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A New Weigh – Editorial

I am writing in response to an article I read in the January 12, 2017 “Your Hub” section of the Denver Post. It was written by Megan Mitchell and contains some very serious information that might help a specific group of people. The program is called My New Weigh. Assistant Director, Lauren Ott, describes My New Weigh as “a stepping stone between diet and weight loss surgery. It’s for people who have a pretty large chunk of weight to lose—at least 30 pounds, and they don’t want to go to the extreme of having weight loss surgery, but they need something a little more extreme than the run -of- the-mill diet.” This Anschutz Health Program has a lot of good things to say. I agree that flashy diets aren’t the way to go. And buying every new weight loss book that comes out probably doesn’t work for you in the long term. I’m interested in present lifestyle and long term lifestyle. A dominant part of this program is a protein replacement called Health One. They describe it as a low-calorie powder that can be consumed as a shake or used as a base for cooking things such as muffins or pizza. This I don’t agree with.

I have witnessed on a weekly basis men and women sharing stories about their weight loss, their reduction in medications, their pure happiness with the results of learning what to put on their plates, and how to prepare them. I do not believe in powders as a way to add protein when you can do what our mother earth has intended; working towards a plant-based diet. Do some people require surgery? I guess they might. However, to go to the extreme if one is thirty pounds above where they should be does not make sense to me. Let us help you enjoy reaching your goals which will be a lot less expensive.

I applaud the Anschutz group of scientists, researchers and dietitians who work for Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center, at CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. There is definitely a need for their work. Nevertheless, I believe in prevention, reducing obesity, enjoying and preparing healthy food which will prevent and even reverse Type 2 diabetes, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, and resist cancer and heart disease. Thousands of local and national students who have participated in classes at Almost Vegan Cooking School, and our online classes, have results that are astounding.

If you would like to see what they have written, I will forward their unsolicited letters to you, with their permission.

Let’s Get Serious.