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HVP September 2017

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Page 26 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 27 "And it is my responsibility as a doctor to share this information with patients like Tina. Generally women develop heart disease about a decade later than men do." Ingredients for a plant based diet The plant based diet is not a diet for weight loss, but a lifestyle whereby a person limits consumption of meat, fish and dairy products. It is based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains and legumes; and it excludes refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar and oils. Piaquadio explains how a typical day for her goes since she began the plant based diet. She says, "My typical day begins with a cup of coffee, coconut milk and a plant based protein powder. Then between 10am and 12pm I'll eat a Kind Bar or nuts. I work out in the morning, especially cardio and weight training." Dr. Garvey notes one obstacle to getting the message out about how powerful diet can be is that most US medical schools spend two hours each day for the entire year learning medications but almost nothing about nutrition. The good news is that the American Medical Association (AMA) has recommended for hospitals to provide only plant based diets to patients. "It is important for women to become more informed about heart disease and how to lower the risks by going for an annual check-up, eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, to exercise regularly, drink more water, less alcohol and have a routine sleep cycle of 7-9 hours each night," recommends Dr. Garvey. Joan Reid is a writer for healthcare, education and non-profit organizations. And the Woman Smiled is her latest book. PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE Tips for saving money on back-to-school shopping Quick, healthy, and delicious lunches Tips and tools for creating the perfect homework space 5 ways to nix cyber bullies ...and so much more! BACK TO SCHOOL Sponsored By

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