He is pretty fond of it as I think he has lost over 80 lbs on it in the past. I'm pretty new to HCRV (about one week) but already I want to articulate to him why the Atkins diet is harmful. I'm all about live and let live, but I'm just maybe starting to worry about his health, since he is my dad and all. Can someone lay out the nutritional logic for why an Atkins diet is bad for you?
And ps, first post. Feels great.
OH! This might add an extra tid-bit of help. I did the Atkins Diet, and even when you're stuffed and bloated you CRAVE carbs. But when you're a vegan you never crave anything as long as you've eaten. It's your body talking to you, and the proof that the Atkins diet is unhealthy. Also I would show him a bunch of videos of people who are on vegan diets and turned out to be a HUGE success. I'm sure that will convince him ;)
1) Show him the movie Forks Over Knives. You can stream it on Netflix for free or go and rent it. Watch it with him so that he doesn't feel forced to watch it if he is totally uninterested. You can present watching the movie with him as quality time together. During/After the movie talk with him about his diet or just healthy diet in genreal as presented by the movie, don't attack him though. Maybe talk about ways he could make his diet like the healthy ones in the movie. All of the people in the movie got healthy and lost a lot of weight which it seems is what your dad is wanting to happen.
2) Likely he will be intrigued by Forks Over Knives if not totally convinced that all animal products are horrible for humans. At this point buy or check out from the library the book The China Study. Give it to him to read. I would recommend you actually getting ahold of the book and giving it to him directly as if it is all his responsibility to find and get the book he may likely not do it. Check up on him while he is reading the book and ask him what he thinks about it and what he is learning. Once he has hopefully finished The China Study talk with him about what he thinks about it and again see if he wants to make his diet follow the health guidelines in the book. Hopefully he will since Forks Over Knives & The China Study are very convincing and reputable sources.
3) If you think he can handle it, suggest he read 80 10 10. Tell him that he doesn't have to go beyond the Forks Over Knives/China Study diet but that he might want to know about what is the very best optimum nutrition for humans. Again, I would go out and get the book yourself for him and give it to him. Again, check in with him while he is reading the book and ask him what he thinks about it and how he might want to incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies in his diet.
**I would try to make these things bonding experiences between you too as I think it would make your dad more inclined to want to learn about this stuff if he feels like he is getting closer with his child.
**Also, maybe you could cook him and you a very healthy dinner sometime so that you can show him what healthy looks and tastes like and how great he can feel.
Hope this helps! My dad died Dec 5, 2010 from esophageal cancer. He thought he was taking good care of his health but he as well as I at the time didn't really understand the true idea of what healthy eating is. He did his very best, but I can't help but wonder if he wouldn't have gotten cancer had he been low fat vegan. I would do anything to be able to go back in time and help my dad with nutrition, and so I urge you to try to help your dad improve his eating habits. Tell your dad that you come from a place of love and that you want him to be healthy, happy, and live a very long and vibrant life with you. Do your best to present him the information he needs, but ultimately it is his choice what he does of course.
**One last thing, I find that my boyfriend (who is not vegan) responds to the youtube videos that I watch that include Dr. Doug, Durianrider, and of course the beautiful Freelee. I think he responds to the guys because he can relate to them as a man and to Freelee because she is so hot. Maybe you could select a few great youtube videos that talk about health and the dangers of eating animal products and show them to your dad. You can tell your dad that Dr. Doug is in his 60s and thriving, that might inspire your dad.