I recently finished the book, Proteinaholic by Garth Davis, MD after many months of experimenting with a plant-based diet and I cannot wait for you all to read it! We are eating TOO MUCH protein…
My journey toward this book started ultimately after watching the documentary, What The Health, on Netflix. For some reason, I was moved to give the plant-based diet promoted in the movie a go; while, at the same time, deciding to start running after many years. (I tend to go overboard with things…) I found that while starting to run longer distances and switching over to solely plants, I felt my mood, energy, and general sense of well-being improve. I was able to recover from workouts faster and still have energy to play with the kids. In some of my readings, I came across Dr. Davis’ name and found he had written a book. He is the medical director of the Davis Clinic at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, and starred on the hit TLC show Big Medicine. Dr. Davis is a recognized expert in initial bariatric procedures as well as revisional bariatric surgery. He himself starting changing his diet and assumptions surrounding a plant-based diet and decided to write a book questioning the meat industry and societal norms around how and what we choose to consume; including, our fervent belief that we need to get as much protein as we can. (Even in my clinical training protein is touted as ‘king nutrient.’)
I must say this book is very well referenced. His objective take on the role protein should take in our diets is a fresh one. I was amazed at the amount of research that truly does exist out there demonstrating the health benefits of eating less protein; and, solidifying the notion that you can get most of what you need from plants without having to be an expert. I am here to tell you it can be done. I feel great, notice less swelling, decreased pain, easier recovery, and improved mental state.
Check out the book’s website at http://proteinaholic.com/. There you will find a cool tool called the ‘Protein Calculator’ to see how much protein you actually need based off the most current research. Another cool thing on the website includes a quiz to determine your level of knowledge about protein and its role in health.