Your mother was right when she told you to “eat your vegetables.” Healthy eating seems to be on every magazine at the grocery store and on the news every day. Reporters are covering the obesity epidemic in America, the continuing rise in heart disease and how healthy it is to eat more fruits and vegetables. It’s nothing new, in fact, Nathan Pritikin was promoting a diet of vegetables, reduced fat, meat and salt since the 1950’s, when he was diagnosed with “incurable” heart disease. In 1976 he founded the Pritikin Longevity Center in Southern California . His program, based upon a new lifestyle and nutrition science, is the longest running, most successful program for reversing heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
Now located in Miami, Florida, the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa continues to help countless people improve their daily living through research, books and resident health programs. The facts are nothing short of astounding: people who follow the eating and exercise program have dramatic results in a short time. In studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Pritikin guests showed a 23% drop in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol in just three weeks. Lower insulin levels and reduced heart disease risk factors have also been proven. One study reported in the Journal of Cardiac Rehabilitation, showed 83% of 216 adults who followed the Pritikin Program left free of taking any pills.
A matter of life or death
At a recent visit several guests, were ecstatic over eliminating or significantly lowering their blood pressure medicine. One guest, who suffered coronary by-pass surgery eight years ago, reported he had eliminated his blood pressure medicine in as little as one week. He stated he was at the Pritikin Center as a “matter of life or death”. He stated that his wife, concerned over his decreasing health , poor diet and reluctance to exercise, approached him with a choice. One night after dinner she laid out an itemized estimate of funeral costs to bury him and an itemized list of four weeks at the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa, she asked him to make a choice.
Others at the center reported lower insulin levels within days. None of the guests reported being hungry on the program. The Pritikin Center has a full time Chef and provides a cooking school to help guests make the transition from cooking with oil and salt to a more healthful approach. The food is basically all the vegetables you want, not processed but fresh, or frozen, vegetables. Meat is primarily fish twice a week, but the program teaches people how to make wise choices at the grocery store or at restaurants.
Some of the key information taught at the Center are omitted in popular magazines touting eating more healthy. Many people can get fat and unhealthy eating the so called heart healthy diets available. For instance olive oil is touted as heart healthy but It has more calories than butter. If you are trying to watch your weight, olive oil isn’t the best choice. Salt is often overlooked in popular diets and most people would be amazed at the amount of salt that is in processed foods.
The doctors, researchers, nutritionists and chefs at the Pritikin Longevity Center and Spa in Miami, Florida help people to live healthier lives every day. Check out the Pritikin website for details on the research that proves the benefits of truly eating heart healthy.
A number of books are equally beneficial to those wanting to improve the quality of their lives. The Pritikin Edge: 10 Essential Ingredients for a Long and Delicious Life, by Dr. Robert A. Vogel and Paul Tager Lehr (2008) is one of the most recent publications. The New Pritikin Program by Robert Pritikin (1991) is the basic volume for outlining a way to shed fat, lower your cholesterol and stay fit.