Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I'm Home and This is What I'm Reading Now: The Starch Solution

Greetings everyone!

I feel like it's been a lifetime since I last blogged, even though it's only been a week. This past month has been one of the busiest of my entire life. But this carnival ride isn't over yet. I've got a lot of personal stuff going on right now (good and well, not so good) and my mind is pretty distracted from cooking, creating new recipes and writing about food.

For all of you guys who have recently started reading HGK, I encourage you to explore my "healthy recipes" section and also to look through archives of blog postings. Most of the recipes that I have tested and written about over the past two and a half years have not made it into my healthy recipes section due to lack of time, but that doesn't mean they are not awesome. There are amazing recipes in those older blog posts, so have at it!

But in case you are wondering whether I have totally jumped ship, I'm here to report that I am currently reading my first McDougall book.


In case you don't know of him, Dr. John McDougall is one of the most vocal plant-based diet MDs out there. He's part of a small group of doctor/authors who has made a career out of reaching out beyond his practice to touch thousands of suffering people with dietary based healing.


The other doctors include Fuhrman, Esselstyn, and Barnard and I had read books by all of them, but not McDougall. But his recent release of a book called The Starch Solution piqued my interest so I picked up a copy.

His main point that distinguishes him from the other plant-based docs is that he encourages us to "eat more starch." He goes as far as saying the more starch you eat, the easier it will be to maintain a healthy weight. Rice (preferably brown), corn, potatoes (both sweet AND white), beans, winter squashes, whole grains, and even whole grain bread are the foundation of his plan. Of course, you would want to eat plenty of vegetables and some fruit, but the salad ain't the meal on McDougall.

The potato is.

What a radical departure from Eat to Live! Correct me if I am wrong, but Dr. Fuhrman wants us to limit our intake of starchy food to approximately one cup per day (in addition to the cup per day of beans), and the bulk of our food should come from vegetables. Esselstyn is really fine with whatever plant based food we eat, as long as it's unrefined and there is no oil, nuts, seeds or avocado in it.

McDougall has my interest, that's for sure.

So I'm curious, are any of you out there reading this "McDougallers?" What has your experience been following the McDougall plan?


If you are familiar with the McDougall plan, but you are not a fan, why not?


Is anyone also reading The Starch Solution right now? What are your thoughts?

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