How much: 5-7 servings per day (one serving is equal to 1 teaspoon of oil, 2 walnuts, 1 tablespoon of flaxseed, 1 ounce of avocado)
Healthy choices: For cooking, use extra virgin olive oil and expeller-pressed organic canola oil. Other sources of healthy fats include nuts (especially walnuts), avocados, and seeds - including hemp seeds and freshly ground flaxseed. Omega-3 fats are also found in cold water fish, omega-3 enriched eggs, and whole soy foods. Organic, expeller pressed, high-oleic sunflower or safflower oils may also be used, as well as walnut and hazelnut oils in salads and dark roasted sesame oil as a flavoring for soups and stir-fries
Why: Healthy fats are those rich in either monounsaturated or omega-3 fats. Extra-virgin olive oil is rich in polyphenols with antioxidant activity and canola oil contains a small fraction of omega-3 fatty acids.
WHOLE & CRACKED GRAINS
How much: 3-5 servings a day (one serving is equal to about ½ cup cooked grains)
Healthy choices: Brown rice, basmati rice, wild rice, buckwheat, groats, barley, quinoa, steel-cut oats
Why: Whole grains digest slowly, reducing frequency of spikes in blood sugar that promote inflammation. "Whole grains" means grains that are intact or in a few large pieces, not whole wheat bread or other products made from flour."
The pyramid is not perfect and I wouldn't recommend anyone to follow it to a tee, but he got a lot of it right.
I think Dr. Weil's obesity is a clear symbol of why current dietary recommendations are such a failure. It is because success depends on using willpower to over-ride the desire to eat. We have very limited ability to do that. So even this highly successful person who really believes in his mission and wants to help people be well, can't control his weight with this diet.
Satiety is the critical component in long term weight loss/maintenance. He is eating in a way that depends on willpower instead of satiety. He will lose and so will most people who follow his advice.
Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )