If You Must Go Vegan

Day 346, 166-180

Dr. Sunshine

12/14/20231 min read

I don't think a vegan diet is right for most people, particularly in Northern latitudes. However, everybody's situation is a little different, so there may be a time and place for it, even if temporarily, so I try to keep an open mind about these things. When working with clients, I try very hard to meet them where they are. With that in mind, if one is really looking for vegan guidance, Dr. John McDougall's Starch Solution is worth a look, with some caveats. I finally finished reading it, and initially had my reservations about his advice. He drives awfully hard to the hoop on the idea that vegan is the only way and I think he goes too easy on sugar and grains. Also, he is either not aware of or chooses to ignore the role of pesticides and other chemicals in the processing of many crops. But based on his thoughts on supplements (avoid them) and the best way to get vitamin D (go outside), not to mention his points on the food industry, I think his heart is in the right place. Just go easy on the sugar, and pay attention to your sources for potatoes, beans, wheat, and everything. A certified organic label slapped on the side may not be enough. Of course, talk to your doctor before making any significant changes to your diet.