Food Over Medicine

Dr. Pam Popper and Glen Merzer offer an easy read with a conversational approach, though evidence based and grounded in research. If you find most plant-based nutrition books to be too “science-y” this may be a welcomed breath of fresh air!

As the title suggest, Dr. Popper promotes taking a dietary approach to achieve and maintain health rather than relying on medication and the healthcare system. As opposed to putting your health in the hands of the drug companies and organizations who profit from sickness, why not take control? Dr. Popper recommends an eating plan centered around whole grains, legumes, potatoes, corn, veggies and fruit along with some minimally processed grains and cereal as well we higher fat plant foods such as nuts, seeds, olives and avocados. Organic animal products and treats are either avoided or saved for special occasions.

Another key component is to eat when hungry and eat until you’re satisfied. Rather than trying to restrict and risk being hungry or lacking energy, eat! When eating whole, unprocessed foods from plants, “You’ll get full, you won’t develop a weight problem, and you’ll lose weight if you need to. Your just can’t overeat.” 

Multiple chronic conditions are discussed throughout the book: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s. It’s acknowledged that genetics, environment and other factors can play a role and some people are at a higher risk for certain conditions than others. However, we are largely in control of that risk and can significantly increase it or decrease it through our diet and lifestyle choices.

The overarching theme: take charge of your health. Be a participator rather than a spectator! 

For more insights from Dr. Pam Popper, check out her YouTube channel (search: Pamela Popper). She releases weekly videos on a wide-range of health related topics.

Book available on Amazon: Food Over Medicine: The Conversation That Could Save Your Life

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