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The Ornish Diet resembles a low fat, vegetarian or vegan diet. It was established by Dr. Dean Ornish, a professor of medicine at the University of California and founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute in 2007. The program designed by Dr. Ornish involved dietary and exercise changes.
The program involves three aspects:
- Food is categorized into five groups from most (group 1) to least (group 5) healthful. It’s the difference, for example, between whole-grain bread and biscuits, between soy hot dogs and pork or beef ones. Ask yourself what groups tend to fill up your grocery cart, and decide how you want to fill it up.
- Protein 10 to 30% of the daily diet
- Carbohydrates 45 to 65% of the daily diet, with an emphasis of carbohydrates coming primarily from vegetables and fruit
- Fats limit to 10%
- Fiber aim for 22 to 34 grams a day to ensure that you feel full and to promote proper digestion and elimination.
- Salt limit to around 2,000 mg a day
- Alcohol in moderation
- Specific nutrients
- Foods recommended include vegetables, fruit and grains. Low fat dairy, egg whites
- Foods not recommended include: all fats and oils, nuts and seeds, avocados, refined carbohydrates (including sugar, white rice, and white flour). Meat, poultry, and fish aren’t recommended. The only dairy allowed is fat-free yogurt, milk, fat free cheeses, and egg whites.
- The program emphasizes aerobic activities, resistance training, and flexibility
- Deep breathing, meditation, and yoga are also encouraged.
- Stress Reduction:
- Spending time with those you love and respect, and leaning on them for support, can powerfully affect your health in good ways.
The Ornish Diet may be recommended to treat the following conditions:
- Weight loss
- Cardiovascular Disease
- High Cholesterol
- Treating or preventing prostate or breast cancer