“National Healthy Eating Day” was Nov. 7—Did you miss it?

If so, you didn’t miss much—what a joke!

After noticing this American Heart Association event in the news, I tried to find out what kind of healthy diet they were recommending. It turned out that the “day” was more about walking than it was about healthy eating—and they provided very few specifics on the latter.

This is the kind of food that your heart association recommends that you eat on National Healthy Eating Day.

But after checking the nutrition section of their heart.org website, I found exactly what I expected to find—ABSOLUTELY WORTHLESS INFORMATION.

Just as ALL other national organizations of this type, they follow the U.S. Government Dietary Guidelines—which are guaranteed to make you sick and fat…as you try to get the right number of servings from each food group.

Recommendations from the AHA website—daily consumption of the three food groups who are paying the most money for the privilege of being called “healthy”

Fat-free or low-fat dairy Products

2-3 servings per day
  • 1 cup fat-free or low-fat milk
  • 1 cup fat-free or low-fat yogurt
  • 1 and1/2 oz fat-free or low-fat cheese (about the size of 6 stacked dice)

Lean meats, poultry, and seafood

3-6 oz (cooked) per day
  • 3 oz cooked meat (about the size of a computer mouse)
  • 3 oz grilled fish (about the size of a checkbook)

Fats and oils

Use liquid vegetable oils and soft margarine most often

2-3 servings per day
  • 1 tsp soft margarine
  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp regular or 2 Tbsp low-fat salad dressing (fat-free dressing does not count as a serving)

Reading from the news article:

Along with the meat and dairy shown above, this is the kind of food our heart association is recommending.

National Eating Healthy Day is dedicated to the health and wellness of all Americans. Making small changes each day to incorporate healthier food choices is an easy way to create a positive lifestyle change, including a balanced eating pattern and physical activity.

Forrest General encourages businesses to use the AHA’s resources and help employees take the first step toward healthy living by kicking off a wellness campaign or adding to an existing one!

For more tips and tools from the AHA on healthy lifestyle choices, including walking plans and recipes, visit Heart.org Getting Healthy Center.

The Bottom Line. If you’re really interested in eating healthy for your heart, stay as far away as you can from the American Heart Association. Instead, take a look at a few of my earlier blogs shown below. Here you can learn how numerous medical doctors have reversed heart disease in 95% of their patients with NOTHING but a change in diet. A change to mostly whole, plant-based foods—and none of the artery clogging foods that the AHA recommends:       —My 649th consecutive daily blog—

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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5 Responses to “National Healthy Eating Day” was Nov. 7—Did you miss it?

  1. AHA, like so many other “health” organizations, get major funding from meat, dairy and junk food industries as well as Big Pharma. The problem is when reputable doctors use AHA reccomendations because AHA is seen the authority and Drs. Esselstyn and Ornish are not. Michele Simon pointed this out in “Appetite for Profit.”
    — Mike R

    • MY KIND OF LAWYER! SO GOOD to spread the word on MICHELE SIMON!

      “MICHELE SIMON” yields 73,900 hits of relevance.including 18 wonderful “long” videos free on line. Her APPETITE for PROFIT is in all decent libraries and available in Amazon Kindle etc. Go to her website and anchor yourself in often neglected essential FACTS:
      This woman does a superb job in debunking popular meat, dairy, and oil myths.

  2. Leo S. says:

    Anyone interested in the effects the foods they eat may have on their health should take the time to see the following videos. See them, save them, and pass them on to others. “Sitting on a Time Bomb” discusses production of animals and “Udderly Amazing” discusses dairy products.


    • Is “NATIONAL HEALTHY EATING DAY” a good idea RUINED? All points presented by J. Morris Hicks relevant to this “DAY” are well taken. Very frustrating to see AHA stance.

      One good citation or URL leads to another: Thank god for on line videos and DVDs !!
      It makes my day to see Leo cite Amazing Discoveries (AD) and work of Walter Veith.

      Overcoming my initial skepticism on the AD religious connection ( I was born only once ) I purchased his Gesundheit – kein Zufall (HEALTH – No Accident) set of 7 DVDs in Germany. (Dr. Veith speaks accent-free German). A marvelous fact-based series!

      Walter Veith’s mother tongue is English. Fast forward to today. A few keystrokes after seeing the very promising post by Leo I was pleased to see a set of five DVDs by Dr. Walter Veith for sale on the AD web site. Even better yet, at first blush. it appears that all lectures are available on the web FREE. Content sampled so far looks truly wonderful. After viewing them all on line, I may buy entire series of the below fove DVDs to support the work of Dr. Veith. Free is better than cheap. But I like to share DVDS with others.

      301 – Life at its Best
      302 – Your Health Your Choice
      303 – Sitting on a Time Bomb
      304 – Udderly Amazing
      305 – Health and Happiness

      Although Leo’s cited URL will get you started – be careful. Note that the above titles in searches will yield multiple hits that accommodate different languages such as Romanian.
      In the zillions of hits most of us are happiest with English without such subtitles. Another thing to note that many on line video presentations are broken up into “Parts” of ten minutes or so. Best to pick a hit with the ENTIRE presentation in one 90 minutes piece.

      Forgive length of above. Hope it helps kindred spirits and seekers of truth.



  3. billkranker1 says:


    Have you ever found a major organization that is recommending the right dietary info?

    You will probably lose weight in the USA from the workout you will get in searching for the correct nutritional information. You really have to do some digging. Fortunately the effort is worth it!!


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