New Book. New Year. New You.

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As we wrap up 2017 (wow, how did that happen?), I’m excited to announce a new book that went on presale this week. I will never forget those months seven years ago working on the first edition, waking up at 4 am to write before my two small toddlers took over the day. Fast forward to last summer and my agent called to ask if I might be interested in updating Plant-Based Nutrition (Idiot’s Guide) and I immediately responded with an enthusiastic, YES! So much has changed in the world of plant-based diet and nutrition since the first edition in the book. And for me, the last year has been somewhat of a personal renaissance. 

My journey to a plant-based diet was wrought with limited information, unintentional sabotage by friends and family, and wider social pressures. Many of you have experienced some or all of these, but today, nearly 30 years after my journey began, we now have unimaginable resources to help our plant-based journey move swiftly and effortlessly. In early 2017 we published a paper in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology on plant-based nutrition and it afforded me the opportunity to review the literature for advances in plant-based nutrition. I added a co-author to that paper, former NASA Scientist and metabolic guru, Ray Cronise. He’s the guy behind Magician, Penn Jillette’s amazing 100-lb. weight loss and plant-based diet transformation. He’s been working at the intersection of plant-based diet and healthspan/longevity research and brings an entirely new perspective to the table. 

Together we not only co-authored that paper, but I also asked him to join me on the revised edition of Plant-Based Nutrition (Idiot’s Guide). He’s gone back two centuries, to the very beginning of metabolism and nutrition and collected some of the most historically significant textbooks and articles. We have done experiments with food and metabolism and I even lost 12 lbs and achieved and maintained a weight I’ve never reached in my adult life this past year with this exciting information.  

PBNOur work overlaps perfectly and we have included that in this new edition of Plant-Based Nutrition. We have an entirely new way to organize food called the Food Triangle, which eliminates the popular, but contradictory, macronutrient-centered scheme of protein, carbs, and fat (we named it macroconfusion). There is information on the metabolic consequences of oxidative priority, which explains why we tend to gain weight eating certain foods. We use these tools to examine how a plant-based diet can promote healthspan through it’s mimicking of very successful dietary restriction without malnutrition research. We believe that a whole food, plant-based diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices is the most enjoyable and easiest step you can take to not just live longer, but to LIVE longer. 

Of course you’ll also find updated material from the first edition that covers nutrition information across the lifespan from pregnancy to athletes to seniors. We have new recipes from plant-based celebrity chefs such as Matthew Kenney, Dreena Burton, Jazzy Vegetarian, Kathy Patalsky, Robin Robertson, Fran Costigan, Jason Wyrick, and Matt Frazier. It’s a great getting started guide for plant-curious friends and family and its lessons are all centered on the solid scientific evidence we lay out in our journal article. Presales will continue through the official publication date of January 9th, 2018. 

Thank you for your continued support. I am so excited about the upcoming year and the explosion of plant-based nutrition information. 

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New Book. New Year. New You.

PBN

As we wrap up 2017 (wow, how did that happen?), I’m excited to announce a new book that went on presale this week. I will never forget those months seven years ago working on the first edition, waking up at 4 am to write before my two small toddlers took over the day. Fast forward to last summer and my agent called to ask if I might be interested in updating Plant-Based Nutrition (Idiot’s Guide) and I immediately responded with an enthusiastic, YES! So much has changed in the world of plant-based diet and nutrition since the first edition in the book. And for me, the last year has been somewhat of a personal renaissance. 

My journey to a plant-based diet was wrought with limited information, unintentional sabotage by friends and family, and wider social pressures. Many of you have experienced some or all of these, but today, nearly 30 years after my journey began, we now have unimaginable resources to help our plant-based journey move swiftly and effortlessly. In early 2017 we published a paper in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology on plant-based nutrition and it afforded me the opportunity to review the literature for advances in plant-based nutrition. I added a co-author to that paper, former NASA Scientist and metabolic guru, Ray Cronise. He’s the guy behind Magician, Penn Jillette’s amazing 100-lb. weight loss and plant-based diet transformation. He’s been working at the intersection of plant-based diet and healthspan/longevity research and brings an entirely new perspective to the table. 

Together we not only co-authored that paper, but I also asked him to join me on the revised edition of Plant-Based Nutrition (Idiot’s Guide). He’s gone back two centuries, to the very beginning of metabolism and nutrition and collected some of the most historically significant textbooks and articles. We have done experiments with food and metabolism and I even lost 12 lbs and achieved and maintained a weight I’ve never reached in my adult life this past year with this exciting information.  

