October 8, 2010

57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan

Vegans are frequently misunderstood as fringe eaters with an unnatural passion for animal rights. While many vegans do feel passionately about animals, its time for others to see that a vegan diet and lifestyle go way beyond animal rights. Following a healthy, balanced vegan diet ensures a host of health benefits as well as prevention of some of the major diseases striking people in North America. Read these blogs to find out about the health benefits or going vegan or just provide better information to your patients.

Nutrition

All of the following nutritional benefits come from a vegan diet full of foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and soy products.

  1. Reduced saturated fats. Dairy products and meats contain a large amount of saturated fats. By reducing the amount of saturated fats from your diet, you’ll improve your health tremendously, especially when it comes to cardiovascular health.
  2. Carbohydrates. Carbohydrates provide energy for your body. When you don’t have enough carbohydrates, your body will burn muscle tissue.
  3. Fiber. A diet high in fiber (as vegan eating usually is) leads to healthier bowel movements. High fiber diets help fight against colon cancer.
  4. Magnesium. Aiding in the absorption of calcium, magnesium is an often overlooked vitamin in importance to a healthy diet. Nuts, seeds, and dark leafy greens are an excellent source of magnesium.
  5. Potassium. Potassium balances water and acidity in your body and stimulates the kidneys to eliminate toxins. Diets high in potassium have shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
  6. Folate. This B vitamin is an important part of a healthy diet. Folate helps with cell repair, generating red and white blood cells, and metabolizing amino acids.
  7. Antioxidants. For protection against cell damage, antioxidants are one of the best ways to help your body. Many researchers also believe that antioxidants help protect your body against forming some types of cancer.
  8. Vitamin C. Besides boosting your immune system, Vitamin C also helps keep your gums healthy and helps your bruises heal faster. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant.
  9. Vitamin E. This powerful vitamin has benefits for your heart, skin, eyes, brain, and may even help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. A diet high in grains, nuts, and dark leafy greens is full of Vitamin E.
  10. Phytochemicals. Plant-based foods provide phytochemicals, which help to prevent and heal the body from cancer, boost protective enzymes, and work with antioxidants in the body.
  11. Protein. That protein is good for your body is no surprise. It may be a surprise to learn that most Americans eat too much protein and in forms such as red meat that are not healthy ways of getting protein. Beans, nuts, peas, lentils, and soy products are all great ways to get the right amount of protein in a vegan diet.
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January 20, 2010

Animal Protein Causes Cancer

Celebrated Cornell University professor T. Colin Campbell Phd, presents the overwhelming evidence
showing that animal protein is one of the most potent carcinogens people are exposed to.

This is the FULL 45 MINUTE talk from Dr. Campbell’s appearance at the
2005 VegSource Healthy Lifestyle Expo.

More info and Expo talks are available on DVD
in our IN OUR STORE https://secure2.vegsource.com/catalog/

November 19, 2009

Cancer and the Vegetarian Diet

by William Harris, M.D.

Cancer is not caused by bacteria, faulty diet, inadequate exercise, environmental contaminants, ionizing radiation, tobacco, viruses, nor heredity. Cancer is caused by a series of genetic mutations in DNA which may be either germline (inherited) or somatic (acquired during life). However, the chances of these mutations occurring in sufficient number to result in cancer is affected by all of the preceding factors.

DNA is the critical target molecule in carcinogenesis (1). Although DNA has various repair mechanisms, some types of damage persist and become the basis of the defective molecular biology that is cancer. Oncogenes (tumor genes), tumor suppressing genes, and aptotic genes (causing programmed cell death) normally interact to build normal cells, to prevent excessive growth, and finally to kill the cell before genetic mutations cause it to malfunction.

Table 1. U.S. cancer rates.

Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, where over 1.3 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed annually, with 550,000 deaths. Current United States incidence figures for the ten leading types of cancer are shown (2). Women have an approximately 1:8 lifetime chance of developing breast cancer, and men have an approximately 1:5 chance of developing prostate cancer. Rates above are per 100,000 in 1992. Both Hodgkin’s disease and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are included under lymphoma.

There are three categories of evidence suggesting that a veg*n (vegetarian or vegan) diet reduces risk for various types of cancer.

