Veggie Vacation in Tropical Paradise



Oh what a fantastic trip I had in Guanacaste, Costa Rica with Dr. McDougall, his wife, Mary and about 120 other McDougallers!  We had daily outings of snorkeling, horseback riding, mud baths, hot springs, rafting, ZIP-LINING, PLUS bird, monkey, and iguana watching. Each evening Dr. McDougall spoke between 5:00 – 6:00 before dinner. 


Meals, well there’s just no way to do them justice other than to say we ate a buffet of the rainbow at every meal!  Fresh exotic local fruits and vegetables. Cassava, yucca, plantains, white & sweet potatoes, rice and beans.  The difference for me was that I was used to Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eat to Live program with limited starches.  Dr. McDougall’s take is all known successful civilizations with trim people survived on starches:

The most important evidence supporting my claim that the natural human diet is based on starches is a simple observation that you can easily validate for yourself: All large populations of trim, healthy people, throughout verifiable human history, have obtained the bulk of their calories from starch. Examples of once thriving people include Japanese, Chinese, and other Asians eating sweet potatoes, buckwheat, and/or rice, Incas in South America eating potatoes, Mayans and Aztecs in Central America eating corn, and Egyptians in the Middle East eating wheat.

What was my biggest take-away?  Eat more whole starches!  Eat it at every meal. Your plate should be 1/3 – 1/2 starch and the rest green and yellow vegetables. I asked Dr. McDougall if we needed to give up avocados and nuts…he looked at me and said, “Do you want to lose weight?” Sigh…OK, darn it! I’d already given up oil (99%), now I need to make it 100%.

All of this can be found in book The Starch Solution


I’ll leave you with a few pics of yesterdays meals (that I made) using guidelines from the maximum weight loss version of McDougall’s plan.

Potato Bowl

                                 Potato Bowl


                       Vegetable Soup


                   Spaghetti Squash Lasagna


For a MUCH more in-depth chronicle of this adventure, fellow travelers in my group, Christine & Michael Yager have a really great blog post at: .



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  1. 1

    Vicki Reiner said,

    So glad to hear about it and very pleased to hear that you did it!!!

  2. 2

    Thanks for linking to our blog. Enjoyed reading your takeaways from the trip. It was so inspirational to listen to McDougall in person!

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