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Where do you get your Protein?

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As vegetarians, we are this question all the time. We are also asked “what do you eat?” The answer to the first question is everything! Anything from plant or animal kingdoms are made of cells which are constructed from protein.

I saw the following picture snd it just said it so well.

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How much Longer can you live by eating more Plants!

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Dr Greger has a very interesting video (below) that asks the question, “How many minutes (longer do we live) per mouthful of plants”. By plants we include both fruits and vegetables. No one argues the fact that plants are good for us but how good are they? A recent study compared those people eating 5 servings of plant based foods per day to those eating 4, 3, 2, 1 and no plant based food per day showed:

Servings pf Plants Months lived or lost
0 -48 months (we lose 2 years off our live if we don’t eat any plant foods)
1 -18
2 -7
3 -3
4 -1 month

Death is Nuts!

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Can something as simple as nuts help prolong death? Dr Greger says YES! Nuts have always been considered healthy. A study done at Harvard says nuts lowered cancer and heart disease. But nuts are fattening aren’t they? It turns out nuts do NOT increase body weight. Are nuts part of your diet? If not start eating them. If you are eating them, KEEP IT UP! it appears the benefits will pass when you stop eating nuts. Isn’t it better to take some nuts, vegetables & fruits instead of a handful of artificial drugs?

 

Easy Cancer Prevention

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First I am back! We moved and I have been spending all my time packing and unpacking but its over and I am back to my BLOGs!

Cancer is a concern to all of us. In my BLOG and book, I focus on foods that prevent cancer and can even cure it if you already have it. Spices have been used as remedies for ages. Some spices have near miraculous healing powers. Tumeric used in many Indian dishes is one such spice. It comes from Curcumin. Dr Greger says, Curcumin has the ability to stop cancer at all of its stages (transformation, tumor formation, proliferation, tumor growth, invasion and metastasis). He also says this spice can help even before carcinogens get to our cells.

My belief is nature is very complex and has evolved plants and animals in parallel. All animal based life require nutrients and antioxidants from the plant world. Plants seem to have great abilities to help us prevent diseases and cure them if we do get sick. We really do need to eat more vegetables & fruits. Many people say they don’t like the taste but it is usually how they are cooked. Try experimenting with different types and cook them only slightly. This give a nice crunch to your vegetables. After eating more your taste buds will adjust and enjoy them more and more.

Eating well makes us more energetic, we enjoy better sex, we are healthier, slim us down and sleep better. Isn’t that worth a revisit to plants?

 

Are Humans the Smartest Animals on Earth?

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I sometimes wonder how smart we really are. Yes we have technology that no other animals has but all life seeks out health, procreation and finds food that is nursing to its species except humans! We know soda, fried foods, salty foods, sugary foods are bad for us but we still consume them in droves. More so than any other country. Many of us know how bad animal protein is for us but we are consuming larger quantities of it than ever before. What do we have to show for it? More cancer than ever and more than other countries. Heart decease is still the number one killer of Americans. Animal protein with its saturated fat and cholesterol is the main cause. Sugary and salty foods lead to it as well. We eat far less vegetables than our parents did. Why? I think it is because we have convinced ourselves that vegetables and fruits are not good tasting. We don’t see commercials for them but we do for fast food items and sugary treats. If we were so smart, you would think that most of us would catch on and change our lives. Doing so would increase American health, decrease hospitals, nursing homes and medical offices, decrease health care costs nd raise the standard of living in America. If we keep to our current path, we are doomed! Drugs have not helped the rise of decease and won’t at any time. From a drug company prospective, it is better to keep America sick and sell them a lot of drugs for their symptoms.

 

Exercise vs. Diet

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On Monday I BLOGged on How Much Exercise we Need. Exercise is very important for many reasons. If you eat a very bad diet, you can not exercise your way to a slim body. If you are already slim, you may be able to maintain it. Exercising without a good diet will not save you from diseases. Look at how many athletes get cancer or die of a heart attack. We must find a combination of exercise and diet if we want to maintain our health.

The plant kingdom evolved with us over millions of years. All the nutrients we need that are missing from our bodies is contained in plants (fruits & vegetables). Modern medicines are based on nutrients found in plants. They are synthesized not actually taken from plants. We need plants to survive in this world.

Now fast forward to current time! The SAD (Standard American Diet) is a sad diet. Most Americans are eating less and less plants and more and more meat, sugars and salt. This type of diet will kill most people eating it. If you really want to protect your family, start improving your diet and start a family exercise program. It can be as simple as walking together.

 

Holiday, Eating healthy and Well

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Long gone are the days were we sit at the table for 6 hours and gorge ourselves. Or at least it’s long gone for most. This holiday season try to make more vegetables. If you’re a meat-eater, serve smaller portions and find interesting vegetable dishes to try with your meat. Avoid frying everything. For dessert make less! Try baking something yourself. Use half the sugar called for or use a substitute like natural organic apple sauce with no sugar added. An even better dessert is fruit, fresh, juicy and delicious.

Vegetables

Vegetables (Photo credit: neonbubble)

Holidays are about spending time with family and friends, not about over eating or eating the wrong things. Stay healthy and help keep your family healthy.

 

The Island Where People Forget to Die

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Evdilos harbor

Evdilos harbor (Photo credit: Lauren Carpe Diem)

The October 28, 2012, Sunday New York Times ran an article called “The Island Where People Forget to Die”. A man diagnosed here with cancer decided to move back to his parents house near Evdilos Greece. He had lung cancer an the American doctors gave him 9 months to live. He started to eat the local foods (mostly vegetables) and wine. Then something strange started to happen. He woke up when he felt like it and was enjoying what was left of his life. He did not die. He built a vineyard and was cancer free without drugs or chemo.

People on this small Island live very long and healthy lives. They work into old age. They eat fresh grown vegetables and the local produced wines. Food is grown without pesticides and seems to give them longevity. What we eat is so important.

Do as Grandma said, “Eat your veggies everyday!”

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Harvard School of Public Health

Harvard School of Public Health (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vegetables, as Socrates said, are our medicine. Nature gave us vegetables & fruits to energize our bodies, protect them from invading diseases and provide the necessary nutrients for life. Without them we are running on dirty and inefficient fuel. It is only a matter of time until our bodies break down. Then we live with disease or die.

The Harvard School of Public Health publicized a study that concluded we should eat our vegetables and plenty of them. It concluded that plant life helps lower the risk, prevent and even improve the flowing:

  1. Cardiovascular diseases
  2. Cancer
  3. High Blood Pressure
  4. Gastrointestinal Health
  5. Vision

Can anyone justify not eating plants? So much is at stake. Simply doing what grandma knew can improve your life substantially. Why risk so much?

The study goes on to say eat plenty of vegetables & fruits. What does plenty mean? More than most Americans eat. This is the single reason so many Americans are sick and die prematurely. It is NOT old age. It is bad fuel!

 

Review of an Important Video on Health!

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English: Logo of the Centers for Disease Contr...

English: Logo of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. White on blue background with white rays but no white “burst”. No detailed wording. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On my BLOG, under the video tab, is a series of videos that should be viewed. The first one from Dr. Greger is on a study done by the CDC that shows vegans get few chronic illnesses and if you have a serious illness, becoming vegan can reverse it. This video shows a list of the top illnesses that affect and kill Americans. All but one, accidents, are vastly improved by being vegan. Don’t underestimate the power of the vegetable!

 

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