Dr Oz: How To Reverse Aging
Dr Oz said the women who participated in his experiment to reverse aging did not go away for three months to get these results. They just made changes in their daily routines based on guidelines from Dr Dean Ornish. Learn the spectrum food groups, the importance of acting mindfully, and one critical factor for success.
Dr Oz: How To Eat Right
Dr Dean Ornish said that his research has proven that bigger changes result in bigger improvements in our lives. The first tenet of his program is to Eat Right.
“What matters most is your overall way of eating and living,” he said, reminding us all that diets tend to be temporary. He does not think the diet vocabulary works very well, and wants people to think differently about what they are eating.
He created a group of five categories of foods. Foods in the 1 category are the most healthy; foods in the 5 category are the least healthy. Everything else falls in the middle, and he said it’s easy to eat better the next day if you indulged the day before, without feeling bad about giving in.
Dr Oz: The Spectrum Food Groups
Dr Dean Ornish is author of The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, Gain Health. You can find out more about the food spectrum and food categories in the book, but here are the basics.
“The more you change, the more you improve,” he said. “It’s personalized based not on me telling you what you have to do, but you deciding how much you want to change.”
Here are some examples of foods in each category, from worst to best.
- Group 5 – Fried Chicken, Cheeseburgers, Donuts
- Group 4 – Chicken, Margarine, Whole Milk
- Group 3 – Salmon, Cheese Refined Carbs
- Group 2 – Avocados, Nuts, Canned Mushrooms & Tomatoes
- Group 1 – Plant Based Foods (Fruits, Veggies, Legumes, Soy Products)
Were you as surprised as I was that chicken was in group 4? I thought it would be healthier than that!
To start making changes, Dr Oz suggested making one step to the right in your eating habits, from Group 5 to Group 4, for example.
Dr Oz: Exercise At The Grocery Store
The more you move, the more you improve, according to the plan laid out by Dr Ornish. You don’t have to hit the gym, and most of us are very good at finding ways to avoid working out. But Dr Dean told Dr Oz that his philosophy is to be more active in our daily routines.
He recommended walking while talking on the phone, carrying food in a shopping bag instead of pushing a cart, and taking the stairs instead of the escalator as small changes that could add up.
Dr Oz also recommended fidgeting, which can keep you moving and burn a few extra calories.
Dr Oz: How To Act Mindfully
Dr Ornish also relies heavily on the concept of mindfulness, which he said is “paying attention to what you are doing.” It sounds simple enough, but is it?
For example, think about how you eat popcorn while watching a movie. You are mindlessly snacking and not enjoying it. On the other hand, if you take a moment to savor dark chocolate, as you might a fine wine, you will appreciate it more. Engage all your senses in the process and experience the flavors.
Food is a great way to practice mindfulness and observe the bites you are taking at a meal, for example. But you can be mindful in other areas of life as well.
Dr Oz: Healthy Lifestyle Partners
Dr Ornish also recommended changing your lifestyle along with someone else as a support system. The three women who shared their results agreed that it helped to rely on one another along the way, through phone calls, weekly meetings, and emails.
Anyone can reach out and connect with the people they care about. Dr Ornish said we have to get more comfortable with the idea of building open and honest communities with the people closest to us and the ones we care about.
Another reason to believe in this: studies prove that people who are isolated, depressed, or lonely are three times more likely to fall ill and die early. Who knew that hanging out with friends and family could be considered healthy?