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WHAT I EAT FOR BREAKFAST | Dr. Esselstyn & Other Plant-Based Docs

Dr. Shireen Kassam, MBBS, FRCPATH, PhD :
“There’s a breakfast I think … there’s got to be one best breakfast which has to be oats, whether it’s hot cooked oats or whether it’s overnight cold soaked oats and steel-cut whole oats, which then eaten with some sort of fruit like berries and has some additions like flax seeds or hemp so I think you can’t go wrong if you eat oats berries and some sort of seed for breakfast.”

Dr. Cyrus Khambatta, PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry, Co-Founder of Mastering Diabetes :
“My favourite plant-based meal of all time, is an a large acai bowl. So, in that bowl what I usually do is take a acai packet frozen acai packet and I blend it with something like bananas … then it turns into this sort of soft-serve thick ice cream consistency and then on top of that I will add a bunch of fruit all that Mangos all that Papayas a lot bananas all that dates on top of that and it tastes great it’s nice and cold it’s super refreshing and it’s very satisfying.”

Dr.Mahesh Shah, General Practitioner
“Only there’s great lots of fiber, lots of minerals and vitamins, but I sprinkled flax seeds on it which are great for your Omega 3, chia seeds … Again, great for Omega 3, hemp seeds great for protein and omega-3 as well and some sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. And then I like to put a little bit of date sugar on top as well, just to give it that slight sweet taste and maybe a bit of cinnamon as well.”

Dr Pamela Popper, PhD, President of
Wellness Forum Health:
“My favorite breakfast, but it’s not only my favourite breakfast it’s what I eat like a 363 days out of 365 I make a smoothie that we have the ingredients here it has almond milk and vegetable powers and banana and frozen fruit and ground flaxseeds and food grade green tea tbsp of overseas and then I have with that it’s a nice great big 20 ounces 14 grams of fiber kind of thing and then I have two pieces of Ezekiel bread toast with fat-free hummus and it’s a lot of calories but it gets me through the morning exercise and keeps my blood glucose levels for you know even for a real long time so that’s my favorite breakfast.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Author of
Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease:
“For breakfast, I almost always will have old-fashioned Quaker Oats with raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries some raisins a banana and then some oat milk I felt like that really holds me

Dr. Joel Kahn, MD – Cardiologist
“The data has been reasonably strong that breakfast isn’t a meal you should skip. So, one line permits, it’s gonna be a big bowl of oatmeal, it’s gonna be some fresh blueberries, maybe frozen, it’s gonna be walnuts, it’s gonna be the spices I love.
I’m gonna put cinnamon and go put nutmeg, I’m gonna put all spice. I’m gonna put ground cloves, maybe some cacao nibs and it’s gonna be thick and just wonderful.”

Dr Dean Sherzai, MD,
Former Health Minister:
“And you know, everybody says steel cut oats and and berries so yeah definitely that’s a major car but we have vegan pancakes and you know we have vegan cheese with bread and we have we love having potatoes with all kind of garnishing on it for breakfast the choices are so many and we have two kids a 13 year old and an 11 year old and out our our game is that every day we would have something different ”

Dr. Ayesha Sherzai, MD, Physician:
“My favorite breakfast recipe is tofu scramble. We eat a lot of tofu which is an excellent plant-based protein and the way I make it is, you know I make it very spicy. I lived in India, I have, I have this .. this love for spices and we cook it with onions and garlic and turmeric and paprika and coriander and cumin. We eat it as is, with some baked potatoes sometimes or we roll it up in a whole-wheat tortilla as a tofu scramble burrito and I think. that’s my favorite breakfast.”

Dr Robert Ostfeld, MD, Cardiologist:
“So, my breakfast usually is one of two things. Not now, the overarching theme is, I want it to be quick and easy. So I’ll have the giant ball of oatmeal sometimes I’ll have two .. or a smoothie and the smoothie I’ll toss in like a ton ton of greens a ton of frozen fruit and I’ll just I’ll literally drink an entire Vitamix full

Dr Michelle McMacken, MD, Assistent Professor of Medicin, NYU
“What I eat many many many days of my life is overnight oats. and the way I make overnight oats is I take old-fashioned rolled oats I add either almond milk or soy milk that’s unsweetened I like to add frozen berries and it’s delicious it’s filling it’s filled with fiber it’s filled with antioxidants and Phytonutrients and it keeps me going all morning while I’m seeing patients

Dr. Barry Gritz, MD, American Board Of Psychiatry and Neurology
“I have found a place around town that actually has amazing vegan burritos, I mean beautiful scrambled tofu with an ancho chili dip that might be something I might have for breakfast.”

