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Too many vegetables? Long-time vegetarian suffers health scare

Is it possible to eat too much spinach, cocoa and fruit and too many nuts, grains and seeds?

pg6Many people may think not, believing that a vegetarian diet is spiritually and environmentally exemplary, as well as a guarantee of good health.

Vietnamese-American Peter Trinh basically went along with that thinking when he went mostly vegetarian in 2009 in order to deal with type 2 diabetes. 

“I went full bore into the health thing after the diabetes” and ‘lost a ton of weight,” explains the 44-year-old who was born with serious visual impairment on an island near Vietnam, of a mother fleeing the Vietnam War, and brought to the United States at 1 month of age. He adds that spiritual interests were not in the equation when he first changed his diet, although he was keen on stopping the expensive lifestyle and rich foods he had grown used to in Santa Barbara, California. 

Trinh kept up the diet after he moved to Guadalajara and during the two years he lived here, and later in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, where he now resides. Guadalajara friends recall him often consuming spinach salad or green juice when he lived here.

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