Epidemiologically, the intake of animal source food correlates with the country-by-country incidence of six types of cancer. Although none of the reporting countries can be assumed to have large vegan or even vegetarian populations, it appears that the less animal source food per capita, the lower the cancer rate.

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October 22, 2009

Michael Moore’s Action Plan: 15 Things Every American Can Do Right Now

You’ve Seen the Movie — Now It’s Time to ACT!

Friends,

It’s the #1 question I’m constantly asked after people see my movie: “OK — so NOW what can I DO?!”

You want something to do? Well, you’ve come to the right place! ‘Cause I got 15 things you and I can do right now to fight back and try to fix this very broken system.

Here they are:

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October 9, 2009

Vegan MoFo: Magic Protein Shake of the Gods

Simple, delicious, and oh so good for you.

MagicShake

Blend it all up, of course in your Vitamix.  This shake is full of chocolaty goodness.  And with these super-food ingredients it’s loaded with calcium, protein (15g from the powder alone), omega 3s, potassium, and all the goodness of cacao.  Only addition that could possibly make it better is peanut butter, like a Miko’s Miracle from Secret Spot.  Maybe next time.

October 8, 2009

Vegan MoFo: Brekkie Sandwich!

Best. Easy. Breakfast. EVER!Brekkie Sandwich

  • Toasted whole wheat english muffin (or whatever bready item you like)
  • Favorite Vegan Sausage (or Fakin’ Bacon is great too)
  • Mashed Avocado
  • Sliced Tomato
  • Slice O’ Tofu
  • Native Cheese

Here’s the dirt on this household favorite :

Fry up the sausage and tofu in a little olive oil with some Bragg’s liquid aminos sprankled in there for salty goodness.  Also liberal sprinkes of Costco Organic No-Salt Seasoning  add a nice flavor.

The magic ingredient however, is the Native Cheese.  This is a modified recipe from Tanya’s delicious Native Chis from Native Foods.  I can’t mention that place enough.  Native Foods.  Native Foods.  Ok, anyway here’s how to make my version:

  • 2 cups almonds or cashews, or any combination
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp. sea salt, or himalayan pink sea salt if you’re fancy
  • 1/4 large onion
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic (the kind in oil)
  • 1 Tbsp. Raw Tahini

Place it all in your $500 Vitamix and blend until creamy smooth.  Yes, I said $500 Vitamix, because you really need to own one if you don’t.  It’ll never break, and you can do amazing wondrous things with it.  Go ahead and try with a wimpy normal blender.  You won’t be happy. I’m sure many of you have variations on this, post yours in the forum!

October 5, 2009

Vegan MoFo Day #5 AKA International Balls

….of delicious chickpeas and spices, FALAFEL! Who doesn’t like delicious falafel, complete with tomatoes, onion, tahini, hummus, lettuce, or any of many, many more vegan toppings (10+) at Maoz falafel stand.

Other than the fried in oil bit, falafel is quite good for you, with lots of protein, b-vitamins, & minerals.

The first store opened in Amsterdam in the early 90s, but now they have 25 stores all over the world; France, Spain, Germany, America, and India. My lady friend Janie and I ate there in Amsterdam, right across from Centraal Station, and it was divine. Plenty of spice if you like, and everything is vegetarian, and I believe most toppings were vegan. And to top off a great meal, it was cheap. Tasty, nutritious, & cheap, the trifecta of dining, for me anyway.

Of course in Amsterdam there are lots of reasons to be …uh…hungry, but their other worldwide locations have been quite successful as well, and founders Nachman and Sima Milo plan to be the veg McDonalds, with a goal of opening 1000 locations! We really hope they do, although I have a feeling either Native Foods or The Veggie Grill might get there first, at least in the USA.

You can download Maoz extremely simple menu here.

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July 20, 2009

Are Humans Omnivores?

A natural diet for any given species should be the one that gives the species optimum health. Given the health ailments that are significantly reduced by eliminating animal products (cancer, heart disease, diabetes), it suggests that we were never meant to eat animal products. People who are vegan tend not to have such issues. People who are raw vegan notice even more health benefits.

