Get Well Wednesday: Dr. Ro Says Too Much Protein Can Compromise Your Health

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    Dr. Rovenia M. Brock believes that nutrition is the key to optimal health. The nationally acclaimed health journalist is a nutritionist who often appears on television to share accessible health tips that could save your life. Brock learned the importance of health as a young woman, watching her mother lose a battle with stomach cancer when she was just 9 years old.

    A recent study suggest that heart health can be adversely impacted by a high-fat, high protein diet. Dr. Brock has long advocated the benefits of a plant-based diet that focuses on nutritionally sound whole foods. Her book Dr. Ro’s Ten Secrets to Livin’ Healthy expanded on those ideas. 

    Even if you can’t afford pricey organic foods, Dr. Ro says you don’t have to neglect your nutritional needs.

    “Good ol’ beans, eggs, nuts, and seeds have always worked…all the way back to Biblical days,” Brock says. “If it was good enough for Jesus? I’ll try it! Seriously though-this plan works and science agrees with  eating this way for longevity and productivity for whatever time you have to live (well) on this earth!”

    Click here for more information from the study.

    No nuts, I have diverticulitis. What can I eat?

    Beans, seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, eggs, low-fat milk, coconut milk), fish, chix.

    What is your expert opinion on wheat?

    90% in U.S. Good supply is genetically modified. Best to eat Ezekiel bread, cereal because it is made of whole, unprocessed grains. For many people sometimes even whole wheat can cause weight-gain, especially in the belly area.

    Are eating left over a good or bad? I like them but my family does not.

    Eating left-overs is fine. Make sure you follow storage recommendations for left-over food.

    Is it safe to drink dandelion root tea everyday? If so how many cups per day?

    Drinking dandelion tea can help to remove toxic build- up in the body especially in the belly area b/c it improves liver function. Safe to drink, daily… 3-4 cups/D for results. Cut back to occasional use after 3-4 wks.

    For the Doctor, what questions does the study raise?

    Why animal protein is worse than protein from any source, also why (according to this study) cutting back on protein is recommended for 50-64 year olds, but increasing protein intake for those 65 & older is protective.

    Bottom line? The older we get- it is best to restrict calories from all food sources, eat diet rich in colorful veggies & fruit, with smaller amounts of whole, unprocessed grains and lean protein.

    But I thought protein were good for you? My doctor told me to try to get at least 50 grams a day.

    For weight loss -Protein IS good! You need for energy, muscle building & more! This is one study. Never make major lifestyle changes in the basis of ONE study!

    Good morning Dr. Ro, is there a difference in consuming your vegetables by juicing versus eating veggies cooked? Tried juicing and I do not like the taste of kale, celery and cucumber as a juice.

    Juicing does preserve nutrients, but steaming veggies is just as good.

    What are natural appetite suppressants?

    Eat complex carbs with protein in same meal (start with breakfast) the combination keeps you satiated and feeling full for longer periods of time.

    Doctor today I am having three pieces of turkey bacon and two scrambled eggs for breakfast. For lunch two thin slices of roasted turkey on wheat. Is that to much meat? I had the same thing yesterday and Monday.

    No, it’s fine. Add beans as a protein source for dinner on days when you have 2 servings of meat In earlier meals.

    Are V-8 drinks good for you and are they a good way to get nutrients from vegetables?

    V-8 juice is a good vegetable option. Choose low-sodium though -as canned tomato and vegetable juice can be high in sodium.

    It is also important to eat a variety of colorful vegetables for best health and disease prevention. Think green, orange, yellow, blue ( blueberries, blue potatoes, blackberries, black rice)

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