Dr. Celeste Palmer, MD, FAAP, Pediatrician:
“it is green season, so in the garden we have collard greens kale arugula and so I use those in the smoothie with lemon apple pears, some dates, regular water or coconut water and that’s what I drink on my way into work.”

Dr Roxanne Georg, MD, FAAP,
“My favorite, by far is probably like ..you know .. plant-based cliche but, avocado toast with some tomatoes and salt and pepper and nutritional yeast. I put a little bit of like help seasoning on there, so I get a little bit of my iodine dose for, you know, the week.”

Dr Brooke Goldner, MD,
Board Certified Physician :
“So I have my husband and two sons and we all drink green smoothies for breakfast right now. I mean, for the past, I’d say a year two at least, we’ve had the favorite one of the family, which is Green’s from Costco, so it’s just a mix of greens kale spinach all that stuff, flax or chia seeds, depending what was on sale. And then, mango pineapple and really ripe bananas and water and we blend those up and we all just chug them down.”

Dr. Martica Heaner, PhD,
Exercise Physiologist:
“Sometimes, when I’m feeling .. you know, a little bit more .. wavering towards a junk food breakfast, I’ll make some grits. I am from the south and so I’ll take some grits which is, you know, made from corn and I will add some nutritional yeast and some jalapenos and salt and pepper and it’s delicious. The nutritional yeast gives it a little bit of a cheesy flavor and of course the jalapeno spices it up and then a lot of times, obviously, it leftover so I might have some .. you know, veggies or pasta or something. So that’s what I eat for breakfast .”

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3 NUTRITION STUDIES THAT WILL TURN YOU VEGAN OVERNIGHT

I want to share with you some results from a very important series of studies in 2003 the National Institutes of Health funded the Physicians Committee to study head-to-head a low-fat vegan diet and a more conventional diabetes diet for people who had type 2 diabetes up until that point people were saying okay well if you have diabetes that means there’s too much sugar in the blood don’t eat sugar don’t need too much carbohydrate that turns to sugar if you need to lose weight cut calories that was the conventional diet we wanted to see if a completely plant-based diet a vegan diet with no limit on calories no limit on carbohydrates would be as effective or maybe even more effective than the conventional diet well in 2006 we published the first results and what we found was astounding when you looked at people who made no changes in their medications at all the people who went on the conventional diet they did well the measure we use is called a1c hemoglobin a1c is a measure of your blood glucose control for about a three month period and for them it improved by about 0.4 absolute percentage points that’s good but for the vegan group it dropped three times more by one point two absolute percentage points that’s like a real heat crate pharmaceutical I have to say but except instead of being a pharmaceutical it was all food so the vegan diet was dramatically effective the next question was what happens when people follow it over the long term so in 2009 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition we published the long-term results and what we found was that with a conventional diet people tended to get back to where they started but with the vegan diet there was a little bit of give back but they were still healthier after the follow-up period than they were at the beginning dr. Esselstyn is a surgeon but as he will tell you he would rather not have to operate on people at all he’d rather get to the cause of their disease and so what he tackled was heart disease he brought in people who had existing heart disease and and I’m not talking about I’ve got a high cholesterol level I’m at risk these were people who had heart disease now they were at risk of premature death and many of them were on medications a list as long as your arm and what he said is let’s go to the cause the causes the cholesterol the animal fat that’s in meat and dairy products even fish he throw those threw those off the plate completely so this was a completely vegan diet and over time he found that as people are getting away from those foods and they’re enjoying the greens and the beans and the healthy vegan foods that have no cholesterol and no animal fat something happened in their bodies not only was their cholesterol level falling their blood pressure improving their weight melting away but the arteries were starting to open up again their chest pain melted away and instead of being at risk of premature death they were really living again and dr. Esselstyn showed that when people adhere to this program they become just about bulletproof so people may need medical treatments of all kinds but treatment number one is a healthy diet and that’s what dr. Esselstyn proved I want to share with you the results of a really important research study it was done by dr. Dean Ornish now you know dr. Ornish as the medical genius who showed that you can reverse heart disease through a program of lifestyle changes including a healthy diet well he then set his sights on prostate cancer as you know it’s a big killer of men particularly in their later years so what dr. Ornish did was he brought in a group of men and half of them were in the control group getting the treatments their doctors recommended the other half began a completely vegan diet it’s good for your heart will it be good for cancer now what he found was that among the people who were in the control group about six of them couldn’t wait anymore they had to go ahead and have treatment before the study was over I mean they had to have surgery or they had to have radiation because their cancer was progressing too quickly but in the vegan group nobody needed treatment in this year-long study because they were tracking their blood tests their PSA prostate specific antigen showed that their cancer wasn’t progressing in fact for them their PSA levels actually dropped by about 4% overall over the course of the year so it looks like a healthy plant-based diet isn’t just great for your heart it’s also good for cancer prevention and for cancer survival