And, my vegan patients tend to have very interesting questions. So in my next few posts, I'm going to address a few of them.
First question: "Caldwell Esselstyn doesn't permit nuts in his diet. Do you eat nuts?"
Short answer: Yes.
Longer answer: Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, in his book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, put his patients on plant-based diets with no oil and no nuts. Through that diet, he demonstrated reversal of coronary disease and a lack of cardiovascular events over the course of five years.
I tell my patients, "I don't tell you to do anything I don't do. When I tell you to exercise, I am exercising almost every day. And a plant-based diet, I follow that." But, I do eat nuts, in moderation. As a young woman who exercises 10-15 hours per week, and does not have coronary artery disease, I don't need to restrict my consumption of nuts, other than to make sure that I don't consume too many calories. Nuts are an excellent source of protein, fiber, and many different vitamins and minerals. But they also have a lot of calories and fat, so in any diet, they should not be consumed in large quantities.