One of our team, Denise, is vegan, and while she supports the charity, she also feels that she needs to offer an alternative view to traditional nutritional advice:
I became vegan nearly a year ago, for ethical reasons. Since making the change I have done an immense amount of research into a plant based diet, and the benefits it brings. I myself can testify that I feel healthier, stronger and happier than ever before. For me and my family (husband and two children), eliminating dairy seems to have made the biggest change. For example, my husband has had intermittent back pain all his life, but since turning vegan it has totally disappeared for example. I had a cold a month ago and it lasted one day (and none of the rest of the family had it at all).
Dr Michael Greger is the greatest example of someone who is trying to do everything within his power to get nutritionists throughout the world to realise the benefits of a whole foods, plant based (WFPB) diet.
“The most ethical diet just so happens to be the most environmentally sound diet and just so happens to be the healthiest.” Dr. Michael Greger
There are many examples of statistics concerning cancer, heart disease, type II diabetes and other major diseases being controlled and in some case reversed by a WFPB diet. The documentary Forks over Knives shows us that diet has a huge effect on these illnesses, and yet diet advice in the western world lags behind the science, and doctors are not trained effectively in thinking outside the norm when it comes to nutrition. However, it’s not a new concept:
“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” - Hippocrates
Promoting a vegan diet is outside the remit of my role here at EwD – I just designed and maintain the website – and I still agree that high calorie, tasty food is obviously important to help those who need it most, and I most definitely feel that hospital food should be nutritionally dense as well as appealing – I just feel that it should be plant protein, not animal.