Since 1990 I have been recommending to my patients with coronary heart disease that they get familiar with the data that whole-food, plant-based (vegan) diets can reverse their condition.
That is the year I began practice, and also the year that Dean Ornish, M.D. published the Lifestyle Heart Trial demonstrating the reversal of even advanced atherosclerosis with this dietary pattern.
Health, the planet, and animals
The data has only gotten stronger and stronger regarding the benefits for health, the environment and reducing cruelty to animals. The number of people following this diet has increased greatly.
However, there is ‘will power’ and ‘skill power’ and a pantry that is bare or full of older animal-based products, like ham and beans, can dull the resolve to make a successful diet change.
I have been advising my patients for years to remove the animal products from their pantry and donate them to a food bank. They then need to replace them with the stables needed to succeed at plant-based cooking. Here is the list I give them to replenish their pantry.