I tripled my veggie intake… but not like this!

Recently at a physicians’ dinner lecture and meeting, a friend kept pushing me to eat. I told her, “thanks,” and that I’d eaten in advance, because the choices in the restaurant were not good for me.

She continued to badger me, telling me that surely I could eat the salad (groaning under a mountain of cheese and covered with oil). Then, she pointed to the spanakopita and said “you can eat this – it’s vegetables.”

Interesting, because the lecture was by Dr. Greg Primus, orthopedic surgeon, talking about osteo- (wear-and-tear) arthritis. Knee pain is common in obesity, but can be significantly improved by walking, weight loss, or joint replacement surgery.

I eat 1/2 -1 lb of green veggies with each lunch and dinner.  Steamed or nuked.  1 TEAspoon olive oil added.  Nonsalt spices added.  No cheese.  No pastry crust…

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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