Secondly, I hear all the time that we have canines and therefore, are meant to eat meat. Calling our eye teeth “canines” seems like a big joke to me when you compare them to the teeth of real omnivores. I looked up some of our closest relatives, other primates, and compared omnivores to herbivores and then to humans and guess what:

human skull:

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HERBIVORES:
Douc-Langur-Herbivore1 OrangBorneoFemaleHerbivore2 Orangutan-Juv-Herbivore3

OMNIVORES:

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Then of course there’s all this:

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May 15, 2009

The Hidden Cause of Global Warming

Let's Act Now

By now we have all heard about the urgency of global warming. Besides changing light bulbs, most of us think that there is nothing much we can do right now. Although upgrading appliances at home, installing solar panels on the roof, and switching to a hybrid car will surely reduce our contribution to global warming,

not all of us are able to do that right away. So, what can we do? Wait for politicians to pass laws to save the planet? Hope that someone else will take care of the problem? Isn’t there something we can all do now to make a BIG difference?

“YES WE CAN! ACT NOW. TODAY”

Which do you think is more responsible for global warming: a gas-guzzling SUV, or a hamburger?

Surprise! It’s the burger!

Hard to believe? A United Nations report demonstrated that raising animals for food generates more greenhouse gases than all the cars, trucks, SUVs, trains, planes and ships in the world combined. How much more? An impressive 40% more. A study done by two geophysicists at the University of Chicago said that just one person reducing his or her meat consumption by only 20% would be the equivalent of switching from a Camry to a Prius. Think about that! With simple changes to our everyday food choices, we can actually make as much a difference as the guy who just purchased a hybrid car – easily. We CAN make big differences.

Many of us already know that a plant-based or meatless diet is good for our health, and obviously, it is good for the animals. But there is much, much more. Not only is meat consumption a major source of land, soil, air and water degradation, and other environmental problems, it’s also a main cause of the current world food crisis, as nearly half of the world’s grain is used to feed livestock instead of humans.

All lives on earth are interconnected. Just imagine the power we have when we make our simple daily decisions. We can determine our own well-being and the well-being of others; we can choose to protect or threaten the welfare of animals; and most of all, we can choose to save or destroy the planet we all live on. We have come to the critical moment when we have to decide which direction we want to go. Time is running out. Be green, be really green — go Veg! We CAN help save the planet, one meal at a time. Let’s act now!

Please visit http://www.letsactnow.org/ to learn more.

May 2, 2009

100 Ways to Save the Environment

In Your Home – Conserve Energy

  1. Clean or replace air filters on your air conditioning unit at least once a month.
  2. If you have central air conditioning, do not close vents in unused rooms.
  3. Lower the thermostat on your water heater to 120.
  4. Wrap your water heater in an insulated blanket.
  5. Turn down or shut off your water heater when you will be away for extended periods.
  6. Turn off unneeded lights even when leaving a room for a short time.
  7. Set your refrigerator temperature at 36 to 38 and your freezer at 0 to 5 .
  8. When using an oven, minimize door opening while it is in use; it reduces oven temperature by 25 to 30 every time you open the door.
  9. Clean the lint filter in your dryer after every load so that it uses less energy.
  10. Unplug seldom used appliances.
  11. Use a microwave when- ever you can instead of a conventional oven or stove.
  12. Wash clothes with warm or cold water instead of hot.
  13. Reverse your indoor ceiling fans for summer and winter operations as recommended.
  14. Turn off lights, computers and other appliances when not in use.
  15. Purchase appliances and office equipment with the Energy Star Label; old refridgerators, for example, use up to 50 more electricity than newer models.
  16. Only use electric appliances when you need them.
  17. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs to save money and energy.
  18. Keep your thermostat at 68 in winter and 78 in summer. » Read the rest of this entry …

April 15, 2009

Dr. Greger’s 2009 Nutrition Recommendations

Dr. Greger 2009 Nutrition Recommendations

June 6, 2008

David Wolfe on Cacao/Chocolate

May 4, 2008

Dispelling the Raw Food Myths

http://www.chidiet.com


There are many myths flying around about the raw food diet.

This video debunks every myth about the raw food diet.

April 27, 2007

Another Raw Doc – “30 Days Raw”!

Supercharge Me! 30 Days Raw
One Raw Show Girl. The Start of a Revolution.

 

April 17, 2007

David Wolfe: You are what you eat.

April 10, 2007

Raw for 30 Days

Raw for 30 Days
a film about live food and the intention of healing, an empowering documentary about choosing life over diabetes.

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