This is from my dear friend and client, Hal Ornstein, a podiatrist in Howell, New Jersey of 25 years and he has gone through an incredible journey over the last two years looking his health in the eye. He reflected upon the small amount of education he had in medical school concerning eating properly and decided to take his eating habits into his own hands. He was blessed to have the opportunity to seek a consult and advice from Mr. Chen a man from Jackson, N.J. who is filled with incredible nutritional knowledge.
The many years of an inbound diet caught up to him shortly after he was 50. Dr. Ornstein had spent a couple of years trying to understand why his mental agility was not what it was before. Dr. Ornstein was not himself when he spoke to Mr. Chen who emphasized the need to get back to the basics of eating. It is really quite simple and too many people over complicate things. It’s not about a diet or a fad. It’s about a lifestyle and the premise of Mr. Chen’s life altering way of eating is to have three quarters vegetables to one quarter protein. Vegetables consisted of dark greens such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, or spinach. Protein was eggs in the morning and then fish, chicken, or turkey for lunch and dinner. Red meat can also be consumed. If Bison is available, it’s another option besides traditional beef.
He learned to eat a variety of grains like quinoa, couscous, millet, barley and brown rice. He avoided white flour and sugar. He also found out that you can over eat fruit thinking you’re doing the right thing but in reality fruit is a sugar and yes it is a better than table sugar and other sweeteners, but even natural sugar can be a hazard for many leading to such things as diabetes, heart disease, weight gain and mental lethargy.
The internet has become a great place to order healthy foods. It is possible to find almost anything there. Dr. Ornstein ordered many of his greens from www.amazon.com and always tried to get organic foods when possible. Condiments such as ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, salad dressings, etc. were reduced significantly or eliminated completely. For salad dressing he used olive oil and vinegar. Other oils are not really true oils so it’s best to avoid them if possible. Also, salt is not as bad for people as they think and Dr. Ornstein highly recommends pink Himalayan salt which is available in almost all stores.