NMP#48: China Study Plant-Based Diet with Del Sroufe

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Today’s guest, Del Sroufe, lost 200 pounds using the China Study Plant-Based Diet. We talk about his weight loss, healthy living, and his recent cookbook sharing plant-based recipes so you can see the healing impact of this diet as well. Listen in to more plant-based ways of eating with Dreena Burton talking about Plant-Based Families and Defining Vegan with Diana Fleischman.

Today's guest, Del Sroufe, lost 200 pounds using the China Study Plant-Based Diet. We talk about his weight loss and his recent cookbook sharing plant-based recipes so you can see the healing impact of this diet as well.

Today’s episode of the Namely Marly Podcast features my guest, chef Del Sroufe, talking about the China Study Plant-Based Diet. Are you familiar with the China Study? The book was published in 2005 and was a game-changer for a lot of people.

What we learned in the China Study is that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is the culprit behind a lot of the diseases currently ravaging this country. Those diseases include things like heart disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, stroke, and more.

The author of The China Study (see link below), T. Colin Campbell, PhD, studied protein consumption in China and was able to determine a correlation between these disease and consumption of animal-based protein. Conclusion? Think twice before eating that hamburger.

Second conclusion? This country has been brainwashed into believing protein, specifically animal-based protein is critical. It’s why the number one question to a person talking about veganism is, “where will you get your protein?”

Let’s see. Where do I get my protein? How about beans, peanut butter, bananas.

Bananas? Yes, my friends, even bananas have some protein in them.

The better answer to that question might be another question: where do gorillas, one of the strongest animals on the planet, get their protein? Because, guess what? Gorillas are herbivores.

That’s enough about protein for now, because I have another guest coming on the show soon who will be talking all about plant-based protein.

Del’s Story

Del became vegan and because he was a chef, decided to open a vegan bakery. And he made some of the best vegan delicacies around. The problem was, he ended up gaining weight  — around 200 pounds. And with health issues in his family, he knew he wanted to do something about being healthier. So, he made a radical change and took on a more plant focused diet.

Now Chef Del is co-owner of Wellness Forum Foods (see link below), focusing on plant-based meal delivery and catering.

He’s also written four plant-based cookbooks and has become a lot healthier as a result. His latest book is creating family-based recipes from the China Study Plant-Based Diet.

My Take on the China Study Plant-Based Diet

I was really impressed to learn that Del was intent on losing weight and becoming healthier when he switched to a plant-based diet. We talk about how a vegan diet doesn’t necessarily equate to weight loss for all. In fact, you can be quite unhealthy on a vegan diet.

Does that sound surprising? Just think about things like Oreos. They’re vegan.

Del opened a vegan bakery and proved all the delicious delicacies you can indulge in on a vegan diet.

As you may know, I have some indulgent recipes on my site too. I find letting those delicious dishes be just that, indulgences is what works best for me. It also helps that I’m basically gluten-free at this point, so when I make some delicious baked donuts on a Saturday, I share them with everyone else. I say basically gluten-free, because you better believe I’m having at least one of those donuts. I just try to keep my gluten to a minimum.

Del and I talk about how important it is to truly know yourself. That means, understanding how you react to certain foods. That may mean giving up a particular food for awhile and then reintroducing it into your diet to see how it makes you feel.

Sugar is a great example of that. Try going a week without any refined sugar and, in fact, keeping all sweets to a minimum. Then, when you go back to eating something with refined sugar, you might be better prepared to see the difference. I know I don’t feel as good when I’m eating too much of it, but this is exactly the way I figured it out — by easing up on it for awhile.

And Del and I talk about how the opposite effect could be true with vegetables. If you think you hate asparagus, be sure to give it a try again, maybe cooked differently too. Especially if you’re transitioning to a plant-based diet, your taste buds are going to be changing!

I really enjoyed talking with Del and I hope you’ll love it too.

Health + Happiness,


Show Notes — China Study Plant-Based Diet

There are several resources discussed on today’s episode on the China Study Plant-Based Diet. Here they are:


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