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Conversations for Caring: 10 Caring Points

Dec 4, 2015

Topic: Update on Nutrition

Presenter: Harvey Zarren, M.D., F.A.C.C.

Connected Healing Institute

Phone: 781-599-4718 E-mail:

Information you need to know to be well in 2012 and beyond.

  1. Nutrition is the most important factor in your physical health. It also plays a very significant role in your mental and emotional health.

  1. The Mediterranean Diet is healthy nutrition for people who are well and want to stay well. If you have cardiovascular disease (coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, or peripheral vascular disease), cancer or osteoporosis, vegetarian, non-dairy (vegan) nutrition is optimal.
  • People on vegan nutrition may need B12 supplement.
  • Learn 10 vegan recipes that look good and taste good.

  1. The average American needs 1200 - 1500 Calories total, daily, for health. People with increased activity levels: physical labor, athletes, very active people, may need more Calories.

  1. 3500 Calories above your needs will gain you 1 pound of fat.

  1. People who lose significant weight and keep it off for years use the following:
  • Keep Calories to 1200-1500 total daily
  • Keep fat in diet to < 20% of Calories
  • Eat breakfast every day
  • Be vigilant, weigh yourself at least once a week
  • Watch less than 10 hours of TV per week
  • Exercise, on average, about 1 hour per day

  1. Avoid any food from a cow.
  • The saturated fat causes vascular disease.
  • The protein is an accelerator for common cancers
  • Eating red meat, including processed meat increases the risk of stroke.

  1. Avoid high fructose corn syrup (now called corn sugar).
  • It has the same calories as sugar but is metabolically far more dangerous.

  1. Avoid artificial sweeteners and artificial colors and flavors.

  1. Drink lots of plain water daily (unless you are restricted by congestive heart failure or kidney disease).

  1. Find ways other than eating fats and/or sweets to give yourself emotional comfort.

If you must eat:

  • Celery, carrots or other low calorie, healthy food
  • Hugs, love shared, exercise, arts,
  • Nature and The Divine

are all some of the much better alternatives to eating.

Some Additional Resources

Area Contacts

Outpatient Nutritionist:

  • Carole Vecchry, NSMC Union Hospital, 781-477-3569

Food for Life Instructor:


The China Study, T. Colin Campbell, PhD

BenBella Books, Dallas, 2005. ISBN - 1-932100-38-5

Breaking The Food Seduction, Neal Barnard, MD

St. Martin’s Press, NY, 2003. ISBN - 0-312-31493-0

The Spectrum, Dean Ornish, MD

Ballantine Books, NY, 2007. ISBN - 978-0-345-49630-0

Waistland, Deirdre Barrett

WW Norton & Co, NY, 2007. ISBN - 978-0-393-06216-8

The Kind Diet, Alicia Silverstone

Rodale, Inc., N.Y., 2009. ISBN -10 1-60529-644-9

Additional Resource

Mediterranean Diet



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