Hello, my name is Carolyn Dean, drcarolyndean.com. I'm a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor and I live in beautiful Maui. I've finished my 22nd health book, I have a free newsletter and I also have an online wellness program that you can join. And today in this series I'll be talking about dieting.
A vegetarian diet is tempting for people when they learn that you can live three point five years long and re fifty percent leaner on a vegetarian diet. Lot of health advocates promote vegetarian diet but it is not for everyone. My experience is that different groups of people focus on different diets, because of their metabolism. If you are going to try do a strict vegan diet that doesn't even include eggs or cheese or any diary products. A strict vegetarian diet is just fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. So you have to be very careful to get the right, not necessarily combination of those foods, but the best high quality foods and stay away from refined carbohydrates. Refined carbohydrates- breads, pastas, pizzas- foods that are quickly turned into sugar in the body and they can affect your health because too much sugar we know is not good for your health. What I find with the strict vegetarian diet a lot of people have to eat too much soy protein in order to get the protein that they require and soy can block the thyroid. So on one hand eating these healthy grains and beans and if you are eating too much soy, you can slow your metabolism by blocking your thyroid. So for weight loss in order to do that with a vegetarian diet, I think you have to look at your blood type, blood type A's do better on a vegetarian diet and you have to eat healthy complex carbohydrates.