I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be embarrassed by my guilty-pleasure addiction to the Dr. Oz show. But I think he’s sort of geeky and weird and that obviously makes him cool, plus he brings a fine mix of eastern and western medicine to laymen and the “Average American”. I watch him every morning while I’m trying to pull myself out of the bed comforter.
But this is the best part: At least several times a show, he explains how a good diet is related to good health. While he is not vegan (or vegetarian) and often won’t even use those words, he highlights the benefits of plant-based diets all the time, giving guests free dinners to the infamous Candle Cafe in NYC, spotlighting whole plant foods, and having guests on the show that gloat the wonders of vegan foods. But here’s the trick….
He doesn’t use the V Word.
“Vegetarian” and heaven forbid, “Vegan” have so much political agenda attached to them that it can really push people away. More often than not, if you tell someone you eat this way, it brings on a barrage of questions, defensive statements, and sometimes just plain ridicule. This happens because food is political. And food is very, very personal. But if we back away from the V words for a minute, and simply say “I am trying to eat healthier”, we can gain respect and interest. People listen. Dr. Oz succeeds at this.
Today, Dr. Oz had firefighter and author of The Engine 2 Diet, Rip Esselstyn, on his show for a segment involving three male firefighters who have obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Rip, professional athlete-turned firefighter, developed the diet to help the folks in his own firehouse. In his book and on today’s show, he explained that his diet can, within weeks, dramatically reduce health problems and practically melt off extra weight. He’s helped over 100 firefighters in his own firehouse do this!
And, you guessed it, it’s a healthy vegan diet. But he never uses the V word. Instead, he shows how simple substituting food can be – for example, a hamburger and fries for 950 calories switched to a portobello “burger” and baked sweet potato fries for 350 calories.
You can follow this link to read more about the show segment, and get lasagna, mushroom burger and dark chocolate brownie recipes! http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/dr-oz-fire-drill
And check out The Engine 2 Diet website for a great video about Rip and how eating vegan has helped him and thousands of others accomplish their health goals. http://engine2diet.com/