The Ornish Diet was developed by Nathan Pritkin and Dean Ornish. In a study released in the 1990s, Ornish demonstrated how following the Ornish Diet brought about a slight but significant reversal of heart disease in a small group of patients.
The Ornish Diet involves following a low-fat food regimen. Only ten percent of the energy comes from fat. Only vegetarian food is allowed. The diet program involves exercise, meditation and counseling as an integral part.
Dr. Ornish divides food into three segments – foods to avoid altogether, foods to eat in moderation and foods to eat freely.
Foods to avoid
* Meat of all kinds
* Oil and oil containing foods
* Nuts and seeds
* Sugar and simple sugar foods like honey
* High fat dairy products
* Any commercial food with more than 2 gms of fat per serving
Foods to eat in moderation
* Nonfat dairy products — skim milk, nonfat cheeses, nonfat yogurt, nonfat sour cream, and egg whites
* Any commercially prepared foods with less than 2 gms of fat per serving.
Foods to eat freely
These foods can be eaten whenever you are hungry until you are full.
* Beans and legumes
Dr. Ornish says his diet program is more than just about food. He recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily or 1 hour three days a week. He also recommends some kind of stress management technique, like meditation, yoga, martial arts, massage etc.
People who have followed Ornish Diet swear by it. They say it has succeeded in maintaining their health over a long period of time.