PBNOur work overlaps perfectly and we have included that in this new edition of Plant-Based Nutrition. We have an entirely new way to organize food called the Food Triangle, which eliminates the popular, but contradictory, macronutrient-centered scheme of protein, carbs, and fat (we named it macroconfusion). There is information on the metabolic consequences of oxidative priority, which explains why we tend to gain weight eating certain foods. We use these tools to examine how a plant-based diet can promote healthspan through it’s mimicking of very successful dietary restriction without malnutrition research. We believe that a whole food, plant-based diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices is the most enjoyable and easiest step you can take to not just live longer, but to LIVE longer. 

Of course you’ll also find updated material from the first edition that covers nutrition information across the lifespan from pregnancy to athletes to seniors. We have new recipes from plant-based celebrity chefs such as Matthew Kenney, Dreena Burton, Jazzy Vegetarian, Kathy Patalsky, Robin Robertson, Fran Costigan, Jason Wyrick, and Matt Frazier. It’s a great getting started guide for plant-curious friends and family and its lessons are all centered on the solid scientific evidence we lay out in our journal article. Presales will continue through the official publication date of January 9th, 2018. 

Thank you for your continued support. I am so excited about the upcoming year and the explosion of plant-based nutrition information. 

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There Was No Book… Until Now!

People are more likely to die during December and January than any other time of the year. Fitting, then, that my new book How Not to Die hits stores today! If you missed it yesterday, I created a video tourthrough the book, highlighting the differences between what's in the book and what's up on NutritionFacts.org. I wanted to write not just a reference book--one that compiles all the most compelling evidence in one place--but also a practical guide on translating the mountain of data into day-to-day decisions. That's something that's been partially missing from NutritionFacts.org, because I've wanted to just stick to the science. But I've always yearned to share so much more.

What about my favorite recipes, my favorite kitchen gadgets, my favorite meals? That's not what the website was made for. It's NutritionFacts, not nutrition opinions! Interviewers are always asking me "What do you eat, Dr. Greger?" and I have to say, "It doesn't matter what I eat; all that matters is what the science shows." OK, but how do I take all this amazing science I've learned and transform it into what I actually feed my family? How do I make it digestible? (Literally!) Well, I've just never had an outlet to share all those personal judgements before... until now. That's Part 2 of the book, in which I introduce my Daily Dozen checklist of all the things we should try to fit into an optimal diet. The book details both my life and my life's work, all rolled into one.

Find it in your local bookstore or online at:

My favorite endorsement this week came from Dr. Esselstyn:
"HOW NOT TO DIE by Michael Greger is an absolute rhapsody of informational wisdom on how to achieve a life of health and longevity without disease."
-Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., MD
Ask Me Anything
On Thursday, December 10, I'll be answering your questions live on Reddit starting at 10:45am ET and going for at least 5 hours. Reddit is a social media platform that is great for hosting Q&A's. To ask a question on Thursday, go to my Facebook pageand I'll have the link to the live Q&A posted.

If you'd like to ask me a question in person, most of my December speaking events are sold out, but there is still space available in Baltimore, Tucson, and Detroit. Then I've already got another 60 dates confirmed for 2016.

Social Media
Please feel free to post pictures of your books as they arrive at your house and share your thoughts on social media using the hashtag #HowNotToDie.

Why This First Week is So Important
This first week of book sales is my big chance to make it onto the New York Times Best Seller list, since all the pre-orders to date count towards first week sales. If I make it on the list, my hope is that it will interest mainstream media and expose millions more to this life-saving information. So if you're thinking about buying copies for all your friends and family this holiday season, please consider getting them by Saturday, December 12.

Thank you for your ongoing support as I enter this new chapter of my life (actually 16 chapters! :)

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you haven't yet, you can subscribe to my free videos here and watch my live year-in-review presentations Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, More Than an Apple a Day, From Table to Able, and Food as Medicine.

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My New Book HOW NOT TO DIE is Now Available for Pre-Order!

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It's hard to express how excited I am that How Not to Die is going to be out soon! Pre-order it now at http://www.NutritionFacts.org/book (all my proceeds go to keep this site running).

When I started writing this book, I thought of it as just another platform through which I could share the same body of nutrition work that exists here on NutritionFacts.org. Now, more than a year later, How Not to Die has turned into so much more. It's actually two books in one.

