These are Dr. Ornish's own words, taken from the web site:
The diet that Dr. Ornish recommends is a low-fat, whole foods, plant-based
diet that is based on fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, and soy products
in their natural forms. These foods give you a double-benefit: they are low
in substances that are harmful and are rich in literally hundreds of
substances that may be protective against heart disease and many other
Dr. Ornish has found that it is often easier to make big changes in diet
and lifestyle than to make small ones-- because you feel so much better, so
quickly, it reframes the reason for changing diet and lifestyle from fear
of dying to joy of living.
Program participants are asked to adopt a diet based on the following
No animal products except egg whites and non-fat dairy foods
No more than 10 percent of total calories from fat
No more than 10 milligrams a day of dietary cholesterol
Approximately 15 percent of total calories from protein
Approximately 75 percent of total calories from complex carbohydrates
Restricted salt intake for patients with hypertension, heart failure
or kidney disease
Moderate sugar intake
Less than 2 ounces per day of alcohol
Recommendations for supplementation based on known research,
emerging research, and the degree to which the participants can
implement the diet
Walking is the preferred form of exercise, 30 minutes per day or
one hour three times per week. Moderate exercise provides much of
the health benefits of more intensive exercise but with a lower
risk of injury or sudden cardiac death during exercise. The
greatest reduction in premature death is between those who walk
and those who are sedentary. From a fitness standpoint, more is
better, but only if you do it on a regular basis. What gets people
in trouble is when they are weekend warriors--being sedentary six
days a week and exercising intensively (i.e., shoveling snow,
playing basketball) on the seventh.
Stress management techniques include stretching, breathing,
meditation, progressive relaxation, and group support. These
techniques are designed to increase and focus your awareness,
to improve concentration, to quiet down your mind and body to
rediscover inner sources of peace, joy, and well-being.
Group support is designed to create a community in which
participants enhance intimacy and adherence to the program.
Several studies have shown that support groups may prolong
survival as well.
Hope this is helpful.