By John A. McDougall, M.D. & Mary McDougall
Why the Foods You Love – Pizza, Pancakes, Potatoes, Pasta, and More – Are the Solution to Preventing Disease and Looking and Feeling Your Best
The bestselling author and internationally celebrated physician and expert on nutrition offers an appealing, approachable health solution — eat the foods you love to lose weight and get healthy.
For years, we’ve been told that a healthy diet is heavy on meat, poultry, and fish, and avoids carbohydrates, particularly foods high in starch — empty calories harmful to our bodies.
But what if everything we’ve heard was backwards?
High in calories and cholesterol, animal fats and proteins too often leave you hungry and lead to overeating and weight gain. They are often the root causes of a host of avoidable health problems — from indigestion, ulcers, and constipation to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. On the other hand, complex carbohydrates like whole grains, legumes, tubers, and other starches provide your body with essential proteins and nutrients that satisfy the appetite while simultaneously fighting illness. But Americans eat far too few calories from carbohydrates — only about forty percent, according to Dr. John McDougall, internationally renowned expert on nutrition and health, featured on the documentary Forks Over Knives.
The Healthiest Diet on the Planet invites us to reclaim our health simply by eating the foods we’ve always loved but were told to never eat. This scientifically proven approach not only encourages us to eat the foods we crave and enjoy, but also has helped hundreds of thousands of people lose unwanted weight, discover more energy, discontinue unnecessary medications, avoid illnesses, and live longer and stronger. By enjoying nutritious starches, fruits, and vegetables, we can get healthy, one satisfying meal at a time. Dr. McDougall offers a delicious, easy-to-follow, and proven guide that lets us enjoy the foods we love again — and, in the process, prevent and reverse disease.
Featuring a unique color picture book that shows us exactly what we should and shouldn’t eat, and two dozen color photos of mouth-watering recipes from Mary McDougall, The Healthiest Diet on the Planet is the easiest way to look great, feel better, and forever change the way we think about health and nutrition.
Dr. John McDougall has been a pioneer in this field of food and health for decades and has contributed much. This new book of his and his wife, Mary, is one more example of what he stands for. His candor says it all. Enjoy the read.
(T. COLIN CAMPBELL, Ph.D., coauthor of The China Study)
A pioneer in plant-based nutrition, John McDougall crystallizes the flaws of low-carbohydrate and Paleo disease-producing diets and solidifies the scientifically-proven, health-producing, disease-reversal power of whole food, plant-based nutrition in his new book, The Healthiest Diet on the Planet.
(CALDWELL ESSELSTYN, MD, author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease)
John and Mary at their best: John presents the accumulating science in favor of “foods-as-grown” for the prevention, arrest and reversal of chronic diseases, for planetary survival and for compassion. He does it with clarity, with punch, and he scores. A homerun!
(HANS DIEHL, DrHSc, MPH Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine, Loma Linda University ; Founder of CHIP, Bestselling author)
A must-have on the shelf of every person who cares about their health, longevity, and happiness. McDougall’s The Healthiest Diet on the Planet just makes sense and offers the only solution to a complex problem.
(JOHN P. MACKEY, Co-founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market)
Dr. McDougall has created a much-needed book that celebrates why the foods we love the most are also the best for us. With this smartly illustrated guide, he makes it easy for us to know what to eat and what not to eat – and make the healthiest food delicious.
(DAN BUETTNER, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times Best Selling Author of The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People)
Dr. John McDougall is one of the great pioneers of the evidence-based nutrition movement. The Healthiest Diet on the Planet lays out the core elements of healthy eating in the easiest possible terms to understand.
(MICHAEL GREGER, MD FACLM, Founder of nutritionfacts.org)
About the Author
JOHN A. McDOUGALL, M.D., is the founder and director of the nationally renowned McDougall Program, a ten-day residential medical program that he and his wife, Mary, host in Santa Rosa, California. After graduating from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Dr. McDougall performed his internship at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu and his internal medicine residency at the University of Hawaii. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is the author of several nationally bestselling books and cofounder of Dr. McDougall’s Right Foods, which produces high-quality vegetarian cuisine to make it easier for people to eat well on the go. His partner for 45 years, Mary McDougall has co-authored books, instructed patients, and helped create the most successful program to restore health and personal appearance.