A Thumbs Down Book Review
Everyday Cooking with Dr. Dean Ornish
By Dean Ornish, MD
Review by Sally Fallon
This cookbook is a follow up to Ornish’s bestselling Program for Reversing Heart Disease and his “five-part life-style program” called Simple Choices, Powerful Changes, available on cassette.
Noting that “heart disease worsened for the majority of patients. . . who exercised moderately and followed a conventional ‘lowfat’ diet,” Ornish concludes that we haven’t gone far enough. Rather than chuck the whole lowfat nonsense out the window, Ornish argues that all fat is bad, even olive oil. The only way to get rid of plaque in the arteries, he claims, is to cut the fat out completely.
A side benefit, according to Ornish, is that the no-fat regime will make you “feel better. . . and increase your joy of living.”
And since meat, even lean meat, might contain a little bit of the horrid fat, it’s also got to go. Dr. Ornish’s cookbook is all about grains, legumes and vegetables.
If you don’t like to cook, you can order Life Choice frozen meals from ConAgra, the big grain conglomerate, which just might benefit if America were to embrace Dr. Ornish’s style of eating.