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Nutrition and Supplementation for Vegetarians

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

During the first half of 2009, the Vegan Done Light newsletter ran what turned out to be its most controversial series, a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred, analysis of the research on vegetarian nutrition and supplements.

I’d asked Michael Rae, once a vitamin industry insider, a long-time vegetarian (then, perhaps still?), and now VP of Research for the Calorie Restriction Society, whether he’d be willing to guest author an article for VDL.

As an avid life extensionist, he’d been dishing out such information in drips and drabs for years through his writings at his previous employ and via the CR Society’s mail groups, so he was a natural and logical choice. My challenge to him was to put it all down in one place. He agreed to take up the gauntlet and proposed a three-part split.

I don’t think either of us expected it to wind up being so time-consuming and comprehensive. In the end, with a missed deadline and an extra segment thrown in for good measure, a full five months of dedication had gone into it!

To be fair about the “controversy,” those issues received just as many — actually, MORE — complimentary email responses than angry ones. The thing is Michael brought no biases to the table nor axes to grind, so he spoke objectively and candidly to the findings, and that apparently didn’t sit well with everyone.

He covered topics such as…

  • How to analyse your diet for imbalances
  • The best food sources of Iron, Calcium, B12, and many more
  • The one nutrient he asserts you must take in supplement form
  • The full story on Omega- fatty acids
  • A slew of “conditionally essential” nutrients

All fully referenced for your further study and debate fodder. It really was a great series of which we were both very proud, he for writing it and me for publishing it exclusively in the newsletter. Good news…

He recently contacted me to ask if he could reprint it, and I happily obliged. You can now read that classic from the Vegan Done Light archives for free on the Calorie Restriction Society forums (no registration required):

Nutrition and Supplementation for Veg(etari)ans

For more from Michael Rae, check out his book Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthrough That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime, co-authored with Aubrey De Grey, Ph.D., shortly before the above.

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Combating Disabling Diseases with Food

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

This year’s annual review by Dr. Michael Greger of recent clinical nutrition research is now available for your viewing and educational pleasure. As always, his delivery is rapid-fire, humorous, and most importantly, informative!

From Table to Able: Combating Disabling Diseases with Food

Dr. Greger considers this presentation the third of a trilogy of lectures. The first was Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, the second More Than An Apple a Day: Combating Common Diseases.

Available on DVD.

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Disease Prevention with a Vegan Diet

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

I really like Dr. Greger’s presentation style: quick, often funny, and jam-packed with persuasive arguments for a vegan (or at least plant-based) diet, backed by peer-reviewed research and data.

His talk last year on The Leading Causes of Death really made an impression on friends and family. I predict the same for his latest yearly wrap-up entitled More Than an Apple a Day: Preventing Our Most Common Diseases.

As before, I recommend you set aside the hour it takes to watch as Michael Greger, M.D. “runs through the top dozen reasons people visit their doctors.” As he puts it, “the sixth leading cause of death may actually be doctors,” referring to the estimated 100,000 Americans killed each year due to adverse drug reactions.

Add in medical mistakes (which the Institute of Medicine estimates kills at least 44,000 Americans) and that brings “health”care up to our country’s third leading cause of death. Throw in hospital-acquired infections, and we’re talking maybe 187,000 Americans dead every year (and millions injured) by medical care.

This presentation is his response to these dire statistics, to help people “avoid getting sick in the first place… in hopes of moving my colleagues and me lower down the list of common killers.” :)

Available on DVD.

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Eat, Fast, and Live Longer

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

It’s been many years since I’ve been calorie restricted, though several habits, such as using my kitchen scale to weight portions and using software to track calories and nutrition, remain. When I gave it up after several years of practice, it wasn’t that I’d lost faith in its health and potential longevity benefits, rather my willpower had failed one too many times, and I eventually just let it go.

The following documentary reminded me why I got into CRON (calorie restriction with optimal nutrition) in the first place; I was gifted the book Beyond the 120 Year Diet one Christmas (2000?) and found the science compelling.

Unfortunately Eat, Fast and Live Longer with Michael Mosley is no longer available online, so I’ve had to replace it with his appearance on Good Morning America.

This program also reminded me that daily restriction isn’t the only means of reducing calorie intake that has shown promise. There are also various intermittent fasting regimens, including EOD (every other day) and the one ultimately chosen by Michael Mosley, the 5-2 plan, that seem imminently more doable, especially as it pertains to social engagements.

So it is that, at least for a month or so, I’ll be giving the 5-2 diet a shot to decide if it’s right for me on a longer term basis. Today is my first limit day (one of the two non-consecutive days each week during which women are to consume only 500 calories and men 600 as a single meal). So far, I’ve only had a couple cups of coffee and lunch will be today’s meal. Friday will probably be the 2nd day this week, but we’ll see.. the flexibility is, after all, one of the draws to the program.

Further Reading

The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting
Michael Mosley’s book on the 5-2 plan wherein he covers the studies, his experiences, and tips on making it a lifestyle. Recipes in this & the next book are not vegan.

The Alternate-Day Diet: Turn on Your \ The Alternate-Day Diet: Turn on Your “Skinny Gene,” Shed the Pounds, and Live a Longer and Healthier Life
Written by a couple medical doctors, this book presents a lot of the science behind every other day fasting. The “skinny gene” to which they refer is SIRT1.

Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor's Program for Conquering Disease Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease
Before Eat To Live, Dr. Fuhrman wrote this book about prolonged fasting as a way of healing and recovering from various diseases and conditions.

Eat For Health Eat For Health
Dr. Joel Fuhrman coined the term nutritarian to describe a person who seeks to get the most micronutrient bang for their caloric buck (Health = Nutrients/Calories). Also known as Volumetrics, this really is the key to staving off hunger while keeping calories low.

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