How a Heart Attack Changed My Diet

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by Guest Blogger, Jack Moore

Did you know that almost one-third of all deaths in the U.S. are due to heart disease or a stroke, most likely due to clogging of your arteries through a process that has already started in you?

I want to share my journey toward better nutrition.

Early on Christmas morning in 2009, I had a heart attack while in a cardio workout.  Shortly after receiving two stents, I decided to go on a diet to lose weight and become more heart-healthy. So I started sharing with others and taking suggestions on what to read and how to proceed.

As I read from mainstream sources — such as the latest USDA dietary guidelines, brochures from the American Heart Association, the esteemed Mayo Clinic website, the American Dietitians Association — everywhere, it was the same prescription to eat (processed) foods low in fat, salt, and sugar and count calories to lose weight.

But, what has America gotten for listening to this conventional wisdom?  Well, obesity has reached epidemic proportions . . . children under 10 have a 1 in 3 chance of developing diabetes . . . autism, allergies, ADD, gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, death by peanuts . . . all of these issues are on the rise and many hardly existed 50 years ago.

Well, somewhere along the way, I discovered the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) and it has become my island of sensibility and skepticism, a delightful retreat from the mindless parroting and prattle of the mainstream message.  It offers a radical, yet oh-so-old-fashioned paradigm on nutrition.

WAPF guidance stems from research done in the 1930’s by Dr. Weston Price, a dentist from Cleveland who was curious as to why non-Western cultures around the world had almost no dental decay or dental malformation.  His research took him to remote villages in such places as Central Africa, the South Pacific, the Swiss Alps, and northern Alaska.  In addition to assessing everyone’s dental health, Dr. Price made a careful study of their diets.

When I first heard this story, I was stunned by the independence of Dr. Price’s research, by his holistic approach to nutrition, and by the compelling logic of relying on the wisdom of traditional diets.

And I liked the people I began to meet. We are all seekers of a better way to live. We are parents with young children, people with health issues, and progressive health care practitioners, academics, and environmentalists. We want to create and share an independent, authentic body of knowledge rooted in the principles of traditional and whole foods.

As advocates, we are committed to fighting for our rights to eat that food.  Our advocacy stems from a truly “grass roots” perspective, since our nutrition literally begins with the soil and comes up through the grass.  We are a growing nation of foodies who believe that sustainable agriculture not only can restore health and well-being to our bodies, but also can save our soil, water, and air as well.

How I Eat Today

Since my heart attack last December, I have almost stopped buying food in supermarkets.  My dairy, eggs and bread come from an Amish farmer, my pasture-fed meat comes from local farmers, and I subscribe to one farmer for a weekly delivery of fruits and vegetables.  I get 60% of my calories from saturated fats, eat lots of fermented yogurt and kefir for digestion, and have cut way down on starch, flour and snack foods.

And what has happened?  Well, I lost 15 pounds while smacking my lips and licking my fingers on some of the yummiest food I have ever eaten!

So I highly commend to you a diet of happy chicken, wild pork, yummy yogurt, raw cheese on whole-grain crackers, organic fruits and veggies, and Amish breads.

Jack Moore is a WAPF member and longtime resident in Reston, Virginia.  He has been an organic gardener for 35 years, following the practices of Rodale’s magazine, Organic Farming and Gardening.  He recently launched a Yahoo Group, called WAPF-HealthyHeart.  A former board director for Benjamin Moore Paints, Jack has led numerous seminars on governance for family-owned business.

Comments

  1. Jack:

    Have you read any of Dr. Davis’ writings? Very interesting. http://heartscanblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/beating-heart-association-diet-is.html

  2. Jack, I am so happy about your strong recovery. Thanks for sharing your story. I lost 100 lbs following a plan much like the one you described. No processed food. No sugar. No flour. TONS of fresh (mostly organic) veggies. Common sense pays dividends!

  3. Jack, you are an inspiration!! Your story is a powerful one for so many of us. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. Wonderful to hear a great story like that! Most people would have just “listened to their doctor”. Great to see you are an independent thinker….it has saved your life in more ways than one, I’m sure. Bravo, and would love to hear about any lab results or follow up. It’s fun to shock the doc!!

  5. Bravo, Jack. You have saved your life and your health by thinking for yourself and not letting the system think for you. You are an inspiration to us all.

    I have given up entirely on Doctors, and follow the WAPF guidelines. This has put me in the best health of my life.

  6. This is AWESOME. I never get tired of hearing stories like these.

  7. Sometimes it requires something dramatic like a heart attack before we wake up and realize we’re putting toxic, harmful stuff into our body. But it’s never too late to start eating right, society as a whole needs to stop thinking about immediate gratification, and more on the long-term.

  8. Rebecca Bell says:

    It was great to meet you today at the Press Conference today, Mr. Moore-I was touched, moved and inspired by your story. I love this paragraph you wrote below-especially the last line-it is so spot on.

    “Well, somewhere along the way, I discovered the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) and it has become my island of sensibility and skepticism, a delightful retreat from the mindless parroting and prattle of the mainstream message. It offers a radical, yet oh-so-old-fashioned paradigm on nutrition.”

    Im really glad to be in your company as a fellow WAPF member.

    thank you!
    Rebecca

  9. It was great to meet you today at the Press Conference today, Mr. Moore-I was touched, moved and inspired by your story. I love this paragraph you wrote below-especially the last line-it is so spot on.

    “Well, somewhere along the way, I discovered the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) and it has become my island of sensibility and skepticism, a delightful retreat from the mindless parroting and prattle of the mainstream message. It offers a radical, yet oh-so-old-fashioned paradigm on nutrition.”

    Im really glad to be in your company as a fellow WAPF member.

    thank you!
    Rebecca

  10. This is a very inspiring story. As someone who comes from a family with a strong history of heart disease (my aunt dropped dead at 51 from a massive heart attack), I am always on a lookout for reliable advice on what I should be eating to ensure I stay clear of the disease. Will definitely check out the WAPF healthy heart and will revise my daily diet to see where I can improve it. I do agree with you on how you source your food. I have noticed myself, that years back when I was a child (grew up on a small farm), people were healthier because they grew their own vegetables, as well as lettuce, rhubarb etc., and a lot of the fruit and nuts we ate grew all around us. Now we live in a world of convenience and buy stuff that does not support our heart health.

  11. Cedar Chest says:

    Interesting and inspiring. I, too, am a member, believer and “cooker” of WAPF foods. I share their web site with just about everyone I meet. I’m sure I sound like a broken record! One thing that some of the commenters seem to have missed, though, is that WAPF doesn’t necessarily push veggies. They are more into high quality meats, bone broths, and good fats (like egg yolks, butter and lard). It takes a long time to convince people about these foods and most never do “get it”, especially the young people who are so indoctrinated by the current disastrous USDA food pyramid.

    Kudos for telling your story and sharing your respect for WAPF principles.

    BTW, my very first job while in high school was working for a company who sold Benjamin Moore paints! Terrific products.

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