When I started on a whole foods, plant-based diet a little less than one year ago (and one hundred pounds ago), I was taking two different prescription drugs three times a day for prostate issues. Of all my expectations with respect to the WFPB diet, curing my prostate issues was not one of them. I was thoroughly convinced that I needed those prostate medications, and there was no way that I ever would have thought plants could cure those issues.
But I was wrong. By eating plant foods, I was able to fully come off of those prescription drugs. And because of that, and because of other successes that I have seen, I am now thoroughly convinced of the power of plants.
With respect to my prostate, the situation was so bad that I even considered taking additional drugs that were being advertised on television as well as saw palmetto, which has long been used by men to avoid prostate issues. As its turned out, however, because of the plant-based diet, I never needed to go there.
But the interesting thing is that those pills that are advertised on TV or are sold as saw palmetto are in fact nothing but plant foods. Saw palmetto comes from a fan palm. Another pill that I saw advertised on TV tonight is nothing but plants when you look up its ingredients. The main ingredient that it advertises is a plant sterol. In addition, it contains a number of minerals that can be found in a diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These minerals include zinc, copper, manganese, iodine, chromium, molybdenum, selenium, silicon, boron, vanadium and germanium.
All of those minerals and the plant sterols can be obtained by eating a plant-strong diet. It's no wonder that I've resolved my prostate issues by eating plants. The pills that are sold to us for that same purpose come from plants themselves.
I think this is an important point because I think that many of us tend to underestimate or at least not fully appreciate how much of a difference plants can make to our health. I know that a year ago, I didn't fully realize it. And even those of us who follow a vegan or WFPB diet can forget the importance of plants sometimes. It becomes too easy to think of giving up meat, dairy and oils as being the main focus of our diets. And doing that is important.
But the other aspect of our diet is the eating plants part. It's not that we eat plants simply because that and processed foods are all that's left after giving up meat, dairy and oils. We eat plants because doing so makes us healthy. Giving up meat, dairy and oils stops the damage that we do to our bodies. But eating plants reverses that damage and rebuilds our body's health.
I believe there are certain plants that are so essential for our health that it's important to eat them every single day. In particular, I believe that dark green leafy vegetables, beans and mushrooms fall into that category. I have made it a daily practice to ensure that I eat at least one, and usually more than one, serving of each every day. They are each absolutely essential to good health. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, phytonutients and fiber.
I also make it a point to eat at least four servings of fruit every day. Fruit is a natural food for man. It's easy to eat. It generally requires no preparation or cooking. It's sweet enough to appeal to our taste buds. And fruit is full of phytonutrients and vitamins. I think that to skimp on eating fruit is a huge mistake. I generally start my day with a half grapefruit and one to two servings of berries on my oatmeal. During the day, I will eat one or two servings of another fruit that is in season at the time. And after dinner, I like to have a banana.
There's a reason that our mothers used to tell us that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Sometimes, that ancient wisdom really is good wisdom. And the nice thing about it is that fruits and vegetables don't have the kind of side effects that are gotten from taking prescription medications. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains provide natural healing.
So, after stopping the meat, dairy and oil, it's time to think about what you are eating and what you should be eating more of. In that respect, think in terms of eating dark leafy greens, beans, mushrooms and fruit every single day.
If you're a man, you'll probably do your prostate some good.