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Vegetarian and Vegan dishes are catching on!

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Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables (Photo credit: nutrilover)

I was in Whole Foods Supermarket yesterday and was pleasantly surprised at the number of non meat dishes in their prepared foods section. They have always had meat-less cold cuts and non dairy cheeses but there is an increase of delicious prepared foods made from vegetables. If you are an avid reader of this BLOG, you already know that vegetables are critical to human health. They give us our medicines but they also give us our health. If you are not a vegetable eater, try some new veggies. Try making them al-dente so they have a crunch to them (they will also have more nutrients in them). Most European cultures favor their vegetable dishes. Why do we Americans typically eat little or no vegetables? Health is your choice. God doesn’t make you sick nor does anyone except yourself. Change your life-style and enjoy better health. Diet, stress, exercise and thinking (positive or negative) are the main causes of healthy (good or bad). See my book on how these four items can bring you horrible illnesses or happy lifelong health! It is available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon as hardcover, paperback or e-book.

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What to Cook on Meatless Mondays?

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The logo of the Vegan Society (UK), which asso...

The logo of the Vegan Society (UK), which associated international groups of such (similar) societies based on veganism. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People always ask me what do you eat? There are so many great vegan recipes you can try. You can eat any ethnic group food you desire. There is a recipe for Fresh Tortellini with Asparagus, Peas & Parsley at The Hand That Rocks The Ladle site. I recently bought a great vegan cook book called Pure Vegan by Joseph Shuldiner. It has 70 recipes from breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, drinks and late night snacks.

Meatless Mondays

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Meatless Monday, Enchilada Edition

Meatless Monday, Enchilada Edition (Photo credit: Dave77459)

How many of you follow meatless Mondays? Let me know! Personal Liberty Digest reports on a survey that shows Meatless Mondays are working! They said 73% of the people surveyed ate more vegetables, 64% ate more fruit, 42% ate more beans and 47% ate more grains. What are you eating?

From Twitter to Meatless Products!

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English: saturday, january 24th 2009. jenny ma...

English: saturday, january 24th 2009. jenny makes a delicious homemade veggie burger. she uses beans, corn, rice, and different spices. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone is betting big on a new meat-less product called Beyond Meat. This start-up is producing vegan meat-less products that look, taste and feel like real meat. If you are vegan check it out! If you are vegetarian or looking to reduce your animal fat, try some of these new products. I have found great cold cut, sausage and veggie-burger products that taste great and cannot be detected by most people. Try a blind taste test party and have some fun.

Our Meat Consumption is up, but is America at it’s Peak?

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Allison Van Dusen of Forbes says In 2000, total meat consumption, including red meat, poultry and fish, reached 195 pounds per person — 57 pounds above the average annual consumption in the 1950s, according to the USDA Agriculture Fact Book, 2001-2002, the latest version. In all, Americans consumed about 7 pounds more red meat, 46 pounds more poultry and 4 pounds more fish and shellfish than in the 1950s. It is these increases in saturated fat that has turned American health bad. We are eating more meat and animal protein than we ever did. Are bodies have not evolved to digest this amount of animal protein. Try reducing your consumption by following meatless Mondays and then increase it so you eventually get to eating meat only once a week. If you have the power to give it up completely go vegetarian or better yet vegan.

Meatless Mondays

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A new movement is taking off to help reduce the amount of meat and animal fats in our diets. Dr. Bob Lawrence, director of the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health says he is not pushing America to become vegetarians but cutting back on meat and animal products will help reduce heart disease and certain cancers. Dr Lawrence admits in public at a party he will eat some meat if served but at home he eats fish and pasta with non cream based sauces. This article shows how America’s meat consumption is on the rise as is heart disease and cancer. The China Study by T. Colin Campbell sets the amount of animal protein at 10%. Above that heart disease and cancer sets in.

How much does eating animal products cost us?

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In my book, Food For Thought – An Epigenetic Guide to Wellness I reference the Worldwide Issues Paper as stating that a minimum of $60,000,000,000 in annual medical costs in the United States is directly attributable to meat consumption. Compare that to $65,000,000,000 in annual medical costs directly attributable to smoking. We all see the risks of smoking but why can’t we see the risks of meat consumption?