How Not to Die: Plant-Based Eating with Dr. Michael Greger

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Listen in as Dr. Greger talks with Marly about his latest book How Not to Die. We also discuss tips for plant-based eating, the importance of prevention of illness, and the impact that food has on depression, anxiety and happiness.

Namely Marly Podcast with Guest Michael Greger, MD

“Most people surveyed said they would not be willing to take most of the drugs we give, if they knew how little benefit these products actually offer. Whereas treating the actual cause, by cleaning up our diets, can be safer and cheaper, but can be more effective in preventing, arresting, or reversing a leading cause of death.” Those are words straight from Dr. Greger’s mouth and there’s a whole lot more to come in today’s episode.

You can see why I’m such a big fan of Dr. Greger. He tireless produces high-quality, quick videos on various topics from diabetes to depression and everything points to one culprit: our behavior. Change that and we’ve got it made. In his book How Not to Die (see link below), Dr. Gregor provides healthy, plant-based approaches to preventing a number of conditions, with different chapters dedicated to each condition.

“An ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure because, it’s important to remind our patient population, that for a little over 50% of people who die from cardiovascular disease — the number one killer of both men and women — their first symptom is their last. Sudden cardiac death. Meaning, you don’t even know you have heart disease…It’s all about prevention.” — Michael Greger, MD

If you’re curious about the role plant-based living can play in helping extend your life and live more fully and vibrantly while you’re here, then today’s episode is just for you. That’s exactly what Dr. Michael Greger and I are talking about.

As a physician, there’s no better feeling than helping people live better lives — Michael Greger, MD

Ground flax seeds have a remarkable anti-hypertensive effect. — Michael Greger, MD

I’m really exited about this whole positive psychology kind of movement and talking about not only foods and exercise, things you can do to improve mood — decrease stress, anxiety, and feelings of depression — but also to make people feel happier. There’s all these studies now talking about food and happiness.  — Michael Greger, MD

There’s really remarkable consistency in the nutritional science literature that we should boost our intake of healthy plant foods, like fruits and vegetables, and limit our intake of animal foods and processed foods. — Michael Greger, MD

I define unprocessed food as nothing bad added, nothing good taken away. — Michael Greger, MD

If there was one dietary nutrient that’s most associated with all sorts of beneficial effects on organ systems, fiber would probably be it. — Michael Greger, MD

Studies show that people wildly overestimate the power of pills and procedures to keep them healthy. For example, patients believe that cholesterol-lowering statin drugs are about 20 times more effective than they actually are in preventing heart attacks. — Michael Greger, MD

Our goal at Namely Marly is to provide you with inspiring resources to take on a vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, and inspired, energetic living. We hope today’s interview with Dr. Michael Greger about How Not to Die has been helpful and informative.

Go be your best you!

Featured Content – Creating a How Not to Die

Here are some of the highlights of my discussion with Dr. Greger, where we discuss:

  • Dr. Greger talks about how he started Nutrition Facts
  • Dr. Greger shares about his book How Not to Die and its emphasis on prevention
  • We talk about the importance of a plant-based diet
  • Dr. Greger defines processed foods and why it’s important to avoid them
  • We discuss tips for making lifestyle changes
  • Dr. Greger dedicates the second half of his book to his Daily Dozen, recommendations for what to eat
  • We talk about WWDGE…What Would Dr. Gregor Eat
  • We talk about the new hot topic in nutrition, fiber, and how to get more of it in your diet…and why!
  • We talk about the changes that occur after adopting a plant-based diet, including the change in your taste buds

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