Health & Nutrition : How to Cure Heart Disease With Dean Ornish’s Program

Health & Nutrition : How to Cure Heart Disease With Dean Ornish’s Program


My name is Christine Marquette and I’m a registered
dietitian with the Austin Regional clinic and I’m going to talk to you about how to
cure heart disease with Dr. Dean Ornish’s program. Dr. Dean Ornish’s lifestyle program
has two different components. He has the prevention diet and he has what he refers to as the reversal
diet. The reversal diet is the one that would be used to actually cure heart disease and
it involves some core components making sure that you have support, making sure that you
include moderate aerobic exercise, following a vegetarian diet and limiting your fats to
only ten percent. Your calories to only ten percent coming from fat. So it’s a very restrictive
diet, it can be very difficult to achieve or a majority of people. Having to limit your
total calories coming from fat to only ten percent means that you have to include, exclude
some healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, and avocados. You also can’t have any animal sources
of fat. So for example even though technically you can have egg whites, that would be the
only version of egg that you can have. You wouldn’t be able to have an egg, an entire
egg that contained the egg yolk cause that would put you over your limit for fat. Also
you are very limited with dairy, you would be able to have about two servings of non
fat dairy whether that was milk, or yogurt, possibly cheese, but again you would have
to be very, very careful with your source dairies, it’s difficult to find any fat free
cheese that actually taste well so if you are going to use dairy likely you are going
to be using milk. Or Yogurt and again you are only limited to two cups per day. Another
aspect of this diet is that you can’t use any oils. Again it is a vegetarian plan so
you can get away with steaming your vegetables but you wouldn’t be able to stir fry anything
because you can’t use any oils to cook with. So it is a very difficult diet to maintain,
it has been studied in the literature and it has been shown to reverse heart disease
but it’s very difficult for the majority of people to maintain because it is so restrictive
and it is strictly vegetarian. You are using whole grains but again you’re limited in your
variety because you can not include nuts or seeds or peanut butter or avocados, or any
of the fats that we typically think of as healthy. And Dr. Ornish does recognize that
there are some essential fats that you need but he recommends using supplemental forms
such as fish oil capsules to avoid ingesting too much fat. So that’s how you would use
Dean Ornish’s program for curing heart disease.