Part 1: The Why

Part 1 is a compilation of the most exciting life-changing nutrition research published over the last century.

I've recorded more than 1,000 videos for NutritionFacts.org, each offering snapshots of some of the most interesting cutting-edge science. The reason I create annual year-in-review presentations is to synthesize the year's highlights into a more coherent form. The book has enabled me to wrap up decades of groundbreaking discoveries in one place. It's like my life's work (so far! :) distilled into about 600 pages.

So on one hand, How Not to Die can be considered a reference book with its 100+ pages of references, gathering together all the most persuasive evidence in one place, including much that isn't yet up on the site. Woven throughout are patient stories and personal anecdotes and as much humor as I could pack in. But that's just part 1. The book evolved into so much more.

Part 2: The How

Part 2 is going to be everyone's favorite. With sections like "What Would Dr. Greger Eat?" I take a deep dive into how I've personally translated the mountain of available evidence into my own daily diet. Even for people who've seen a thousand of my videos, questions remain, such as what are the best-of-the-best things to include in one's diet, as well as how much of them to eat and how often?

I developed two simple tools for part 2 of the book. The first is a Traffic Light system to quickly identify green-light, yellow-light, and red-light foods and what role each category might play in an optimal diet. The second is my Daily Dozen checklist of all the things I try to fit into each day--how many greens to eat, how much turmeric to sprinkle, which supplements I take, how much exercise to get, etc. For most of these questions there are not clear answers in the scientific literature, so I've been hesitant to recommend specifics on the website. But in the book I offer my professional opinion, based on the best available (yet still incomplete) evidence, as to how to best feed ourselves and our families for optimal health and longevity. It's been something I've been itching to do and am so excited to have this new platform in which to do it. I hope you'll consider pre-ordering How Not to Die now!

Why Pre-Order?

The book will be available in major retailers on December 8, 2015, in time for the holidays and the burst of New Year resoluting. I've got a great publisher, Flatiron (a division of Macmillan), who will do their best to book me through all the big media outlets, but their success depends in part on whether I can get on the New York Times Best Seller List. Listing depends on weekly retail sales compared to sales of other books in the same category. Evidently it's tough to get on the hardcover "advice/how-to" list, especially at that time of the year, but all pre-order sales from now until launch date all count for sales in that first week. So if the book can build up enough pre-orders, then the blitz of sales going out that first day may take me over the top.

I don't receive a penny from the book. I put it in the contract that all the money I would normally receive from the advance and sales and royalties instead all go directly to the 501c3 nonprofit charity that keeps NutritionFacts.org alive (and from which I receive no compensation--other than all the warm fuzzies I get from helping everyone! :). The more the book sells, not only the more support NutritionFacts.org gets, but the more opportunity I may have to broadcast this message of dietary sanity to the world. Wouldn't it be amazing if I could get on one of the big morning shows or get my own PBS special? With your help we can reach that many more millions. So please pre-order a copy for yourself, and however many copies you think you may be able to gift to friends and family to get them on the right track for the new year (and the rest of their long healthy life!). And if you're active on social media, please help me get the word out by directing folks to the pre-order page. I'll be using the hashtag #HowNotToDie

And you could WIN some great prizes! To encourage pre-orders we're launching a How Not to Die contest where you can win one of dozens of prizes, like signed books, DVDs, and Daily Dozen fridge magnets. Go to http://www.NutritionFacts.org/book for details on how to enter and win.

It's been a long journey to get this book out. At first, I thought of writing it as just a way to get my past work into book form to reach a new audience. But as I started pouring my soul into it and coming up with so much new material, I became more and more excited. Instead of just reviewing the latest science, this book has finally allowed me the opportunity to lay out all my personal recommendations based on the preponderance of available evidence. Now that it's on the cusp of release I'm just trembling with excitement for everyone to read it.

I hope you'll end up loving it as much as I do!

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

PS: If you haven't yet, you can subscribe to my free videos here and watch my live year-in-review presentations Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death, More Than an Apple a Day, From Table to Able, and Food as Medicine.

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The Vegiterranean Diet

The Vegiterranean Diet puts nutrition and health into global and historical context. In an informative and engaging way, the book is a mashup of all that is fabulous with the Mediterranean diet, debunking myths, and defining why and how the most perfect diet has developed over time. Front-loaded with history and science, then introducing ecological …

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