Nathan Pritikin was like a father to me. My biological father was a loving man, but he owned a bar called “Nick’s Place,” and was usually drunk, or just wasn’t around. Nathan was a guiding light to me on my journey of learning about health & wellness.
America’s most common and deadliest chronic diseases are almost exclusively caused by lifestyle factors, and of all the factors, the low-fiber, Standard American Diet (SAD), is perhaps the biggest contributor. You can markedly reduce your disease risk and enhance longevity by consuming a wholefoods, unprocessed, organic, plant-based diet; high in fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, beans, and legumes. For optimal health you also need to consume approximately 100 grams of fiber daily and vastly reduce or eliminate all sources of processed salt and saturated fat (dairy, meat, butter, eggs, fried foods, vegetable oils, and processed foods).
[sharify] When you hear the word diabetes, dietary sugar is probably the first association that comes to mind. Although too much sugar and refined carbohydrates (which are quickly broken down into sugar in the body), do contribute to metabolic syndrome, blood sugar fluctuation and diabetes symptoms; dairy and fat are actually more harmful than sugar. Before explaining further, it is important to first understand the difference between type-1 and type-2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.