Tuesday, March 17, 2009
THE DANGERS OF HIGH-PROTEIN DIETS
High-protein diets present numerous health concerns. While they are loaded with fat and protein, they are low in vitamin C and B. The absence of fiber often contributes to constipation and other bowel problems.
A high intake of animal protein can be harmful to the kidneys, gradually damaging the nephrons, the kidneys’ tiny filter units. The effect is not usually detectable until much later. Animal protein also encourages the loss of calcium from the bones, encouraging osteoporosis.
Over the long run, a meaty diet increases the risk of several forms of cancer, particularly colon cancer. Part of the reason is that, as meats are cooked, amino acids, creatine, and natural sugars in the animal muscle tissue coalesce to form cancer-causing chemicals called heterocyclic amines. These chemicals are part of the explanation for the threefold increase in colon cancer among frequent meat eaters, compared to those who generally avoid meats.
On February 24, 2000, Robert Atkins, Barry Sears, and Sugar-Busters’ Morrison Bethea faced off against Doctors Dean Ornish, John Mcdougall, and other advocates of low-fat and vegetarian diets in a morning-long debate sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Most notable in the debate was the marked absence of scientific evidence favoring high-protein diets, in contrast to innumerable scientific studies establishing the slimming effects and other health benefits of low-fat and vegetarian diets.
High-protein diets present a band-aid approach to weight problems. People often fall off that diet of miniscule portions and crave something else. It takes a strong effort to remain on that diet and the people who do... need to diet the rest of their lives in order not to gain back the weight they have lost. Over the long run, low-fat diets rich in whole grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits are much better at getting your body’s insulin working again, trimming your waistline and cholesterol level and maximizing health. It’s almost impossible to gain weight on a true vegan diet.
The best news besides being the healthiest of diets, you never have to go hungry again...eating vegan is a way of life where you can eat until you are satisfied and still lose weight the healthy way, slowly but continually. You never have to count calories again…except to make sure you are getting enough! The only down side is you may have to take a vitamin B12 supplement or incorporate nutritional yeast into your diet; and don’t let people make you think you can’t get enough omega’s…those people haven’t studied this diet…the scientists of nutritional research have.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Regular physical activity cuts death rates dramatically. The good news for non-athletes is that most of the benefits come from light physical activity such as walking. There is relatively little difference in the value of intense physical activity versus modest exercise, such as walking. But there is a big difference between getting any form of physical activity and never getting any at all.
Do not buy into the myth that exercise can undo the effects of a bad diet; it is not true. Take soldiers, for example, they get a lot of exercise, and tend to stay physically fit, but when doctors examined the hearts of 300 American soldiers killed in Korea, 77 % had some atherosclerosis. In many, the plaques were of substantial size, and in some cases they had blocked off entire coronary arteries. These young men had grown up eating the typical American diet, and they had no hint of the powder keg waiting in their hearts. If you looked at the soldiers who had plaques, some were big enough to block at least half of the artery opening…yet they ‘seemed’ fit! They were not overweight; the combined average weight between them was 153 pounds. They did not have high blood pressure and their average age was 23. Obviously, their physical fitness did not keep their arteries clear.
Physical activity cannot counteract the effects of a fat-filled diet, but it can add to the benefits of a healthful life-style. Just walking 30 minutes a day 3 times a week will be a great way to start; and if you can’t walk 30 minutes all at one time, break it into 3 segments walking 10 minutes 3 times a day.
Monday, March 02, 2009
I’m so disappointed in something…is it my ‘friends’ or my ‘family’ or people in general or maybe myself? I’m not certain…
What is it about the word ‘vegan’ that makes people act like I’ve suddenly acquired a very nasty contagious disease, or grown a third eye, or contracted leprosy? We are only vegan for the healthy benefits of eating to heal our bodies. We are not (as most everyone knows) vegans for any other reason; it’s not for religion or any kind of bandwagon! So don’t be shocked when you see me wearing my leather coat and shoes and carrying my leather hand bag!
All day Friday and Saturday my husband and I prepared for an elaborate party to be held at my house. We invited our usual circle of friends and family. We have these kinds of parties about every 2 months but it’s not always at our house…we take turns. The last party was on New Years Day. This time it was March 1st and it was to be at our house. We all gather about 12:30 and eat soon there after. (It’s pretty much an all day event of eating and visiting) The host prepares the main course and anything else he/she wants to also prepare. (I’m famous for cooking enough food to feed a small village) Everyone knows I not only love to eat but I also love to cook for people.
About the 1st of February, when I knew we were going to continue eating vegan, I politely told my SIL to not be offended if we didn’t eat her ‘goodies’ and other foods she may bring to the party as we were now eating vegan, but I assured her that there would be plenty of food available for everybody and not to worry about what ‘we’ could eat. She told the others that we were eating vegan now so they ‘could bring appropriate’ foods. It didn’t matter, there’s no arguing with my SIL, so I just went about doing what I do…cook.
