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I don't think I would be motivated one way or another if I learned that my doc followed a plant-based diet. I would tend to respect their advice more, but that would be the extent of it. I'm in favor of the gradual approach, but to each his own. The Esselstyn plan has been very difficult for me. Despite having fruits and veggies available to me throughout my life and especially as a child, I do not like the taste and texture of most veggies, regardless of how they are prepared. I do love whole grains, so I have no problem adding more whole grains to my diet. The step-by-step approach has worked best for me, because I didn't want to throw away a cupboard full of food in the process of switching over. I haven't had any animal protein since 1995, so meat is a non-issue. One of the things I'm finding is that many of the "safe foods" listed in the back of Dr. Esselstyn's book are not available in my area. I've cut back on a lot of oils, but I do have a tiny schmear of peanut butter on my whole-wheat toast each morning. I need the protein and the flavor and yes, the fat. I have no health insurance, so I will be getting a full lipid panel done through the local community center in the next few weeks. It will be interesting to see if the changes I've made will be reflected in the bloodwork. I miss my old diet; I miss the fats...no animal fats, just MUFA's. I miss nuts most of all. Really hoping this diet does the trick for me, as I do not want heart disease. An EKG scare back in April was the impetus.
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