.



Close. I was just asking if there was anything non-vegan that he recommends. The fish oil is the only thing I recall from my reading.
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yeah, that's what I meant - you were asking what animal products Ornish was promoting. Someone chimed in and said that Omega3 comes in vegan variety, and I was saying that was true, but that wasn't what you were asking about.



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#18 Old 07-30-2006, 11:52 PM
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I realized that. Just wanted to clarify for future readers.
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