My brother, Charles brought over a huge uncooked whole shoulder picnic roast for me to prepare for the event on Sunday. I was also going to need oven room for the lasagna and that I would be putting together. Mean while, on Friday, we put together the menu and went shopping and set about cleaning house. Saturday we roasted a huge turkey (man that smelled good!) and made the potato/rosemary, the wheat bran, and the corn/jalapeńo bread rolls, prepared the fresh vegetables for the vegetable tray, prepared the lasagna so it would be oven ready for Sunday. Also I made the 9 X 13 inch pumpkin pie (using a delicious crust made of walnuts/whole wheat flour and a bit of cane sugar).
Sunday morning we would not be going to church because I needed the time here to get everything together before everyone got here. (It’s a sacrifice that goes with being host)
At 6 am we prepared the pork and put it in the oven and I set about getting my vegetable medley ready and preparing the fresh asparagus. While my husband and son moved the chairs from the dining area to the living room for seating and put up the large 3’ X 6’ tables up for the food. I use one large table for the hot foods and one for the salads and desserts and then our small dining table to hold the beverages, napkins, glasses, silverware, and plates. It’s always been like that, and with all the food we barely have enough room to put it all. I set out the foods starting about noon using the buffet warming server to keep the hot foods hot and was pleased with my array of the home made vegan chili, lasagna, turkey, pork roast, mashed white potatoes, turkey gravy, vegetable medley and asparagus. Everything was made fresh and from scratch.
On the cold table I had assorted raw veggies, fresh fruit bowl, assorted homemade bread rolls, butters, both vegan and cream, and the big pumpkin pie of sorts…it looked wonderful to us, and there was still room for the other salads/and whatever the others would bring. (There’s always way too much food) With what I had, there was enough to feed everyone 4 times over! But that’s what we’ve always done, its tradition…and nothing gets wasted, we donate a lot of the leftovers to the homeless; so it’s all good.
Some of our guests came early and others come in a little late but not everyone came this time…nor did they bring food. My SIL brought some brown rice that she had put some canned peas and carrots in (to make it vegan) and she brought a huge casserole of plain refried beans plus a few extra cans of peas and carrots which I finally convinced her we didn’t really need because I prepared a gallon of fresh vegetables. One friend brought jell-o. Even though the others didn't bring food, I didn’t think too much about it because I had cooked a lot of food.
Everything was lovely although I noticed that half the folks didn’t even taste my lasagna, chili, or pie…even my rolls, which most people rave about, were left mostly untouched. Still I didn’t give it too much thought, I was having a great time visiting with friends and family (those that came). All was going well until I went out of the room (but not out of ear shot) One of my ‘friends’ who chose to eat ‘before’ she came, said “so, is everyone here vegans now?” Something about the tone of voice she used…another ‘friend’ said “we didn’t even know we were going to eat or we would have brought something” (like this was all new to her) There was more, but I didn’t want to hear anymore. They were talking behind our backs about us being ‘vegans! Like we had done something evil or vile! I don’t think my husband heard because he was busy in the kitchen and my son was in the restroom, so I pretended I didn’t hear anything either.
I put away the left over lasagna for dinner for Monday, and packaged up all the meats, rolls and other foods for the homeless and determined not to let it bother me. By 4 O’Clock, everyone had left. Usually people don’t leave until around 6.
I woke up today, unable to deny it. It did bother me. I had prepared a lot of wonderful foods that we had lovingly toiled over to make perfect. I wanted so much to have my friends and family try my vegan food; it was flawlessly perfect and undeniably delicious. Those who had eaten the lasagna, one friend, my SIL and us loved it. You couldn’t tell it was vegan at all! Even the rice cheese melted nicely on the top and tasted amazingly like mozzarella. The pumpkin dessert faired only slightly better. And the rolls, which everyone usually runs for, barely had a dent in the bowl.
Our ‘friends’ and some of my own family members had avoided eating anything that didn’t have its fair share of animal fats and dairy in it! And somehow, now that we were eating ‘different’ they acted like we didn’t have anything in common anymore. Nobody even mentioned the word vegan until we were out of the room. My son, Mr. Picky, my SIL and my husband raved about how good the lasagna was and I had to admit it was great! But still most of our guests wanted nothing to do with my ‘vegan’ food. Like the word ‘vegan’ contaminated it somehow.
I can’t tell what i'm feeling right now; But I know this…physically, I’ve never felt better.
I've added a picture of the cold leftover lasagna...it has lost a lot of stuctural integrity, but you can see that it was fine in its prime.
Friday, February 27, 2009
You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. ~The late Dr. Adrian Rogers
My thought is....good point, I can't argue with that!
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