The Starch Solution (Video)

The Starch Solution from John McDougall on Vimeo.

It’s not for you to understand why I made a decision to change my lifestyle and move to a starch based diet. The results have been short of amazing in less than 5 months. I don’t push anything I want to eat on my friends or co-workers. Sure I share many recipes and relate my story and experiences as they happen, but wanting to change and changing your diet takes commitment and determination to change.

I hear it all to often at work, “I can’t give up my meat!” People ask me all the time, “If you don’t eat meat, what are you cooking?” There is more to life than eating meat and dairy. It has taken me 42 years to realize everything I thought I knew about nutrition was wrong and now I am experience good nutrition as my health continues to improve. Thankfully my son will be able to experience the benefits growing up and not have to wait as long as I did.

Still people I talk to don’t want to change. A comment I hear usually come from women, “I can’t lose weight.” I am sure many of us have said that same thing at some point in our life. Then I tell them I have lost 30+ pounds and they are shocked. This leads me to ask, “Well what do you eat?” Unfortunately, before they answer that question, I know what they are going to say. In some form it ends up being the standard American diet. While they might be able to control portion size they are still eating meat and dairy, while cooking with oil. Instead of feeling satiated, they are hungry because of portion control or calorie restriction.

On the other hand, I don’t count calories or worry about portion size. I eat whatever I want and stop when I am full. In the 5 months I have been following this “way of eating” (or WOE) I have continued to see weight loss, but am eating more than I was prior to changing to this lifestyle. I have replaced much of the animal protein with plant protein and decreased the amount of fat I was eating by cutting out oil. Yes, even olive oil. As Dr. McDougall says, “the fat you eat, is the fat you wear.”

This video is just a brief introduction to what Dr. McDougall calls The Starch Solution. I am sure there will be many who won’t agree with what he says or believe the results be mentions in some of his case studies. Many long standing societies were based around starch, corn, potatoes, squash and rice. Along with eating well, getting healthy I have learned a considerable amount about good nutrition. Your doctor is not out for your good health, that is something each of must take control of.