By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos submitted by Dr. Goldfinger)
Have you heard of a doctor recommending a glass of wine with your lunch and another glass at dinner? Dr. Tedd Goldfinger, DO, FACC, FCCP, an Osteopathic physician Certified in Cardiovascular disease and Internal Medicine, explains, “Several cultures around Europe and the Mediterranean are known to have populations that live longer and have far less heart disease than in America.
Wine and alcohol, in moderation, have salutary effects for blood vessels into the heart. It raises the good cholesterol and blocks the clumping of platelets which form blood clots that cause heart attacks and strokes.”
He studied the health benefits of wine in his patients with coronary artery disease, published several research articles in medical journals, and has worked with an international group of leading nutritionists and epidemiologists to endorse a lifestyle of healthy foods and wine for weight loss.
When you are ready to start dieting, you must think of healthy dieting!
Dr. Goldfinger acknowledges, “If you do not like the diet, you will not stay on it. The biggest problem with any diet is long term compliance. Diets should include a variety of foods. A Mediterranean- style diet is the easiest to follow. The diet we propose includes very healthy foods with a moderate consumption of wine.
There are healthier carbohydrate choices. A slice of white bread is different from a slice of multi- grain bread because the latter burns more calories just to digest it, and at the same time, all of the vitamins, nutritional value, and fiber are not bleached out like with white bread. Whole grains reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and other chronic disorders. A diet consisting of healthy cereals and whole grain products has additional beneficial role in health and weight management.
You can make healthy choices and eat some carbs in moderation. A liberal diet allows a lot of foods that will surprise everyone! Eggs from free range chickens eat natural greens high in omega free fatty acids which helps cholesterol levels improve. On the other hand, chickens fed slop and low price seeds lay the cheaper priced eggs which are high in cholesterol. You have to learn how to read the nutrition portion of labels.
We have to trust our fruit, vegetables, chicken, pork, and meat farms. One of my patients is a rancher who supplies high quality meat for COSCO, in Los Angeles. The store is particular about their meats. The freshest foods are those grown and produced in your area. Look for the Farmer’s Market and stores that have organic food sections. You can even visit local farms and ranches. In Europe we buy from farm co-ops who are involved in the care and upbringing of animals.” www.livestrong.com/article/275318-the-wine-lovers-diet/
Lynn Nicholson created the recipes for their “Wine Lover’s Healthy Weight Loss Plan.” Dr. G. wanted to make certain sugar, white flour, and butter were removed from the recipes and changed to natural products. Although you may be eating a healthy meal, most of us eat too much so portion control is very important.